Richard J. Reisert graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Pace University School of Law. After sailing as a deck officer, he worked as a marine surveyor and adjuster and then was the claims manager for a leading ship operator. In that capacity he was responsible for hull, cargo, P & I and other claims involving the company’s large owned and chartered fleet, and also administered the company’s marine insurance programs. Mr. Reisert is a very experienced litigator, having directed every aspect of maritime litigation from the investigatory, discovery and motion phases through to trial. He has represented shipowners, charterers, cargo interests, terminal operators and underwriters in disputes arising out of groundings, sinkings, collisions, oil pollution, salvage, wreck removal, cargo damage, marine insurance, commodity purchase and sale contracts and personal injury, and directed complex maritime products liability litigation involving defective propulsion systems. He led the Republic of Moçambique’s investigation into the M/T KATINA P oil spill off the coast of East Africa and headed the country’s legal team in connection with related international litigation. Mr. Reisert has arbitrated all varieties of charter party disputes and those arising under GAFTA, NAEGA and FOSFA commodities contracts. His practice includes drafting and negotiating shipbuilding and repair contracts, charter parties, contracts of affreightment and service contracts. Mr. Reisert is admitted to the state and federal courts in New York and the United States Supreme Court, and represented amicus curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court in the M/T EXXON VALDEZ litigation. Having served as a maritime arbitrator, Mr. Reisert is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Association of Average Adjusters of the United States. He acts as Legal Counsel to the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (USA) Inc. and is a member of its Board of Directors.