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.
  • January 3, 2017

    Food & Beverage MVP: Patterson Belknap's Steve Zalesin

    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP’s Steven A. Zalesin’s helped achieve a trial victory for The Coca-Cola Co. in a seven-year-long pomegranate juice false advertising battle with Pom Wonderful LLC this year, earning him the label of a Law360 2016 Food and Beverage MVP.

  • December 22, 2016

    Product Liability MVP: Latham & Watkins' Kenneth Parsigian

    Latham & Watkins partner Kenneth Parsigian’s work in helping defeat a class of healthy Marlboro smokers who were seeking to stick Philip Morris with a nearly $190 million tab for annual preventive lung screenings won a spot on this year’s list of Product Liability MVPs.

  • December 22, 2016

    Retail MVP: Simpson Thacher's Kathryn King Sudol

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP partner Kathryn King Sudol’s representation of the world’s largest retailer through a bevy of deals has kept her team busy in 2016, continues to build up the firm’s Hong Kong operations and lands her among Law360’s Retail MVPs.

  • December 22, 2016

    Media And Entertainment MVP: Baker Botts' Renee L. Wilm

    Baker Botts LLP partner Renee L. Wilm led the firm's efforts in coordinating transactions and investments worth nearly $20 billion for media and entertainment clients in recent months, earning her a spot on Law360's 2016 list of Media and Entertainment MVPs.

  • December 22, 2016

    Trials MVP: Quinn Emanuel's Charles Verhoeven

    When Google was being chased by a lawsuit-happy patent rival, it brought in Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP’s Charles Verhoeven, whose rout of the nonpracticing entity in one $300 million trial and demolishment of a sibling case via shrewd preclusion footwork earned him a spot among Law360’s 2016 Trials MVPs.

  • December 22, 2016

    Asset Management MVP: Debevoise's Shannon Rose Selden

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP litigation partner Shannon Rose Selden has represented private equity and hedge funds in some of the year’s highest-stakes cases, including a rift over the sale of a $2.4 billion wind farm operator, earning her a spot on Law360’s list of 2016 asset management MVPs.

  • December 22, 2016

    Technology MVP: Jenner & Block's Rick Richmond

    Jenner & Block’s Rick Richmond earned himself a place on Law360’s list of Technology MVPs when he secured a $940 million jury award for Epic Systems Corp. in its trade secrets suit against Indian conglomerate Tata Group — believed to be the largest jury verdict in Wisconsin history.

  • December 22, 2016

    Sports MVP: Latham & Watkins' Russell F. Sauer

    Latham & Watkins LLP partner Russell F. Sauer played a critical role in saving this past summer’s Copa America Centenario, guiding the U.S. Soccer Federation in a complete restructuring of the deals for the event amid a U.S.-led corruption investigation into global soccer, as well as representing U.S. Soccer in multiple labor disputes with the U.S. Women’s National Team, earning him a spot among Law360’s 2016 Sports MVPs.

  • December 21, 2016

    Sports MVP: Covington & Burling's Derek Ludwin

    After a year that saw Covington & Burling LLP partner Derek Ludwin defend such marquee names in sports as the U.S. Olympic Committee, the San Francisco 49ers and the National Football League in individual antitrust challenges, it's no wonder that he landed among Law360’s 2016 Sports MVPs.

  • December 21, 2016

    Food & Beverage MVP: Greenberg's Rick L. Shackelford

    Greenberg Traurig LLP class action litigation co-chair Rick Shackelford’s efforts this year in beating back suits accusing Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Welch Foods of deceptive labeling were among efforts that helped him earn a spot as one of Law360’s Food & Beverage MVPs for 2016.

  • December 21, 2016

    Asset Management MVP: Fried Frank's Kenneth Rosh

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP's Kenneth Rosh had a busy year helping his clients raise billions of dollars by structuring complex private equity funds, including Brookfield Asset Management Inc.'s $9 billion real estate-focused fund that exceeded its initial target by $2 billion, earning him one of four spots among Law360's Asset Management MVPs for 2016.

  • December 21, 2016

    Product Liability MVP: Covington's Michael Imbroscio

    Covington & Burling LLP's Michael Imbroscio had a hand in some of the biggest mass tort defense victories this past year, scoring notable wins for Eli Lilly, Roche, Bayer and others, earning him a spot on Law360's list of product liability MVPs.

