Rankings: MVPs of the Year

Law360’s MVPs of the Year recognizes the five attorneys who had extraordinary wins and contributed most to their practice area in the past year. The series showcases standout attorneys across the practice areas and industries covered by Law360.
  • December 19, 2013

    Tax MVP: Reed Smith's Mardiros Dakessian

    Reed Smith LLP's Mardiros Dakessian helped his clients land a blockbuster $100 million in tax relief in the past year and forced California to roll back unconstitutional portions of a small business stock incentive, earning him a spot among Law360's Tax MVPs.

  • December 18, 2013

    Competition MVP: Weil Gotshal's Steven Newborn

    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP’s January acquisition of Copano Energy LLC was the $5 billion prelude to a gangbusters year for Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s antitrust practice and its head Steven Newborn, whose shrewd stewardship earned him a spot among Law360’s 2013 Competition MVPs.

  • December 18, 2013

    Tax MVP: Kirkland & Ellis' Steven Clemens

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney Steven Clemens' role in analyzing the tax implications of 3G Capital Partners Ltd.’s $28 billion acquisition of H.J. Heinz Co. and the $665 million purchase of investment banking firm Duff & Phelps Corp. led by private equity firm Carlyle Group LP secured his spot among Law360's 2013 Tax MVPs.

  • December 18, 2013

    Real Estate MVP: Fried Frank's Jonathan Mechanic

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s Jonathan Mechanic helped complete some of New York City’s most significant real estate deals in the past year — including Coach Inc.’s $750 million relocation to Hudson Yards — earning him a spot on Law360’s list of 2013 Real Estate MVPs.

  • December 17, 2013

    International Trade MVP: Akin Gump's Ed Rubinoff

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's Ed Rubinoff helped Nobel Oil recover a $1.5 million transaction that had been blocked as part of a transaction with a company in Myanmar, earning him a spot on Law360's list of International Trade MVPs.

  • December 17, 2013

    Life Sciences MVP: Fish & Richardson's Jonathan Singer

    Fish & Richardson PC's Jonathan E. Singer in 2013 sealed a major Federal Circuit victory directing courts to look at all objective facts when deciding the obviousness of drug patents, one of several high-profile triumphs that scored him a spot among Law360's Life Sciences MVPs.

  • December 17, 2013

    Competition MVP: Kirkland & Ellis’ Mark Kovner

    The antitrust and competition practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP had a hand in nearly 12 percent of all the transactions reported to federal antitrust agencies in the past year, and as a senior member, partner Mark Kovner was involved in several of the year's most prominent cases, earning him a spot among Law360's 2013 Competition MVPs.

  • December 17, 2013

    Tax MVP: Kirkland & Ellis' Rachel Cantor

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Rachel Cantor had a hand in some of the most interesting and uniquely organized private equity and tax structure deals this year, including the $1.75 billion sale of Yankee Candle Investments, landing her on Law360's list of 2013 Tax MVPs.

  • December 17, 2013

    Real Estate MVP: Cleary Gottlieb's Steve Horowitz

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's Steve Horowitz racked up sizeable real estate and financing deals in the past year, including unloading a minority stake in New York's iconic General Motors Building to foreign investors for about $1.4 billion, landing him on Law360's list of 2013 Real Estate MVPs.

  • December 16, 2013

    Private Equity MVP: Ropes & Gray's William Shields

    While some deals teams hit a lull this year, Ropes & Gray LLP partner William M. Shields stayed busy advising some of the biggies of the private equity world, winning him a repeat spot on Law360's list of Private Equity MVPs.

  • December 16, 2013

    Life Sciences MVP: Kirkland's Jay Lefkowitz

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Jay P. Lefkowitz took home the gold this year when he won the high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned a landmark ruling on generic-drug companies’ liability with respect to state tort claims, landing him a spot among Law360’s 2013 Life Sciences MVPs.

  • December 16, 2013

    International Trade MVP: Davis Polk's John B. Reynolds III

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's John B. Reynolds III secured U.S. national security clearance for CNOOC Ltd.'s $15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen Inc. and helped Italy's largest bank resolve an investigation into its dealings with Iran in just two of the many matters that earned him a spot on Law360's list of International Trade MVPs.

