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 06, 2021

    MVP: Sullivan & Cromwell's Rebecca Simmons

    Rebecca Simmons of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP advised Venezuela's interim government on disbursing COVID-19 relief funds to doctors and nurses and represented blockchain software company ConsenSys in its acquisition of J.P. Morgan's blockchain platform, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Fintech MVPs.

  • October 05, 2021

    MVP: Davis Polk's Jai Massari

    Jai Massari of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP led regulatory advice for financial services firm Galaxy Digital as it acquired crypto custodian BitGo for $1.2 billion — the crypto sector's first $1 billion-plus deal — earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Fintech MVPs.

  • October 05, 2021

    MVP: Jenner & Block's Stephen L. Ascher

    Stephen Ascher of Jenner & Block LLP has represented some of the biggest cannabis companies in North America in complex securities litigation, including securing the dismissals of securities fraud class actions against cannabis giants Curaleaf and Aurora, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Cannabis MVPs.

  • October 05, 2021

    MVP: Sullivan & Cromwell's Robert J. Giuffra Jr.

    Robert J. Giuffra Jr. of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP continues to steer Volkswagen through litigation stemming from its 2015 "clean diesel" emissions-cheating scandal, winning the dismissal of claims from consumers who had already offloaded their cars and from salespeople who say they lost commissions, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Transportation MVPs.

  • October 05, 2021

    MVP: Latham's Les Carnegie

    Les Carnegie, a Latham & Watkins LLP partner who co-leads groups focused on economic sanctions and national security, has successfully completed transactions and sanctions work for a diverse set of clients including Duolingo, Hyundai, Blackstone and Slack, landing him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Compliance MVPs.

  • October 04, 2021

    MVP: Preti Flaherty's Matthew S. Warner

    Matthew Warner of Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios LLP spent the year challenging medical marijuana residency requirements across the country, including a case he won at Maine's Supreme Judicial Court regarding the state's adult-use marijuana statute, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 Cannabis MVPs.

  • October 04, 2021

    MVP: Sidley's Hardy Callcott

    Hardy Callcott of Sidley Austin LLP led a team that negotiated a preliminary settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of SoFi over its robo-adviser's alleged undisclosed conflicts of interest, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Compliance MVPs.

  • October 04, 2021

    MVP: Mayer Brown's Eric Mitzenmacher

    Mayer Brown LLP's Eric Mitzenmacher represented lease-to-own company Rent-A-Center Inc. as it acquired financial technology company Acima in a $1.65 billion deal, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Fintech MVPs.

  • October 04, 2021

    MVP: O'Melveny's Mark W. Robertson

    Mark W. Robertson of O'Melveny & Myers LLP led the way to convince the Second Circuit to side with American Airlines and shut down a proposed class action over pilot seniority list benefits, nearly ending a two-decade-long dispute and earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 Transportation MVPs.

  • October 01, 2021

    MVP: Waymaker's Brian Klein

    Waymaker LLP's Brian Klein helped cryptocurrency exchange Kraken defeat the first cryptocurrency antitrust case in the U.S. and has helped numerous other cryptocurrency outfits negotiate settlements with regulators and investors, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Fintech MVPs.

  • October 01, 2021

    MVP: Manatt's Anita Famili

    Anita Famili of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP helped steer some of the biggest transactions in the world of legalized marijuana, including advising Ceres Acquisition Corp. on its $1.9 billion go-public deal with cannabis operator Parallel and advising a group of lenders on a $50 million credit facility for cannabis giant Curaleaf Holdings Inc., earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Cannabis MVPs.

  • October 01, 2021

    MVP: Jones Day's Don Munro

    Don Munro of Jones Day helped beat back labor union challenges concerning train crew sizes and successfully represented railroad giants in court battles over state laws and regulations that conflict with interstate commerce, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Transportation MVPs.

  • October 01, 2021

    MVP: Vinson & Elkins' Ephraim 'Fry' Wernick

    Fry Wernick of Vinson & Elkins LLP's government investigations and white collar group represented MoneyGram International, Inc. on a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, leading to the June dismissal of criminal charges against the firm and helping land him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Compliance MVPs.

