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HFM Attorneys Selected Across Multiple Categories in Best Lawyers® 2024: 28 Selected to Best Lawyers®, 12 Recognized as “Ones to Watch”

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SAN DIEGO (August 17, 2023): Twenty-eight Higgs Fletcher & Mack (HFM) attorneys have been named to the 2024 list of “Best Lawyers® in America” and twelve attorneys were named to the publication’s “Ones to Watch” list.

Best Lawyers® in America are designated through a peer-review process. Attorneys are categorized 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 2024 Best Lawyers ® in America list:

  • Roland H. Achtel – Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • Susan E. Basinger – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Steven J. Cologne – Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants,
  • Christine De Santis – Family Law
  • Peter S. Doody – Insurance Law, Product Liability Litigation- Defendants, and Transportation Law
  • Mitchell B. Dubick – Tax Law
  • Martin A. Eliopulos – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Michael R. Gibson – Litigation – Construction, Litigation- Real Estate
  • 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
  • William A. Miller – Commercial Litigation, 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 – Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment,
  • Paul J. Pfingst – Criminal Defense: General Practice, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Gregory Pyke – Corporate Law and Real Estate Law
  • John J. Rice –Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Phillip Samouris– Commercial Litigation
  • Donald K. Sheppard – Immigration Law
  • Koryn Sheppard– Family Law
  • Mark K. Stender–Real Estate Law
  • Brian P. Tsu – Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates
  • Allen B. Walburn – Tax Law

This is the first time attorneys Phillip Samouris, Koryn Sheppard, and Mark Stender were named to the Best Lawyers® list. The following HFM Attorneys were named to the 2024 Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” list:

  • Nicholas D. Brauns –Commercial Litigation and Transportation Law
  • Steven Brunolli–Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation
  • Zane A. Bryant – Immigration Law
  • Mayra Castro–Immigration Law
  • Julie M. Dewberry – Tax Law and Trusts and Estates
  • Francisco Garcia, Jr. – Trusts and Estates
  • Joshua P. Katz – Tax Law
  • Nicole M. Martinez- Family Law
  • Kyle W. Nageotte – Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law–Management, Litigation–Labor and Employment
  • Robert K. Peck – Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law
  • Jacob T. Spaid – Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Justine K. Wong – Intellectual Property Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law

“We are honored that so many talented HFM attorneys were named Best Lawyers® and Ones to Watch for 2024,” said Jim Peterson, HFM’s Managing Partner, who was named to the Best Lawyers® list. “This achievement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our attorneys. Congratulations to all.”

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 over 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 over 70 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 services in the San Diego region and beyond.