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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.
  • March 22, 2012

    Rising Star: Cleary Gottlieb's Michael Preston

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's Michael Preston helped negotiate a pair of breakthrough deals in 2011 that will bring new power infrastructure to Tanzania and Sierra Leone, accomplishments that earned him a spot among Law360's top five under-40 energy attorneys.

  • March 22, 2012

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Jason Schwartz

    Jason Schwartz of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has tapped into his fascination with workplace dynamics and passion for learning on numerous cases, including his recent work to protect Dow Corning Corp.’s trade secrets, which has earned him a spot among Law360's top five under-40 employment partners.

  • March 21, 2012

    Rising Star: Skadden's Peter Morrison

    After three years as a partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Peter Morrison has already earned a reputation for staving off high-stakes shareholder derivative litigation with an eye toward client needs, earning him a spot among Law360’s top five under-40 class action partners for the second year in a row.

  • March 21, 2012

    Rising Star: Seyfarth's Steven Pearlman

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP partner Steven Pearlman, who specializes in Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower cases, helped to create a national team at the firm dedicated to that issue, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of five employment lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 21, 2012

    Rising Star: Paul Weiss' Jacqui Rubin

    Whether she is defending pharmaceutical company executives to a grand jury or representing medical device manufacturers in antitrust battles, health care litigator Jacqui Rubin of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP knows how to get at the core issues underlying every dispute, earning her one of four spots on Law360's list of rising stars under 40 in the health industry.

  • March 21, 2012

    Rising Star: Latham's Craig Kornreich

    Since joining Latham & Watkins LLP in 2010 to help expand its new Houston office, partner Craig Kornreich has built an energy-focused finance team that has already cinched more than 35 deals worth roughly $25 billion, according to the firm. That leadership success, coupled with his complex finance prowess, makes him one of Law360's five rising stars under 40 in the energy arena.

  • March 21, 2012

    Rising Star: Simpson Thacher's Erik Quarfordt

    For his proactive approach to complicated real estate transactions involving major private equity players, including The Blackstone Group and The Carlyle Group, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's Erik Quarfordt has earned a spot among Law360's top four real estate partners under 40 to watch.

  • March 20, 2012

    Rising Star: Orrick's Jessica Perry

    With a record of beating back several high-profile moves for class certification in recent years, while successfully defending such heavy hitters as Morgan Stanley and Gap Inc., Jessica Perry of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has earned a place among Law360's top five under-40 employment partners.

  • March 20, 2012

    Rising Star: O'Melveny's Elizabeth McKeen

    Making partner at just 33, Elizabeth McKeen's next step in O'Melveny & Myers LLP's financial services litigation group got started just as the foreclosure crisis began haunting her clients in the form of major class actions. Her ability to help clients navigate these troubled waters makes her one of Law360's five class action attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 20, 2012

    Rising Star: King & Spalding's Marian Lee

    When Marian Lee started at King & Spalding LLP, she stood out even among the highly qualified group of summer associates, and her superior work on complex medical device and pharmaceutical cases since then has earned her a spot as one of Law360's four health industry rising stars under 40.

  • March 20, 2012

    Rising Star: Fried Frank's Brian Lichter

    A "go-to partner" for some of the biggest players in the New York real estate market, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP's Brian Lichter arranged some of the city's largest commercial real estate deals in 2011 and earned himself a spot as one of four attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as a rising legal star in the real estate industry.

  • March 20, 2012

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Pablo Ferrante

    Mayer Brown LLP partner Pablo Ferrante intended to return to his native Argentina after getting a few months of experience at a U.S. law firm, but eight years later, his hard work and bicultural fluency has helped his firm establish a strong foothold in the Latin American energy market, earning him a spot as one of five attorneys under 40 to be honored by Law360 as a rising legal star in the energy practice area.