  • September 30, 2021

    MVP: Williams & Connolly's Thomas G. Hentoff

    Over the past year, Williams & Connolly LLP partner Thomas G. Hentoff secured dismissals of two high-profile federal lawsuits against The Washington Post and an appellate victory in famed photographer Lynn Goldsmith's copyright claims against the Andy Warhol Foundation, landing him among Law360's 2021 Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • September 30, 2021

    MVP: Simpson Thacher's Scott Kobak

    Scott Kobak of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP represented Blackstone in its landmark $10 billion acquisition of data center company QTS Realty Trust and KKR in its $860 million joint venture to buy a multifamily portfolio in Brooklyn, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 Real Estate MVPs.

  • September 30, 2021

    MVP: Wiley's Timothy C. Brightbill

    Timothy Brightbill of Wiley Rein LLP secured duties against Chinese wood mouldings and Chinese truck chassis imports that were being dumped in the U.S., protecting domestic industries and American manufacturers and earning his spot among Law360's 2021 International Trade MVPs.

  • September 30, 2021

    MVP: Kirkland's Nicole Washington

    Nicole Washington of Kirkland & Ellis LLP helmed several billion-dollar secondaries deals for Clearlake Capital, including a $1.25 billion transaction that closed in just 45 days, earning her a spot among Law360's 2021 Fund Formation MVPs.

  • September 29, 2021

    MVP: Jones Day's Daniel D. McMillan

    Jones Day's Daniel McMillan was part of a team that helped conclude the host of legal disputes over Millennium Tower — San Francisco's leaning skyscraper — this year, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 construction MVPs.

  • September 29, 2021

    MVP: Jenner & Block's Rebekah P. Goodheart

    Rebekah P. Goodheart of Jenner & Block LLP represented civil rights groups pro bono in a successful push for federal rate caps on prison and jail phone calls and helped advance a national broadband plan, making her one of Law360's 2021 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • September 29, 2021

    MVP: Simpson Thacher's William B. Brentani

    William B. Brentani of Simpson Thacher has represented contract research organization Pharmaceutical Product Development in a series of capital markets and M&A transactions totaling more than $23 billion, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 Health Care MVPs.

  • September 29, 2021

    MVP: Ropes & Gray's Marc Biamonte & Lindsey Goldstein

    Marc Biamonte and Lindsey Goldstein of Ropes & Gray LLP counseled AlpInvest Partners as it raised $9 billion for AlpInvest Secondaries Program VII's closing in December 2020, which was greater than its $6.5 billion predecessor 2017 fund, earning them a spot among Law360's 2021 Fund Formation MVPs.

  • September 29, 2021

    MVP: Quinn Emanuel's Victoria Maroulis

    Victoria Maroulis of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP successfully defended Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. from a suit brought by an Australian technology company seeking to block it from challenging its patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, earning her a spot among Law360's 2021 Technology MVPs.

  • September 29, 2021

    MVP: Winston & Strawn's Michael Elkin

    Michael Elkin of Winston & Strawn LLP notched a big win for PepsiCo Inc. in a suit alleging it stole the idea for a 2016 Super Bowl commercial and defended online archive Wolfgang's Vault against some of the largest music publishers in the world, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • September 29, 2021

    MVP: Mayer Brown's Sydney Mintzer

    Sydney Mintzer of Mayer Brown LLP helped win permission from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to allow a tobacco company to continue importing from Malawi and secured low tariff rates for Turkey's largest aluminum sheet producer, making him one of Law360's 2021 International Trade MVPs.

  • September 29, 2021

    MVP: Fried Frank's Joshua Mermelstein

    Colleagues and clients remember Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP's Joshua Mermelstein, who died in March at age 65, as a meticulous, creative attorney who loved his job and was an inspiration to others. A look at his work over the past year, which included multiple billion-dollar financings, has landed him a spot among Law360's 2021 Real Estate MVPs.

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