SAN DIEGO (August 15, 2019): Seventeen Higgs Fletcher & Mack (HFM) attorneys have been named to the 2020 list of “Best Lawyers in America®” and HFM Partner Peter S. Doody has also earned the “Lawyer of the Year” distinction for Insurance Law.
Lawyers named to the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.
The following HFM Attorneys were named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list: Roland H. Achtel (Litigation – Trusts and Estates), Susan E. Basinger (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), Douglas M. Butz (Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), Steven J. Cologne (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), Peter S. Doody (Insurance Law, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), Alexis S. Gutierrez (Commercial Litigation), James G. Harrigan (Corporate Law, Health Care Law), Daniel C. Herbert (Family Law), William M. Low (Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), Susan A. Mercure (Trusts and Estates), John M. Morris (Appellate Practice), Paul J. Pfingst (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), Richard A. Shaw (Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law), Donald K. Sheppard (Immigration Law), Brian P. Tsu (Trusts and Estates), and Timothy D. Waters (Construction Law).
Peter S. Doody was also recognized as Lawyer of the Year in the Insurance Law category. Lawyer of the Year recognition is also based on peer review and is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area in a geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized for each specialty and location. Doody is currently the President of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. He is also the former President of San Diego Defense Lawyers and he received the organization’s 2019 Defense Lawyer of the Year award.
“It is a true honor for so many HFM attorneys to be recognized as Best Lawyers for 2020, particularly as this recognition is based on a peer-to-peer review system,” said Steve Cologne, HFM’s Managing Partner, who was named to the Best Lawyers in America list. “Pete’s recognition as Lawyer of the Year in insurance law is very well deserved. I congratulate Pete and all of the fine attorneys named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list.”
Best Lawyers® was founded in 1981 with a purpose of “highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession,” and the Best Lawyers in America list has been published for over three decades.
About Higgs Fletcher Mack
Higgs Fletcher & Mack is a full-service law firm that serves diverse individuals and industries. For 80 years, the firm has worked tirelessly with companies and people that need legal counsel and representation in and out of the courtroom. Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s more than 75 attorneys have experience in multiple fields of law, and its internal network of legal professionals frequently coordinate in practice area groups that have multi-disciplinary dimensions, helping clients make a more informed decision. The firm is actively recruiting partner-level talent in complimentary practice areas to provide legal expertise in the San Diego region and beyond.