Brian D. Starer has more than 35 years’ experience as a maritime practitioner, primarily focusing on marine casualties including groundings, sinkings, fires, collisions and environmental pollution.

    Brian has investigated and advised on all aspects of maritime and environmental casualties including property damage, cargo loss, personal injury and death claims, and natural resources and other environmental damage. Brian has advised ship owners, international protection and indemnity clubs and hull underwriters. Brian has served as casualty counsel in more than 100 ship disasters worldwide.

    Brian was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame at the United Nations. His articles on maritime law have appeared in several publications including Lloyd’s List, TradeWinds, Oil & Gas Journal, Financial Times, Fairplay International, Seatrade, The Journal of Commerce, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of “Places of Refuge,” published in Swedish Club Letter in March 2008, as well as numerous other articles on maritime law.

    Brian has been named in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2001 and has been recognized as a leading shipping lawyer since 1998 by Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers including Euromoney’s The Best of the Best. He is listed in Chambers USA as one of the nation’s leading shipping transportation trial lawyers, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and also appears in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Who’s Who in America. He has been selected as a New York Super Lawyer since 2006, a distinction honoring the top five percent of lawyers in New York.

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    • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., business managing editor, Albany Law Review, 1972
    • United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., 1967


    • New York, 1972


    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Ct. of International Trade
    • U.S. Ct. of Customs and Patent Appeals
    • U.S. Ct. of App., First Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of New York
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of New York
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of New York

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Board Member, United States Merchant Marine Academy Advisory Board
    • Member, International Bar Association
    • Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, American Bar Foundation
    • Serves on  Maritime Law Association’s Committee on Navigation and Coast Guard and Government Regulation
    • Ranked in Expert Guide 2017 for International Trade & Shipping, a ranking of the world’s leading lawyers in the field

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