SIMON HARTER is an AV® rated attorney with thirty-one years of experience in all aspects of litigation, appeals, arbitration and mediation. Mr. Harter is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He is an experienced and capable courtroom litigator and has successfully argued appeals in cases involving complex issues of jurisdiction and international dispute resolution. Mr. Harter has also arbitrated a substantial number of maritime and commercial disputes before the Society of Maritime Arbitrators of New York and the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Harter is a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Hull and P&I Subcommittee of the Marine Insurance and General Average Committee. Mr. Harter's particular expertise is in the field of marine insurance. In addition to regularly handling all aspects of third-party liability claims and first-party coverage disputes, he also participates in a variety of activities devoted to the study and development of the law. Mr. Harter is the author of the chapter, "Marine Insurance" in New Appleman on Insurance Law - Library Edition 5-51A (2016 edition) and the chapter, "Understanding Marine Insurance" in New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide Vol. 4-46 (2012 edition). He is the editor of Volumes 7 & 7A (Marine Insurance) of Benedict on Admiralty, the leading maritime law treatise series published annually by Matthew Bender, and is the author of the Marine Insurance chapter in Volume 8 (Deskbook) of the Benedict series. Mr. Harter is also the editor of, and a contributing author to, Marine Protection & Indemnity Policy Annotations Project (Maritime Law Assoc. 2001) found at (http://mlaus.org/documentlibrary/the_mla_reports/ MLA-Special-Report PI-Annotations-Doc-No-761.pdf).
Mr. Harter has authored articles and papers on a variety of subjects, and he lectures on current topics of interest to those in the commercial and insurance industries. He is the author of "Warranties and Exclusions in Protection & Indemnity Policies", a paper delivered at the "Warranties in the United States" seminar presented by the American Institute of Marine Underwriters and the Marine Insurance Claims Association, New York, New York, October 3, 2003 (https://www.aimu.org/aimupapers/Harter.pdf); the co-author of "The Use of Bonds and Other Security Devices in the Legal Framework of International Shipping", The Law of Miscellaneous and Commercial Surety Bonds 236 (American Bar Assoc. 2001); author of a paper, "Hull Insurance in the United States", delivered at the 17th New Orleans Maritime Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 22-23, 1998, where Mr. Harter was the U.S. member of panel on English, Canadian and American hull insurance law; and co-author of "Choice of Law Issues in Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: Getting What You Bargained for in the Courts of the United States"  International Trade Law Quarterly 28 (Lloyd's of London Press).
Mr. Harter began practicing law in 1986 as an associate at Lemle & Kelleher, LLP in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, he became an associate at Healy & Baillie, LLP in New York City and became a partner in the firm in 1994. Mr. Harter left Healy & Baillie in 2001 to form his own firm.
Mr. Harter earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1986 from Tulane Law School in New Orleans. While at Tulane, he was inducted into The Order of Barristers national honor society and served as the Moot Court Board's Administrative Justice for Interschool Competitions. Mr. Harter was a member of the national finalist Jessup International Moot Court Team, earning the Best Oralist Award at the Southwest Regional Competition. He continues to be activily involved in the Jessup Competition, serving each year as a judge at the Northeast Regional Competition in New York.