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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 14, 2011

    Rising Star: Davis Polk's Jason Kyrwood

    Jason Kyrwood of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP led high-profile clients like the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Warner Chilcott Pharmaceuticals Inc. through big-budget financing deals that set market terms against the backdrop of the credit crisis, earning him a spot on Law360's list of five corporate finance lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 14, 2011

    Rising Star: Sidley Austin's Jeffrey Bjork

    Sidley Austin LLP's Jeffrey E. Bjork has brokered innovative resolutions in major restructurings such as those of R.H. Donnelley Corp. and Station Casinos Inc., earning him a spot on Law360's five bankruptcy lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 11, 2011

    Rising Star: Willkie's Adam Turteltaub

    The $3 billion acquisition of J.Crew Group Inc. was just one of the recent deals in which Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner Adam Turteltaub displayed what colleagues called a command of key facts and ability to hold a room, earning him a spot on Law360's list of five corporate finance lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 11, 2011

    Rising Star: Cadwalader's Jonathan Kanter

    Jonathan Kanter of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP has worked on some of the most-watched transactions and antitrust cases in recent memory, including Microsoft Corp.’s deal with Yahoo Inc. and the software giant’s landmark 2002 consent decree with antitrust regulators, making him one of Law360’s five competition lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 11, 2011

    Rising Star: Paul Weiss' Alice Eaton

    Alice Eaton's ability to take on wildly diverse clients and handle the biggest, most complex bankruptcy matters that Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP has thrown her way — including the bankruptcies of AbitibiBowater Inc. and CIT Group Inc. — have earned her a place on Law360's list of five bankruptcy lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 11, 2011

    Rising Star: Latham's J. Scott Ballenger

    While there's no surefire way to ensure the U.S. Supreme Court will take on your case, the odds go up if your petition for certiorari is crafted by Latham & Watkins LLP's J. Scott Ballenger, making him one of Law360's five appellate lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • April 16, 2010

    Rising Star: Akin Gump's Richard Welsh

    Richard Welsh of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP credits the skills he learned as an officer in an elite U.S. Army battalion for the long list of triumphs, including his successful representation of AES Corp. in a $400 million environmental class action, that has landed him on Law360's list of 10 energy lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • April 16, 2010

    Rising Star: Cleary Gottlieb's Benet O'Reilly

    Taking the lead in closing a number of megadeals, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's Benet O’Reilly has helped Hewlett-Packard Co. wrap up its $13.9 billion takeover of Electronic Data Systems Corp. and assisted TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in completing their $27.5 billion transaction involving Alltel Corp., earning him a spot on Law360’s list of 10 corporate finance attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • April 16, 2010

    Rising Star: Frost Brown's Steven Wesloh

    A track record of convincing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to drop New Source Review enforcement actions — and helping clients avoid possibly having to shell out millions for control equipment and penalties — has helped land Frost Brown Todd LLC's Steven Wesloh a spot on Law360's list of 10 environmental attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • April 16, 2010

    Rising Star: Williams & Connolly's Kannon Shanmugam

    Like a speeding meteor, Williams & Connolly LLP attorney Kannon K. Shanmugam has shot past career milestones, preparing briefings in a notable McCain-Feingold case while just an associate, becoming the first lawyer in decades to join the firm as a partner and earning a spot on Law360’s list of 10 appellate lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • April 16, 2010

    Rising Star: Hogan & Hartson's Jeremy Zucker

    A former clerk for the International Court of Justice in The Hague and co-founder of a nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing prisoners of conscience, Hogan & Hartson LLP's Jeremy B. Zucker has turned a passion for international law into a successful and varied practice, earning him a spot on Law360's list of international trade lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • April 16, 2010

    Rising Star: Kasowitz's Adam Ziffer

    As a lawyer for corporate policyholders whose claims have been denied, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP's Adam Ziffer frequently faces off against 20 or 30 insurance companies. Against such formidable defendants, he has brought home multimillion-dollar settlements for a Philips Electronics North America Corp. unit in an asbestos exposure coverage case and for a Gotham Organization Inc. shopping center in an environmental liability case, making him one of Law360's 10 insurance lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • April 15, 2010

