Raymond L. Mariani - Of Counsel

New York
Tel: 212-486-2400
Fax: 212-486-3099
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Raymond Mariani is an ADR neutral, litigator and university instructor. He has over three decades of experience. 
Ray is a Panelist – American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators; a certified U.S. District Court Mediator for the panels of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; a member of the Mediation Advisory Committee for both of those federal courts; and a mediator for the New York Supreme Court in multiple counties on the general civil as well as commercial panels.  He was trained at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation and has extensive experience in ADR for cases involving contracts, torts, employment, real property and other types of disputes.
Ray’s litigation experience includes first seat trial attorney for jury and bench trials in New York, California, Texas, Illinois and other states. He has been lead counsel in many federal courts and in more than half the state courts throughout the United States.

Ray has been involved in virtually every aspect of aviation and risk management, including: airline mass disasters; general aviation accidents; MRO and OEM representation in product liability cases; military helicopter losses; towing and taxi incursions; ramp equipment/airport accidents; baggage; cargo theft; toxic exposure; fuel spills; fire and other safety issues; governmental regulation and immunity; contract matters, including sales and service agreements; IATA and other standard industry contracts; Warsaw and Montreal Conventions; engine warranties; UAS insurance and risk management; indemnity and additional insured provisions; and insurance coverage for aviation and other types of policies. He also holds an FAA License for Remote Pilot for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Ray is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of California in the Viterbi Engineering School where he teaches legal principles and safety to industry professionals. He has been very active as the author of law review articles and other publications on a wide variety of legal issues. He is also a guest speaker and lecturer at various seminars in the U.S. and abroad.

Raymond L. Mariani


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1987)
  • Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation (2011)
  • Boston University, B.S. (1984)


  • New York
  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Professional Activities/Awards

  • Instructor, the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering


  • Recent Developments in Aviation Law 2019, 85 Journal of AirLaw & Commerce 2 (October 2020)
  • Mediation in Aviation Cases, Chapter in Litigating the Aviation Case, 4th edition, American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section (2017)
  • Rise of the Drones: UAS in the National Airspace System, ABA - The Brief (Spring 2014)
  • Constitutional Limits on Punitive Damages after Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, ABA - The Brief (Summer 2010)
  • Industry in Crisis: A Progress Report on Victim Compensation and the Airlines After the September 11th Litigation, Journal of Air Law and Commerce (Spring 2003)
  • The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 and the Protection of the Airline Industry: A Bill for the American People, Journal of Air Law and Commerce (Winter 2002)

Lectures & Speaking Engagements

  • The Year in Aviation, 55th Annual SMU Air Law Symposium (March 24-25, 2021)
  • Safety Management Systems and Effects on Insurance, Panel Moderator, Aviation Insurance Association, Annual Conference, Austin (2018)
  • Insurance and Risk Management for UAS, Lloyds of London, Insurance Institute (November 2015)
  • Instructor, the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering