Oliver Maner Lawyer Earns Prestigious "Lawyer of the Year" Accolade, Continues Longstanding Firm Tradition

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Oliver Maner, an award-winning law firm providing superior legal services since 1897, is pleased to announce that a partner with the firm, has been named the 2018 Savannah Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" and included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. He joins an impressive list of Oliver Maner lawyers who earned the exclusive "Lawyer of the Year" distinction over the last five years (list included below).

"This distinguished accolade is particularly significant as only one lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with the "Lawyer of the Year" award," said Oliver Maner Managing Partner Patrick T. O'Connor. "Our firm has a long-standing tradition of bringing home this honor year over year. We're very proud of the firm we have built."

Lawyers being honored as "Lawyer of the Year" are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during exhaustive peer-review assessments conducted by Best Lawyers with thousands of leading lawyers each year.

With one of the most successful litigation and trial practices in Georgia, the 120-year-old Savannah-based firm reflects the highest level of respect a lawyer can earn among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Oliver Maner lawyers who have earned the exclusive "Lawyer of the Year" distinction over the last five years include:

  • · William J. Hunter -- "Lawyer of the Year" (2014 and 2016)
  • · I. Greg Hodges -- "Lawyer of the Year" (2013 and 2017)
  • · Patrick T. O'Connor -- "Lawyer of the Year" (2012, 2014, and 2016)
  • · Lee A. Summerford -- "Lawyer of the Year" (2016)
  • · David Herschel Dickey -- "Lawyer of the Year"(2013)
  • · William P. Franklin -- "Lawyer of the Year" (2016 and 2012)
  • · Julian R. Friedman -- "Lawyer of the Year" (2012 and 2014)
  • · James P. Gerard -- "Lawyer of the Year" (2015)


An award-winning, full service law firm, Oliver Maner has been providing superior and cost-effective legal services since 1897. With more than 25 lawyers providing elite legal expertise across a broad and diverse list of practice areas, including a variety of civil litigation and transactional work, Oliver Maner's record of success and commitment to professionalism and ethics is second to none. For more information, please visit www.olivermaner.com. Located at 218 W. State. St. in historic downtown Savannah, Ga., Oliver Maner can also be reached by phone at 912.236.3311 or email at [email protected].