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.
  • November 21, 2014

    Securites MVP: Paul Weiss' Brad Karp

    Taking Citigroup Inc. over the finish line in its effort to overturn U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff's controversial 2011 decision to reject a deal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was just one in a string of victories Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP chair Brad S. Karp achieved this year for the top-shelf client, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of 2014 Securities MVPs.

  • November 21, 2014

    Product Liability MVP: Jones Day's Stephanie Parker

    Jones Day's Stephanie Parker has been R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s go-to attorney since she began trying cases for it 15 years ago, and as its lead defense counsel, she has helped it win cases even in the post-Engle litigation landscape, including the first federal dispute involving a living smoker, landing her among Law360’s Product Liability MVPs.

  • November 21, 2014

    Media & Entertainment MVP: Covington's Doug Gibson

    Covington & Burling LLP partner Doug Gibson’s name appears on many high-profile sports industry deals, including this summer’s negotiation of former Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers and the National Football League’s extension on DirecTV’s rights for NFL Sunday Ticket, landing him a spot on Law360’s list of Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • November 21, 2014

    M&A MVP: Davis Polk's David Caplan

    A resurgence in corporate deal-making kept Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s David Caplan busy this year as a number of longtime clients tapped him for various billion-dollar deals — including the year’s third-largest tie-up — landing him a spot on Law360's list of M&A MVPs.

  • November 21, 2014

    Class Action MVP: Grant & Eisenhofer's Stuart Grant

    Securing multiple settlements of more than $100 million for institutional shareholders that challenged mergers and other corporate governance decisions, Stuart Grant of Grant & Eisenhofer PA earned a spot on Law360’s list of Class Action MVPs.

  • November 21, 2014

    Tax MVP: Proskauer's Leslie Loffman

    Proskauer Rose LLP partner Leslie Loffman was the tax expert that American Realty Capital Properties Inc. turned to when it sealed its storied $11.2 billion acquisition of Cole Real Estate Investments, but multi-billion-dollar real estate investment trust deals are nothing new for Loffman, whose expertise landed him on Law 360's Tax MVP list.

  • November 21, 2014

    IP MVP: Paul Weiss' Nicholas Groombridge

    Veteran intellectual property litigator Nicholas Groombridge of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP has many wins under his belt, but a recent $1.1 billion settlement between Edwards Lifesciences AG and Medtronic Inc. ending a lengthy patent war is among the victories that have helped to earn him a spot on Law360’s list of Intellectual Property MVPs.

  • November 21, 2014

    Health Care MVP: Gibson Dunn's Geoff Sigler

    Guiding health insurance giant Aetna Inc. to court victories over coverage disputes and helping the insurance industry block a Georgia law penalizing health plan administrators for not promptly paying claims has helped earn Gibson Dunn partner Geoff Sigler a spot on Law360's list of Health Care MVPs.

  • November 20, 2014

    Product Liability MVP: Sidley Austin's Sherry Knutson

    Drawing on her knack for simplifying complicated science and regulatory jargon, Sherry Knutson of Sidley Austin LLP helped Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. escape liability in the first jury trial among thousands of Illinois lawsuits blaming the company’s diabetes drug Actos for causing bladder cancer, earning her a spot among Law360’s Product Liability MVPs.

  • November 20, 2014

    Securities MVP: Latham & Watkins' Patrick E. Gibbs

    With accomplishments such as clearing sTec Inc.’s ex-CEO of insider trading claims and scoring one of the first judicial decisions outside of Delaware to enforce forum selection bylaws, Latham & Watkins LLP’s Patrick E. Gibbs has earned himself a spot among this year’s Law360 Securities MVPs.

  • November 20, 2014

    Class Action MVP: Mayer Brown's Dale Giali

    When the plaintiffs bar set its sights on false advertising suits against the food industry and targeted Mayer Brown LLP client Nestle USA Inc., the firm's Dale Giali shifted his focus to fighting those high-stakes cases and has since racked up a series of wins that landed him on Law360's list of Class Action MVPs.

