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HFM Partners Susan Hack and William Low Receive “2023 Lawyer of the Year” Recognition

SAN DIEGO (August 18, 2022): Twenty-seven Higgs Fletcher & Mack (HFM) attorneys have been named to the 2023 list of “Best Lawyers® in America” and twelve attorneys were named to the publication’s “Ones to Watch” list.  In addition, HFM Partner Susan M. Hack was recognized as “2023 Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Product Liability Litigation – Defendants and HFM Partner William M. Low was recognized as “2023 Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

Best Lawyers® in America are designated through a peer-review process. Attorneys are divided by geographic region and practice areas and then reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. Best Lawyers® also publishes a “Ones to Watch” list, recognizing lawyers who have been in private practice between five and ten years. According to the publication, the list highlights the most promising younger lawyers in the United States. The following HFM Attorneys were named to the 2023 Best Lawyers ® in America list:

  • Roland H. Achtel – Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • Susan E. Basinger – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Sandra J. Brower – Litigation- Land Use and Zoning, Real Estate Law
  • Steven J. Cologne – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Commercial Litigation
  • Christine De Santis – Family Law
  • Peter S. Doody – Insurance Law, Transportation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Mitchell B. Dubick – Tax Law
  • Martin A. Eliopulos – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Michael R. Gibson – Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation- Construction
  • Jonathan A. Grissom – Business Organizations, Nonprofit / Charities Law and Tax Law
  • Alexis S. Gutierrez – Commercial Litigation
  • Susan M. Hack – Health Care Law, Insurance Law and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Daniel C. Herbert – Family Law
  • Kenneth C. Jones – Real Estate Law
  • Regina Knoll – Immigration Law
  • William M. Low – Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Susan A. Mercure – Trusts and Estates
  • William A. Miller – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • John M. Morris – Appellate Practice
  • Bruce M. O’Brien – Tax Law and Trusts and Estates
  • James M. Peterson – Litigation – Labor and Employment, Employment Law – Management
  • Paul J. Pfingst – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Gregory Pyke – Real Estate Law, Corporate Law
  • John J. Rice – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Donald K. Sheppard – Immigration Law
  • Brian P. Tsu – Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates
  • Allen B. Walburn – Tax Law

The following HFM Attorneys were named to the 2023 Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” list:

  • Nicholas D. Brauns – Commercial Litigation
  • Zane A. Bryant – Immigration Law
  • Julie M. Dewberry – Tax Law and Trusts and Estates
  • Francisco Garcia, Jr. – Trusts and Estates
  • Rachel Moffitt Garrard – Appellate Practice
  • Joshua P. Katz – Tax Law
  • Nicole M. Martinez- Family Law
  • Michael McDonald – Trusts and Estates
  • Kyle W. Nageotte – Litigation – Labor and Employment, Labor and Employment
    Law – Management
  • Robert Peck – Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Jacob T. Spaid – Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Justine K. Wong – Intellectual Property Law

The “2023 Lawyer of the Year” honor is particularly significant, as only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area receives that designation, and the lawyers are selected because they earn particularly impressive voting averages from their peer review assessments.

“We are honored to have so many HFM attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers® and Ones to Watch for 2023,” said Steve Cologne, HFM’s Managing Partner, who was named to the Best Lawyers in America list. “This honor is particularly special, as it is based on a peer-to-peer review process. Congratulations to all of the talented attorneys named to the 2023 Best Lawyers in America and Ones to Watch lists, and congratulations to my partners Susan Hack and Bill Low for their well-deserved recognition.”

Best Lawyers® was founded in 1981 with the 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.