Seward & Kissel’s Litigation Practices Highly Ranked by The Legal 500 US 2020

June 15, 2020

Seward & Kissel is pleased to announce that The Legal 500 US 2020 has highly ranked the Firm’s Litigation Group for its expertise in Transport: Shipping — Litigation and Regulation, Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Litigation: Defense.

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

Transport: Shipping — Litigation and Regulation

Seward & Kissel LLP’s shipping litigation team ‘knows the subject inside out and have good instincts for how the relevant courts will react’. In addition to having strengths in core areas of maritime litigation, such as charterparty and cargo disputes and bankruptcy-related litigation, the team is also recognized for its expertise in sanctions law, piracy, and vessel arrests. A contact for sanctions work is Bruce Paulsen, ‘a superb tactician who can see many moves ahead‘. Paulsen’s primary focus is on securities and corporate law disputes involving key maritime jurisdictions, including the Marshall Islands, Scandinavia, the UK and the US. Paulsen is currently acting for the secured lenders in relation to the ongoing coordination of US actions arising out of the collapse of O.W. Bunker & Trading and O.W. Supply & Trading; and is also representing Commodities & Minerals Enterprise in a significant international arbitration against a Venezuelan mining company concerning agreements for the purchase and transportation of iron ore. Also recommended is Brian Maloney, a commercial litigator, who works closely alongside Paulsen on the team’s largest and most complex cases.

Leading Lawyers: Bruce Paulsen

Rising Stars: Brian Maloney


‘I have seen first hand how S&K are excellent in the realm of highly complicated, multi-district litigation matters, which in this case involved international maritime and arbitration aspects, as well as complicated debt collection litigation. Bruce Paulsen is a superb tactician who can see many moves ahead, which is invaluable in complex matters spanning years of litigation.’

‘The shipping litigation team at S&K know their subject inside out and have good instincts for how the relevant courts will react. They are commercial and responsive.’

‘Well known in the industry as a and perhaps the top firm in the shipping industry.’

‘Bruce Paulsen is the go-to litigator for maritime matters and is extremely well-known.’

‘Bruce Paulson is the lead partner and he is clearly a leader in the field. We have also worked closely with Brian Maloney, recently promoted to Counsel, who is very user-friendly and responsive.’

Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense

Seward & Kissel LLP’s government enforcement and internal investigations group defends both corporations and their executives in government investigations and enforcement actions, including in relation to banking crimes, securities fraud, insider trading, FCPA violations and tax offenses. The team has particular experience handling parallel investigations brought by multiple state and federal agencies, as well as in the US aspects of cross-border investigations. The group is jointly led by veteran trial lawyer Rita M. Glavin; and Michael Considine, who focuses on government investigations, but also has experience in monitorship appointments. Jack Yoskowitz is a name to note for financial services industry representations and is often instructed in SEC investigations. In February 2019, the group welcomed counsel Philip Moustakis, who was previously a senior counsel at the SEC division of enforcement.

Securities Litigation: Defense

Seward & Kissel LLP litigation team in New York joins the ranking on the strength of its 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. The ten-partner practice, led by Michael Considine and ‘top-notch litigator’ Bruce Paulsen is also well-versed in SEC and other regulatory agency investigations in areas such as insider trading, investment adviser responsibilities, and securities offering rules. The firm draws on its strength in investment management, private equity, mid-market M&A, corporate trustee and maritime corporate and finance to provide specialist advice on securities litigation involving these market sectors.


‘Seward & Kissel has handled a number of significant securities litigation matters. With a firm focus on and reputation in the maritime space, the firm has been involved in many of the most noteworthy securities litigation matters filed against publicly traded shipping companies.’

‘Bruce Paulsen is the [co]- head of the litigation group and a top-notch litigator who has handled a number of noteworthy securities litigation matters over the years.’