Ralph J. Mellusi

Top rated Transportation & Maritime attorney in New York, New York

Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha LLP
Ralph J. Mellusi
Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha LLP

Practice Areas: Transportation & Maritime; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1975

Education: New York Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2011, 2013 - 2023

Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha LLP

29 Broadway
Suite 2400
New York, NY 10006 Visit website


Ralph J. Mellusi is an experienced maritime personal injury attorney who is certified as a “Proctor in Admiralty” by the Maritime Law Association of the United States.  He is a 1967 graduate of NYS Maritime College, a 1974 graduate of New York Law School and a former U.S. Naval Reserve Officer who served as an engineering officer on merchant vessels during the Viet Nam War, most notably the SS TRANSGLOBE, which was inducted into the Maritime Hall of Fame in 2009 as the most decorated merchant vessel of the Viet Nam War.

As the senior partner at Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha, LLP, Mr. Mellusi represents Admiralty and Maritime personal injury plaintiffs in New York and throughout the United States.  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.   In addition, he is a former adjunct professor of maritime law at the New York State Maritime College, and a former adjunct professor of NYU Graduate School of Continuing Education where he taught “Safety and the Law”. His combination of practical maritime and legal experience 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.

Mr. Mellusi has been recognized by his peers and clients in the legal industry. He has since 1991 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.  Mr. Mellusi has been admitted to practice law in New York, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and in the Southern, Eastern and Northern U.S. District Court's of New York.  He has also been admitted to practice “pro hac vice”  in various federal courts throughout the United States. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States; the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.




*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas


Focus areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law

  • 100% Transportation/Maritime

First Admitted: 1975, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.sealawyers.com/attorney/ralph-j-mellusi/

Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 1995 - Jones Act Seaman v Sea-Land Services Inc.  Federal Court New York - Verdict $2.42 Million Dollars         2009 - Jones Act Seaman v. USA,  Federal Court Balt. Md. Verdict 1.827 Million (In top ten of highest verdicts for State of Maryland for 2009)     2009 Jones Act Seaman v Maersk Lines,  Supreme Court Bronx County, 5.3 Million Settlement.  Jones Act Seaman v Multible US Vessel owners toxic lung damage welding Superior Court California $7.8 million 2012.
Educational Background:
  • NYS Maritime College, B.E. in Marine, 1967
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2000
  • NYS Bar Association
  • New York, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1975
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1975
  • Proctor in Admiralty & Member, Maritime Law Association of the U.S
  • New York State Trial Lawyers
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Regulation Compliance: Is It Sufficient, Charter Industry News
  • 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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • During 1968-70 served as an engineering officer aboard The SS TRANSGLOBE, a specialized transport vessel carrying military supplies into Saigon and DaNang. The vessel was inducted into the National Maritime Hall of Fame on Jan 31st 2009 as the most decorated of all American Merchant Ships during the Vietnam War and for moving the most cargo and making the most trips into Saigon and DaNang.  The Transglobe was awarded Four Battle Stars  acknowledging service under fire on four occasions and other awards and commendations for rescuing 71 Taiwanese fisherman during typhoon Elaine on 10/08/71.
  • Martindale Hubbell Highest Rating "AV" (1991 to Date)
  •  Martindale-Hubbell: Highest Rating "AV" (1991 to date)
  • Special Merchant Marine Awards
  • 7.7 out of 10 rating by the Avvo
Representative Clients:
  • Ship Masters, Engineers, Pilots, and merchant mariners.
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • US. Coast Guard License, Second Asst Steam & Gas Turbines, Third Asst Diesels, MILITARY: Lt. US Naval Reserve Ret. 1967-72.
Industry Groups:
  • Merchant Marine

Office location for Ralph J. Mellusi

29 Broadway
Suite 2400
New York, NY 10006

Phone: 212-962-1590


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2011, 2013 - 2023

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