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 "true professional” (Legal500 2013) providing “sound guidance” in dispute resolution (Chambers USA 2013), Bruce specializes in handling complex commercial disputes.  He recently won 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 recently 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.

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, including environmental matters.  He is an expert in the recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards.

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.

Ranking and Awards
  • Chambers (USA) 2013 (transportation litigation)

  • Legal 500 (2013) (securities litigation)

  • Top Rated Lawyers

  • Annual Guide to Business Litigation 2012

  • The Lawyers World Leading Lawyer Awards 2012 (Shipping and Maritime)

  • New York Super Lawyers 2013 (business litigation)

  • Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers Edition 2012

  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

  • Rated “Superb” (10.0 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