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 17, 2015

    M&E MVP: Weil Gotshal's Yehudah Buchweitz

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's Yehudah Buchweitz helped CBS Broadcasting Inc. escape a pair of cases claiming that the broadcaster and its website had violated college athletes' publicity rights by using their names and likenesses in television broadcasts and online without permission, earning him a spot on Law360's 2015 list of media and entertainment MVPs.

  • December 16, 2015

    Media & Entertainment MVP: O'Melveny's Daniel Petrocelli

    After securing a Supreme Court victory for Warner Bros. in a fight over the rights to Superman, Daniel Petrocelli of O’Melveny & Meyers LLP nabbed a win for Fox in a dispute over “American Idol,” and is currently handling major cases for Sirius XM, earning him a spot on Law360’s 2015 list of Media and Entertainment MVPs.

  • December 15, 2015

    Media and Entertainment MVP: Loeb & Loeb’s Barry Slotnick

    Obtaining dismissal of copyright infringement claims over Shakira’s hit song “Loca” for client Sony Corp. and helping Walt Disney Pictures secure a win in a right of publicity and copyright action against the estate of late horse-racing announcer Charles “Chic” Anderson earned Loeb & Loeb’s Barry Slotnick a spot on Law360’s list of Media and Entertainment MVPs for 2015.

  • December 15, 2015

    M&A MVP: White & Case's Morton Pierce

    With work over the past year on major transactions across a variety of industries, from Zimmer Holdings Inc.’s $13.35 billion acquisition of Biomet Inc., to Global Infrastructure Partners’ $2.7 billion Bakken Shale joint venture with Hess Corp., White & Case LLP’s Morton Pierce has earned a spot on Law360’s 2015 list of Mergers and Acquisitions MVPs.

  • December 14, 2015

    Bankruptcy MVP: Weil's Ray Schrock

    Weil partner Ray Schrock's assistance in guiding the A&P grocery chain to a job-saving asset sale and his work in helping obtain a $300 million emergency boost for foreign exchange trader FXCM Inc. showed his skill in aiding both clients battling long-term headwinds, and those dealing with the unexpected, and landed him on Law360's list of 2015 Bankruptcy MVPs.

  • December 14, 2015

    M&A MVP: Sidley Austin's Brian Fahrney

    Sidley Austin LLP’s Brian Fahrney guided GE Capital Corp. in its $12 billion sale of its sponsored finance business to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, a deal that accelerated General Electric's planned sell-offs as part of its strategy to reduce its financial services offerings and refocus on its core industrial business, helping land him among Law360’s M&A MVPs for 2015.

  • December 14, 2015

    Media & Entertainment MVP: King & Spalding's Kenneth Steinthal

    King & Spalding LLP's Kenneth Steinthal guided Pandora Media Inc. this past year to a victory over efforts by large publishers to partially pull their digital rights from collective licenses for their catalogues to instead strike more lucrative direct deals with the Internet radio giant, earning him a place on Law360 list of 2015 media MVPs.

  • December 12, 2015

    Media & Entertainment MVP: Katten's Joel R. Weiner

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP partner Joel R. Weiner has defeated lawsuits against Seth MacFarlane, NBCUniversal, Eddie Murphy and many other major Hollywood clients, landing him a spot on Law360's list of Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • December 11, 2015

    Bankruptcy MVP: Kramer Levin's Amy Caton

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s Amy Caton has spent the last year guiding big-time bondholders through the shoals and reefs of Puerto Rico’s ongoing debt crisis. Even as she waits to see where the Supreme Court lands on the territory’s shelved restructuring strategy, Caton can bask in the glow of an innovative bond-exchange deal that helped make her one of Law360’s 2015 Bankruptcy MVPs.

  • December 11, 2015

    M&A MVP: Paul Weiss' Ariel Deckelbaum

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP corporate partner Ariel Deckelbaum is often at the helm of game-changing transactions, including leading Time Warner Cable through the tumultuous road that ended in a $78.7 billion combination with Charter Communications, landing him among Law360's list of M&A MVPs for 2015.

  • December 10, 2015

    Bankruptcy MVP: Kirkland & Ellis' Stephen Hessler

    Over the past year, Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Stephen Hessler has been at the forefront of one of the largest and most complex bankruptcy filings in U.S. history, helping to steer the Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings Inc. through a plan to resolve its Texas-sized debt load and earning his spot as one of Law360's Bankruptcy MVPs for 2015.

  • December 10, 2015

    Employment MVP: Shegerian & Associates' Carney Shegerian

    Carney Shegerian of Shegerian & Associates has secured millions of dollars in damages awards for workers fired for age, disabilities and injuries on the job, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Employment MVPs for 2015.

