The 156 attorneys selected as Law360's 2017 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. This elite group of attorneys, all under 40, have distinguished themselves by handling bet-the-company litigation and brokering deals that make headlines.
Mayer Brown LLP’s Adam Wolk has become one of the leading lawyers in finance and has helped companies like restaurant giant Yum Brands Inc. and private equity firm The Jordan Co. secure the financing they need to get their businesses moving forward, earning him a spot as one of five banking law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.
Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP’s Alexandra Harwin scored a favorable settlement for workers in a gender bias suit against Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG and is currently pursuing high-profile sex discrimination claims on behalf of female attorneys against BigLaw powerhouses Proskauer Rose LLP and Chadbourne & Parke LLP, making her one of five employment attorneys under 40 recognized by Law360 as Rising Stars.
Jenner & Block LLP's Alison Stein has helped preserve the intellectual property of prominent figures in the media and entertainment landscape, including the late wife of author John Steinbeck and the sister of an electrocuted street artist, earning her a spot as one of four media and entertainment law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Aaron Meyers has cultivated an expertise in handling particularly tricky carve-out transactions and divestitures like Asahi Kasei's acquisition and simultaneous sale of half of Polypore, landing the M&A practitioner — who almost pursued an engineering career instead of law — a spot among attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.
Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP's Christopher K. Fargo has designed and negotiated some of the most challenging multibillion-dollar transactions, including Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $123 billion acquisition of SABMiller, thereby earning him a spot as one of five tax attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s James Hannah has notched two jury verdicts for Finjan Inc. totaling nearly $55 million and prevailed in 37 inter partes reviews for the company, earning him a spot as one of five intellectual property law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's Sunny Singh learned the ropes of his field as an associate working on Lehman Brothers' landmark Chapter 11 case, and his recent ascension to partner and notable roles in restructurings for J.Crew, grocer Fairway Market and others helped him earn a spot as one of five bankruptcy law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP's Rob Roy Smith has amassed numerous victories on behalf of his tribal clients over his career, including a win in a recent discrimination case involving the Quinault Indian Nation, earning him a spot as one of three Native American law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360.
For her work helping to shepherd two major infrastructure deals totaling some $56 billion for Energy Transfer Equity LP affiliates in the last year, Latham & Watkins LLP partner Debbie Yee has been named one of Law360’s 2016 top energy sector attorneys under age 40.
Foster Pepper PLLC partner Lauren J. King’s work defending the interests of Native American tribes, including securing a major fishing rights victory for a Northwestern tribe, has earned her a place among Law360's top attorneys under 40 working in the area of Native American law.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP partner Ram C. Sunkara’s efforts representing large energy consumers like Microsoft, Target, and Houston’s public transportation authority in their purchase and generation of renewable and traditional power has landed him a spot on Law360’s Rising Stars list of top energy attorneys under 40.
Dentons’ Matthew Adams has achieved several wins on behalf of Native American tribes, including helping a California tribe fight off an environmental challenge to its casino project, winning him a spot as one of three Native American law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360.
King & Spalding partner Archie Fallon’s work putting together large and complex energy transactions, including his role linking up partners for a $36 billion liquefied natural gas terminal joint venture facility on Canada’s west coast, has landed him a spot on Law360’s list of top energy attorneys under 40.
Morrison & Foerster LLP partner Damien C. Specht has served as the primary government contracts lawyer in more than 50 mergers and acquisitions with a combined value of more than $3 billion, earning him a spot among the top government contracts attorneys under the age of 40 honored by Law360.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP partner Matt Einbinder's work shepherding billions of dollars worth of energy financing deals, as well as helping lenders navigate the wave of bankruptcies engulfing the oil and gas sector, has earned him a spot on Law360's list of top energy lawyers under 40.
Jones Day partner Kate Wallace has guided companies like DirecTV and Reynolds American in high-profile acquisitions, while helping ICANN beat a lawsuit claiming it had a monopoly on the domain-name market, landing her among Law360’s top competition attorneys under 40.
Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP partner Joshua I. Schiller has been handling the day-to-day caseload for embattled daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings Inc. as it faces enforcement action from the New York attorney general and other state regulators in the ongoing debate over the legality of the games, landing him on Law360’s Rising Stars list.
For helping companies that do business with the government protect themselves from and prosecute claims exceeding $330 million in decadelong fights before administrative boards, trial courts and appellate panels, Brian Tully McLaughlin of Crowell & Moring LLP has won a spot on Law360’s list of top government contracts attorneys under 40.
BakerHostetler partner Mark Barron notched several important victories for clients over the past year, from obtaining a crucial injunction blocking new fracking rules that affect public lands to defending natural gas pipeline operators from a competitor, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s top five energy attorneys under 40.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Cynthia Richman helped guide Apple through litigation alleging it conspired with major publishers to raise the price of e-books, earning her a spot as one of Law360’s top competition attorneys under 40.
Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC’s J. Parker Miller helped Alabama score a $2.3 billion settlement with BP PLC in the fallout from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, capping years of litigation tied to the disaster and earning himself a spot among four environmental lawyers under 40 on Law360’s list of Rising Stars.
After a decade of work at the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office, Matthew L. Schwartz hit the ground running in 2015 as a partner at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP, where his work building an investigations practice — and on high-profile matters including daily fantasy sports litigation — earned him a spot on Law360's list of top white collar attorneys under 40.
Keker & Van Nest LLP partner Adam Lauridsen blends enthusiasm for sports with sophistication of sports law, tackling landmark cases involving Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption, franchise relocations and First Amendment disputes, landing him a spot on Law360's list of top sports law attorneys under age 40.
Tirzah Lollar’s successful defense of former Halliburton subsidiary and U.S. army contractor KBR Inc. against multiple fraud and kickback allegations from whistleblowers following the Iraq war has earned the Vinson & Elkins LLP partner a spot among Law360's top attorneys under 40.