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Richard W. Palmer, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Admiralty Law, International Law, Litigation.


Palmer, Richard Ware was born on October 20, 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of George Ware and Ruth French (Judkins) Palmer.


AB, Harvard University, 1942. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1948.


Worked at Palmer Biezup & Henderson (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) specializing in Admiralty, Aviation, Commercial, General Casualty, Insurance, Pleasure Craft, International, Product Liability, Trucking and Bus Company Casualty Defense and Defense of Workers Compensation Claims. General Civil, Trial and Appellate Practice in all Courts. Admitted to the bar, 1950, New York.

1959, Pennsylvania; United States. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. United States. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

United States. Court of Appeals, Second, Third and Fifth Circuits and United States. Supreme Court.

Permanent Member, Advisory Board, Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American (Standing Committee on Admiralty and Maritime Law, Member, 1972-1979 and Chairman, 1978-1979) Bar Associations. International Association of Defense Counsel. Internation Bar of London.

Association of Average Adjusters of the United States and the United Kingdom. Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science (Assistant Treasurer, 1983-1986. Treasurer, 1986—).

The firm conducts a Mid-Atlantic regional civil defense litigation practice concentrating on disputes arising from domestic and international maritime commerce, the offshore energy and insurance industries, domestic insurance, petrochemical and manufacturing sectors, general casualty and insurance coverage litigation and trucking litigation.

The firm's lawyers and staff are dedicated to providing quality legal service on a timely and cost-effective basis.


  • Bar: New York 1950, Pennsylvania 1959.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Maritime Law Reporter.


Member, permanent advisory board Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, since 1975. Trustee Seamen's Church Institute, Philadelphia, since 1967, president, 1972-1984. Harvard Law School Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Executive Committee since 1986);board directors Havrford (Pennsylvania) Civic Association, 1972-1985, president, 1976-1979.

Consul for Denmark in State of Pennsylvania, 1980-1991, consul emeritus, since 1992. Lieutenant commander of The United States Navy Reserve. Fellow World Academy Art and Science (treasurer since 1988).

Member American Bar Association (former chairman stdg. commission on admiralty and maritime law 1978-1979), New York City Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, American Judicature Society, Maritime Law Association (chairman limitation liability committee 1977-1983, 2d vice president 1984-1986, 1st vice president 1986-1988, president 1988-1990, immediate past president 1990-1992), International Bar Association, Association Average Adjusters United States of America and Great Britain, Port of Philadelphia Maritime Society, Harvard Law School Association of Philadelphia (Executive Committee since 1986), Foreign Consul association of Philadelphia, Danish Order of Dannebrog, Merion Cricket Club, Philadelphia Club, Rittenhouse Club, India House, Genealogical Society Pennsylvania (board directors since 1997), Harvard Club of New York City and Philadelphia (vice president, member Executive Committee 1983-1986, 94-97).


Married Nancy Fernald Shaw, July 8, 1950. Children: Richard Ware Junior, John Wentworth, Anne Fernald.

George Ware Palmer

Ruth French (Judkins) Palmer

Nancy Fernald Shaw

Richard Ware Junior Palmer

John Wentworth Palmer

Anne Fernald Palmer