  • December 10, 2015

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

    Ropes & Gray LLP's Douglas H. Meal recently helped Wyndham negotiate a favorable settlement of the Federal Trade Commission's landmark suit challenging the hotel chain's data security practices, while continuing to advise Target and other major retailers in data breach litigation, earning him a slot among Law360's 2015 Privacy MVPs.

  • December 10, 2015

    M&A MVP: Fried Frank's Philip Richter

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP's Philip Richter spent the past year helping guide a number of high-profile deals, including Aetna Inc.'s $37 billion acquisition of fellow health insurance giant Humana Inc. and Terex Corp.'s $2.5 billion cross-border merger with Finnish crane company Konecranes PLC, landing him on Law360's list of M&A MVPs.

  • December 9, 2015

    Bankruptcy MVP: Jones Day's Scott Greenberg

    Scott Greenberg of Jones Day led embattled telecommunications firm NII Holdings Inc. through a bruising restructuring process, ultimately winning approval of a reorganization plan — over the fierce objections of bondholders — designed to slash $4.35 billion in debt and propel the company out of Chapter 11, earning him a spot on Law360's Bankruptcy MVPs.

  • December 9, 2015

    Employment MVP: Sanford Heisler's David Sanford

    David Sanford of Sanford Heisler Kimpel LLP secured millions of dollars in settlements for plaintiffs in separate class action employment suits against Daiichi Sankyo Inc. and Ma Laboratories Inc., earning him a spot among Law360's 2015 Employment MVPs.

  • December 9, 2015

    Privacy MVP: Gibson Dunn's Alexander Southwell

    Gibson Dunn partner Alexander Southwell has represented clients in some of this year’s most high-profile privacy matters, such as defending contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management’s data breach, earning him a spot among Law360’s Privacy MVPs.

  • December 9, 2015

    M&A MVP: Davis Polk's George Bason

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s George R. Bason Jr. has helped corporate titans navigate the increasingly complex antitrust waters of mergers and acquisitions, tackling myriad complex and high-profile deals and earning himself a spot among Law360’s M&A MVPs of 2015.

  • December 8, 2015

    Bankruptcy MVP: Jones Day's Gregory M. Gordon

    Over the past year, Jones Day’s Gregory M. Gordon steered two of the most difficult Chapter 11 cases in the Delaware bankruptcy court, RadioShack and Specialty Products Holding Corp., to successful plan confirmations and merited a spot among Law360’s 2015 bankruptcy MVPs.

  • December 8, 2015

    Employment MVP: Proskauer Rose's Elise Bloom

    Proskauer Rose LLP's Elise Bloom helped Fox Searchlight Pictures escape an employment class action from unpaid interns who worked on the movie "Black Swan," scoring a landmark Second Circuit victory and earning her a spot among Law360's Employment MVPs of 2015 in the process.

  • December 8, 2015

    Project Finance MVP: Norton Rose Fulbright's Michael Pikiel

    Heading Norton Rose Fulbright's infrastructure, mining and commodities practice, Michael E. Pikiel Jr. has represented clients this past year in an $850 million Dallas toll road project and other groundbreaking undertakings, earning himself a spot among Law360's Project Finance MVPs.

  • December 8, 2015

    M&A MVP: Cravath's Scott Barshay

    In the last year, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP's Scott A. Barshay has been entrusted with more than $250 billion worth of deals, including Anhueser Busch Inbev's recent $104 billion play for SABMiller, landing the New York partner on Law360's M&A MVPs for 2015.

  • December 8, 2015

    M&A MVP: Weil Gotshal's Frederick Green

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's Frederick Green combined creativity with efficiency to help companies finalize some the biggest headline-grabbing deals of 2015, including DirecTV's $67 billion sale to AT&T, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Mergers and Acquisitions MVPs.

  • December 8, 2015

    Privacy MVP: Debevoise & Plimpton's Jeremy Feigelson

    Jeremy Feigelson, head of Debevoise & Plimpton’s cybersecurity and data privacy practice, may have saved the viability of the Internet by landing a victory for Viacom in a proposed class action alleging it illegally shared data associated with children’s online video watching activity, securing his place on Law360’s list of Privacy MVPs for 2015.

  • December 7, 2015

    Privacy MVP: Cooley's Michael Rhodes

    Cooley LLP partner Michael Rhodes has helped major online companies navigate the murky terrain of who bears liability for data breaches, scoring a big win for eBay when he persuaded a federal court to dismiss a proposed class action over millions of users' exposed personal information and landing on Law360’s list of Privacy MVPs for 2015.