Richard Gonzalez


P:212-683-7100 ext. 277

Meet Richard

Richard works in the firm’s “Maritime and Admiralty Department”.  Richard previously worked in the firm’s “Transportation Law Group”, and managed the firm’s “No-Fault Department”.

Richard grew up in Puerto Rico from where he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard.  While in the U.S. Coast Guard, Richard was involved in numerous operations afloat/underway and multiple large marine casualty/accident investigations, including but not limited to: vessel collisions and allisions, vessel groundings, passenger/crew personal injuries, port state control inspections, pollution investigations, suspension and revocation actions, merchant mariner licensing actions, and United States Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigations.  Richard retired from active duty service from the U.S. Coast Guard, having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR).

Prior to joining Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP, Richard worked at a midtown law firm, where he handled multiple admiralty and maritime disputes, including but not limited to vessel casualties, liability defense, limitation of liability actions, mariner licensing, property/vessel damage, mariner personal injury, charter party agreements, maritime contracts, maritime insurance coverage, State Pilot defense and cargo disputes.  Additionally, Richard worked with a local insurance company (as ‘in-house counsel’) where he handled motor vehicle accidents, personal injury, property damage, and premise liability defense cases.

Richard received his LL.M. with a specialization in Maritime Law, from the University of London (Queen Mary-University College London).

When not in the office, Richard participates in obstacle course races, endurance events and practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

  • 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.
  • 2023 New York Metro Super Lawyer.
  • 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

  • Maritime 


  • New York, 2009
  • New Jersey, 2003
  • Florida, 2003
  • Minnesota, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2004
  • Puerto Rico, 2023
  • 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. District Court, District of Puerto Rico, 2024
  • 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 London, LL.M. (Maritime Law), 2021
  • Harvard University, M.L.A., 2008
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • 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