Cody D. King


Cody D. King

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Cody King graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2018 with a certificate of specialization in maritime law. While at Tulane, Mr. King was a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, the Tulane Mock Trial Team, and prepared translations of Chinese maritime legal decisions for a database launched by the Tulane Maritime Law Center and the Shanghai International Shipping Institute of Shanghai Maritime University.

Mr. King completed Tulane’s Maritime Law, Law of the Sea, and Ocean Management program in Greece in 2016. While in Greece, he interned for a major Greek ocean carrier and a prominent Greek maritime law firm.

Additionally, he spent a significant amount of time in China where he worked at law firms in Shanghai and Guangzhou. While in China, he was the first law student to study at Dalian Maritime University as a U.S. exchange student. In Dalian, Mr. King continued studying Mandarin Chinese, which he began studying as an undergraduate. He excelled in courses requisite for HSK level five, which is required to attend graduate level courses taught in Chinese at Chinese universities. He draws from this diverse background and is active in all of the firm’s practice areas.

Ryan J. Byrnes

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Ryan Byrnes is a 2012 graduate of the Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a Presidential Scholar and was published in the field of copyright law. While in law school, Mr. Byrnes served as a clerk for the Hon. Ned Rosenberg in the Superior Court of New Jersey and later at a boutique commercial litigation firm. Prior to joining Freehill Hogan & Mahar, Mr. Byrnes practiced for more than five years at a large Manhattan firm, where his practice included defense of toxic tort, occupational disease, NY Labor Law and construction litigation cases, including extensive practice within New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL).

Mr. Byrnes joined Freehill Hogan & Mahar in 2018. He is involved in various areas of the firm’s practice and at all stages of litigation from pleadings through trial. His personal injury practice includes the defense of trucking and motor carriers, premises liability, Labor Law, Jones Act maritime, and asbestos and other occupational disease cases. He regularly attends ship inspections and on-board investigations in connection with Jones Act personal injury and other maritime-related matters. He assists in the representation of a national restaurant chain as to all general liability claims. He is also active in matters involving insurance coverage, the Defense Base Act, and the War Hazards Compensation Act.

Adam E. Deitz

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Adam Deitz received his law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law, where he was President of the Maritime Law Society. Before joining Freehill Hogan & Mahar in 2017, Adam clerked for the United States Coast Guard District 1 Legal in 2013. He has practiced maritime law in the greater New York area since 2014.  Adam has maintained his Master Mariner Credentials since 2010, operating vessels up to 100 GT in the Tennessee Valley River system and throughout New England. He is active in all phases of the firm’s practice.

Tanner Honea

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Prior to joining Freehill Hogan & Mahar, Tanner served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy on a guided missile destroyer and various patrol craft.  After qualifying as a deck and engineering watch officer within his first year as a commissioned officer, Tanner continued to expand his knowledge into all aspects of seamanship.  In 2009, Tanner was awarded second place as the U.S. Atlantic Fleet’s Junior Officer Ship Handler of the Year.  In addition to his engineering and deck duties, Tanner led eleven sailors responsible for the operation and maintenance of the destroyer’s missile system.  Later, Tanner was responsible for a patrol boat’s operations during two six-month deployments in the Persian Gulf where he led a maritime boarding party.

Following his service in the U.S. Navy, Tanner attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas.  In 2012, Tanner was a National Champion of the John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In 2013, Tanner was also recognized as the Best Speaker in the same competition.  Tanner’s law school experiences included a summer internship with Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the United States Southern District of Texas.  He was also an active member of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal and served as the journal’s Head Senior Articles Editor.

As an attorney, Tanner began his practice in Texas where he litigated a broad spectrum of cases, including:  maritime personal injury claims, vessel arrests, maritime casualties, contractual disputes, and insurance defense and subrogation claims.  Tanner joined Freehill Hogan & Mahar in 2017, and continues to expand his maritime legal experience.  He is active in all phases of the firm’s practice.

Hilary K. Jonczak

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Ms. Jonczak is an accomplished trial lawyer in both federal and state courts. She joined Freehill, Hogan & Mahar in 2017, where her practice currently focuses on federal administrative matters, including claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Defense Base Act.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Jonczak worked for several years as an in-house litigator for a large international insurance company as well as in private practice. She has significant experience in a number of practice areas, including maritime litigation, insurance coverage, general commercial litigation, international arbitration, and professional malpractice. In addition, she has notable appellate experience and has prevailed on several appeals before the Benefits Review Board, United States Department of Labor. While in private practice, Ms. Jonczak lived in London for approximately three months, where she completed secondments with various Lloyd’s of London syndicates.