  • December 16, 2013

    Competition MVP: White & Case's J. Mark Gidley

    White & Case LLP's J. Mark Gidley employed aggressive litigation strategies to clear Toshiba Corp. from a potential $2.3 billion penalty for alleged price-fixing on liquid crystal display panels, accounting for just one of the numerous high-profile wins that landed him on Law360's 2013 list of Competition MVPs.

  • December 16, 2013

    Real Estate MVP: Greenberg Traurig's Richard Giusto

    For his work representing clients in 35 deals valued at nearly $3.5 billion, including Invesco Ltd. in its $185 million sale of the iconic Brill Building in New York, Greenberg Traurig LLP's Richard Giusto earned himself a spot among Law360's Real Estate MVPs of 2013.

  • December 13, 2013

    Life Sciences MVP: Morrison & Foerster's David Doyle

    Morrison & Foerster LLP partner David C. Doyle has successfully fought for generic drug companies’ access to markets years before competitors’ exclusivity runs out, including Sandoz Inc.’s bid to invalidate Teva Pharmaceutical USA Inc.’s patents for its $3 billion a year Copaxone drug, netting him a spot on Law360’s list of Life Sciences MVPs.

  • December 13, 2013

    International Trade MVP: Covington's Mark Plotkin

    By guiding major Chinese clients this year through the always-tricky process of winning approval for foreign investment in the United States, Covington & Burling LLP partner Mark Plotkin earned himself a spot on Law360's list of International Trade MVPs.

  • December 13, 2013

    Competition MVP: Dechert's Paul Denis

    The turbulent $17 billion megamerger of US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines Inc. parent AMR Corp. was just one of the deals that overcame challenges from antitrust regulators during the past year with the help of Dechert LLP's Paul Denis, landing him among Law360's 2013 Competition MVPs.

  • December 13, 2013

    Class Action MVP: Susman Godfrey's Marc Seltzer

    Veteran litigator Marc Seltzer of Susman Godfrey LLP scored big wins for plaintiffs in 2013, including a $6.5 million recovery for investors allegedly defrauded by IndyMac Bancorp Inc. and a landmark $1.6 billion consumer settlement with Toyota Motor Corp., earning him a spot on Law360's list of 2013 Class Action MVPs.

  • December 13, 2013

    Real Estate MVP: Dechert's David Forti

    Dechert LLP's David Forti helped complete nearly two dozen commercial mortgage backed securities deals in the last year — including one involving a $1 billion loan on the landmark Seagram Building in New York — landing him on the list of Law360's 2013 Real Estate MVPs.

  • December 13, 2013

    Private Equity MVP: Debevoise's Kevin Rinker

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  • December 12, 2013

    Class Action MVP: Bernstein Litowitz's Salvatore Graziano

    As co-lead counsel for a class of investors accusing Merck & Co. and subsidiary Schering-Plough of concealing test results for their anti-cholesterol drug Vytorin from investors, Salvatore J. Graziano of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP secured a landmark $688 million settlement, earning him a spot on Law360’s 2013 Class Action MVPs.

  • December 12, 2013

    Private Equity MVP: Willkie Farr's Gordon Caplan

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's Gordon Caplan had a hand in some of this year's most complex, uniquely structured private equity deals including Hudson's Bay Co.'s $2.9 billion merger with Saks Inc., landing him a spot among Law360's 2013 Private Equity MVPs.

  • December 12, 2013

    Competition MVP: White & Case's Christopher Curran

    Fighting against claims that Toshiba Corp. took part in a liquid crystal display cartel, White & Case LLP partner Christopher Curran helped exonerate the company in a case brought by Best Buy Co., just one of the recent successes that helped land him among Law360's Competition MVPs.

  • December 12, 2013

    Life Sciences MVP: White & Case's Dimitrios Drivas

    White & Case LLP's Dimitrios Drivas leverages his background in biochemistry and his nearly 30 years of experience representing major pharmaceutical companies to net victories for his clients when billion-dollar inventions are at stake, including a battle over the world's top-selling drug of all time, earning him a spot on Law360's list of 2013 Life Sciences MVPs.

  • December 12, 2013

    Real Estate MVP: Morrison & Foerster's Mark Edelstein

    Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Mark Edelstein oversaw Union Bank NA’s $3.7 billion purchase of a commercial real estate lending portfolio and used creative financing deals to launch or revive projects that are reshaping the New York City skyline, making him one of Law360’s 2013 MVPs.