Rankings: Rising Stars

Law360’s Rising Stars profiles the top legal talent under 40. The winners are comprised of top litigators and dealmakers practicing at a level usually seen from veteran attorneys. Submissions highlight the winner’s age and reasons why his or her record deserves attention.
  • March 31, 2015

    Rising Star: Greenberg Traurig's Daniel Smulian

    Greenberg Traurig LLP's Daniel Smulian ascended the ranks at his firm representing medical device defendants in large-scale multidistrict litigation — most recently as a co-manager of C.R. Bard Inc.'s epically large pelvic mesh MDL involving some 13,000 cases — landing him among Law360’s top product liability attorneys under 40.

  • March 31, 2015

    Rising Star: Kirkland & Ellis' Anthony Speier

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Anthony Speier represented both KKR & Co. LP in a deal with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to develop land in Texas’ Eaglebine Shale and buyers of $1.2 billion in drilling rights from Royal Dutch Shell PLC subsidiaries, earning him a place among Law360's Energy Rising Stars.

  • March 31, 2015

    Rising Star: Covington's Jeffrey Davidson

    Covington & Burling LLP partner Jeffrey Davidson helped craft the strategy Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and other liquid crystal display panel makers used to escape most of Motorola Mobility Inc.'s $3.5 billion price-fixing claim, landing him a spot on Law360’s list of top competition attorneys under the age of 40.

  • March 31, 2015

    Rising Star: Jenner & Block’s Luke Platzer

    Handling the first jury trial to test the copyright infringement theory of “willful blindness,” Jenner & Block LLP partner Luke Platzer secured a multimillion-dollar jury award for record label EMI in its long-running case against music storage service MP3Tunes, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of top media and entertainment attorneys under 40.

  • March 31, 2015

    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's Krishna Veeraraghavan

    An appetite for blockbuster transactional work and a longtime familiarity with the medical profession helped Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's Krishna Veeraraghavan complete several multibillion-dollar deals in 2014, earning him a spot on Law360's list of eight top mergers and acquisitions lawyers under 40.

  • March 31, 2015

    Rising Star: Dickstein Shapiro's David Yang

    David Yang’s recent work assisting clients to secure a share of several multibillion-dollar government contracts, as well as a much-scrutinized deal to help right the ship at the HealthCare.gov Web portal, has earned the Dickstein Shapiro LLP partner a spot among Law360's 2015 Government Contracts Rising Stars.

  • March 31, 2015

    Rising Star: Thompson Hine's Richard Freshwater

    By successfully representing major financial institutions in consumer class actions and becoming a go-to source for consumer financial law expertise in the post-financial crisis era, Thompson Hine LLP partner Richard Freshwater has earned a spot on Law360’s list of top banking attorneys under the age of 40.

  • March 31, 2015

    Rising Star: Brown Rudnick's Sunni Beville

    Brown Rudnick LLP partner Sunni Beville used her self-described “even-handed” negotiating style to achieve favorable sales and reorganizations of alternative energy companies that defaulted on U.S. government loans, earning her a spot among Law360’s 2015 Bankruptcy Rising Stars.

  • March 31, 2015

    Rising Star: Cleary Gottlieb's Pamela Marcogliese

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP partner Pamela Marcogliese’s passion for fast-paced debt and equity transactions has landed her at the forefront of complex offerings, such as Medtronic’s $17 billion offering to finance a cross-border mega-merger, earning her a spot among Law360’s list of top capital markets attorneys under 40.

  • March 30, 2015

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Amir Tayrani

    Gibson Dunn partner Amir Tayrani has played a vital role in shaping product liability case law through his defense of disputes ranging from dozens of tobacco defect cases against Philip Morris USA to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling over medical device preemption, earning him a spot among Law360's top five product liability attorneys under 40.

  • March 30, 2015

    Rising Star: Akin Gump's Arik Preis

    Combining tenacity and creativity, Arik Preis has helped constituencies across the restructuring spectrum navigate though large and complex cases, earning the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner a place as one of Law360's 2015 Rising Stars for bankruptcy attorneys.

  • March 30, 2015

    Rising Star: Freshfield's Elliot Friedman

    At 35, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's Elliot Friedman has already helped win a $185 million oil and gas dispute for BG Group PLC before the U.S. Supreme Court, the first ever bilateral investment treaty arbitration addressed by the high court, earning him a spot among Law360's 2015 Rising Stars for energy attorneys.

