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Richard Stone’s practice is concentrated in the area of marine insurance litigation (including hull, marine liabilities, cargo and yachts) primarily with respect to policy coverage and defense. Richard also has extensive experience in matters involving the ocean transportation of goods, both bulk and packaged, arising out of marine casualties (e.g., collision, stranding and sinking) including salvage and general average. He has substantial arbitration experience, usually on behalf of the charterer, and has, on occasion, been nominated to serve as an arbitrator.

Richard was asked to join Nicoletti Hornig & Sweeney as a partner in 2012 when the prominent New York maritime law firm with which he had been practicing for 33 years closed its doors.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1991


  • Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.B.A. - 1973
    • Honors: cum laude
  • The American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale, Arizona
    • 1974

Honors and Awards:

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • The New York Area's Best Lawyers, Maritime Law
  • Super Lawyers, New York-Metro, Transportation/Maritime

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Member
  • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States, Member
  • Association of Average Adjusters (UK), Subscriber
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Canada Resident Associate, Member