Richard Gonzalez


P:212-683-7100 ext. 277

Meet Richard

Richard works in the firm’s maritime and transportation law group.  Prior to coming to Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP,  Richard served in the U.S. Coast Guard for over 20 years where he handled multiple marine casualty investigations, including, licensing actions involving merchant mariners and retired from active duty with the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR).  He was in-house counsel for Global Liberty Insurance Co. of New York where he handled motor vehicle accidents, personal injury, property damage and premises liability cases. As an associate at Rubin Fiorella & Friedman, Richard handled multiple admiralty and maritime disputes, including but not limited to vessel casualties, liability defense, mariner licensing, property/vessel damage and personal injury.

When not in the office, Richard participates in obstacle course races and endurance events, practices Aikido and is an active volunteer with Boy Scouts of America and the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI).

  • Recipient of multiple awards from the U.S. Coast Guard, including but not limited to: Commendation Medal (four); Achievement Medal; Letter of Commendation Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal (two); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Haiti); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medals (two); Cutterman Insignia; and, the Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Insignia.
  • Spanish (native)
Prior Work Experience
  • Throughout his U.S. Coast Guard active duty military career, Richard held numerous command and leadership positions of increased responsibility, including in: Marine Casualty Investigations and Enforcement, Pollution Incident Investigations, Energy and Facilities Regulations, Maritime Homeland Security, Waterways Management, Deck Watch Officer (underway), and as a Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Officer. Richard was lead prosecutor and investigator for numerous U.S. Coast Guard licensing suspension and revocation actions against U.S. merchant marine personnel. He also worked closely with federal and state law enforcement, regulatory and investigatory agencies in the investigation of high profile maritime accidents, casualties, and environmental pollution/crimes.

Practice Areas

  • Trucking and Transportation
  • Maritime 


  • New York, 2009
  • New Jersey, 2003
  • Florida, 2003
  • Minnesota, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida, 2003
  • U.S. District Courts, Middle District of Florida, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • Additional Bar Admissions: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2003. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2003. U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2003. U.S. Court of International Trade, 2007.


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • Harvard University, M.L.A., 2008
  • Florida Atlantic University, M.P.A., 1998
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 1991
  • U.S. Coast Guard, Officer Candidate School, 1991

Professional Affiliations

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States