On August 15, 2016 it was announced by Best Lawyers® that sixteen lawyers from Freehill Hogan & Mahar have been selected by their peers for inclusion in 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the category of admiralty and maritime law in New York. The selected attorneys are: Patrick Bonner, Thomas Canevari, Michael Fernandez, Peter Gutowski, William Juska, Eric Lenck, Wayne Meehan, Manuel Molina, Mark Muller, Don Murnane, William Pallas, James Ross, Thomas Russo, Michael Unger, Gina Venezia and John Walsh.
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