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.
  • July 28, 2017

    Rising Star: Kasowitz Benson's Douglas B. Heitner

    Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP's Douglas B. Heitner has grown the firm's New York real estate group from a handful of lawyers six years ago to more than 30 today, and thanks to that and his work on the largest-ever real estate matter in all of Queens, and a $650 million loan for American Copper Buildings in Manhattan, Heitner has earned a spot as one of five real estate law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 28, 2017

    Rising Star: Bass Berry's Danielle Sloane

    Bass Berry & Sims PLC member Danielle M. Sloane has led teams of attorneys working on a variety of regulatory and transactional issues, including guiding the $15 billion merger of Envision Healthcare and AmSurg, landing her a spot among health care attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Michelle Clark

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's Michelle A. Clark has represented several companies in technology-related transactions, including Google, Viasat and STMicroElectronics, earning her a spot among five technology law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Holland & Knight's Leon Fresco

    Holland & Knight LLP’s Leon Fresco already has several impressive career milestones under his belt, including serving as the main drafter of the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill and overseeing civil immigration cases for the government, making him one of three immigration practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Ropes & Gray's Aaron Katz

    Ropes & Gray LLP’s Aaron Katz has played a key role in some of the firm’s highest-profile white collar trials, including Stryker Biotech’s stunning victory over off-label marketing charges, earning him a spot among five trial attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Bradley Arant's Aron Beezley

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Aron C. Beezley has racked up victories for clients in challenges to government contract awards, including Integrated Nuclear Production Solutions' successful bid protest of a $22.8 billion Department of Energy deal, landing him a spot as one of five government contracts attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Susman Godfrey's Alex Kaplan

    Susman Godfrey LLP’s Alex Kaplan has carved out his place in Houston’s energy litigation scene over the past several years through wins for big players such as Targa Liquids Marketing & Trade against federal antitrust claims and is currently working on a $3 billion fuel-oil contract dispute that's the largest of his career — putting him on the list of energy attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Sidley Austin's Patrick Harrison

    Sidley Austin LLP’s Patrick Harrison has made a successful career out of navigating the complex world of U.K. and European competition law, representing a major world player in the credit and debit card industry and also scoring a first-of-its-kind result with the U.K.’s antitrust authorities to cement his place as one of the competition attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's John Reiss

    Shearman & Sterling LLP’s John Reiss has worked on numerous deals for his fund clients over his career, including his role in facilitating a sovereign wealth fund’s co-purchase of Manhattan’s largest apartment complex, earning him a spot as one of five asset management law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Paul Hughes

    Mayer Brown’s Paul Hughes is equally compelled by the intellectual property appellate work he’s done at the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court — where he recently helped score his client Impression Products a complete win — as he is by the pro bono work he’s done on immigration and incarceration issues, earning a spot as one of four appellate practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Michael Best's Kelly Fortier

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Kelly Fortier regularly shepherds highly skilled workers into the U.S. and recently obtained more than 30 visa approvals for employees of a European company moving across the Atlantic, earning her a spot among immigration attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Debevoise & Plimpton's Andrew Ahern

    When Newport Global Advisors needed to restructure a $500 million fund and HarbourVest Partners had to seal deals like its purchase of a $1.9 billion fund manager from Bank of America Corp., they turned to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s Andrew Ahern, whose continuing relationships with big clients landed him among the five asset management attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Susman Godfrey's Matthew Berry

    Matthew Berry is a Susman Godfrey LLP attorney who's been entrusted with some of the firm's biggest work and has proven his worth by earning a $168 million settlement for animation-studio clients and a $50 million patent infringement verdict in the last year, making him one of Law360's five Rising Stars in the trials area.

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Lieff Cabraser's Lin Y. Chan

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP partner Lin Y. Chan has notched several important victories for clients in competition cases, including some of the most significant settlements with chemical and pharmaceutical companies in recent memory, placing her among the five competition law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Bracewell's George Fatula

    Bracewell LLP’s George D. Fatula has negotiated major energy transactions on behalf of big-name companies, including helping facilitate the deals that made the Dakota Access pipeline possible, earning him a spot as one of five energy law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Robert Pluta

    Mayer Brown’s Robert Pluta has already notched more than 50 appearances before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in his young career and has secured wins for high-tech clients like Google and LG Electronics along the way, earning him a spot as one of five technology law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Paley Rothman's Ryan Spiegel

    The experience developed by Paley Rothman’s Ryan Spiegel representing federal contractors small and large in complicated False Claims Act and other challenging disputes has led to the firm entrusting him to lead its governments contracts practice, and earned him a spot as one of the leading attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rising Star: Boies Schiller's Stacey Grigsby

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner Stacey K. Grigsby spent eight years working for the federal government before joining the firm in December 2014, and has used experience gained representing NASA and other federal entities to handle high-profile government contracts disputes on behalf of clients including Palantir, earning her a spot among Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Grace Shie

    Mayer Brown LLP’s Grace Shie manages global mobility programs for big-ticket businesses, including a top U.S. aerospace company, and previously helmed a major law firm’s immigration practice in Hong Kong, earning her a spot as one of three immigration practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rising Star: Kirkland & Ellis' Rhett Van Syoc

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Rhett Van Syoc led teams that worked on nearly a dozen energy deals signed within the last year, including several big-ticket deals involving his primary client, private equity giant The Blackstone Group, earning him a spot as one of five energy attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rising Star: Crowell's Juan A. Arteaga

    Crowell & Moring LLP's new antitrust partner Juan A. Arteaga's work investigating and successfully challenging multibillion-dollar deals during his time as an antitrust enforcer for the U.S. Department of Justice — from the SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev tie-up to the failed deal between Humana and Aetna — has earned him a spot as one of the competition law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rising Star: Latham's Chad Rolston

    Latham & Watkins LLP’s Chad Rolston has successfully negotiated mergers and acquisitions with billions at stake for a broad base of major technology and semiconductor companies such as Broadcom, earning him a spot as one of five technology attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rising Star: Debevoise & Plimpton's Jonathan Adler

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s Jonathan Adler has participated in the formation of more than eight investment funds with commitments totaling nearly $19 billion since 2014 on behalf of a global client roster featuring such heavyweights as The Carlyle Group and KKR, earning him a spot among the five asset management law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rising Star: Boies Schiller's Randall Jackson

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP’s Randall W. Jackson spent years as a prosecutor for the Southern District of New York before joining the firm’s global investigations and white collar practice, racking up major wins at trial in big federal cases like the infamous "Madoff Five" and "Cannibal Cop" cases, among others, earning him a spot as one of five trial attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rising Star: WilmerHale's Tom Saunders

    WilmerHale’s Tom Saunders has spent his career building up a strong, successful appellate practice that capped off last year with a unanimous Supreme Court victory over requirements that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs give preference to veteran-owned small businesses, earning a spot as one of four appellate practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.