Raymond J. Burke, Jr.


Raymond J. Burke, Jr. joined Burke & Parsons in 1971, following his service in the U.S. Navy.

Since that time, Ray has concentrated on charter party and casualty matters. The charter party work runs the gamut from advising on construction of charter parties, acting as counsel for a party at arbitration and sitting as arbitrator. Ray’s casualty work has involved collisions, allisions, groundings (and resultant spills), salvage matters, and the litigation or arbitration which flows from them.

Ray coordinates cases overseas for the Firm’s domestic clients and domestically for its overseas clients.

Ray acts as mediator and arbitrator, and has often lectured domestically and overseas on New York arbitration and other subjects.

In April 2016, Ray was the recipient of Seafarers International House’s “Outstanding Friend of Seafarers” Award.

In April 2017, Ray was the recipient of The Marine Society of the City of New York’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.”


  • University of Notre Dame, A.B. 1965
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 1968

Military Service

  • U.S. Navy, 1968-1971; served to Lieutenant on USS LEXINGTON and with Military Sealift Command Office (Vietnam)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bureau of Shipping
  • ABS North America Regional Committee
  • American Salvage Association (Associate Member)
  • The Association of Average Adjusters of the United States (Resident Associate)
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Chair, Admiralty Committee, September 2006 to August 2009)
  • Connecticut Maritime Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (Member of the Panel of Maritime Arbitrators)
  • London Maritime Arbitrators Association (Supporting Member)
  • The Marine Society of the City of New York (Associate Member)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Life Member; Committee on Proctor Admissions)
  • Seafarers and International House (Leadership Council)
  • “Shipping & Transport Lawyer International” (Advisory Panel Member)
  • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (Member of the Panel of Arbitrators)
  • The Trustees of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor in the City of New York (Trustee)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York, 1968
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1987

Practice Areas

  • Charter Party
  • Casualties
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation


  • Involved in obtaining the largest salvage award in U.S. history
  • Involved in a U.S. Supreme Court case arising out of the fighting in the Falklands Islands
  • Worked with a major classification society in a major oil spill case
  • Worked on various new construction and ship repair disputes on a worldwide basis
  • Working on a sinking involving multiple loss of lives