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Stephen V. Rible, Contract Partner


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Mendes is one of the largest firms in the country entirely devoted to the practice of insurance law.

Steve is a marine, energy and transportation attorney with diversified experience, representing insurers and reinsurers with respect to coverage matters; or, coverage having been accepted, representing assureds in defense of disputes through the process of mediation, arbitration or litigation.  He is an accomplished federal and state trial lawyer handling complex litigation involving major casualties; and other litigation involving insurance, reinsurance, marine, energy, hull, protection and indemnity, liability, cargo, air, environmental, pollution, RICO, business interruption, transportation, personal injury, health hazard, and property damage matters. He develops and monitors systems for centralized management of mass litigation nationwide.  His practice as a senior insurance attorney includes providing coverage opinions, as well as declination or reservation of rights proposals, for underwriters worldwide with respect to marine, energy, inland marine, hull, cargo, charterer’s liability, shipyard liability, comprehensive general liability, warehouse legal liability, shipper’s interest, yacht, freight forwarder liability, terminal operator liability, business interruption, marine environmental/pollution, wharfinger’s liability, builder’s risk, stevedore’s liability, protection & indemnity, reinsurance and excess policies.

He is a frequent lecturer and author on issues regarding litigation procedures, risk management, insurance coverage, good faith claims handling and other marine, energy and transportation insurance related matters.  Steve is an Instructor at St. John’s University, School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, on Marine Law and Marine Insurance, including Hull, P&I, Marine Liability, and Cargo Insurance; and is also an Instructor at the American Institute of Marine Underwriters on Protection and Indemnity Insurance.  He is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Mariner; a Proctor Member, Past Member of the Board of Directors and Past Chairman of the Committee on Marine Insurance & General Average of the Maritime Law Association of the United States; and an Associate Member of the Association of Average Adjusters: United States and United Kingdom.  He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.