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 23, 2014

    Banking MVP: Simpson Thacher's David Woll

    David Woll of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has guided client Deutsche Bank AG past three separate residential mortgage-backed securities cases over the past year, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of banking MVPs.

  • December 23, 2014

    Competition MVP: Latham & Watkins' Margaret Zwisler

    Latham & Watkins LLP's Margaret Zwisler convinced a judge that the London Metal Exchange had foreign sovereign immunity from an antitrust class action over aluminum warehousing rates even though the unit is privately owned, earning her a spot on Law360’s list of Competition MVPs.

  • December 22, 2014

    Project Finance MVP: Skadden's Paul Kraske

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP energy and infrastructure projects partner Paul Kraske guided renewable-energy companies in securing more than $700 million to fund solar energy projects in Chile, taking advantage of the South American country's abundant solar power resources, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of Project Finance MVPs.

  • December 22, 2014

    Competition MVP: Covington & Burling's Rob Wick

    Covington & Burling LLP litigator Robert Wick helped Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. escape $3.5 billion in antitrust claims over liquid-crystal display panels and guided JPMorgan Chase & Co. to dismissal of a slew of class actions over aluminum price-fixing, landing him among Law360's Competition MVPs.

  • December 19, 2014

    Competition MVP: Cohen Milstein's Kit Pierson

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC's Kit Pierson hammered out a $400 million settlement for consumers with Apple Inc. in the e-books price-fixing case and helped get a $1 billion judgment against Dow Chemical Corp. in an antitrust class action, landing him a spot on Law360's list of Competition MVPs.

  • December 19, 2014

    Project Finance MVP: Shearman's Cynthia Urda Kassis

    Seasoned dealmaker Cynthia Urda Kassis embraced improved lending conditions to advise multibillion-dollar mining projects across the Americas in 2014, while also adding to her resume several lucrative deals emerging from a robust energy sector, earning the Shearman & Sterling LLP partner a spot on Law360’s Project Finance MVPs.

  • December 19, 2014

    Banking MVP: Shearman & Sterling's Barney Reynolds

    Shearman & Sterling LLP partner Barney Reynolds used his regulatory acumen to earn a spot on Law360's list of Banking MVPs, whether it was shepherding IntercontinentalExchange Group Inc.'s $11 billion purchase of NYSE Euronext Inc. or pursuing a novel creditor bail-in of U.K. bank Co-operative Bank PLC.

  • December 18, 2014

    Banking MVP: Mayer Brown's Matthew Ingber

    Mayer Brown LLP partner Matthew Ingber spent much of the last year helping establish a template for courts to approve settlements in private residential mortgage-backed securities litigation by working on the largest settlement of that kind, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Banking MVPs.

  • December 18, 2014

    Privacy MVP: Cooley's Michael Rhodes

    Cooley LLP partner Michael Rhodes scored a major victory this year by defeating a proposed class against Google Inc. that would have been one of the largest classes ever, an achievement that earned him a spot for the fourth year in a row on Law360’s Privacy MVP list.

  • December 18, 2014

    Competition MVP: Boies Schiller's Bill Isaacson

    From helping college athletes triumph over the National Collegiate Athletic Association to securing victory for Apple Inc. in a $351 million trial regarding an iTunes software update, William Isaacson of Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP has had a banner year, landing him a spot on Law360’s list of Competition MVPs.

  • December 18, 2014

    Government Contracts MVP: Holland & Knight's Bob Tompkins

    Holland & Knight LLP’s Bob Tompkins' work to help a client secure a precedential victory in a dispute involving a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program worth $250 million annually, among other efforts, has landed him on Law360’s list of Government Contracts MVPs.

  • December 18, 2014

    Project Finance MVP: Nossaman's Patrick Harder

    Between leading the charge on a $2.3 billion highway reconstruction project in Florida and spearheading a deal to use a public-private partnership to fund a massive expansion project at the University of California's Merced campus, Nossaman LLP's Patrick Harder had himself a fruitful 2014, landing him on Law360's list of Project Finance MVPs.

  • December 17, 2014

    Government Contracts MVP: Wiley Rein's Scott McCaleb

    Scott McCaleb of Wiley Rein LLP has worked on government contracts matters as high-value as they are high-profile over the past year, including his advisory work regarding the Affordable Care Act and defense work in a $78 million false claims suit, landing him among Law360's Government Contracts MVPs.

