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.
  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: O'Melveny's Mark Robertson

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Mark W. Robertson has scored numerous victories as lead counsel for American Airlines Inc., including in several labor disputes brought by pilots concerning the seniority agreement reached after the airline's merger with US Airways, earning him a spot among Law360’s 2017 Transportation MVPs.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Robins Kaplan's Tara Sutton

    Tara Sutton, the chair of the mass tort group at Robins Kaplan LLP, helped reach a $300 million settlement in August for clients with claims against Daiichi Sankyo Inc. and Forest Laboratories Inc. over the blood pressure drug Benicar, earning her a spot among Law360’s Product Liability MVPs for 2017.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Wiley Rein's Jennifer Hindin

    Wiley Rein LLP’s Jennifer Hindin has played a key role this year in obtaining Federal Communications Commission approval for satellite companies to launch spacecraft that will track airplanes around the globe and beam internet to remote areas of the United States, landing her among Law360's 2017 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Dentons' William O'Brien

    Dentons’ William T. O’Brien won the enforcement of a $42 million award for Leidos Inc. against the Greek government and had the judgment increased to $63 million in a U.S. federal court over the past year, landing him among Law360’s 2017 International Arbitration MVPs.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Sullivan & Cromwell's Alison Ressler

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Alison Ressler steered billions of dollars in deals this year for clients in the health care, construction and life sciences industries, including private equity firm Ares Management LP's $1.45 billion investment in DuPage Medical Group Ltd., marking her return to Law360’s MVP series as a 2017 Private Equity MVP.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Paul Weiss' Audra Soloway

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP’s Audra Soloway played a critical role this year in ending the courtroom battles holding up Alere Inc.’s eventual $5.3 billion acquisition by Abbott Laboratories, while securing wins and resolutions for clients including Citigroup Inc., making her one of Law360’s Securities MVPs of 2017.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Kirkland's Sarkis Jebejian

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Sarkis Jebejian has been at the forefront of some of the biggest transactions in the past year, striking three deals in less than two weeks for major clients, including a unit of Bain Capital, landing him among Law360's 2017 Mergers & Acquisitions MVPs.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Skadden's Raj Madan

    Raj Madan, a federal tax litigator at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, has landed a spot as one of Law360's 2017 Tax MVPs for helping win a high-profile $1.5 billion transfer pricing row on behalf of Amazon.com Inc. and convincing the U.S. Tax Court that the IRS had erred in canceling advance pricing agreements with Eaton Corp.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Gibson Dunn's Randy Mastro

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Randy Mastro beat the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, scoring a rare and high-profile victory before an administrative law judge that freed investment manager Lynn Tilton and her companies from allegations they defrauded investors, placing him among Law360’s 2017 Trials MVPs.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Paul Hastings' Yar Chaikovsky

    Yar Chaikovsky, the co-head of Paul Hastings LLP’s intellectual property practice, has successfully defended major technology companies in broad patent infringement actions over the past year, invalidating hundreds of patent claims asserted against HTC and securing a win for another client against Intellectual Ventures, earning him a place among Law360’s 2017 Technology MVPs.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Gibson Dunn's James Fogelman

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's James Fogelman has successfully litigated cases involving gaming, sports and fantasy sports, including prevailing in battles over jurisdiction and arbitration in a high-profile dispute between an NBA agent and his former agency, landing him among Law360's 2017 Sports MVPs.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Williams & Connolly's Enu Mainigi

    Enu Mainigi, the head of Williams & Connolly LLP’s False Claims Act and qui tam practice, pushed CVS Caremark Corp. to two major victories in suits questioning its charges to Medicare Part D and insurers, earning her a spot as one of Law360’s 2017 Health MVPs.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Steptoe & Johnson's Reid Weingarten

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Reid Weingarten has duked it out in courtrooms and finessed his way through conference rooms over the past year on behalf of clients ranging from a millionaire accused of bribery to an elderly Turkish cleric living in the Poconos, securing him a place as one of Law360’s 2017 White Collar MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Fried Frank's Tal Golomb

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s Tal Golomb led deals this year that are transforming New York City real estate, from a Penn Station redevelopment project to a Hudson Yards building that will house BlackRock, landing him a spot on Law360’s 2017 Real Estate MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Sullivan & Cromwell's Robert Giuffra Jr.

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Robert Giuffra Jr. has helped Volkswagen settle and litigate claims over its diesel emissions software this year, including securing final approval for a $14.7 billion deal with agencies and consumers, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2017 Product Liability MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Skadden's Richard Witzel Jr.

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s Richard C. Witzel Jr. has helped guide almost $50 billion worth of deals in the last year, including a $30 billion blockbuster that shook up the aerospace and defense industry and was clinched on Labor Day, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of 2017 Mergers & Acquisitions MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Arnold & Porter's Lisa Blatt

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Lisa S. Blatt led the Washington Redskins’ successful fight to restore its canceled trademark registrations, including writing a colorful amicus brief cited by the Supreme Court as it found a bar on offensive marks unconstitutional, securing her a place among Law360’s 2017 Sports MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Quinn Emanuel's Victoria Maroulis

    Victoria Maroulis of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP helped Samsung convince the Supreme Court it shouldn't have to completely fork over smartphone profits totaling nearly a half-billion dollars to Apple for infringing three design patents, securing her a place as one of Law360’s 2017 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Kirkland's Sara Zablotney

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Sara Zablotney has advised on tax aspects of major deals this year, including notable spinoff transactions for Energy Future Holdings and Wyndham Worldwide, placing her on Law360's list of 2017 Tax MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Blank Rome's Jonathan Waldron

    Blank Rome LLP’s maritime practice co-chair Jonathan Waldron helped turn back a proposed regulation that would have banned most international vessels from serving U.S. offshore energy projects in the Gulf of Mexico, advised a shipyard faced with financial ruin in its effort to secure a Jones Act waiver, and represented developers of an offshore wind farm expected to be the largest in the U.S. upon completion, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2017 Transportation MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Jones Day's Stephanie Parker

    Jones Day partner Stephanie E. Parker's leadership over the past year — co-leading her firm’s business and litigation tort practice, heading the team that won Merck & Co. a record-breaking $2.5 billion patent infringement verdict, and guiding R.J. Reynolds’ tobacco litigation defense — has won her a place as one of Law360’s 2017 Trials MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Willkie's Michael Schachter

    Michael Schachter of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has scored a series of wins this year, including the rare reversal of a conviction in a case involving former Rabobank employees accused of manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate, landing him among Law360’s 2017 White Collar MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Jones Day's Daniel Mitz

    Jones Day’s Daniel Mitz worked on a number of multibillion-dollar deals in the semiconductor space over the past year as global head of the firm’s technology mergers and acquisitions practice, earning a spot on Law360’s 2017 list of Technology MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Weil's Jonathan Polkes

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Jonathan D. Polkes avoided a potentially lengthy and costly trial in a sprawling class action in which he defended an array of big-name real estate and financial firms behind the $22 billion sale of the Archstone-Smith real estate investment trust, winning summary judgment for his clients and earning him a spot among Law360's 2017 Securities MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Jones Day's Andrew Levine

    Andrew Levine’s contributions to Jones Day’s private equity practice totaled more than $7.5 billion in transaction value in the last year alone, thanks to deals for longtime firm clients ABM Industries, Verizon and EagleTree Capital, earning him a spot among Law360’s Private Equity MVPs for the second year in a row.