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.
  • October 30, 2020

    MVP: Paul Weiss' Jordan Yarett

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's Jordan Yarett has made a name for himself getting assets securitized and, in the past year, he's led several restaurant franchise deals, helping serve up $875 million for Sonic Corp. and guiding Arby's in mortgaging almost all of its assets, making him one of Law360's 2020 Structured Finance MVPs.

  • October 30, 2020

    MVP: Simpson Thacher's Marni J. Lerner

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's Marni J. Lerner led Gardner Denver Holdings in its blockbuster $15 billion merger with a unit of Ingersoll-Rand PLC and is in the midst of steering KKR's transformative proposed acquisition of Global Atlantic Financial Group Ltd., earning her a spot among Law360's 2020 Private Equity MVPs.

  • October 30, 2020

    MVP: Pillsbury's Mona Dajani

    Mona Dajani of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's project finance practice helped close a $230 million hotel loan deal in a month during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped CMS Enterprises purchase a majority stake in the Aviator Wind project, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2020 Project Finance MVPs.

  • October 30, 2020

    MVP: Hughes Hubbard's Daniel H. Weiner

    Daniel Weiner, a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, represented the executors of Jeffrey Epstein's U.S. Virgin Islands estate in negotiating a major compensation program for Epstein's accusers, landing him a spot among Law360's 2020 International Arbitration MVPs.

  • October 30, 2020

    MVP: Willkie Farr's Thomas Henry

    Thomas Henry of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP had a hand in multiple major real estate deals this past year, including a $5.9 billion sale for international investment firm Colony Capital and a $722 million acquisition by Paramount Group, earning him a spot among Law360's 2020 Real Estate MVPs.

  • October 30, 2020

    MVP: Steptoe & Johnson's Brian Heberlig

    One of the first lawyers to handle a federal jury trial impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Steptoe & Johnson LLP's Brian Heberlig was part of a defense team that helped exonerate an Iranian banker in a case marred by allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, earning him a spot among Law360's 2020 White Collar MVPs.

  • October 30, 2020

    MVP: Skadden's Allison M. Brown

    A string of victories defending Johnson & Johnson against allegations that the company's baby powder caused ovarian cancer helped earn Allison M. Brown of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP a spot as one of Law360's 2020 Product Liability MVPs.

  • October 29, 2020

    MVP: Mayer Brown's Keri Borders

    Mayer Brown LLP's Keri Borders clinched a victory for Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. in a proposed nationwide class action alleging that consumers were misled into believing its products were white chocolate when they actually contained none, making her one of Law360's 2020 Product Liability MVPs.

  • October 29, 2020

    MVP: Paul Hastings' Robert Luskin

    Robert Luskin of Paul Hastings LLP steered a first-of-its-kind $4 billion resolution of a multinational bribery probe into Airbus and led a diplomat through a high-stakes congressional hearing, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2020 White Collar MVPs.

  • October 29, 2020

    MVP: Gibson Dunn's Rahim Moloo

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's Rahim Moloo leads a team that won one of the largest enforcement victories ever against a sovereign debtor, at $1.4 billion, for gold mining company Crystallex International Corp. in its dispute with Venezuela, landing him a spot among Law360's 2020 International Arbitration MVPs.

  • October 29, 2020

    MVP: Ropes & Gray's Tsuyoshi Imai

    Tsuyoshi Imai of Ropes & Gray LLP has helped guide numerous blockbuster transactions from the firm's Tokyo office, including a multibillion-dollar financing for Kioxia and Bain Capital's $1.2 billion take-private deal for Nichiigakkan, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2020 Private Equity MVPs.

  • October 29, 2020

    MVP: Mayer Brown's Amanda Baker

    Amanda Baker of Mayer Brown LLP's structured finance practice helped Square Inc. deliver coronavirus stimulus funds to small businesses and advised Australian lender Resimac Ltd. on a $1.1 billion cross-border securitization, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2020 Structured Finance MVPs.