  • December 17, 2014

    Project Finance MVP: Mayer Brown's Christopher Erckert

    Mayer Brown LLP partner Christopher Erckert helped put together three highly complex infrastructure deals in 2014 in Peru and Mexico, collectively worth over $1.7 billion, establishing himself once more as the go-to Latin America lawyer and earning a place on Law360's list of Project Finance MVPs.

  • December 17, 2014

    Privacy MVP: Fenwick & West's Tyler Newby

    Helping Pandora Media Inc. shake off a proposed class action alleging it misused customer information and serving as co-lead counsel in multidistrict litigation over Carrier IQ Inc.'s cellphone tracking software are among the highlights that landed Fenwick & West LLP partner Tyler Newby on Law360's list of 2014 Privacy MVPs.

  • December 17, 2014

    Competition MVP: Hausfeld LLP's Michael Hausfeld

    Hausfeld LLP Chairman Michael Hausfeld scored a game-changing victory against the National Collegiate Athletic Association in an antitrust case, forcing the league to let universities pay student athletes and earning him a spot on Law360's list of Competition MVPs.

  • December 17, 2014

    Banking MVP: Davis Polk's Margaret Tahyar

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s Margaret Tahyar guided multiple banks such as Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. through the regulatory changes that began to take effect in 2014, coaching them through the living will process and preparing them for the Volcker Rule to earn herself a spot as one of Law360’s Banking MVPs.

  • December 16, 2014

    Banking MVP: Venable's Greg Cross

    Venable LLP partner Greg Cross' efforts to carve out a significant niche involving the rights and obligations of financial services companies and other participants in securitized debt structure deals, work Cross adds to an already bustling practice, has earned him a place on Law360’s list of Banking MVPs.

  • December 16, 2014

    Government Contracts MVP: Hogan Lovells' Michael Mason

    Michael Mason has had a busy year at Hogan Lovells, serving as lead attorney on several major government contracts cases, including a key victory for Lockheed Martin Corp. and a hard-fought settlement for Stryker Corp., and earning himself a repeat selection to Law360's list of Government Contracts MVPs.

  • December 16, 2014

    Competition MVP: Cleary Gottlieb's George S. Cary

    In nearly 40 years in competition law on the regulatory and private practice side, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP partner George S. Cary has become a go-to attorney for high-profile competition litigation and for prominent mergers, such as Medtronic Inc.’s $43 billion acquisition of Covidien PLC, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Competition MVPs.

  • December 16, 2014

    Privacy MVP: Ropes & Gray's Douglas H. Meal

    In what’s becoming known as a historic year for retailers suffering significant data security breaches, several of the biggest names, including Target Corp., Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and Home Depot Inc., have enlisted Ropes & Gray LLP's Douglas H. Meal to lead them out of the ensuing legal quagmire, earning him a spot among Law360's 2014 Privacy MVPs.

  • December 16, 2014

    Bankruptcy MVP: Jenner & Block's Catherine Steege

    Jenner & Block LLP’s Cathy Steege has had a whirlwind year holding accountable the directors of a bankrupt Illinois casino, protecting the benefits of nearly 50,000 American Airlines Corp. retirees and preparing to take on the case of a lifetime before the Supreme Court, earning her a spot among Law360’s Bankruptcy MVPs of the Year.

  • December 16, 2014

    Aerospace & Defense MVP: Hogan Lovells' Tom McGovern

    Hogan Lovells partner Thomas L. McGovern III secured a big win for Fluor Corp. this year in a contentious bid protest over a $1.5 billion U.S. Department of Energy contract, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of Aerospace & Defense MVPs.

  • December 16, 2014

    Project Finance MVP: DLA Piper's Gianluca Bacchiocchi

    DLA Piper partner Gianluca Bacchiocchi has built a career crafting first-of-their-kind financings from diverse lender groups for landmark projects in Latin America, including the $5 billion Lima Metro Line 2 project in Peru, earning him a spot among Law360’s Project Finance MVPs for 2014.

  • December 16, 2014

    Employment MVP: Epstein Becker Green's Steven Swirsky

    Epstein Becker Green PC's Steven M. Swirsky helped navigate Volkswagen AG and its American subsidiary through a plethora of litigation in both federal court and before the National Labor Relations Board arising out of a controversial attempt by a labor union to organize workers in the automaker's Chattanooga, Tennessee, manufacturing plant, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Employment MVPs.