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 30, 2010

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Ray Schrock

    At only 39 years of age, Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Ray Schrock has already worked on a number of extraordinary bankruptcies, including Charter Communications Inc., the fourth-largest cable operator in the U.S., earning him a spot on Law360's list of 10 bankruptcy lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 30, 2010

    Rising Star: Barnes & Thornburg's Michael D. Moon Jr.

    When Michael D. Moon Jr. of Barnes & Thornburg LLP represents Dow Chemical Co. in vinyl chloride product liability litigation, he's often the youngest partner at the table — one of the distinctions that has earned him a spot on Law360's list of 10 product liability lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2010

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Scott McMillin

    Not every attorney can turn an opponent's pretrial demand for a $1 billion settlement into an acquittal on all counts, but that's what Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney Scott McMillin did when he represented W.R. Grace & Co. against the U.S. government in an environmental contamination case, making him one of Law360’s 10 product liability attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2010

    Rising Star: Bilzin Sumberg's Jay Sakalo

    As Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP’s restructuring and bankruptcy practice group leader, Jay Sakalo has secured critical deals in major cases, including a $1.2 billion settlement on behalf of the estate in W.R. Grace & Co.’s case that provides the basis for the chemical company to exit bankruptcy, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of 10 bankruptcy attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2010

    Rising Star: Akin Gump's Steven Maslowski

    In 2008, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Steven Maslowski brought a $300 million patent suit against Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. to a halt midtrial by eliciting new testimony during cross-examination — just one achievement that has earned him a spot on Law360's list of 10 intellectual property lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2010

    Rising Star: Debevoise & Plimpton's Jyotin Hamid

    When General Electric Co. was hit with a $50 million suit accusing it of trying to steal Metito (Overseas) Ltd.'s trade secrets, the company turned to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and rising star Jyotin Hamid, who got the lawsuit thrown out — just one of the feats that helped land Hamid on Law360's list of 10 employment lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2010

    Rising Star: Akin Gump's Jeffrey King

    A current member of the legal team for Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, with past achievements helping executives at the Coca-Cola Co. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC avoid law enforcement action, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's Jeffrey King has landed on Law360's list of 10 securities lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2010

    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's Adam Paris

    A contentious battle over the Pillsbury Doughboy whetted Sullivan & Cromwell LLP partner Adam S. Paris' appetite for antitrust work, sparking a career that includes the reversal of a class certification order against client Solvay SA and a spot on Law360's list of 10 competition lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 26, 2010

    Rising Star: MoFo's Mika Mayer

    The youngest person ever to make partner at Morrison Foerster LLP and co-founder of the nation's first practice group devoted to investor due diligence of intellectual property, Mika Mayer has earned her place among Law360's 10 IP attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 26, 2010

    Rising Star: Crowell & Moring's Christopher Ondeck

    Crowell & Moring LLP partner Christopher Ondeck’s resume features many of the most visible lawsuits and deals in the antitrust scene, including AT&T Inc.’s precedent-setting win in a tying case and Rio Tinto Group’s landmark sale of the Jacobs Ranch coal mine, landing him a spot among Law 360’s 10 antitrust attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 26, 2010

    Rising Star: Baker Botts' Danny David

    As one of the youngest partners at Baker Botts LLP, Danny David has thrown himself into high-stakes securities litigation, including defending Credit Suisse Group and Deutsche Bank AG in a $13 billion fraud and tortious interference suit over Huntsman Corp.'s failed merger with Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc., making him one of Law360's 10 securities lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 26, 2010

    Rising Star: DLA Piper's Heidi Levine

    DLA Piper partner Heidi Levine has played a leading role in defending several major pharmaceutical companies in mass torts, including litigation over GE Healthcare's contrast agent Omniscan and Wyeth Inc.'s diet drug fen-phen, earning her a place among Law360's 10 product liability lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 26, 2010

    Rising Star: Akin Gump's James Savin

    With a skill for helping creditors of companies such as General Growth Properties Inc. and Muzak LLC achieve their goals in complex bankruptcies, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner James Savin — tapped to head the firm's financial restructuring practice in Washington as a newly elected partner in 2006 — is one of Law360's 10 bankruptcy lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 26, 2010

    Rising Star: Baker Donelson's David Gevertz

    His deft hand in guiding the Cracker Barrel chain through a thicket of headline-grabbing racial discrimination lawsuits and his subsequent victories in trade secrets cases have led Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC labor and employment department vice chair David Gevertz to a coveted spot among 10 employment lawyers under 40 honored by Law360 as a rising star.

