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 3, 2016

    Rising Star: MoFo's Damien C. Specht

    Morrison & Foerster LLP partner Damien C. Specht has served as the primary government contracts lawyer in more than 50 mergers and acquisitions with a combined value of more than $3 billion, earning him a spot among the top government contracts attorneys under the age of 40 honored by Law360.

  • May 3, 2016

    Rising Star: Simpson Thacher's Matt Einbinder

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP partner Matt Einbinder's work shepherding billions of dollars worth of energy financing deals, as well as helping lenders navigate the wave of bankruptcies engulfing the oil and gas sector, has earned him a spot on Law360's list of top energy lawyers under 40.

  • May 3, 2016

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Kate Wallace

    Jones Day partner Kate Wallace has guided companies like DirecTV and Reynolds American in high-profile acquisitions, while helping ICANN beat a lawsuit claiming it had a monopoly on the domain-name market, landing her among Law360’s top competition attorneys under 40.

  • May 2, 2016

    Rising Star: Boies Schiller's Joshua Schiller

    Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP partner Joshua I. Schiller has been handling the day-to-day caseload for embattled daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings Inc. as it faces enforcement action from the New York attorney general and other state regulators in the ongoing debate over the legality of the games, landing him on Law360’s Rising Stars list.

  • May 2, 2016

    Rising Star: Crowell’s Brian Tully McLaughlin

    For helping companies that do business with the government protect themselves from and prosecute claims exceeding $330 million in decadelong fights before administrative boards, trial courts and appellate panels, Brian Tully McLaughlin of Crowell & Moring LLP has won a spot on Law360’s list of top government contracts attorneys under 40.

  • May 2, 2016

    Rising Star: BakerHostetler's Mark Barron

    BakerHostetler partner Mark Barron notched several important victories for clients over the past year, from obtaining a crucial injunction blocking new fracking rules that affect public lands to defending natural gas pipeline operators from a competitor, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s top five energy attorneys under 40.

  • May 2, 2016

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Cynthia Richman

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Cynthia Richman helped guide Apple through litigation alleging it conspired with major publishers to raise the price of e-books, earning her a spot as one of Law360’s top competition attorneys under 40.

  • May 2, 2016

    Rising Star: Beasley Allen's J. Parker Miller

    Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC’s J. Parker Miller helped Alabama score a $2.3 billion settlement with BP PLC in the fallout from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, capping years of litigation tied to the disaster and earning himself a spot among four environmental lawyers under 40 on Law360’s list of Rising Stars.

  • April 29, 2016

    Rising Star: Boies Schiller's Matthew Schwartz

    After a decade of work at the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office, Matthew L. Schwartz hit the ground running in 2015 as a partner at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP, where his work building an investigations practice — and on high-profile matters including daily fantasy sports litigation — earned him a spot on Law360's list of top white collar attorneys under 40.

  • April 29, 2016

    Rising Star: Keker & Van Nest's Adam Lauridsen

    Keker & Van Nest LLP partner Adam Lauridsen blends enthusiasm for sports with sophistication of sports law, tackling landmark cases involving Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption, franchise relocations and First Amendment disputes, landing him a spot on Law360's list of top sports law attorneys under age 40.

  • April 29, 2016

    Rising Star: Vinson & Elkins' Tirzah Lollar

    Tirzah Lollar’s successful defense of former Halliburton subsidiary and U.S. army contractor KBR Inc. against multiple fraud and kickback allegations from whistleblowers following the Iraq war has earned the Vinson & Elkins LLP partner a spot among Law360's top attorneys under 40.

  • April 29, 2016

    Rising Star: Robins Kaplan’s William Reiss

    For the last several years, antitrust litigator William Reiss has helped represent a class of plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation alleging automotive parts makers engaged in one of the largest price-fixing schemes ever and has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, earning him a spot among Law360’s top competition attorneys under 40.

  • April 28, 2016

    Rising Star: Perkins Coie's Seth Locke

    Whether he's advocating for top clients like the Boeing Company in cost-accounting disputes or working on high-profile bid protests, Perkins Coie LLP counsel Seth Locke puts the interests of government contractors first, landing him a spot among Law360’s 2016 Rising Stars.

  • April 28, 2016

    Rising Star: Whatley Kallas LLP's Henry C. Quillen

    Whatley Kallas LLP partner Henry C. Quillen has played a key role in complex class actions against Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cox Enterprises and others, earning himself a spot on Law360's list of top competition attorneys under the age of 40.

  • April 28, 2016

    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's David Greenspan

    Winston & Strawn LLP partner David Greenspan has been at the center of the firm’s representation of the National Football League Players Association, helping guide the union to some major victories in labor disputes in recent years and making him one of four sports attorneys on Law360’s Rising Stars list.

  • April 28, 2016

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Ben O'Neil

    Ben O’Neil helped dismantle a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case against a PetroTiger Ltd. executive, resulting in a favorable deal in the middle of a high-profile trial and putting the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner among Law360's top white collar attorneys under 40.

  • April 28, 2016

    Rising Star: Squire Patton Boggs' John Lazzaretti

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP senior associate John Lazzaretti’s high-profile work on the front lines fighting for Murray Energy against the Obama administration’s environmental policies has earned him a spot as one of four environmental attorneys on this year's list of Rising Stars.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Amir Tayrani

    For the better part of his 13-year career at Gibson Dunn, 38-year-old Amir Tayrani has successfully coordinated legal strategies for Philip Morris and last year locked up several key appellate wins for the tobacco giant, landing him on Law360’s Product Liability Rising Star’s list for the third straight year.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Hunton & Williams' Aaron Flynn

    Hunton & Williams LLP partner Aaron Flynn's emergence as a go-to expert on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional haze program, as well as a trusted adviser on other aspects of U.S. air policy, has made him one of Law360's Rising Stars for environmental law.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Cravath's Kevin Orsini

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP partner Kevin Orsini is leading American Express' defense of allegations that its merchant rules violate antitrust law in several cases and has helped Viacom resolve a dispute with Cablevision over its channels, landing him on Law360’s Rising Stars list of top competition attorneys under 40.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Latham's Benjamin Naftalis

    After putting away crooked money managers and taking down international drug kingpins, Latham & Watkins LLP’s Benjamin Naftalis brought his wealth of experience as an assistant U.S. Attorney in New York’s Southern District to a budding career as a white collar defender and has earned his recognition as one of Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Hausfeld's Swathi Bojedla

    Hausfeld LLP’s Swathi Bojedla has spent her young legal career tangling with some of the most powerful sports organizations, including the NCAA and NFL, in high-profile cases, making her one of four sports attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's Jon Burd

    Wiley Rein LLP partner Jon Burd is one of only a handful of attorneys in the country with a top-level security clearance, a distinction that allows him to represent defense and aerospace industry clients like The Boeing Co. and has helped land him among Law360's government contracts Rising Stars.

  • April 26, 2016

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Stephen Hauss

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Stephen Hauss has taken on some of the most headline-grabbing white collar cases in recent years, from his representation of soccer governing body FIFA in sprawling U.S. and Swiss criminal probes to his defense of the former first lady of Virginia in a closely watched public corruption case, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of Rising Stars.

  • April 26, 2016

    Rising Star: Baker Botts' William Lavery

    A key member of the trial team in a price-fixing case that eventually led the Federal Trade Commission to rule against itself in a rare decision, William Lavery of Baker Botts LLP brings the heat in complex antitrust litigation, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Rising Stars.