  • March 30, 2015

    Rising Star: Hunton & Williams' Steven Haas

    Just a decade out of law school, Steven M. Haas of Hunton & Williams LLP has handled a series of mergers and acquisitions while also establishing himself as a thought leader through dozens of published articles and as a co-author of a corporate governance treatise, earning him a spot among this year’s Law360 M&A Rising Stars.

  • March 30, 2015

    Rising Star: Boies Schiller's Karen Dunn

    After making a name for herself as an assistant U.S. attorney and debate adviser to high-profile politicians like President Barack Obama, Karen Dunn helped Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP defend Apple Inc. in $351 million trial, making her one of five attorneys chosen for Law360’s list of Competition Rising Stars.

  • March 30, 2015

    Rising Star: Baker Botts' Hillary Holmes

    Thanks to her work on myriad energy-related capital markets matters — including representing Royal Dutch Shell PLC's Shell Midstream Partners on its enormous master limited partnership initial public offering late last year — Baker Botts LLP’s Hillary H. Holmes has been named one of Law360’s Capital Markets Rising Stars of 2015.

  • March 30, 2015

    Rising Star: Irell & Manella's Sam Kozhaya

    Irell & Manella LLP's Sam Kozhaya has helped broker some of entertainment's most innovative deals, including the representation of Miramax films as it securitized its film library and issued $250 million in notes backed by those assets, earning him a spot among Law360's 2015 Rising Stars of media and entertainment.

  • March 30, 2015

    The 2015 Rising Stars, By Firm

    Law360's Rising Stars recognizes attorneys under 40 who have demonstrated outstanding career accomplishments. This year, King & Spalding LLP and Sidley Austin LLP led the pack with seven Rising Stars each, followed by Gibson Dunn and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP with six Rising Stars each, and Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis LLP with five Rising Stars apiece.

  • March 30, 2015

    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's Diane McGimsey

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Diane McGimsey has become one of the firm’s key partners for handling complex litigation, with successes ranging from defending investment firm Thomas Weisel Partners LLC to coordinating JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s defense in a host of mortgage cases, making her one of three attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as a rising legal star in banking.

  • March 27, 2015

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2015, our list of 144 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.

  • May 14, 2014

    Rising Star: Jenner & Block's Lindsay Harrison

    Jenner & Block LLP's Lindsay Harrison has helped major hospitality brands get out of tight spots in acrimonious tussles with hotel owners, winning a key temporary restraining order against an owner that attempted to force out Marriott through a midnight raid in 2011, and earning a place among the top four hospitality attorneys under 40.

  • May 13, 2014

    Rising Star: Greenberg Traurig's Samantha Ahuja

    With razor-sharp attention to detail and a penchant for problem solving, Greenberg Traurig LLP's Samantha Ahuja guides some of the hotel industry's top property and financing deals both in the U.S. and abroad — work that has landed her among Law360’s top hospitality lawyers under 40.

  • May 12, 2014

    Rising Star: Willkie Farr's Robert Langdon

    Robert T. Langdon made an early effort to build strong client relationships, and the approach paid off: Over the past year, the young Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner has advised on more than 20 proposed and completed deals, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s top private equity lawyers under age 40.

  • May 9, 2014

    Rising Star: O'Melveny's Carlos Lazatin

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Carlos Lazatin helped Kia Motors Corp. defeat a class action claiming a gas-tank defect puts passengers' lives at risk, earning him a place among Law360's top consumer protection attorneys under 40.

  • May 9, 2014

    Rising Star: Weil Gotshal's Chayim Neubort

    Companies seek Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Chayim Neubort when they want tax advice on their most complicated billion-dollar deals, like General Electric Co., which sought Neubort for its $3.3 billion acquisition of Lufkin Industries Inc., and Leucadia National Corp., which tapped him for a $3.7 billion merger with Jefferies Group Inc., landing Neubort on Law360’s list of top tax attorneys under 40.

  • May 9, 2014

    Rising Star: Dentons' Chris Lee

    Helping guide hospitality heavyweights including Hilton Worldwide and Brookfield Real Estate Financial Partners through deals involving famed properties including the Bahamas' Atlantis resort and the Beverly Hilton has earned Dentons' Chris Lee a spot on Law360's list of top hospitality attorneys under the age of 40.