  • December 21, 2016

    Media & Entertainment MVP: Fenwick & West's Mark Stevens

    From representing the "Clash of Clans" game developer in an $8.6 billion acquisition to steering a $181 million financing round for the gaming engine that powers "Pokemon Go," Fenwick & West LLP's Mark Stevens has brokered major deals for high-profile tech companies, earning him a spot among Law360's Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • December 21, 2016

    Retail MVP: Sedgwick LLP's Stephanie Sheridan

    Sedgwick LLP partner Stephanie Sheridan’s record of helping stores and e-commerce companies defang deceptive-pricing lawsuits and craft strategies to avoid them has landed her on this year’s list of Law360’s 2016 Retail MVPs.

  • December 21, 2016

    Technology MVP: Weil Gotshal's Jeffrey Osterman

    Over the past year, Weil Gotshal & Manges’ Jeffrey Osterman has helped Intel through its largest acquisition ever, led a Sanofi licensing agreement and once again aided a billion-dollar Verizon acquisition, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Technology MVPs of 2016.

  • December 21, 2016

    Trials MVP: Gibson Dunn’s Jeffrey T. Thomas

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Jeffrey T. Thomas recently helped Hewlett-Packard win a $3 billion jury verdict in a dispute related to Oracle's poaching of HP’s CEO and the phasing out of HP software, earning him a spot on Law360’s 2016 list of Trial MVPs.

  • December 20, 2016

    Asset Management MVP: Paul Weiss' Marco Masotti

    Marco Masotti of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP presided over billions of dollars in fundraising this year for name brands in the alternative asset field like Apollo Global Management, earning him a spot among Law360's Asset Management MVPs.

  • December 20, 2016

    Food & Beverage MVP: Covington's Jessica O'Connell

    Covington & Burling LLP’s Jessica O’Connell stopped the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from taking action against Kind LLC over the allegedly misleading labeling of its snack bars, resulting in a change in the food industry as a whole when the FDA announced it would review its “healthy” labeling regulations and earning her place as a Law360 Food & Beverage MVP for 2016.

  • December 20, 2016

    Media & Entertainment MVP: Hueston Hennigan's Robert Klieger

    Hueston Hennigan LLP's Robert N. Klieger recently scored a victory in a fight over 93-year-old media mogul Sumner M. Redstone’s $40 billion media empire, earning him a spot on Law360’s 2016 list of Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • December 20, 2016

    Sports MVP: Orrick Herrington's Jeremy Kudon

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Jeremy Kudon guided DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. in successfully lobbying the New York Legislature to expressly legalize the top daily fantasy sports companies' online contests and to end perilous litigation with the state attorney general, earning a place among Law360’s Sports MVPs.

  • December 20, 2016

    Technology MVP: Latham & Watkins' Douglas E. Lumish

    Latham & Watkins’ Douglas E. Lumish saved Symantec Corp. from potential damages of up to $300 million in an infringement case over Symantec’s antivirus software, and won a favorable ruling for Arista Networks in a contentious trade secrets suit, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s Technology MVPs.

  • December 20, 2016

    Retail MVP: Sheppard Mullin's Craig Cardon

    Representing major retailers like T.J. Maxx and Williams-Sonoma is never easy, especially when the industry's fast pace requires the most cutting-edge legal support, but Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s Craig Cardon embraces these challenges, securing important legal victories for his clients and providing creative approaches to growing their brands, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Retail MVPs.

  • December 20, 2016

    Product Liability MVP: Sullivan & Cromwell's Robert Giuffra Jr.

    On Christmas last year, Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell was working on a memo outlining the exposures Volkswagen faced in the U.S. following the revelation a few months prior that it was installing software to cheat emissions standards and how the company could quickly reach a settlement, his work on which earned him a spot on Law360’s list of Product Liability MVPs.

  • December 19, 2016

    Product Liability MVP: Simmons Hanly Conroy's Jayne Conroy

    Jayne Conroy of Simmons Hanly Conroy turned a setback in a major medical device litigation into a pair of bellwether victories this year, landing her among Law360's 2016 Product Liability MVPs.

  • December 19, 2016

    Technology MVP: Quinn Emanuel's Kevin P.B. Johnson

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner Kevin P.B. Johnson’s year defending a synthetic DNA startup from a trade secrets case and representing Samsung in its long-running patent battles with Apple has earned him a spot among Law360’s Technology MVPs of 2016.