    Rising Star: Reed Smith's David Mittelman

    Reed Smith LLP's David Mittelman regularly uses the insight gained from a seven-year stint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to help publicly traded companies — including Talecris Biotherapeutics Holdings Corp. — navigate through key aspects of multimillion-dollar deals, an approach that has earned him a place among Law360's 10 corporate finance lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • April 15, 2010

    Rising Star: Sutherland's Thomas Warren

    A leader in energy transactional practice who recently helped Oglethorpe Power Corp. seal over $250 million in acquisitions while still finding time to make his own firm greener, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP's Thomas Warren has earned a spot among Law360's 10 energy attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • April 15, 2010

    Rising Star: Bradley Arant's Kevin Newsom

    Formerly a U.S. Supreme Court clerk and solicitor general of Alabama, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Kevin Newsom has notched recent wins in a voting rights case at the Supreme Court and at Alabama’s highest court, where he reversed an $81 million fraud judgment against GlaxoSmithKline PLC, earning Newsom a spot among Law360’s 10 appellate attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • April 15, 2010

    Rising Star: WilmerHale's David Weller

    WilmerHale partner David Weller has parlayed his experience as deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for China into a private practice career helping major corporations deal with trade barriers and restrictions imposed by China and other governments, earning him a spot on Law360's list of 10 international trade attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • April 15, 2010

    Rising Star: Dewey & LeBoeuf's Allison Tam

    When insurers need to obtain regulatory approvals for major deals like Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.'s $11.8 billion acquisition of Travelers Life & Annuity, they turn to Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's Allison Tam, making her one of Law360's 10 insurance lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • April 15, 2010

    Rising Star: Alston & Bird's Shiraz Tangri

    Alston & Bird LLP partner Shiraz Tangri's success in lining up environmentalists' support of Plains All American Pipeline LLC's $500 million oil tanker terminal in Los Angeles helped defeat a legal challenge to the project. That and other fruitful efforts to balance green sensibilities with development have earned him a spot on Law360's list of 10 environmental lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • April 14, 2010

    Rising Star: Kirkland & Ellis’ Elaine Walsh

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Elaine Walsh’s work on high-stakes transactional, regulatory and litigation matters for energy companies — including successfully defending NRG Energy Inc. against a hostile takeover bid from Exelon Corp. — earns her a spot on Law360’s list of 10 energy lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • April 14, 2010

    Rising Star: Linklaters' Stan Renas

    Linklaters LLP partner Stan Renas has structured some of the biggest deals in the emerging market for emissions offset trading and advised the World Bank on its role as a trustee under the Kyoto Protocol, earning him a place on Law360's list of 10 environmental attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • April 14, 2010

    Rising Star: WilmerHale's Naboth van den Broek

    From representing governments in trade disputes over Chinese intellectual property rights to advising major corporations on how to deal with institutional changes at the European Union, Naboth van den Broek's work at WilmerHale has earned him a spot on Law360's list of 10 international trade attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • April 14, 2010

    Rising Star: Skadden's Z. Julie Gao

    With experience working on the initial public offerings of multibillion-dollar Chinese companies including Baidu Inc. and Ctrip.com International Ltd., Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner Z. Julie Gao has earned a spot on Law360's list of 10 corporate finance attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • April 14, 2010

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Matthew D. McGill

    With victories in the U.S. Supreme Court that range from the Citizens United campaign finance case to a patent ruling that saved Microsoft Corp. billions of dollars, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Matthew D. McGill has earned a spot on Law360's list of 10 appellate lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • April 14, 2010

    Rising Star: Dickstein's Sandra Smith Thayer

    Before she’d even made partner, Dickstein Shapiro LLP’s Sandra Smith Thayer had helped San Diego Gas & Electric Co. collect hundreds of millions of dollars in claims and netted Sempra Energy one of the year’s 50 largest U.S. verdicts — achievements that have reserved her a spot among Law360’s 10 insurance attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • April 13, 2010

    Rising Star: Jenner & Block's Elaine Goldenberg

    A brilliant writer and powerful oral advocate who has helped save clients, including General Dynamics Corp. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., hundreds of millions of dollars with her appellate work, Jenner & Block LLP's Elaine J. Goldenberg has earned a spot among Law360's 10 appellate attorneys under 40 to watch.