Ralph J. Mellusi

Ralph J. Mellusi

Managing Partner
New York, New York

Professional Maritime Licenses and Associations

  • Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard License as Second Assistant Engineer for Steam & Gas Turbine vessels, Unlimited Horsepower & Tonnage; Third Assistant Engineer of Diesel Vessels of Unlimited Horsepower & Tonnage.

        US Naval Reserve, LT. JG, (Ret.)

         Special Merchant Marine Awards

  • 1968-70 – Served aboard SS TRANSGLOBE – vessel was Inducted into The National Maritime Hall of Fame at Kings Point on Jan. 31st 2009, as the Most Decorated Merchant Vessel of Viet Nam Conflict and for most transits and cargo carried into Saigon and DaNang.

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2000


  • New York Law School, New York, New York
  • NYS Maritime College
    • B.E. Marine - 1967


  • Human Factors, Seaworthiness and Ships, MITAGS Institute, 2000
  • Unseaworthiness: Human Factors & Merchant Marine, MITAGS Institute, 1996
  • Anatomy of a Coast Guard Casualty Investigation, Coast Guard Docket, 1996
  • Legal Civil Liability, Charter Industry News, 1987 - Present
  • Coast Guard License Suspension Revocation Proceedings, Charter Industry News, 1987
  • Regulation Compliance: Is It Sufficient, Charter Industry News

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Proctor in Admiralty & Member, Maritime Law Association of the U.S
  • American Bar Association
  • NYS Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers
  • Association, American Trial Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Maritime Law at New York Maritime College, Adjunct Professor, 1983 - 1989
  • NYU Graduate School Continuing Legal Education, Adjunct Professor, 1981 - 1983