Seward & Kissel’s Litigation Practices Highly Ranked by The Legal 500 U.S. 2021

June 10, 2021

Seward & Kissel is pleased to announce that The Legal 500 US 2021 has highly ranked the Firm’s Litigation Group for its expertise in Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, Securities Litigation: Defense, and Transport: Shipping – Litigation and Regulation.

Summarizing its independent research, The Legal 500 had this to say:

Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense:
Seward & Kissel LLP advises corporates and individual clients on governmental investigations, regulatory enforcement matters and parallel litigation. The team has particular strength in financial crimes, including securities fraud and insider trading, but also has experience of bribery, criminal antitrust matters and healthcare fraud.

Practice head(s):
Michael Considine

Other key lawyers:
Jack Yoskowitz; Philip Moustakis; Andrew Jacobson; Noah Czarny


‘Michael Considine is highly professional and very committed to his clients’.


Securities Litigation: Defense:
Seward & Kissel LLP in New York benefits from ‘the seamless integration of investment management expertise with litigation defense’. The firm’s experience in securities litigation encompasses matters involving hedge funds and other investment managers, foreign and domestic public companies, investment banks and broker-dealers. This includes SEC enforcement matters for clients in emerging sectors, notably blockchain. One client remarked that the team is ‘always willing to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their client throughout the engagement’. Michael Considine and Bruce Paulsen (‘practical, reasonable, and smart’) are the lead partners. Paulsen recently acted for Dynagas LNG Partners in a 10b5 stockdrop case.

Practice head(s):
Michael Considine; Bruce Paulsen

Other key lawyers:
Jack Yoskowitz


‘I have worked with the SK team for many years. Among the unique aspects of the practice is the seamless integration of investment management expertise with litigation defense. All too often, law firms operate in functional silos, with subject matter experts relegated to second chair. At SK, the entire team visibly collaborates, strategizes and communicates with their clients – providing the benefit of differing perspectives and reinforcing a team approach where the best ideas can prevail. The team “owns” the matter, always willing to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their client throughout the engagement and understanding of the significance of outcomes in high-stakes matters. ’

‘Jack Yoskowitz is a subject matter expert and skilled litigator. I have yet to come across a more capable and effective team.’

‘Experience both in securities litigation and in specialized client areas such as maritime and shipping laws, and laws of foreign jurisdiction. That combination can be important when clients in these areas are sued in securities litigation matters.’

‘Bruce Paulsen is an excellent litigator with spectacular judgment. Practical, reasonable, and smart.’


Transport: Shipping – Litigation and Regulation:

According to one client, Seward & Kissel LLP ‘delivers practical advice that puts it ahead of other firms in this space’. The New York-based maritime litigation practice focuses on shipping business disputes, along with disputes arising from financing transactions, shipping securities, governance matters and vessel operations. Bruce Paulsen, whose ‘knowledge of this complex industry is unparalleled’, and government investigations expert Michael Considine are the practice co-heads. Paulsen is consistently involved in high-stakes commercial and maritime disputes. Notable growth in the practice includes the promotion of the ‘extremely capable’ Brian Maloney to counsel in January 2020; Maloney has approximately 15 years’ experience in litigating commercial disputes and managing regulatory investigations. At associate level, Andrew Jacobson has carved out an excellent sanctions practice in the US’, and Laura Miller ‘has fantastic organizational skills’.

Practice head(s):
Bruce Paulsen; Michael Considine

Other key lawyers:
Brian Maloney; Andrew Jacobson; Laura Miller


‘Excellent ability to combine knowledge of the applicable sanctions laws with industry expertise and to deliver practical advice that puts it ahead of other firms in this space.’

‘A first class team with first class industry knowledge.’

‘Best in class – the go-to firm for this industry.’

‘Able to cut to the heart of the issues quickly and relentlessly outcome focused. I have used many NYC firms and Bruce Paulsen and his team, including Brian Maloney and Laura Miller are by far the best.’

‘Bruce Paulsen is in my experience the best in class in NYC.’

‘Bruce Paulsen has strong cross-practice area experience and an unusually strong ability to anticipate and successfully implement litigation.’

‘Bruce Paulsen is a great litigator who achieves excellent results for his clients and he knows this area extremely well.’

‘Bruce Paulsen is an industry leader and the go-to partner for all shipping-related litigation in the US.’

‘Bruce Paulsen and associate Andrew Jacobson are experts in their craft. Both are skilled at providing carefully-considered and thoughtful advice that can be easily understood and implemented by the client. Bruce’s knowledge of this complex industry is unparalleled, while Andrew leverages his extensive experience as an enforcement attorney to provide critical insights into the application of the law. As a team, they are very responsive and easy to work with. Highly recommended!’

‘Counsel Brian Maloney is ice cool under pressure.’

‘Brian Maloney is extremely capable and diligent.’

‘Andrew Jacobson has carved out an excellent sanctions practice in the US.’

‘Associate Laura Miller has fantastic organisational skills and is frighteningly on top of the detail.’