Richard A. Kissel

  • Professor


Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1979), cum laude
Boston University (B.A. Accounting, 1976), cum laude

Bar Admissions:

New York State (1980)
US Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (1981)
US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1983)

Practice Groups:

Professional Liability / E&O
Management Liability / D&O
General Liability
Financial Institutions

Mr. Kissel is a founding member of Kissel Hirsch & Wilmer and has represented the interests of insurers and reinsurers for over 30 years. Rich’s practice focuses on professional liability, with specific emphasis on lawyers', accountants', architects and engineers, D&O and corporate liability, Financial Institutions, miscellaneous E&O coverages, cyber liability, and general liability issues. His practice also focuses on reinsurance matters including coverage analysis, inspections/audits, and dispute resolution. Much of Rich’s work has involved representation of various London, European, and Bermuda insurers and reinsurers and he has served on several London Market panels focusing on complex claims related issues. As examples, Rich has worked on numerous high profile cases, arising from the investment scandals of the 1980s, the Savings & Loan crisis, the corporate scandals of the 1990s, the tax strategy claims of the 2000s, and matters arising from the current economic climate and cyber issues.

For many years, Rich has served as an adjunct professor at Pace Law School, teaching courses in Accounting for Lawyers and Insurance Law. He has also presented at various conferences and forums on issues vital to the insurance market and to industry groups.

Rich graduated with honors from Syracuse University College of Law, where he was on the Moot Court Board, for which he received awards. He was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Legal Research and Writing. Rich graduated with honors from Boston University School of Management, where he majored in accounting.


Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Insuralex, Global Insurance Lawyers Group
American Bar Association