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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.
  • August 29, 2018

    Rising Star: Perkins Coie's Andrew L. Greene

    Perkins Coie LLP partner Andrew L. Greene’s work on one of the most high-profile construction disputes in the nation, involving the State Route 99 tunnel project under Seattle, has helped land him a spot among the three construction lawyers under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 29, 2018

    Rising Star: Pillsbury Winthrop's Fabio Leonardi

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's Fabio Leonardi has traveled the globe getting favorable deals for Swiss banks and a Nicaraguan soccer official, making him one of five white collar attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 29, 2018

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's Leland Jones

    Wiley Rein LLP partner Leland Jones obtained an Eleventh Circuit victory for a liability insurer in a contaminated-medicine case and helped a client win a Ninth Circuit ruling in litigation over the meaning of “professional services,” making him one of five insurance attorneys under 40 to land on Law360's list of Rising Stars.

  • August 29, 2018

    Rising Star: Cleary's Jared Gerber

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP partner Jared Gerber helped lead Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras to a major appellate victory related to its closely watched corruption scandal and scored a landmark ruling for dozens of Lehman Brothers underwriters at the U.S. Supreme Court, making him one of six securities attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 29, 2018

    Rising Star: Keker Van Nest's Adam Lauridsen

    Keker Van Nest & Peters partner Adam Lauridsen has worked on a number of cases involving the controversial issue of how far ballparks have to go to protect their fans from foul balls and broken bats, including helping to defeat a class action against Major League Baseball and its clubs in California, landing him among the four sports attorneys dubbed Law360 Rising Stars. 

  • August 29, 2018

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Maaren Shah

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Maaren A. Shah is a litigator who won a favorable result for FirstEnergy Generation LLC in its disputes with railroads over transportation contracts and went on to assist it in connection with its significant bankruptcy filing, earning her a spot as one of five energy practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 29, 2018

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Anna Cartwright

    Jones Day partner Anna K. Cartwright has had her hand in more than 40 deals since the start of 2017, piloting teams of attorneys that guided billions of dollars worth of transactions for a list of clients that includes major private equity firms and real estate investment trusts, earning her a spot as one of five private equity attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 29, 2018

    Rising Star: Davis Polk's Byron Rooney

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP partner Byron Rooney has guided watershed capital markets deals, from initial public offerings like payment processor First Data Corp.'s massive $2.6 billion IPO to more novel transactions that experiment with blockchain technology, the underpinning of digital currency, earning him a spot as one of three capital markets law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 28, 2018

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Matthew J. Alexander

    Matthew J. Alexander of Mayer Brown LLP has guided some of the world’s largest multinational corporations through enforcement proceedings and internal probes, including Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s $7 million deal to shake a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation, earning him a spot as one of five white collar attorneys under 40 recognized by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 28, 2018

    Rising Star: Jones Day's J. Laurens Wilkes

    J. Laurens Wilkes of Jones Day successfully defended an international engineering company in a wrongful death suit brought by the families of four deceased DuPont workers and is currently representing a major toll road operator in an adversary proceeding related to a $1 billion infrastructure project, earning him a spot as one of five construction attorneys under 40 recognized by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 28, 2018

    Rising Star: Kennedys' Heather Simpson

    Kennedys CMK LLP partner Heather E. Simpson has spent the last year helping more than a dozen insurance companies dig through the NFL’s records as they battle to avoid paying for the league’s massive $1 billion-plus concussion settlement, a monumental undertaking that landed her a spot as one of five insurance attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 28, 2018

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Nina Yadava

    Jones Day partner Nina Yadava has represented comScore in securities battles in three different states and was instrumental in crafting the settlement strategy that helped put the suits to bed, making her one of six securities attorneys under 40 selected for Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • August 28, 2018

    Rising Star: Goodwin Procter's Gemma Roberts

    In just two weeks, Goodwin Procter’s Gemma Roberts navigated the challenges of a massive international merger, leading a team representing U.S.-based GTT Communications in its $2.3 billion purchase of privately held European-based Interoute Communications, earning her a spot among the five private equity attorneys under the age of 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 28, 2018

    Rising Star: Susman Godfrey's Rob Safi

    Susman Godfrey LLP partner Robert S. Safi has successfully represented both major companies and landowners in disputes in the oil and gas industry, including helping Hess Corp. defeat litigation involving more than $400 million in damages, making him one of five energy attorneys honored as a Law360 Rising Star.

  • August 28, 2018

    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's Pavan Surapaneni

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP partner Pavan Surapaneni has stepped up to the plate on big deals in sports, including recently assisting in Joe Tsai’s purchase of half the Brooklyn Nets and brokering the deal that brought Disney in on Major League Baseball’s Bamtech streaming service, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • August 28, 2018

    Rising Star: Latham's Benjamin Cohen

    Latham & Watkins LLP partner Benjamin Cohen was one of the lead partners representing Spotify when the music streaming giant went public through a direct listing in April, earning him a spot as one of three capital markets attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 27, 2018

    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's Jonathan Amoona

    Winston & Strawn LLP partner Jonathan Amoona has turned a passion for playing sports into a career defending pro athletes’ collective bargaining rights, including representing NFL stars Tom Brady and Ezekiel Elliott, as well as sports agent Dan Lozano, earning him a spot as one of four sports law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 27, 2018

    Rising Star: Bracewell's Austin Lee

    Bracewell LLP partner Austin Lee has taken the lead on some of the firm’s most high-profile deals in the oil and gas sector, including representing Parsley Energy in its acquisition of Double Eagle’s Permian Basin holdings, making him one of the five energy law practitioners under age 40 recognized by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 27, 2018

    Rising Star: Sidley Austin's Sara Garcia Duran

    Sidley Austin LLP partner Sara Garcia Duran represented a consortium of Apollo Global Management and Athene Holding Ltd. in the complex, multibillion-dollar acquisition of Voya Insurance and Annuity Co., helping earn her a spot as one of five private equity attorneys under 40 selected for Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • August 27, 2018

    Rising Star: Greenbaum's Elyse H. Wolff

    Elyse H. Wolff of Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP has handled numerous multimillion-dollar matters over the past decade, including negotiating a $10 million construction contract for a New Jersey condominium association, earning her recognition as one of three construction lawyers under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 27, 2018

    Rising Star: Goodwin Procter's Meghan Spillane

    Goodwin Procter LLP partner Meghan Spillane’s key involvement in several high-profile government probes, including an investigation into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development efforts, earns her a spot as one of five white collar attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 27, 2018

    Rising Star: McKool Smith's Marc Ladd

    Marc Ladd of McKool Smith PC has racked up numerous victories for his firm’s insurance recovery practice, including winning $300 million in Superstorm Sandy coverage for New Jersey Transit Corp., earning him a spot as one of five insurance law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 27, 2018

    Rising Star: Simpson Thacher's Linton Mann III

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP partner Linton Mann III has become one of the heaviest lifters in the banking industry’s ongoing fight against a tsunami of lawsuits over the underwriting of residential mortgage-backed securities, winning several key cases along the way and earning him a spot as one of five securities attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 27, 2018

    Rising Star: Cravath's D. Scott Bennett

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP partner D. Scott Bennett has steered an array of landmark equity and debt deals over his young career, highlighted by Mexican tequila maker Jose Cuervo’s $914 million initial public offering last year, earning him a spot as one of three capital markets law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 24, 2018

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Alex Spiro

    Alex Spiro of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has been a go-to defense lawyer for NBA stars and traders accused of securities fraud and has also helped shed light on the need for reform in the country's bail system, earning him a spot as one of five white collar attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.