  • March 19, 2012

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Brian Jorgensen

    With an eye for innovative strategies that has helped him successfully defend Verizon Wireless in a wage-and-hour dispute and argue for U.S. Steel Corp. in a potential landmark Fair Labor Standards Act suit, Jones Day's Brian Jorgensen has earned a spot among Law360's top five young employment partners.

  • March 19, 2012

    Rising Stars: Hunton & Williams' Colleen Heisey

    When Hunton & Williams LLP was looking to build a food and drug practice, Colleen Heisey was the perfect fit. Heisey's energy has helped her clients navigate drug approvals and earned her a spot as one of four attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as a rising legal star in the health care industry.

  • March 19, 2012

    Rising Star: Willkie's Thomas J. Henry

    From negotiating a multibillion-dollar merger that presaged the Great Recession to securing his clients square footage all over Manhattan, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's Thomas J. Henry, 38, has mastered real estate's boom-and-bust cycle, placing him on Law360's list of rising stars under 40 in the practice area.

  • March 19, 2012

    Rising Star: Reed Smith's Nicolle Snyder Bagnell

    Playing an integral role in two pivotal appellate victories this year for the oil and gas industries ensuring greater access to permits and upholding leases, Reed Smith LLP partner Nicolle Snyder Bagnell has claimed a spot among Law360's five rising stars under 40 to watch in the energy industry.

  • March 19, 2012

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Christopher Lovrien

    Effectively defending major companies including Dole Food Co. Inc., Procter and Gamble Co. and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. from complex, international class actions, Jones Day's Christopher Lovrien has earned a place as one of Law360's five young attorneys to watch in the class action arena.

  • March 16, 2012

    Energy Rising Star: Foley & Lardner's Jeff Atkin

    A soup-to-nuts solar energy practice and a long history of helping solar clients gave Foley & Lardner LLP partner Jeffery Atkin an edge during 2011 work on the acquisition of 19 solar energy projects collectively worth $2 billion, earning him a place as one of Law360's five rising stars under 40 for the energy industry.

  • March 16, 2012

    Rising Star: Morgan Lewis' Carrie Gonell

    After a decade of helping financial services and retail heavyweights defeat class certification in wage-and-hour litigation in New York, Carrie A. Gonell of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP headed west to nail California's notoriously-complex labor code and took high-profile clients like Citibank NA with her, earning her a place on Law360's list of five employment attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 16, 2012

    Rising Star: Zuckerman's Marcos Hasbun

    A track record of getting health care clients off the hook in whistleblower False Claims Act cases has earned Marcos E. Hasbun, a partner in Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, a spot as one of Law360's four health industry rising stars under 40.

  • March 16, 2012

    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's Scott Glauberman

    Even early in his career, Winston & Strawn LLP partner Scott Glauberman showed a knack for understanding complex legal issues and delivering clear, concise and winning arguments on behalf of his clients, including McDonald's Corp. and LG Electronics, making him one of Law360's five class action attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 16, 2012

    Law360 Names 2012 Rising Stars

    Over the coming weeks, Law360 will profile the winners of its 2012 Rising Stars awards honoring attorneys under the age of 40 whose accomplishments in major litigation or transactions belie their age.

  • March 16, 2012

    Rising Star: Shearman's Lisa Brill

    A robust real estate finance practice bolstered by a broad capital markets background helped Shearman & Sterling LLP partner Lisa Brill close a blockbuster $3.4 billion resort project deal in the Bahamas and earned her a spot as one of four attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as a rising legal star in the real estate industry.

  • March 31, 2011

    Rising Star: Cravath's Antony Ryan

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP's Antony Ryan has navigated labyrinthine securities litigation with ease, making him indispensable for Big Four accounting firms facing high-profile cases and earning him a spot on Law360's list of five securities lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 31, 2011

    Rising Star: McDermott's Ryan Smethurst

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner Ryan Smethurst played a lead role in drafting the $712.5 million insurance settlement with cleanup workers who claimed they got ill at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, earning him a place on Law360's list of five insurance attorneys under 40 to watch.