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 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Elizabeth Hess

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Elizabeth Hess has developed a knack for beating back False Claim Act cases targeting drug and device makers, including a billion-dollar whistleblower case that Abbott Laboratories successfully took to trial, placing her among five life sciences lawyers under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Kelley Drye's Brooke Ringel

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s Brooke Ringel served as lead associate on cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel final investigations at the International Trade Commission and as lead attorney in Department of Commerce countervailing duty investigations, placing her among four international trade attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Orrick's Darren Teshima

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Darren Teshima has racked up an impressive array of wins for clients with his work at the cutting edge of finance, insurance and technology, helping Premera Blue Cross obtain coverage in the wake of one of the biggest medical data breaches of all time and resolving a gray area in California’s insurance law related to False Claims Act suits, earning him a spot among insurance attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Latham's Rachel Bates

    Latham & Watkins LLP's Rachel Bates has helped client Starwood Capital Group develop and operate a mixed-use Margaritaville-themed resort in Florida, and also aided it in acquiring from TMI Hospitality more than 180 hotels spanning 26 states, placing her among three hospitality attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Norton Rose's Michael Pikiel

    Norton Rose Fulbright’s Michael Pikiel Jr. moved from Boston to New York more than a decade ago to dip his toes into bigger and more complex project finance deals, including representing the New York Mets on how to get Citi Field off the ground, putting him on Law360’s list of project finance lawyers under 40 being recognized as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Morvillo Abramowitz's Brian A. Jacobs

    In addition to his recent work as a defense attorney, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC’s Brian A. Jacobs has taken on major corruption cases as a federal prosecutor, including the bribery trial of former New York state assemblyman Eric Stevenson, earning him a spot among the five white collar attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Robbins Geller's Jason H. Alperstein

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s Jason Alperstein raced out of the gate when he joined the firm in 2015 by swiftly becoming an integral member of its litigation team in the controversial Volkswagen “clean diesel” emissions case, earning him a promotion from associate to partner within a year as well as a spot among the three consumer protection attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Cadwalader's Wesley Misson

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP's Wesley Misson co-leads the firm's leading global fund finance practice and closed on more than 40 deals totaling over $15 billion last year, earning him a spot as one of the capital markets practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's Megan L. Brown

    Wiley Rein LLP’s Megan L. Brown has helped major players in the U.S. telecommunications industry in overcoming challenges to the deployment of nationwide, next generation wireless services, earning her a spot as one of three telecommunications attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Matthew B. Dubeck

    Matthew B. Dubeck of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has built a strong practice in a short time representing companies and private equity firms, including Platinum Equity and J.H. Whitney & Co., on complicated mergers and acquisitions, among other transactions, and has also carved out a specialty advising on representations and warranties insurance, earning him a spot among Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: Kilpatrick Townsend's Charles Galbraith

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP’s Charles Galbraith has spent much of his career trying to bring positive change for Native American communities, including pushing for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act while working for the federal government, earning him a spot as one of three Native American law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: Axinn Veltrop's Suchira Ghosh

    Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP counsel Suchira Ghosh’s strong knowledge of pharmaceutical regulations and intellectual property has helped her push through contentious battles to get generic drugs on the market for Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Watson Laboratories Inc., landing her a spot as one of five life sciences attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: Steptoe & Johnson's Amy Lentz

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Amy J. Lentz has spent the past decade ascending through the firm’s trade practice, primarily with her intensive work on landmark World Trade Organization cases challenging U.S. tariffs on behalf of the Chinese government, earning her a spot among the international trade attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Corey Worcester

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's Corey Worcester has successfully represented insurers and reinsurers in complex coverage matters and transactions, including securing a win for a German insurer in a $90 million product liability coverage dispute with Ford Motor Co., landing him among the insurance lawyers under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: Ropes & Gray's Jason 'Jay' Freedman

    Ropes & Gray LLP’s Jason "Jay" Freedman has helped close more than $10 billion worth of deals in the last two years with big time private equity clients, including TPG Capital Management LP and Altamont Capital Partners LLC, earning him a spot as one of five private equity attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: White & Case's Matthew Wood

    White & Case LLP's Matthew Wood has worked on deals in oil and gas, mining, power, infrastructure and other sectors across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, including heading the firm's team on a major natural gas terminal project in Bahrain last year, making him one of five project finance attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: Goodwin's Annie Railton

    Goodwin Procter LLP's Annie Railton played key roles in the successful trial defense of a pharmaceutical executive and a former Deutsche Bank trader and spearheaded major investigations, making her one of five attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360's white collar Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: Venable's Daniel S. Blynn

    Venable LLP’s Daniel S. Blynn has made a name for himself helping clients across a wide range of industries navigate advertising and telemarketing litigation and investigations, notching wins like turning unfavorable precedent on its head in several false advertising actions against Nestle Healthcare Nutrition Inc. to land a spot as one of three consumer protection attorneys honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Emily Leitch

    Jones Day partner Emily Leitch, a former investment banker turned capital markets lawyer, has thrived in the rapid-fire world of corporate dealmaking, advising energy clients on complex equity and debt transactions and steering multibillion-dollar acquisitions involving Texas’ oil-and-gas rich Permian Basin, earning her a spot as one of five capital markets law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: DLA Piper's Edward 'Smitty' Smith

    Among numerous achievements, DLA Piper’s Edward “Smitty” Smith has helped deliver broadband to underserved communities as a member of the Obama administration, guided the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum-repurposing incentive auction and run for attorney general in the District of Columbia, more than earning his place as one of three telecommunication law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: DLA Piper's Brian Cohen

    DLA Piper's Brian Cohen has made a name for himself as a trusted member of the law firm’s hospitality and leisure group by guiding high-profile deals such as InterContinental Hotels Group’s $430 million acquisition of independent boutique leader Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, making him one of three hospitality attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 3, 2017

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Anita Girdhari

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Anita Girdhari is a jack of all trades in the transportation world. She worked on two of the first U.S. public-private partnership transportation deals to use private activity bonds — interstate projects in Texas — and has expanded her expertise ever since, earning a spot as one of five transportation practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 3, 2017

    Rising Star: Cadwalader's Bonnie A. Neuman

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP’s Bonnie A. Neuman counsels big-name real estate lenders including J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank on important financing transactions for a wide range of assets, from large hotel portfolios to trophy office buildings, landing her a spot among Law360's Rising Stars for the second year in a row.

  • August 3, 2017

    Rising Star: Weil's Caroline Hickey Zalka

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's Caroline Hickey Zalka has handled high-profile cases for clients ranging from Morgan Stanley to General Electric to Lululemon Athletica, including a case for Sanofi that was the first in the Second Circuit to apply the Supreme Court’s Omnicare decision, earning her a spot as one of the securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 3, 2017

    Rising Star: Crowell & Moring's Michael Lieberman

    Crowell & Moring LLP’s Michael Lieberman has taken on challenges in complex health care litigation including the defense of Blue Cross Blue Shield in a massive antitrust case, earning him a spot among the health care law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.