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.
  • 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.

  • May 9, 2014

    Rising Star: Simpson Thacher's Kathryn King Sudol

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's Kathryn King Sudol made many of her private equity connections while working for the firm's New York office, but four years ago moved to Hong Kong to take on a leadership post there and has continued to represent those same private equity clients from the other side of the globe.

  • May 8, 2014

    Rising Star: Cravath Swaine & Moore's Wes Earnhardt

    By the age of 35, J. Wesley Earnhardt of Cravath Swaine & Moore has helped big-name clients like Xerox and JPMorgan Chase fight back securities claims potentially worth billions of dollars, earning him a place among Law360's top attorneys under 40.

  • May 8, 2014

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's Christopher LaVigne

    After eight years as a federal prosecutor, Shearman & Sterling LLP counsel Christopher LaVigne's white collar defense work has already covered a wide range of investigation and complex defense matters, earning him a spot among Law360's top white collar lawyers under 40.

  • May 8, 2014

    Rising Star: Lieff Cabraser's Roger Heller

    Roger Heller of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP ditched BigLaw a decade ago to satisfy a hunger for consumer advocacy that has kept him at the vanguard of the plaintiffs firm’s litigation challenging deceptive banking and financial product practices and earned him a spot atop Law360’s list of top consumer protection attorneys under 40.

  • May 8, 2014

    Rising Star: Ropes & Gray's Carrie Simons

    Ropes & Gray LLP's Carrie Simons has advised on several major transactions in recent years and led the firm's representation of American Tower Corp. in its $4.8 billion acquisition of private real estate trust MIP Tower Holdings LLC, earning her a spot on Law360's list of top tax lawyers under 40.

  • May 8, 2014

    Rising Star: Sheppard Mullin's Will Chuchawat

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP partner Will Chuchawat has built a reputation as a dedicated mergers and acquisitions attorney in the defense industry who goes the extra mile by closing deals for companies such as Gencorp and Northrop Grumman, earning him a spot on Law360's list of top aerospace and defense attorneys under 40.

  • May 8, 2014

    Rising Star: Sheppard Mullin's Gina Ilardi

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP's Gina Ilardi has sealed a slew of headline-grabbing deals in recent years, including Samsung Telecommunications America Inc.'s $100 million sponsorship and content distribution agreement with the NBA, landing her a spot among Law360's top five media and entertainment partners under 40.

  • May 8, 2014

    Rising Star: Willkie Farr & Gallagher's Sameer Advani

    Tackling a wide array of shareholder suits for clients such as Kenneth Cole and Facebook Inc., Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner Sameer Advani has shown a knack for knotty litigation and earned a place as one of Law360's top 10 securities attorneys under age 40.

  • May 8, 2014

    Rising Star: Latham & Watkins' Jason Silvera

    Capitalizing on his deep familiarity with the private equity industry and ability to think quickly, Latham & Watkins LLP partner Jason Silvera has helped seal a series of notable private equity transactions in his career thus far, earning him billing as one of Law360's top young attorneys.

  • May 7, 2014

    Rising Star: Katten Muchin's Gregory Korman

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP partner Gregory Korman has built on his early experience working on a jury trial for the late King of Pop to establish a thriving practice that has churned out victories in consumer fraud cases for big-name clients like HSBC and Lance Armstrong, earning him a place among Law360’s top consumer protection attorneys under 40.

  • May 7, 2014

    Rising Star: MoFo's Michelle Jewett

    Morrison & Foerster LLP's Michelle M. Jewett has represented Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in one of the largest in-bound investsments to China in 2012 and advised a technology company in making a $1.5 billion purchase of a mobile security provider, earning her a spot among Law360's top tax attorneys under 40. 

  • May 7, 2014

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Leo Greenberg

    For his representation of some of the world's biggest and most active private equity funds and sponsors and work on some of the more creative deals in the past year, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Leo Greenberg has been named one of Law360's top private equity attorneys under 40.

  • May 7, 2014

    Rising Star: O'Melveny & Myers' Nancy Bruington

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP partner Nancy Bruington has played a pivotal role in some of Hollywood's biggest financing transactions, such as The Weinstein Co.'s new, $370 million senior secured revolving credit facility, making her one of Law360's five media and entertainment Rising Stars under 40.

  • May 7, 2014

    Rising Star: Kirkland & Ellis' Matthew Solum

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Matthew Solum has built a sterling reputation as a go-to closer for companies in fending off large shareholder class actions and other litigation, earning him a spot on Law360's list of top securities attorneys under age 40.

  • May 7, 2014

    Rising Star: Irell & Manella's Marshall Camp

    Irell & Manella LLP litigator and corporate crisis management expert Marshall Camp used an aggressive approach in 2013 against prosecutors on behalf of clients who had found themselves in hot water, including uncovering conflicts in a Dallas district attorney's investigation of an oil heir, work that earned him a spot on Law360's list of Rising Stars in white collar defense.

  • May 6, 2014

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Winston Chan

    Gibson Dunn’s Winston Y. Chan’s describes his white collar practice as “diverse,” which seems modest when he describes what’s he’s working on — including Taiwan’s first-ever mass tort and a Hawaiian case involving spilled molasses — a varied slate that landed him among Law360’s top white collar attorneys under 40.

  • May 6, 2014

    Rising Star: Debevoise's Erica Berthou

    Working as the go-to partner for The Carlyle Group LP at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Erica Berthou has helped raise over $7 billion for several private equity funds by utilizing her international background to negotiate around the globe, landing her a spot on Law360’s list of top private equity attorneys under 40.

  • May 6, 2014

    Rising Star: Goldberg Segalla's Joseph Hanna

    Goldberg Segalla partner Joseph Hanna defeated multimillion-dollar claims that NFL sponsor The Gatorade Co. pressured the Buffalo Bills to end its endorsement deal with a manufacturer of electrolyte strips for athletes, earning him a spot on Law360's list of top media and entertainment lawyers under age 40.

  • May 6, 2014

    Rising Star: Vinson & Elkins' Kaam Sahely

    Vinson & Elkins LLP partner Kaam Sahely advised global explosives manufacturer Dyno Nobel on the development of its $850 million anhydrous ammonia plant in Louisiana and continues to be a sought-after deals lawyer for major energy companies, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of top energy attorneys under 40.