Ronald K. Losch

Contract Partner

Contract Partner, San Francisco Office.

Legal Experience

Admitted to Washington, D.C. Bar, 1975. Minority Counsel to U.S. House of Representatives Merchant Marine Subcommittee (1975-1981). Deputy Minority Counsel to U.S. House of Representatives Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee (1979-1981). Admitted to California Bar, 1981. Associate in Law Offices of Lester Howard Clark (1981-1986). Principal, Ronald K. Losch, Attorney at Law (1986-1997). Partner, Losch & Ehrlich, Attorneys at Law (1997-present).

Other Experience

Mr. Losch served in the U. S. Coast Guard as a Cadet and Commissioned Officer (1964-1973). He received a Second Mate’s License (unlimited tonnage, any ocean) in 1973. In connection with his responsibilities as Counsel to the Merchant Marine Subcommittee, he attended the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference from 1976-1981 and has written extensively on the Law of the Sea, especially with respect to the impact of an international regime on international maritime commerce and free transit for military vessels. He has also lectured on these subjects to graduate students at Golden Gate University School of Law.


Mr. Losch has extensive trial, appellate, arbitration, and mediation experience. He has represented shipowners in ship repair and construction disputes, collisions, personal injury matters, Title 11 financing transactions, labor issues, and general matters. He has acted as general counsel to a San Francisco based tractor tug company, represented P&I Clubs, and marine re-insurance companies. Utilizing his engineering training, he also has had extensive experience representing contractors and owners in complex construction matters.

Legislative Initiatives

As Counsel to the Merchant Marine Subcommittee, Mr. Losch conducted oversight hearings on all federal statutes affecting the U.S. Merchant Marine including the Jones Act, USL&H Act, and the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. He has also drafted and been involved in the passage of amendments to numerous statutes affecting the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Published Cases

Kingston Constructors, Inc. v. Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, 14 Cal. 4th 939 (1997).


  • United States Coast Guard Academy (B.S., 1968)
  • George Washington School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1975)


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern District of California.

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