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Seven Hermes Netburn Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America©

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(Boston, MA – August 2020) Hermes Netburn O’Connor and Spearing is pleased to announce that six shareholders have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America © publication. One associate is recognized on the Best Lawyers in America © Ones to Watch list.

Attorneys selected by their peers for inclusion in this year’s directory include shareholders Peter Hermes, Peter Netburn, John Felice, Kevin O’Connor, Holly Polglase and Anthony J. Sbarra, Jr. Additionally, Associate Matthew Bown was named on this year’s Best Lawyers Ones to Watch list.

Our firm is particularly proud to be honored with this recognition annually, as it reflects our attorneys’ deep commitment to excellence in the legal profession. The firm’s lawyers always strive to provide clients with innovative and practical solutions at unsurpassed value. Hermes Netburn represents national and international businesses, insurance companies, and individuals in a wide range of matters throughout New England and beyond.

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession.  A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.  This distinction is only bestowed upon the most esteemed lawyers in the industry, recognizing only 4% of the attorneys in the United States.  For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Our Honored Attorneys

Peter G. Hermes is recognized by Best Lawyers in the Insurance Law category.  Peter is the past President and a founding shareholder of Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C.  He has over forty years of experience handling cutting edge insurance coverage, bad faith and complex construction matters. His broad trial practice also includes cases involving surety law, corporate disputes, intellectual property rights, patent licensing agreements, defamation claims and environmental torts. 

Peter C. Netburn is recognized by Best Lawyers in the Insurance Law and Insurance Litigation categories. Peter is a founding shareholder of Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C.  who concentrates his practice on the areas of general, civil and commercial litigation, construction law, surety and fidelity law, insurance coverage and defense, environmental and business law, complex tort, toxic tort and product liability law. 

John R. Felice is recognized by Best Lawyers in the Personal Injury Litigation/Defendants category. John has been recognized since 2018 and has over twenty years of experience representing manufacturers and distributors of asbestos-containing products in toxic tort cases pending throughout New England. He also serves as national coordinating counsel for a major automotive retailer and is charged with managing the litigation against that retailer throughout the U.S. John also has substantial experience defending product liability claims involving consumer, commercial and industrial products and representing insurers, insurance claim administrators, and other stakeholders in connection with complex insurance coverage matters. In addition to the top quality service he provides to his clients, John is an active member of the legal community and currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association.

Kevin J. O’Connor is recognized by Best Lawyers in the Insurance Law category. Recognized since 2016, Kevin is the President and a founding shareholder of Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C. He has over thirty years of experience representing insurers and other clients in all aspects of trial, arbitration and appeal in coverage, bad faith, reinsurance recovery and surety matters in jurisdictions throughout the United States.  He also has extensive experience in construction, environmental and commercial litigation matters.  Kevin is a member of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Executive Committee of the Primerus Defense Institute and for many years has been Vice President and a Director of the Surety Claims Institute.

Holly M. Polglase is recognized by Best Lawyers in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation/Defendants and Product Liability Litigation/Defendants. She has been recognized since 2016 and was honored as “Best Lawyer of the Year” in 2018 for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants. Holly is a well-known lawyer who acts as lead counsel in the defense and trial of complex product liability, pharmaceutical, medical device, toxic tort, asbestos, general liability and commercial matters. With over twenty-five years of experience, Holly represents product manufacturers, sellers and other businesses for catastrophic losses. Holly has a rich history of serving her industry, most recently as the 2018 Chair of the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS).

Anthony J. Sbarra, Jr. is recognized by Best Lawyers in the Personal Injury Litigation/Defendants category and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions/Defendants. Recognized since 2018, Tony’s practice focuses in civil litigation with an emphasis on products liability and toxic torts. He defends manufacturers of automobiles, light, medium and heavy trucks, construction equipment, farm/agricultural equipment, electrical equipment, wire and cable and other products in products liability cases.  He also defends toxic tort actions, particularly those involving asbestos. With 30 years of experience, Tony has tried to verdict more than 30 Superior Court and 60 District Court actions and arbitrated or mediated several hundred cases. He also serves as a neutral arbitrator in personal injury cases and has been court appointed as guardian ad litem for persons injured in such cases. Tony is a Past President of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association and a past member of its Board of Directors. Tony also serves as the Chair of the State Membership Chair Sub-Committee and Vice Chair of the State and Local Defense Organization Relationship Committee for the Defense Research Institute and serves as one of its national speakers.  He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. 

Matthew E. Bown is recognized on the Best Lawyers Ones to Watch list in the area of Insurance Law/Product Liability and Litigation/Defendants. Matt concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, product liability, insurance coverage, insurance law and professional liability. He works with clients to resolve disputes related to insurance coverage claims. Matt also handles professional malpractice matters in connection with commercial lending transactions.