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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.
  • August 1, 2017

    Rising Star: Kasowitz Benson's Stephen Tountas

    Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP’s Stephen Tountas is unusual among class action attorneys in that he represents both plaintiffs and defendants in securities class actions, securing significant recoveries for shareholders of companies such as Schering-Plough and earning a spot as one of four class action practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 1, 2017

    Rising Star: Cleary Gottlieb's Colin Lloyd

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Colin Lloyd has worked on mergers for Barclays PLC, has lobbied for major trade groups like the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association on the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementation and has helped players from brokers to tech companies follow the law, making him one of five securities lawyers under 40 named to Law360’s list of Rising Stars.

  • August 1, 2017

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Justin Bender

    A career spent by Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Justin Bender guiding million- and billion-dollar deals — such as Connecticut-based Starwood Capital Group's $5.37 billion deal to buy more than 23,000 apartments — has earned him a spot as one of five real estate law attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 1, 2017

    Rising Star: White & Case's Tim Hickman

    Tim Hickman of White & Case LLP knows all about data. From creating consent forms for tech giants to advising companies on the ins and outs of looming EU rules on protecting personal information, his expertise in data compliance and experience working with clients across regions is why he's earned a spot as one of four cybersecurity law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 1, 2017

    Rising Star: Nossaman's Elizabeth Cousins

    Nossaman LLP's Elizabeth Cousins has worked on numerous high value transportation funding projects over her career, including advising the state of Maryland on a $2 billion light rail line, earning her a spot as one of five transportation law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 1, 2017

    Rising Star: Alston & Bird's Meaghan Boyd

    Alston & Bird’s Meaghan Boyd has been defending a roster of big-name clients in environmental cases for more than a decade, including Colonial Pipeline Co. in litigation related to nearly 500,000 gallons of total oil that spilled and leaked in various incidents in Alabama last year, earning her a spot among environmental attorneys under 40 being celebrated by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 1, 2017

    Rising Star: Hausfeld's Gary Smith

    Hausfeld LLP's Gary Smith has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of clients bringing antitrust cases, including a $61.5 million settlement in a suit alleging Sanofi bundled together vaccines to preserve monopoly power, earning him a spot among the health care law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 31, 2017

    Rising Star: Holland & Knight's Phillip Durham

    Holland & Knight LLP's Phillip Durham has advised major aviation finance transactions including a $1.2 billion aircraft securitization for BBAM Aircraft Management LP and a $330 million aircraft engine securitization for GE Capital Aviation Services, earning him a spot as one of five transportation law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 31, 2017

    Rising Star: Cohen Milstein's S. Douglas Bunch

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC’s S. Douglas Bunch has worked to expand investor rights by advancing path-breaking legal arguments, recently notching a significant D.C. Circuit ruling limiting safe-harbor protections for forward-looking statements, earning him a spot among attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 31, 2017

    Rising Star: Morrison & Foerster's Navi Dhillon

    Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Navi Dhillon has blazed a trail in the environmental law field through matters ranging from the defense of a commuter bus program in San Francisco to fighting off claims that certain cosmetics cause cancer — earning him a spot as one of three environmental law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 31, 2017

    Rising Star: Debevoise & Plimpton's Jim Pastore

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner Jim Pastore has harnessed an early love of technology to build a career that includes accomplishments such as helping to prosecute hackers wielding malware that threatened to break the internet and steering Home Depot through the aftermath of a massive data breach, earning him a spot as one of four cybersecurity and privacy practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 31, 2017

    Rising Star: Gibbs Law Group's David Stein

    Gibbs Law Group’s David Stein has developed a reputation as one of the best consumer advocates around, and his tenacious litigation on behalf of the residents of Guam helped earned him a spot as one of four class action practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 31, 2017

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Heather Richardson

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Heather Richardson has guided Aetna Inc. and other companies through massive victories, including winning the insurer nearly $40 million in a fraud case against surgery centers, making her one of five health care law attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 31, 2017

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's Kris Ferranti

    Shearman & Sterling LLP's Kris Ferranti has helped counsel foreign and domestic real estate investors and developers on some of their biggest and most complex projects and transactions, including Olayan America’s purchase of a trophy office tower in Manhattan, earning him a spot as one of five real estate attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 28, 2017

    Rising Star: Latham's DJ Moore

    Latham & Watkins LLP’s Duncan Joseph “DJ” Moore has had a hand in several recent high profile environmental matters in California, from shepherding a desalination plant in San Diego through the approval process to working on a team bringing the Los Angeles Football Club’s 22,000-seat stadium to fruition — earning him a spot as one of three environmental law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 28, 2017

    Rising Star: Gibbs Law Group's Andre Mura

    Andre Mura of Gibbs Law Group LLP knows there’s a push and pull between technological advancement and privacy, and in battling for the rights of consumers in fights with tech companies like Vizio and Lenovo, Mura has earned a spot as one of the top cybersecurity and privacy practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 28, 2017

    Rising Star: Weil's David Singh

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s David Singh has secured victories for companies including Exxon Mobil and Apple in challenging and high-profile class action cases, earning him a spot as one of four class action practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 28, 2017

    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's William Monahan

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP litigation partner Bill Monahan is game for any challenge no matter how big, and his role as one of the lead lawyers defending Volkswagen AG against complex multidistrict litigation over its diesel emissions cheating scandal — for which there really was no template — has earned him a spot among attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 28, 2017

    Rising Star: Skadden's Robert Fumerton

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s Robert A. Fumerton delivered the closing arguments in the first case over residential mortgage-backed securities to go to trial, making him one of five securities attorneys under 40 to be honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 28, 2017

    Rising Star: Kasowitz Benson's Douglas B. Heitner

    Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP's Douglas B. Heitner has grown the firm's New York real estate group from a handful of lawyers six years ago to more than 30 today, and thanks to that and his work on the largest-ever real estate matter in all of Queens, and a $650 million loan for American Copper Buildings in Manhattan, Heitner has earned a spot as one of five real estate law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 28, 2017

    Rising Star: Bass Berry's Danielle Sloane

    Bass Berry & Sims PLC member Danielle M. Sloane has led teams of attorneys working on a variety of regulatory and transactional issues, including guiding the $15 billion merger of Envision Healthcare and AmSurg, landing her a spot among health care attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Michelle Clark

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's Michelle A. Clark has represented several companies in technology-related transactions, including Google, Viasat and STMicroElectronics, earning her a spot among five technology law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Holland & Knight's Leon Fresco

    Holland & Knight LLP’s Leon Fresco already has several impressive career milestones under his belt, including serving as the main drafter of the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill and overseeing civil immigration cases for the government, making him one of three immigration practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Ropes & Gray's Aaron Katz

    Ropes & Gray LLP’s Aaron Katz has played a key role in some of the firm’s highest-profile white collar trials, including Stryker Biotech’s stunning victory over off-label marketing charges, earning him a spot among five trial attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Bradley Arant's Aron Beezley

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Aron C. Beezley has racked up victories for clients in challenges to government contract awards, including Integrated Nuclear Production Solutions' successful bid protest of a $22.8 billion Department of Energy deal, landing him a spot as one of five government contracts attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.