Paul S. Edelman

Paul S. Edelman

Of Counsel since 1996
Partner since 1953
New York, New York
(212) 687-8181
(212) 972-9432
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Paul S. Edelman is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

He is admitted to the bar of New York, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Southern, Eastern and Northern Federal District Courts of New York.

Mr. Edelman focuses on admiralty and maritime cases, but has also had a part in various aviation cases, particularly where the accidents involved disasters of airplanes into the sea.

He has been in many cases of maritime disasters, including the Andrea Doria, various radar tower and oil rig disasters, like the Ocean Ranger. He has also handled cases of The Prinsendam and other cruise ship fires and disasters, as well as a class action involving the Queen Elizabeth 2.

He has also represented ship owners and ship operators, as well as injured parties in maritime cases. He has filed many briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, including Edmonds v. Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (1979) and was an attorney in American Export Lines, Inc. v. Alvez (1980).

Mr. Edelman is the Admiralty Editor of the New York Law Journal, author of Maritime Injury and Death (2 volumes), Editor of the Maritime Law Reporter since 1989 and Editor of the New York State Bar Insurance Section (TICL) Journal. He is author of many other articles and contributor to various legal texts concerning maritime law, insurance law and federal and state practice.

He has appeared as counsel in the Andrea Doria television show and the Queen Elizabeth television shows.

He has been Chairman of the Admiralty Committee of ATLA and of the TIPS Section of the ABA. He was Chairman of the TIPS-ABA Toxic Tort Committee and a member of the TIPS-ABA council. He has been on various committees of the Maritime Law Association and World Peace Through Law (now International Jurists) Center. He is a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.

He has been to Russia on three occasions, representing the American Bar Association and Maritime Law Association at different times.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1953

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1951
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1965
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1954
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1954
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1964
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1967


  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • LL.B., Bachelor of Law (Magna Cum Laude) - 1950
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • A.B., Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) - 1947

Published Works

  • Maritime Injury and Death, 2 Volumes, Central Book Co., 1960
  • Liability Problems in Exploitation of the Seas, Published as a Monogram from the National Council on Marine Resources, 1967
  • Maritime Personal Injury and Death Survey (Contributor), Personal Injury Annual, 1961
  • Legal Remedies for the Shore-Based Workers, For the Survey of Admiralty Law (Contributor), Trial Lawyers Service Co., 1965
  • Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce (Contributor), 1971
  • Journal of Int'l Society of Barristers (Contributor), 1973
  • Maritime Law Reporter (Editor)
  • New York Law Journal (Admiralty Editor)
  • New York Law Journal (Columnist), 1973
  • Trial Magazine (Contributor)
  • The Brief, Tort and Insurance Law Journal (Contributor), 1986
  • INCL Journal (Associate Editor), 1972
  • INCL Journal (Editor), 1973

Representative Clients

  • Shipowners, Charterers


  • Chase Bank


  • Speaker, Law of the Sea Conference, Moscow, American Bar Association, 1994
  • Participant in Seminars on Insurance and Trial Practice, 1986 - Present
  • Participant, Premium Dollar Day Today Television Show, August 1984
  • Participant, Queen Elizabeth 2 Case, Television Documentary, 1995
  • Consultant to US Department of State Considering Revisions of the Limitation of Liability Act and Proposals for an International Convention on the High Seas, United States Department of State, 1968
  • Seminar Speaker, Moscow,, American Bar Association, 1987
  • Seminar Speaker, St. Petersburg, American Bar Association, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, New York Bar Foundation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating 5 out of 5

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lipchitz Foundation, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Vice Chairman, Committee on Admiralty, 1966 - 1968
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Chairman, Committee on Admiralty, 1968 - 1970
  • New York State Bar, Chairman, Maritime Committee, 1972 - 1975
  • New York State Bar, Member, Executive Committee, Section of Insurance, 1975 - Present
  • New York State Bar, Chairman, Executive Committee, Section of Insurance, 1982 - 1983
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, Admiralty Committee, 1955 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section of Tort and Insurance Practice
  • American Bar Association, Member of Council, 1984 - 1988
  • American Bar Association, Delegate of Conference with Association of Soviet Lawyers in Moscow, 1987
  • American Bar Association (TIPS), Delegate to Moscow and St. Petersburg, 1993
  • American Bar Association, Chairman, Committee on Admiralty and Maritime Law, 1981 - 1982
  • American Bar Association, Member, Committee on Toxic and Ultra-Hazardous Torts, 1983 - 1985
  • American Bar Association, Member, Planning Committee, 1982 - 1984
  • Federal Bar Council, Chairman, Admiralty Committee, 1967-1971, 1972-1975
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Member
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Member, Committee on Practice and Procedure, 1977 - 1978
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Member, ABA Liaison Committee, 1982 - Present
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman, Committee on Admiralty, 1966
  • World Peace Through Law Center, Chairman, Committee on International Court of Justice, 1987 - Present
  • New York State Bar, Member, INCL Section, 1985
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America,, Chairman, Committee on Admiralty, 1968 - 1970
  • Maritime Law Association, Member, Various Committees
  • Maritime Law Association, Secretary, Committee on Maritime Personnel, 1997 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Law of the Sea Institute, Liaison Attorney, 1967 - 1968
  • New York Academy of Trial Lawyers, Administrative Associate, 1967 - 1968
  • National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development, Consultant, 1967 - 1968
  • Television Show, Andrea Doria, Legal Advisor

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fund for Hillside Woods-Attorney, 1992 - Present
  • Hastings Creative Arts Council-Attorney, 1965 - Present


  • French
  • German
  • Russian