Ralph J. Mellusi

Ralph J. Mellusi

Managing Partner
New York, New York

Ralph J. Mellusi is an experienced and highly effective Maritime Personal Injury attorney who is certified as a “Proctor in Admiralty” by the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

As a founding partner at Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha, LLP, Attorney Mellusi represents Maritime Personal Injury plaintiffs in New York and throughout the United States.  For over 40 years, has helped Longshore and Harbor Workers recover compensation for their injuries.

The field of maritime personal injury is a complex blend of law and maritime operations.  Mr. Mellusi has extensive knowledge of the maritime industry which derives from a degree in marine engineering, deep sea experience as a ship’s engineering officer and research undertaken at the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture.

Mr. Mellusi has been recognized as one of the nation’s premier Admiralty and Maritime injury lawyers.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Maritime Hall of Fae, as the most decorated merchant vessel of the Viet Nam War.  He has been recognized by his peers and clients in the legal industry. Since 1991, he has held the distinguished Martindale Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent *, which is a level of recognition only held by attorneys who's practice exhibits high ethical and professional standards.

Attorney Mellusi has consistently been name to the NY Metro Super Lawyers list since 2008.

His combination of practical maritime and legal prowess have made him a driving force in the industry and have enabled him and his team to successfully recover large verdicts for their clients, - often ship passengers, crewmembers, dockworkers or harbor workers. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Mellusi has contributed and lectured at seminars involving admiralty and maritime law.

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