Richard A. Kissel, Esq.

Richard A. Kissel, Esq.

Founding Member
Kissel Pesce Hirsch & Wilmer

Richard Kissel has represented the interests of primary and excess insurers and reinsurers for over 25 years and was a founding member of Nicoletti Kissel & Pesce (1995-1998) and Kissel Pesce Hirsch & Wilmer in 1998. 


Mr. Kissel’s practice focuses on professional liability, with specific emphasis on lawyers' liability and accountants' liability, D&O and corporate liability, and miscellaneous E&O coverages.  Mr. Kissel has been involved with numerous high profile claims, arising from the investment scandals of the 1980s, the Savings & Loan crisis, the corporate scandals of the 1990s, and the tax strategy claims of the 2000s, among others.  Another primary focus of Mr. Kissel’s practice involves reinsurance, including analysis, inspections, and arbitration.


Much of Mr. Kissel’s work has involved representation of various London and European Market insurers and reinsurers and Mr. Kissel has served on several London Market panels focusing on specific claims issues. Prior to the founding of Nicoletti Kissel & Pesce and KPHW, Mr. Kissel practiced as: an associate at Mendes & Mount (1980-86), an associate and partner at Sheft & Sheft (1986-1991), and a partner at Ober Kaler Grimes & Shriver (a Baltimore, Maryland based firm), 1991-1995.


Mr. Kissel graduated from Boston University School of Management, cum laude, in 1976, with a degree in accounting, and Syracuse University College of Law, cum laude, in 1979, where he won awards for his involvement with Moot Court. 


For the past several years, Mr. Kissel has served as an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law, teaching Accounting for Lawyers.  He has also presented at various conferences and forums on issues vital to the insurance industry.  In 2007, Mr. Kissel spoke on a panel that presented an International Comparative Review of Directors & Officers Liability.