The Legal 500 has once again selected Freehill Hogan & Mahar as one of the top tier of US maritime law firms.  Peter Gutowski and Wayne Meehan were named as “Leading Lawyers” in the field, Eric Matheson as a “Next Generation Partner” and Associate Will Yost as a “Rising Star.”


Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP has ‘a very experienced and skilled set of lawyers at all levels’. Based in New York, the practice stands out for major casualties and complex cases; it also has a broad personal injury defense practice, as well as US sanctions expertise. In addition, the maritime criminal defense group is well known for its representation of shipowners charged with maritime and environmental crimes. Among the firm’s several specialist partners, Don Murnane has over 30 years’ maritime law experience; John Karpousis has substantial trial expertise; Gina Venezia ‘provides concise and sensible advice on the tricky area of sanctions’; and managing partner Wayne Meehan, Thomas Canevari and Peter Gutowski ‘are go-to lawyers for admiralty, personal injury, Jones Act and dry shipping disputes’. Also key to the group are Daniel Fitzgerald, who is noted for major maritime casualties, regulatory matters and maritime drug cases; and Eric Matheson, who recently represented Coastal Environmental Group in relation to the loss of a construction barge during a storm. Maritime litigator Will Yost is a standout associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Meehan

Other key lawyers:

Don Murnane; John Karpousis; Gina Venezia; Peter Gutowski; Michael Fernandez; Justin Nastro; Daniel Fitzgerald; Will Yost; Tanner Honea


“The diversity of the different lawyers, particularly as they cover different industries and issues, is refreshing.”

“They are a specialized firm that specializes in maritime law and provides great results for a reasonable price.”

“The overall expertise the firm has in admiralty/maritime and transportation Law makes it stand out from other similar law firms in New York. They are truly a one-stop-shop boutique law firm that has enormous range of legal knowledge and experience. All of its attorneys are approachable, very intelligent, driven, and genuinely want to get the best results for their clients.”