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One Battery Park Plaza
New York , NY  10004 US
Tel: 212-574-1533
Fax: 212-480-8421

Cell: 917-837-2685
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Bruce G. Paulsen


Main Biography

Bruce G. Paulsen is a member of Seward & Kissel’s Litigation Group.  Bruce has practiced law since 1985, and has been a partner since 2002.

Described as a "very strong advocate" (Chambers USA 2016), Bruce specializes in handling complex commercial and maritime disputes.  He recently won or settled a series of securities litigations against publicly-held companies.  He has achieved landmark victories in trial and appellate courts in a variety of business litigations.  He obtained the largest sanctions award in New York history.  Bruce has no fear of taking cases to trial when a reasonable settlement cannot be obtained, and is comfortable before judges, juries, and arbitrators.  Commercial disputes handled by Bruce have included contract disputes, fraud, trade claims, securities, commodities, derivatives, international disputes (including international arbitration), insurance, reinsurance, banking, investment funds, real estate, bankruptcy, regulatory disputes, and others.  He has substantial expertise in the area of international trade sanctions and has been deeply involved in handling piracy issues before U.S. government agencies.  He is an expert in the recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards.

Bruce also handles finance and securities-related disputes in the shipping industry.  Bruce has successfully defended significant securities claims brought against publicly-financed shipping ventures, including claims brought in offshore jurisdictions.  He has represented bondholders, bond issuers, secured lenders and other creditors in matters arising from some of the most significant financing defaults in the shipping business.  Further, he has acted for shipowners, charterers, lenders, borrowers, marine insurers, shipyards and others in litigations and arbitrations involving more traditional maritime disputes, lien claims and environmental matters. 


Bruce is a member of the Committees on Commercial Litigation and Business Litigation of the American Bar Association and the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association.  He is a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association.

Described as an "excellent communicator," Bruce has written and lectured frequently on litigation, arbitration, piracy and sanctions issues and is highly engaged, on a pro bono basis, in non-profit governance.

Rankings and Awards

  • Chambers (USA) 2016 (transportation litigation)
  • Legal 500 2016 (securities litigation)
  • Who's Who Legal: Transport 2016
  • New York Super Lawyers 2016 (business litigation)
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated “Superb” (9.5 out of 10.0) by 






  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law, cum laude, 1985
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
  • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
  • U.S.C.A., Second Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Third Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Fourth Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Ninth Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Eleventh Circuit