Counsel

  • Craig S. English
  • Counsel
  • 75 Maiden Lane - Suite 402
  • New York, NY 10038-4816
  • Direct: +1 (212) 430-0803
  • Mobile: +1 (201) 207-5343
  • Fax: +1 (212) 430-0810
  • Email:
  • cenglish@klselaw.com


Craig has extensive experience in litigation, trial work, and appeals involving all modes of transportation, insurance, and commercial litigation. His practice includes:

  • Marine Casualties
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • New York Labor Law in construction accidents
  • Subrogation recoveries
  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Litigation involving Recreational Boating Manufacturers
  • Charter Party arbitrations
  • Commercial disputes

Background, Education:

From 1971 to 1978 Craig was an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard where he inspected merchant vessels and party boats, investigated marine casualties, administered merchant mariner license exams, and served as a legal officer.

In 1978, Craig left the Coast Guard to work as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Admiralty and Shipping section where he defended in the Coast Guard and Navy in federal litigation. In 1983, Craig left the Justice Department for private practice with Chalos English & Brown. He joined Kennedy Lillis Schmidt & English in 1992. In June 2011, Craig moved from Partner to Counsel with the Firm. As Counsel, he will continue the full time practice of law as before.

He has lectured for industry groups on various topics such as the EXXON VALDEZ, claims against the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy and subrogation claims.

Craig lives with his wife Linda in New Jersey. He has two daughters and a son. In his spare time, he is an avid fly fisherman.

Admitted to the Bar: 1976, California; 1978, New York; 1984, New Jersey. Admitted to the U.S Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York, and New Jersey. Craig graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College (B.S. 1971), and from the University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D. 1975). Member: Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Craig has received a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV® Preeminent™. AV® Preeminent™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Information about the Martindale-Hubbell ratings process can be found here.

Craig is included in this year’s New York – Metro Super Lawyers® list.