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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 31, 2011

    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's Thomas Kirsch

    When white collar defendants turn to Winston & Strawn LLP, the firm often turns to partner Thomas Kirsch, as it did with a major Illinois political player embroiled in the scandal surrounding former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, earning him a spot on Law360's list of five white collar lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 31, 2011

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Austin Schwing

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Austin Schwing demolished class action claims against online dating giant eHarmony Inc. and Landis & Gyr, the world’s leading smart meter manufacturer, winning dismissals for his clients and earning him a place on Law360's list of five class action lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 31, 2011

    Rising Star: Irell & Manella's Ellisen Turner

    A former software engineer and boxer, Irell & Manella LLP's Ellisen Turner brought his technical and pugilistic abilities to bear in helping Tessera Inc. win $170 million in damages and settlements in patent and other litigation, earning him a spot on Law360's list of five intellectual property attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 30, 2011

    Rising Star: Ropes & Gray's Catherine Mondell

    Ropes & Gray LLP's Catherine A. Mondell has helped insurers defeat hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of business interruption claims after Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina, earning her a place on Law360's list of five insurance attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 30, 2011

    Rising Star: King & Spalding's Mark Jensen

    Even early on in his career, King & Spalding partner Mark A. Jensen showed a knack for gaining the confidence of global pharmaceutical companies facing criminal prosecutions, from Cephalon Inc. to Johnson & Johnson, making him one of the most sought-after corporate defenders in the country and one of Law360’s five white collar lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 30, 2011

    Rising Star: Skadden's Edward Micheletti

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's Edward B. Micheletti has been involved in some of the most significant deal-related litigation to arise in recent years, helping clients including Activision Inc., XTO Energy Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc. end shareholder challenges to multibillion-dollar deals — achievements that have landed him a spot on Law360's list of securities lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 30, 2011

    Rising Star: Jenner's Suzanne Prysak

    Jenner & Block LLP partner Suzanne Prysak has successfully defended Northfield Laboratories Inc. and Nuveen Investments LLC in securities class actions, demonstrating a procedural creativity and an attention to detail that has earned her a spot on Law360's list of five class action lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 30, 2011

    Rising Star: Akin Gump's Michael Simons

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Michael Simons has translated the toughness he learned growing up in the Canadian hinterland into a career as a top patent litigator, making him one of Law360's top intellectual property attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2011

    Rising Star: Kilpatrick Townsend's Charlie Henn

    A $304 million jury verdict for shoe giant Adidas AG — the largest trademark award ever — is one of many accomplishments that makes Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP's Charlie Henn one of Law360's five intellectual property lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2011

    Rising Star: Steptoe & Johnson's Brian Heberlig

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP's Brian Heberlig has won major victories in high-stakes criminal cases, including clearing an ex-Blackwater Worldwide security contractor of manslaughter charges, making him one of Law360's five white collar attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2011

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Chip Nierlich

    As Cytosport Inc. faced two suits and a federal probe into its use of the term "Muscle Milk," Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner G. Charles “Chip” Nierlich guided the nutritional company to safety, earning him a spot on Law360's list of five class actions lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2011

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Matthew Ingber

    Mayer Brown LLP's Matthew Ingber has played a vital role in crafting winning strategies for Bank of New York Mellon Corp. in a bankruptcy trustee's $550 million lawsuit over an alleged fraudulent investment scheme and for a New York Stock Exchange specialist in a pivotal criminal securities fraud case, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of five securities lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2011

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's Kimberly Melvin

    Kimberly Melvin of Wiley Rein LLP has led some of the world's biggest insurers through complex professional liability coverage battles sparked by policyholder bankruptcies and the financial crisis, earning her a spot on Law360's list of five insurance lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 28, 2011

    Rising Star: Finnegan’s Erika H. Arner

    Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP partner Erika H. Arner helped represent two inventors in the landmark Bilski case before the U.S. Supreme Court that led to a decision upholding patent eligibility of business methods and overturning a lower court’s restrictive test for process patenting, earning her a spot on Law360’s list of five intellectual property lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 28, 2011

    Rising Star: Skadden's Peter Morrison

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's Peter Morrison helped set precedent regarding attorneys' fees in defending Oakley Inc. in a shareholder class action challenging a deal with Luxottica SpA, earning him a spot on Law360's list of five class action lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 28, 2011

    Rising Star: Weil Gotshal's William Burck

    In a closely watched congressional investigation into corruption in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's William A. Burck helped secure a full acquittal for the U.S. military's largest suppliers of jet fuel in the region, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of five white collar lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 28, 2011

    Rising Star: Simpson Thacher's Bryce Friedman

    Bryce Friedman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP won a dismissal for The Standard Fire Insurance Co. in whistleblower litigation following Hurricane Katrina and secured a favorable settlement for several Chartis insurers over diacetyl claims, earning him a place among Law360's list of five insurance lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 28, 2011

    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's Suhana Han

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's Suhana Han has made a name for herself representing major financial institutions in big-ticket litigation, and recently helped Porsche SE ward off a $2.5 billion lawsuit, earning her a spot on Law360’s list of five securities lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 25, 2011

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's Adam Hakki

    Adam Hakki was just 32 when he made partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP, and in his short career he's racked up an impressive roster of big clients, including Galleon Management LP, Merrill Lynch & Co. and Countrywide Financial Corp. — feats that have helped win him a place on Law360's list of five securities attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 25, 2011

    Rising Star: Morgan Lewis' Jeremy Blumenfeld

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Jeremy P. Blumenfeld's creative handling of large, complicated employee benefits class actions has won the respect of his peers and landed him on Law360's list of five class action attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 25, 2011

    Rising Star: Duane Morris' Matthew Gaudet

    Known as a deadly cross-examiner, Duane Morris LLP partner Matthew C. Gaudet won a major defense victory for EarthLink Inc. in the country's arguably most plaintiff-friendly patent court, earning him a spot on Law360's list of five intellectual property lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 25, 2011

    Rising Star: Barnes & Thornburg's Jason Barclay

    In one of Kentucky’s largest public corruption trials in decades, Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Jason Barclay helped secure full acquittal for a prominent highway contractor accused of tampering with $130 million in road projects, one of the accomplishments that earned him a spot on Law360’s list of five white collar lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 24, 2011

    Rising Star: Kirkland & Ellis' Lee Ann Stevenson

    With her performance defending Verizon Wireless LLC in the World Trade Center cleanup litigation and helping BP PLC manage health claims related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Lee Ann Stevenson has earned a place on Law360's list of five product liability lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 24, 2011

    Rising Star: Crowell & Moring's Jennifer Devery

    Jennifer Devery single-handedly launched Crowell & Moring LLP's now-flourishing reinsurance practice, bringing more business to the firm from longtime clients like Ace USA and earning her a spot on Law360's list of five insurance attorneys under 40 to watch.

  • March 24, 2011

    Rising Star: Hogan Lovells' Robert Wolinsky

    Robert B. Wolinsky of Hogan Lovells has received praise from judges and colleagues alike while helping American Electric Power Co. Inc. and other clients stave off allegations involving natural gas and electricity, earning him a spot on Law360's list of five energy lawyers under 40 to watch.