Kate B. Belmont


Kate Belmont is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”).

Kate Belmont concentrates her practice in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, cybersecurity, commercial litigation, and arbitration. Kate represents clients in a wide variety of both domestic and international maritime and commercial matters, including:

  • maritime casualties, including ship collisions, sinkings, groundings, explosions, and fires
  • charterparty disputes, including laytime/demurrage, liability for cargo damage claims, and arbitrations under SMA rules
  • maritime limitation of liability actions and vessel arrests
  • COGSA and multi-modal cargo damage claims
  • marine insurance coverage disputes
  • cybersecurity and data privacy
  • general international and domestic commercial litigation

While an undergraduate at Columbia University, Kate was the recipient of the Carolyn E. Agger Scholarship for Women Interested in Law. In law school, Kate was the editor-in-chief of the Fordham Environmental Law Review. Kate was also the recipient of The Emmet J. McCormack Foundation Prize for excellence in Admiralty Law, The Robert Schuman Prize for excellence in European Union Law, and the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, magna cum laude.

In 2015, The National Law Journal recognized Kate as a “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer.”

Kate is a founding member of the Maritime Law Association Cybersecurity Committee.

Kate is a regularly published author and speaker, and her most recent publication includes the chapter “Maritime Cyber Security: The Unavoidable Wave of Change,” in Issues in Maritime Cyber Security, edited by Joseph DiRenzo III, Nicole K. Drumhiller, and Fred S. Roberts (2017, Westphalia Press, an imprint of the Policy Studies Organization).

Kate is an adjunct professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology where she teaches Information Security & Law.

Kate serves as the President of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (“WISTA”) USA’s New York/New Jersey chapter.

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  • 2015, “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer,” by The National Law Journal



  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women's International Shipping & Trading Association
Professional Activities

Kate serves as the New York / New Jersey Chapter President of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (“WISTA”) USA.

Kate is a founding member of the Maritime Law Association Cybersecurity Committee. 



  • New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York


  • Barnard College, BA, with honors
  • Fordham University School of Law, JD