Ms. Jonczak graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors from The Florida State University in 2005 with a B.S. in History and Political Science. She earned her law degree from The University of Florida in 2008, where she was a competing member of the nationally-ranked UF Trial Team. On a personal level, Hilary enjoys traveling, nature, photography, and scuba diving.

Matthew J. Pallay

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Matthew Pallay graduated from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law with a Certificate of Specialization in Criminal Law before attending Tulane University Law School, where he earned his LLM in Admiralty With Distinction.

Matthew was a third generation longshoreman, and prior to joining Freehill Hogan & Mahar, Matthew was a worked as a longshoreman in New York harbor for nearly 10 years. As a longshoreman, he primarily handled various bulk and breakbulk cargo operations, as well as heavy lifts. Additionally, he handled vessel mooring, stowage, and discharge operations.

Matthew has been involved in all phases of the firm’s practice since he joined the firm in November 2015. He is primarily involved in the firm’s personal injury practice, including federal workers’ compensation, Jones Act, and third-party litigation defense. Matthew routinely appears in the New Jersey and New York state and federal courts, as well before the Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs and Office of Administrative Law Judges. Matthew regularly handles all aspects of litigation from initial evaluation and investigation to taking and defending the depositions of fact and expert witnesses, engaging in motion practice, and appearing for oral arguments.

Matthew frequently conducts and participates in vessel and terminal inspections, both domestically and abroad. His experience includes investigating personal injury matters, stowaways, drug smuggling, oil spills, engine room fires, vessel breakaways, collisions, allisions, and other marine casualties.

William H. Yost


Will Yost received his law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and the Maritime Law Society. A summer associate at Freehill Hogan & Mahar in 2012, Will joined the firm as an associate in August 2013. He is active in all phases of the firm’s practice.

John J. Walsh


Mr. Walsh’s primary area of practice is personal injury arising from transportation accidents including injuries on terminals and trucking accidents and injuries to longshoremen, passengers and seamen. He has handled cases in New York and New Jersey and has supervised and been admitted on a pro hac vice basis in cases throughout the United States for over 30 years. His personal injury practice extends to marine, transportation and industrial accident cases. Mr. Walsh also has considerable experience in collision, dock damage, cargo, charter party, and oil pollution cases and in P&I, hull, CGL and Employer’s Liability Insurance cases. He has spoken on personal injury topics at various seminars and CLE courses. Mr. Walsh has tried both jury and non-jury cases in Federal and State Courts, and has argued appeals in both Federal and State appellate courts.

Michael E. Unger


Since receiving his law degree from St. John’s University in 1991, Mr. Unger has exclusively practiced maritime law. He joined Freehill in 2002 and has been a partner for 11 years. Mr. Unger’s practice includes a particular emphasis on litigation and arbitration involving charter party and bill of lading disputes, cargo and contamination claims, marine torts, casualties, advising clients as to contractual matters, and the defense of personal injury cases involving longshoremen, passengers and seamen. Additionally, Mr. Unger has a significant amount of experience in the exercise of provisional remedies such as arrest and attachment, both domestic and foreign, and in collection of judgments and arbitral awards.  Mr. Unger also represents clients in respect to MARPOL and other pollution violations and issues.

Mr. Unger is an experienced litigator, and has been lead counsel on numerous cases argued before the Federal Courts in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as to the Courts of Appeals in the Second and Third Circuits. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mr. Unger has been ranked as a leading maritime attorney by The Best Lawyers in America Guide, 2013-2020, has been named a New York Super Lawyer for 2014-2017. He also has been ranked as a Leading Individual in shipping litigation by Chambers USA for 2015-2018 and as a recommended attorney by The Legal 500 for 2018.

Michael D. Tucker


Michael Tucker is a 2009 graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law, where he was a member of the Maritime Law Society. During law school, Mr. Tucker served as a summer associate at Freehill, Hogan & Mahar and also served as a summer clerk with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, Post Conviction Relief Unit.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Tucker worked for three years as an Operation Manager in the operations department of a major liner service, managing the daily operations of voyages for the company’s Western Hemispheric fleet. Mr. Tucker is active in all phases of the firm’s practice and is currently involved in a broad range of maritime and commercial matters, with particular experience in the areas of cargo loss and damage, commercial litigation, and personal injury under the Defense Base Act, Jones Act, and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.