  • October 29, 2020

    MVP: Skadden's Vered Rabia & Neil Rock

    Vered Rabia and Neil Rock of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP are advising Empire State Development Corp. and Moynihan Station Development Corp. as the entities redevelop a New York City post office into a train station and mixed-use development, earning them a spot among Law360's 2020 Real Estate MVPs.

  • October 29, 2020

    MVP: Morgan Lewis' Rick Filosa

    Rick Filosa of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's project finance, infrastructure and natural resources practice led a team on the $1.6 billion financing of a giant natural gas power plant in Ohio and facilitated the financing for another major power project in Pennsylvania, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2020 Project Finance MVPs.

  • October 28, 2020

    MVP: Latham & Watkins' Alice Fisher

    Alice Fisher of Latham & Watkins LLP secured a $3.5 million settlement for Pacira Pharmaceuticals on claims that the company had engaged in civil and criminal violations related to its Exparel pain management drug, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2020 White Collar MVPs.

  • October 28, 2020

    MVP: Foley Hoag's Paul Reichler

    Foley Hoag LLP's Paul Reichler is representing the Gambia in a closely watched case accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against the Rohingya people and with his team won a rare 17-0 decision before the International Court of Justice granting strong provisional measures, placing him among Law360's 2020 International Arbitration MVPs. 

  • October 28, 2020

    MVP: Mayer Brown's Doug Doetsch

    Doug Doetsch of Mayer Brown LLP's helped renegotiate financing agreements for some of the largest airport concessionaires in South America after the novel coronavirus pandemic uprooted their ability to stick to agreed-upon payment schedules, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2020 Project Finance MVPs.

  • October 28, 2020

    MVP: Kirkland's Richard Godfrey

    Richard Godfrey's work as a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP this past year, including securing the denial of a motion to reconsider an earlier partial summary judgment win for General Motors LLC over alleged defects with its ignition switches, has landed him on the list of Law360's 2020 Product Liability MVPs.

  • October 28, 2020

    MVP: Paul Weiss' Matthew W. Abbott

    Matthew Abbott of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP spent much of the last year helping his longtime client General Atlantic through more than $18 billion in transactions, earning the attorney a spot among Law360's 2020 Private Equity MVPs.

  • October 28, 2020

    MVP: Kasowitz's Michael A. Hanin

    Michael Hanin of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP's commercial and securities litigation practices has represented holders of more than $2 billion in notes in groundbreaking National Collegiate Student Loan Trust cases over the securitization trust's management, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2020 Structured Finance MVPs.

  • October 28, 2020

    MVP: Latham's Gary Axelrod

    Latham & Watkins LLP's Gary Axelrod guided Ascendant Capital through a $450 million real estate investment trust investment on a rapid timeline and steered Loews Hotels through a public-private venture with MLB's Texas Rangers to develop a hotel and convention center, cementing his spot among Law360's 2020 Hospitality MVPs.

  • October 28, 2020

    MVP: Simpson Thacher's Erik Quarfordt

    Erik Quarfordt of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's real estate practice led private equity firm Blackstone in its over $4 billion acquisition of Las Vegas resort the Bellagio, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2020 Real Estate MVPs.

  • October 27, 2020

    MVP: Dechert's Mark Cheffo & Sheila Birnbaum

    Mark Cheffo and Sheila Birnbaum of Dechert LLP guided Purdue Pharma LP in settling thousands of claims in opioid litigation and helped Pfizer prevail in cases alleging that its cholesterol drug causes diabetes, earning them a spot among Law360's 2020 Product Liability MVPs.

  • October 27, 2020

    MVP: Holland & Knight's Stacie Andra Goeddel

    Stacie Andra Goeddel of Holland & Knight LLP brought Marriott International Inc. over the finish line last December, finalizing complex agreements for the hotelier's first W-branded hotel in Houston on New Year's Eve and earning a spot as a Law360 2020 Hospitality MVP.

  • October 27, 2020

    MVP: Paul Weiss' Harris Freidus

    Harris Freidus of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's real estate practice represented real estate fund manager CIM Group in more than $15 billion worth of high-profile projects and in creating a $5 billion fund to invest in eligible low-income areas, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2020 Real Estate MVPs.

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