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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 22, 2018

    Rising Star: Cohen Milstein's Michael B. Eisenkraft

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC partner Michael B. Eisenkraft recently helped secure preliminary approval of a $165 million settlement that would end long-running litigation over mortgage-backed securities and persuaded the Second Circuit to revive a lawsuit concerning Korean futures contracts, earning him a spot as one of six securities law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 21, 2018

    Rising Star: Wachtell Lipton's Tijana Dvornic

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen and Katz LLP partner Tijana J. Dvornic served as the lead tax attorney for Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Risk business in the $17 billion strategic partnership deal it inked this year with Blackstone, earning her a spot as one of five tax attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 21, 2018

    Rising Star: Keker Van Nest's Reid Mullen

    Reid Mullen of Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP successfully defended Google twice against Oracle in multibillion-dollar patent litigation over the computer programming tools on Google’s Android platform, placing him among five trial attorneys under 40 named as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • August 21, 2018

    Rising Star: Jenner & Block's Luke Platzer

    Jenner & Block LLP partner Luke Platzer has worked on litigation with a national impact in telecommunications and in civil rights, including recently representing Charter Advanced Services in a suit over internet phone services, earning him a spot as one of three telecommunications attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 21, 2018

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Amanda Hollis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Amanda Hollis has helped the firm notch victories for clients in various high-stakes patent cases, including helping C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc. snag a trial win in a case from W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., earning her a spot as one of six intellectual property law practitioners honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 21, 2018

    Rising Star: Ropes & Gray's Megan Baca

    Megan Baca of Ropes & Gray LLP has advised top tech giants and private equity firms in a variety of deals and transactions, including advising Bain Capital Private Equity LP in its $17.8 billion acquisition of Toshiba Corp.'s memory chip business, earning her a spot as one of three technology attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 21, 2018

    Rising Star: Simpson Thacher's Wheatly MacNamara

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP partner Wheatly MacNamara has played key roles in complex multibillion-dollar deals, including representing a Blackstone real estate fund in the €12.25 billion sale of European logistics company Logicor to China Investment Corp., earning her a spot as one of six real estate law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 20, 2018

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Frank T. Bayuk

    Jones Day partner Frank T. Bayuk has successfully defended R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in numerous Engle progeny trials, including the first damages-only case, earning him a place as one of five trial attorneys under 40 named to Law360’s list of Rising Stars.

  • August 20, 2018

    Rising Star: Latham's Christopher Drewry

    Latham & Watkins LLP partner Christopher R. Drewry helped guide FMC Technologies and Technip in their $13 billion merger and also worked closely with Delphi Automotive when the car parts maker split in two, making him one of four transportation attorneys under 40 to land on Law360's list of Rising Stars.

  • August 20, 2018

    Rising Star: White & Case's Paul Harrison

    White & Case LLP partner Paul Harrison is one of the most prominent project finance lawyers in Japan and is in the middle of guiding Saudi Arabia’s national oil company on the financing of a proposed $14 billion joint venture with Petronas, making him one of four project finance attorneys under 40 named to Law360's list of Rising Stars.

  • August 20, 2018

    Rising Star: Skadden's Gavin White

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner Gavin White advised on transactions worth approximately $200 billion over the past year, including negotiating on behalf of Twenty-First Century Fox in the blockbuster deal that saw Disney acquire its entertainment assets, earning him a coveted place among five tax attorneys honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 20, 2018

    Rising Star: Keker Van Nest's Ajay Krishnan

    Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP’s Ajay Krishnan has secured numerous victories on behalf of his technology clients over his career, including a win for Arista Networks Inc. in a $335 million copyright and patent infringement suit over networking technology, landing him a spot as one of six intellectual property lawyers honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 20, 2018

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's Ari Meltzer

    Ari Meltzer of Wiley Rein LLP has been a leading force in shaping broadcast policy during his career, including high-profile advocacy before the Federal Communications Commission during its broadcast incentive auction, earning him a spot as one of three telecommunications law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 20, 2018

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's Kris Ferranti

    Shearman & Sterling LLP partner Kris Ferranti had a hand in a massive international acquisition of a shopping mall giant in the last year, one of the deals that earned him a place as one of six real estate attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 17, 2018

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's Lachlan Poustie

    Shearman & Sterling LLP counsel Lachlan Poustie has represented lenders in a number of projects throughout Africa, including a first-of-its-kind independent power producer project financed in Nigeria, earning him a spot as one of four project finance attorneys under age 40 honored as a Law360 Rising Star.

  • August 17, 2018

    Rising Star: King & Spalding's Susan Clare

    King & Spalding LLP's Susan Clare has navigated high-exposure product liability and mass tort matters for numerous automotive and transportation clients, defeating plaintiffs' attempts to circumvent General Motors’ 2009 bankruptcy, earning her a spot as one of four transportation law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360.

  • August 17, 2018

    Rising Star: Greenberg Traurig's Bina Palnitkar

    Bina Palnitkar of Greenberg Traurig LLP has played a key role in high-profile trials, helping C.R. Bard defend transvaginal mesh suits and first-chairing a multimillion-dollar trial win for a consulting company, earning her a spot as one of five attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360's trials Rising Stars.

  • August 17, 2018

    Rising Star: Debevoise & Plimpton's Sue Meng

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's Sue Meng says she loves to help companies as they grow, as exemplified most recently when she guided Envision Healthcare HCA, which she started working with in 2011, in its recent $15 billion merger with AmSurg, earning her a spot as one of six mergers and acquisitions law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360.

  • August 17, 2018

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's Nathan Tasso

    Shearman & Sterling LLP partner Nathan Tasso's tax work in an estate’s fight against the Internal Revenue Service helped break new ground in an area that has seen little legal authority in the past, earning him a spot as one of five tax attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 17, 2018

    Rising Star: Fisch Sigler's Jeffrey Saltman

    Fisch Sigler LLP partner Jeffrey Saltman successfully represented a patent holding company in securing more than $28 million in royalties and fees from Samsung in a battle over technology patents, earning him a spot among the intellectual property law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 17, 2018

    Rising Star: Paul Hastings' David Hamsher

    A key player in some of the San Francisco real estate market’s largest public-private partnerships, Paul Hastings LLP partner David Hamsher also helped China’s SRE Group Ltd. land its first investment in North America in 2017, earning him a spot as one of six real estate attorneys named to Law360’s list of Rising Stars.

  • August 16, 2018

    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's Kurt Mathas

    Winston & Strawn LLP partner Kurt Mathas helped Teva get a generic version of the testosterone replacement therapy drug Axiron on the market by getting the Federal Circuit to invalidate a key patent claim, marking one of the victories that earned him a spot as a Law360 life sciences Rising Star.

  • August 16, 2018

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Jonathan Davis

    Jonathan Davis of Kirkland & Ellis LLP has worked on a litany of high-profile deals, including a $2.25 billion investment into General Motors' self-driving car business, earning him a spot as one of six mergers and acquisitions law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 16, 2018

    Rising Star: Covington & Burling's Ursula Owczarkowski

    Ursula Owczarkowski of Covington & Burling LLP advised on a €1.2 billion deal that facilitated the privatizations of airports in Greece and has worked on projects to spur power development in Africa, earning her a spot as one of four project finance law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 16, 2018

    Rising Star: Greenberg Traurig's Marcella Ducca

    Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder Marcella Ducca’s expertise in women’s health products, particularly her work for Bard in the massive transvaginal mesh litigation, has landed her a spot among the five product liability attorneys under 40 on Law360’s list of Rising Stars.