Michael J. Ryan
Partner Emeritus


Email: mryan@hillbetts.com 

Tel: (212) 589-7516
(212) 466-0514

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Martindale-Hubbel AV Peer Rating *









Mr. Ryan has defended domestic and foreign shipping and intermodal transportation companies for over 35 years. A skilled trial attorney and advocate, he has successfully represented clients in court and arbitration proceedings involving commercial disputes arising out of bills of lading, charter parties, and insurance policies. He headed the Hill Betts team conducting the initial feasibility study in the United States for the Bolero Project. Mr. Ryan is active in the affairs of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and serves as the editor of the Association's highly regarded Cargo Newsletter.


Bar Admissions:

New York


St. Peter’s College (A.B., 1953);  University of Michigan (LL.B., 1958)


Col., U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (ret)



American Bar Association
Maritime Law Association of the United States (Member Committee on Carriage of Goods; Chairman, Subcommittee on Liability; Committee on Arbitration; Committee on CMI; Executive Committee, 1983-1986; Chairman, Committee on Proctor Admissions, 1983-1994; Co-Organized Seminar on Punitive Damages and Admiralty Law)
Maritime Law Association of France
Association of Average Adjusters of the U.S.
Association of Average Adjusters (England)



"Cargo Damage: Sanction on Sanction?", Maritime Law Association Seminar on Punitive Damages
Papers on "Power of Arbitrators" and "Choosing an Arbitrator" presented to the International Congress of Arbitrators (Hamburg and Paris)
Presentations before the Society of Maritime Arbitrators of the United States, the Recovery Forum and the New Jersey Maritime Association


Selected Reported Decisions:
Ralph M. Parsons Company v M/V Santa Isabel, 1964 A.M.C. 2409; New York Underwriters Insurance Company v M/S Wurttemberg, 1965 A.M.C. 952 (enforcement of forum selection clauses); Aluminos Pozuelo Ltd. v S. S. Navigator, 1968 A.M.C. 2532 (3-ton toggle press bolted to skid is "package"); Robin Hood Flour Mills, Ltd., v Bahama Pearl Company, Ltd., 1970 A.M.C. 1213 (defense of agent, principal disclosed); Royal Typewriter Co. v M/V Kulmerland, 1973 A.M.C. 1784 (limitation $500 for containerized goods on "functional package test"); Jordan International Company v SS Piran, 1975 A.M.C. 130 (successful defense of Peril of the Sea; pontoon hatch covers stove in); Ope Shipping Ltd. v Allstate Insurance Company, 1983 A.M.C. 22 (successful defense of Hull underwriters involving seizure of vessels during Nicaraguan Civil War); Insurance Company of North America v S/S American Argosy, 1984 A.M.C. 1547 (amicus brief for MLA; reversal of decision holding vessel liable in rem under NVOCC bill of lading for damage during on carriage); SS Eurypylus Limitation Proceeding, 1985 A.M.C. 1367 (recovery against cargo proceeds for ocean salvor); Arbitration between Atlantic Richfield Company and Owner of the M/T Okland, 1981 A.M.C. 655 (defense of owner against charterer's claim for "salt water substitution"); Volvo Transport v M/V Concert Express, 1991 A.M.C. 535 (summary judgment in favor or carrier limiting responsibility to its own line on transshipment bill of lading); Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company v M/V President Tyler, 1991 A.M.C. 452 (summary judgment in favor of ocean carrier on time bar); Arbitration between American President Line, Ltd. and Owner of Tug Husky, 1992 A.M.C. 684 (recover for collision damages caused by attending tug); Delbert Christie v Temco Service Industries,1993 A.M.C. 2759 (personal injury; carrier not liable for injury resulting from poor stuffing by shipper); Windmoeller and Hoelscher Corp. v S/S Nurnberg Atlantic, 1997 U.S. District LEXIS 10979 (recovery of counsel fees for carrier in indemnity); Phoenix Assurance Co. of New York v M/V Eagle Tide, 1999 U.S. District LEXIS 7421 (summary judgment in favor of ocean carrier on claim of shortage from containers).


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