HunterMaclean Partners David F. Sipple and Harold B. Yellin Selected as “Best Lawyers” for 2011

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, recently named Harold B. Yellin the “Best Lawyers 2011 Savannah Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” and David F. Sipple the “Best Lawyers 2011 Savannah Maritime Lawyer of the Year.”

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

“Harold and David are both outstanding attorneys in their respective fields,” said Frank S. Macgill, managing partner for HunterMaclean. “We are delighted that they have been recognized by their peers as being the top real estate and maritime attorneys in Savannah.”

Yellin is a partner in the Savannah office of HunterMaclean, practicing in the areas of commercial real estate, zoning/land use and commercial leasing. He has broad experience in commercial real estate matters, including the purchase, sale and refinance of retail shopping centers and office, industrial, and mixed use developments. He also has extensive experience representing developers and other clients in various zoning and land use matters before local governmental bodies in the metropolitan Savannah area.

“This award surely belongs to the talented and hardworking attorneys, paralegals and staff who work in HunterMaclean’s real estate practice group,” said Yellin. “Any such award is made possible only because of their efforts.”

An accomplished maritime law attorney at HunterMaclean, Sipple currently serves as chairman of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and is on the Maritime Law Committee for the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. He also serves on the Committee on Marine Ecology and Criminal Law and the Committee on Marine Torts and Casualties for the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Since 1997, Sipple has been an associate editor of American Maritime Cases, a leading admiralty law publication.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2011) is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

“We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession,” said Steven Naifeh, president of Best Lawyers. “We would like to congratulate Harold B. Yellin and David F. Sipple on being selected as ‘Savannah Best Lawyers’ for 2011.”