  • March 25, 2010

    Rising Star: Haynes & Boone's Matthew Deffebach

    Haynes & Boone LLP partner Matthew Deffebach has defeated the conditional certification of a 2,000-person class of Texas hospital workers and secured a key victory for employers before the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, earning him a spot on Law 360's list of 10 employment attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 25, 2010

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Victoria Maroulis

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Victoria Maroulis’ role in obtaining a writ of mandamus in the landmark In Re Genentech Inc. patent case and her success in a range of high-profile patent disputes land her a spot on Law360’s list of 10 intellectual property attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 25, 2010

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Britt Miller

    With a reputation as a creative and thoughtful strategist, Mayer Brown LLP's Britt Miller has been sought after for some of the largest and most complex antitrust litigation to date, including the vitamin price-fixing litigation against BASF Corp., making her one of Law360's 10 competition lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 25, 2010

    Rising Star: Weil Gotshal's Lydia Protopapas

    As one of the lead attorneys on the billion-dollar bankruptcies of Crescent Resources LLC and Simmons Bedding Co., and as lead counsel to Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in connection with the bankruptcy of Tronox Inc., Lydia Protopapas of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has a diverse and critical client portfolio that makes her one of Law360's 10 bankruptcy attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 25, 2010

    Rising Star: Baker Botts' Kevin Jacobs

    From helping Merck & Co. Inc. develop its expert witnesses in lawsuits over withdrawn painkiller Vioxx to representing Pfizer Inc. in multidistrict litigation over restless leg syndrome treatment Mirapex, Baker Botts LLP's Kevin Jacobs' work has earned him a place among Law360's 10 product liability lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 25, 2010

    Rising Star: O'Melveny's Matthew Close

    Whether he's helping corporate pension funds rebound from financial crises or winning dismissals for Bank of America Corp. in derivative suits stemming from recent acquisitions, O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Matthew Close is known for his deep commitment to his clients, making him one of Law360's 10 securities lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 24, 2010

    Rising Star: Linklaters' Bindu Culas

    Linklaters LLP partner Bindu Culas helps clients craft corporate pay packages and shape benefits solutions for high-value deals such as recent multibillion-dollar pickups involving The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC and BP PLC, earning her a spot on Law 360's list of 10 employment attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 24, 2010

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Gregg LoCascio

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Gregg LoCascio successfully represented the makers of Equal in a nationally followed false advertising suit and recently made a splash winning a trade secrets case for The Boeing Co., earning him a place as one of Law360's 10 intellectual property lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 24, 2010

    Rising Star: Paul Weiss' Susanna Buergel

    As financial institutions faced mounting litigation in the fallout of the credit crisis, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's Susanna Buergel scored a precedent-setting win for Citigroup Inc., part of the reason she was chosen as one of Law360's 10 securities lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 24, 2010

    Rising Star: White & Case's Eric Grannon

    Having faced down federal regulators in both of the only two reverse payment cases to be litigated to conclusion, White & Case LLP's Eric Grannon has a reputation for taking on the U.S. government in high-profile antitrust cases that makes him one of Law360's 10 competition lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 24, 2010

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Natasha Labovitz

    Whether helping devise a plan to keep Tousa Inc. in the business of selling homes while in bankruptcy or restructuring Solutia Inc.'s European bonds out of court using an arcane Belgian law, Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Natasha Labovitz knows the importance of creativity and collaboration in restructuring work, earning her a spot on Law360's list of 10 bankruptcy attorneys under 40 to watch.