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Oliver Maner Recognized in 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

On August 20, 2020, Best Lawyers®, the only purely peer review™ guide to the legal profession, announced the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and the First Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Oliver Maner, an award-winning law firm providing superior legal services since 1897, is pleased to announce 11 of the firm’s lawyers were recognized in Best Lawyers in America®. Two of Oliver Maner's lawyers were also recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.


Additional recognitions were awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location. Managing Partner Patrick T. O’Connor received special recognition as 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year in Savannah for his work in Mediation. In addition, Oliver Maner Partner Gregory Hodges received special recognition as 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year in Savannah for his work in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs.


A full list of Oliver Maner lawyers recognized in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© include:


William P. Franklin, Jr.

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

David Herschel Dickey

  • Tax Law

  • Trusts and Estates

I. Gregory Hodges

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Robert W. Schivera

  • Trusts and Estates

Patrick T. O'Connor

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • Litigation - Municipal

  • Mediation

  • Municipal Law

James P. Gerard

  • Real Estate Law

Patricia Tanzer Paul

  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Timothy D. Roberts

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Litigation - Real Estate

Lee A. Summerford

  • Corporate Law

  • Trusts and Estates

Andrew M. Wilkes

  • Family Law

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

William J. Hunter

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, the newest award initiative from Best Lawyers, recognized attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. Two of Oliver Maner's lawyers were recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch and include:


David Bobo Mullens III

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Irving William Drought III

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

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