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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.
  • July 30, 2018

    Rising Star: King & Spalding's James Stull

    Leading nearly a dozen Middle Eastern real estate investment trusts in the past 12 months alone, King & Spalding LLP’s James R. Stull has established himself as an authority on the Middle East’s fledgling REIT industry and a leader in fund formation efforts throughout the region, earning a spot among five asset management law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars for the second year in a row.

  • July 30, 2018

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Ragan Naresh

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Ragan Naresh has guided clients like Charter Communications Inc., Abbott Laboratories Inc. and Syngenta AG through class actions threatening significant liability while developing new law for future cases, earning him a spot as one of six class action attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360.

  • July 30, 2018

    Rising Star: Morgan Lewis' Melissa Hill

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's Melissa D. Hill led the legal team that secured dismissal of Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims that could have cost the New York City Department of Education hundreds of millions of dollars, earning her a spot as one of five benefits attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 30, 2018

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Stacey L. Corr-Irvine

    Jones Day's Stacey L. Corr-Irvine has stood out at her firm for making instrumental contributions in major restructuring cases, including handling day-to-day case management for plastics maker M&G USA Corp., earning her a spot as one of five bankruptcy practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • August 10, 2017

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Laura Fairneny

    Newly minted Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Laura Fairneny has played a leading role in a number of complicated life sciences litigations, including a $20 million victory for AngioScore in a patent infringement suit, earning her a place among life sciences attorneys under 40 recognized by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 10, 2017

    Rising Star: Pillsbury's Tamara Bruno

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's Tamara Bruno has been climbing her way up the ranks by contributing to several out-of-court successes and working on major liability coverage suits for insurance policyholder clients, including Lion Oil Co. and New York University, earning her a spot among insurance attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 10, 2017

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's Anna Chung

    Shearman & Sterling LLP’s Anna Chung has handled many high-profile infrastructure projects across the world, including a light rail extension project in the Philippines, earning her a spot as one of the project finance attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 10, 2017

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Tianjing 'Tiana' Zhang

    Tianjing "Tiana" Zhang leads Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s white collar and cross-border litigation practice from her home base in Shanghai. But Zhang is a true international expert, with deep legal experience and training in the U.S. and China, and experience counseling multinationals like Baxter International, Tenneco Inc. and Syngenta, landing her among Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • August 10, 2017

    Rising Star: Fried Frank's Randi Lally

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s Randi Lally has advised on billions of dollars worth of deals for major clients including Permira and Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and she made partner a year earlier than normal, earning her a spot as one of five private equity attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 10, 2017

    Rising Star: Fried Frank's Mark Hayek

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP partner Mark Hayek has steered a bevy of private-equity backed initial public offerings over the past year, including counseling underwriters on Athene Holding Ltd.’s $1.2 billion offering that was the second largest IPO of 2016, earning him spot as one of five capital markets law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2017

    Rising Star: White & Case's Karalyn Mildorf

    A key member of White & Case LLP's national security and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States practice, Karalyn Mildorf has assisted clients in almost 200 national security-related reviews at the committee, earning her a spot as one of four international trade attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2017

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Timothy Best

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's Timothy Best has deployed scientific savvy to guide major drugmakers through high-stakes patent cases, including a trial that preserved billions of dollars for Depomed Inc. and possibly saved the company, placing him among five life sciences lawyers under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2017

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Jason Lissy

    Barely over 30, Jones Day's Jason Lissy has found himself playing key roles in two massive insurance litigations in the past year, one regarding MF Global and the other over the destruction of a soon-to-open $760 million power plant, making him one of five insurance lawyers under 40 recognized by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2017

    Rising Star: Sidley Austin's Vijay Sekhon

    Sidley Austin LLP’s Vijay Sekhon has built a track record of skillfully closing transactions that are noted for both their dollar value and their complexity, including the $2 billion acquisition of Polycom Inc. by affiliates of Siris Capital Group LLC, and he is also a prolific writer and educator in his field, earning him a spot as one of five private equity law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2017

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's Alfred Ng

    Shearman & Sterling LLP’s Alfred Ng has made a habit of helping clients close financing on challenging and groundbreaking projects, including a $4.3 billion coal-fired power plant in Indonesia, earning him a spot as one of five project finance attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2017

    Rising Star: Farella Braun's Jessica Nall

    Farella Braun & Martel LLP's white collar chair Jessica Nall has gotten executives at Samsung and Hitachi cleared of price-fixing and currently represents individuals in the Yahoo breach investigation, making her one of five white collar attorneys under age 40 chosen as Law360's Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2017

    Rising Star: Alston & Bird's Tara Castillo

    Alston & Bird LLP’s Tara Castillo has used her problem-solving skills to execute complex, structured finance deals and securitizations across many asset classes, helping clients like American Honda Finance Corp. raise $35 billion and earning her a spot as one of five capital markets law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 8, 2017

    Rising Star: Dentons' Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo

    Dentons' Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo has played a prominent role in several high-profile cases on behalf of tribes, including successfully representing a California tribe in a controversial membership dispute, helping her win a place as one of three Native American law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 8, 2017

    Rising Star: Hogan Lovells' Adam Bellack

    Hogan Lovells partner Adam Bellack, who is co-head of the firm’s life sciences transactions team, has advised Novartis AG, Medigene AG and the company formerly known as Google Life Sciences through multimillion-dollar deals, making him one of five life sciences attorneys recognized by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 8, 2017

    Rising Star: Fish & Richardson's Scott Elengold

    Scott A. Elengold has become an integral member of Fish & Richardson PC’s standout trade practices, most notably through his litigation of complex and contentious patent disputes on behalf of tech giants like LG Electronics, earning him a spot among the international trade attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 8, 2017

    Rising Star: Blank Rome's Jared Zola

    Blank Rome LLP’s Jared Zola has racked up another year of successful representation of insurance policyholders, including representing Petroterminal de Panama after a pier collapse and seeking coverage on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth for sex abuse claims, earning him his fourth consecutive year as one of the insurance law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 8, 2017

    Rising Star: BakerHostetler's Peter G. Fischer

    Before he was an attorney, Peter G. Fischer of BakerHostetler worked in hotels and restaurants as a teenager, experience the hospitality industry lawyer has leaned on in make-or-break, high-stakes labor and employment disputes. His wins for hotels from New York City to Florida have kept businesses afloat, and are why he’s one of three hospitality attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 8, 2017

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Michael Diamant

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Michael Diamant has helped some of the world’s largest companies navigate their way through white collar, compliance and anti-corruption matters, including Brazil’s state-controlled oil giant Petrobras, earning him a spot as one of five white collar law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 8, 2017

    Rising Star: Norton Rose's Brian Greene

    Norton Rose Fulbright’s Brian Greene has helped facilitate energy projects ranging from solar developments in California to fossil fuel construction in Latin America, including a complex natural gas power plant and a liquefied natural gas import terminal in Panama, earning him a spot as one of five project finance attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.