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 Avvo.com
J.D., Tulane University School of Law, cum laude, 1985
B.A., Columbia University, 1980
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
Daniel advises traders, shipowners, freight forwarders, insurers and brokers on a host of regulatory and compliance issues, including international trade sanctions, export controls, customs and anti-corruption legislation. He advises on all aspects of the EU and UK sanctions legislation, and he is also familiar with the application of US sanctions to non-US persons.
Daniel initially specialised in advising clients on disputes arising from charterparties, sale contracts, bills of lading, marine insurance and logistics operations, and he uses that experience and expertise to provide detailed, practical advice which is tailored to clients in the commodities, shipping, logistics and marine insurance sectors.
As well as advising clients on customs and regulatory compliance in particular circumstances, including ways to engage effectively with HMRC and other regulators, he also advises on compliance procedures and controls which traders, shipowners, logistics companies, banks, insurers and brokers should adopt to minimise risk.