  • November 20, 2014

    Health Care MVP: King & Spalding's Michael Paulhus

    King & Spalding LLP's Michael Paulhus has set himself apart in the False Claims Act space over last year by securing several key wins for clients like Omnicare Inc. that set precedent for future whistleblower cases, earning him a spot as one of Law360's Health Care MVPs.

  • November 20, 2014

    Tax MVPs: Sutherland's Jeffrey Friedman and Carley Roberts

    When California tax authorities insisted Comcast Corp. had a unitary relationship with its then-independent subsidiary QVC, the company turned to Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP’s Jeffrey Friedman and Carley Roberts, who scored a win for Comcast in a historic ruling and sealed their place on Law360’s list of tax MVPs.

  • November 20, 2014

    M&A MVP: Wachtell's Andy Brownstein

    Thanks to his work over the past year guiding numerous multibillion-dollar deals that spanned a number of different sectors and had various international components, Andrew R. Brownstein has earned a spot on Law360’s list of M&A MVPs.

  • November 20, 2014

    IP MVP: McDermott Will & Emery’s William Gaede

    When William Gaede of McDermott Will & Emery LLP recently stood at the vanguard of using patent law to open up access to gene-based cancer testing, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of Intellectual Property MVPs, Gaede was fulfilling a promise he made to himself nearly 20 years ago.

  • November 19, 2014

    Class Action MVP: Bernstein Litowitz's John Browne

    John Browne of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP spent the past year securing the first recovery for investors in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and helping set up a new plaintiff-friendly standard for pleading loss causation in the Fifth Circuit, earning him a spot on Law360's Class Action MVP list.

  • November 19, 2014

    Securities MVPs: Gibson Dunn's Thad Davis & Michael Wong

    Gibson Dunn partners Thad Davis and Michael Li-Ming Wong topped federal prosecutors aiming to convict a China North East Petroleum Holdings Ltd. executive on criminal fraud charges, earning them a place on Law360's list of Securities MVPs.

  • November 19, 2014

    IP MVP: Durie Tangri's Daralyn Durie

    Guiding Google Inc. to a win in a copyright suit over the search giant's Google Books project is just one of the recent accomplishments that earned Durie Tangri LLP's Daralyn Durie a place among Law360's intellectual property MVPs.

  • November 19, 2014

    Media MVP: Greenberg Glusker's Bob Baradaran

    Bob Baradaran, managing partner at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP, helped broker one of the biggest sports deals of 2014 — the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer — earning him a spot among Law360's Media and Entertainment MVPs.

  • November 19, 2014

    Health Care MVP: Jones Day's Leon F. DeJulius Jr.

    Jones Day’s Leon F. DeJulius Jr. has played leading roles recently in some of the nation’s highest-profile health care fights, including an epic tussle between University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Inc., landing him a spot among Law360's Health Care MVPs.

  • November 19, 2014

    Product Liability MVP: Mayer Brown's Hank Bullock

    Mayer Brown LLP’s Henninger "Hank" Bullock had a big summer, with a victory in the Sixth Circuit protecting Eli Lilly & Co. from multidistrict litigation over injuries allegedly caused by generic painkillers and a win at the Iowa Supreme Court that cleared Schwarz Pharma Inc. of injury claims stemming from generic versions of a nausea medication, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s Product Liability MVPs.

  • November 19, 2014

    M&A MVP: Davis Polk's Gar Bason

    Deep deal-making experience across several sectors helped Davis Polk LLP's Gar Bason keep up with the recent M&A surge and nail down a series of high-stakes transactions, including Baker Hughes Inc.'s $35 billion sale to Halliburton Co. this week, that landed him a spot on Law360’s list of M&A MVPs.

  • November 19, 2014

    Tax MVP: Reed Smith's Mardiros Dakessian

    Reed Smith LLP's Mardiros Dakessian boasted a productive year that saw him claim a watershed decision on legal fee recovery and a steady record of lucrative tax relief for his clients before trial courts, regulators and administrative panels, earning him a spot among Law360’s Tax MVPs.

  • November 18, 2014

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Legal Aces From 78 Firms

    Beginning this week, Law360 will profile those elite attorneys whose successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters earned them a spot on this year's list of MVP award winners.

  • 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.