Seward & Kissel’s Litigation Practices Highly Ranked by The Legal 500 U.S. 2022

June 13, 2022

Seward & Kissel is pleased to announce that The Legal 500 US 2022 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:

The government enforcement and internal investigations group at Seward & Kissel LLP acts for corporate entities and individuals on a range of government investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. The firm often works with independent firms internationally to advise on cross-border cases and has particular experience in financial crimes, bribery and antitrust, tax fraud and environmental matters. New York’s Michael Considine heads the team and has previously been selected as a federal monitor for a number of corporations following government investigations.

Practice head(s):
Michael Considine

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

‘They are excellent: true experts in their field.’

‘Michael Considine has the ability to reduce very complex procedural and substantive legal issues to terms that are clear and understandable for the lay client and does so in an authoritative yet humble manner.’

‘It is a true pleasure to work with Michael Considine.’

‘Michael Considine is unusually strong and provides an impressive mix of experience and sound judgment and strategy.’

‘Mike Considine is a very experienced and skilled white-collar trial lawyer, with broad experience in a number of complex areas of law.’

‘Mike Considine’s work ethic is impressive and he is creative in approach, thoughtful and skilled at tailoring strategy to the individual case and client.’


Securities Litigation: Defense:

Seward & Kissel LLP in New York has long-standing expertise in class actions and securities matters related to hedge funds and other investment managers, foreign and domestic public companies, investment banks and broker-dealers. Michael Considine and Bruce Paulsen are the lead practitioners in a team that handles not only 10b5 class actions, but also represents administrative agencies in proceedings initiated by shareholders, investors and regulatory bodies inclusion gate SEC, FINRA and the CFTC. In 2021, the firm handled investor claims against banks and hedge funds, disputes between investment managers and their members and employees, and significant derivative claims brought against publicly held shipping companies. Key partner Jack Yoskowitz is representing Sancus Capital in a case alleging that defendants diverted funds held in a trust account for Great Western.

Practice head(s):
Michael Considine; Bruce Paulsen

Other key lawyers:
Jack Yoskowitz

Work highlights

  • Represented United Overseas Bank in a putative class action in the S.D.N.Y. captioned Frontpoint Asian Event Driven Fund, L.P. v. Citibank, N.A., (16-cv-5263) involving the alleged manipulation of SIBOR (Singapore Interbank Offered Rate) and SOR (Singapore Swap Offer Rate).
  • Advised Tocqueville Asset Management in connection with books and records requests by minority investor founder and subsequent lawsuit seeking over $100 million in alleged damages to his investment.
  • Represented investment fund in defending against claims brought by insurance company for alleged diversion of trust funds.


Transport: Shipping – Litigation and Regulation:

Praised for its ‘first-class service’, Seward & Kissel LLP represents an array of publicly-held and private shipping companies, along with shipping banks, owners and investors. The New York-based practice consistently acts in disputes arising from financings, shipping securities and governance issues, as well as vessel operations. The firm’s maritime litigators are also able to leverage the expertise of the firm’s robust US maritime corporate practice. Bruce G Paulsen co-chairs the firm’s litigation group alongside government investigations specialist Michael G Considine ‘At the very top of his field’, Paulsen routinely handles complex maritime disputes, while counsel Brian Maloney, ‘excellent at cutting through to the detail’, litigates commercial disputes and manages regulatory investigations. Key associates include regulatory expert Laura Miller, whose practice covers maritime litigation and regulatory inquiries.

Hall of Fame
Bruce Paulsen – Seward & Kissel LLP

Rising stars
Brian Maloney – Seward & Kissel LLP

Practice head(s):
Bruce Paulsen; Michael Considine

Other key lawyers:
Brian Maloney; Laura Miller


‘Seward & Kissel are market leaders in the US, and their reputation is well deserved.’

‘A first-class service, with strength and depth from the bench.’

‘S&K is able to staff its teams with competent lawyers from diverse legal backgrounds (such as admiralty and maritime law and bankruptcy law) to grapple with complex problems in the transport and shipping sector.’

‘Bruce Paulsen is an industry veteran, and first class in his knowledge and performance.’

‘Bruce Paulsen is at the very top of his field – anything in this area I refer to him.’

‘Bruce Paulsen and counsel Brian Maloney are very capable, high-calibre, international admiralty attorneys, who are easy to work with, always available and deliver sound advice.’

‘Bruce Paulsen and Brian Maloney are highly competent and extremely hardworking.’

‘Brian Maloney is excellent at cutting through to the detail and focusing on the important matters – very responsive and with very good turnaround times.’