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.
  • April 29, 2016

    Rising Star: Robins Kaplan’s William Reiss

    For the last several years, antitrust litigator William Reiss has helped represent a class of plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation alleging automotive parts makers engaged in one of the largest price-fixing schemes ever and has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, earning him a spot among Law360’s top competition attorneys under 40.

  • April 28, 2016

    Rising Star: Perkins Coie's Seth Locke

    Whether he's advocating for top clients like the Boeing Company in cost-accounting disputes or working on high-profile bid protests, Perkins Coie LLP counsel Seth Locke puts the interests of government contractors first, landing him a spot among Law360’s 2016 Rising Stars.

  • April 28, 2016

    Rising Star: Whatley Kallas LLP's Henry C. Quillen

    Whatley Kallas LLP partner Henry C. Quillen has played a key role in complex class actions against Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cox Enterprises and others, earning himself a spot on Law360's list of top competition attorneys under the age of 40.

  • April 28, 2016

    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's David Greenspan

    Winston & Strawn LLP partner David Greenspan has been at the center of the firm’s representation of the National Football League Players Association, helping guide the union to some major victories in labor disputes in recent years and making him one of four sports attorneys on Law360’s Rising Stars list.

  • April 28, 2016

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Ben O'Neil

    Ben O’Neil helped dismantle a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case against a PetroTiger Ltd. executive, resulting in a favorable deal in the middle of a high-profile trial and putting the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner among Law360's top white collar attorneys under 40.

  • April 28, 2016

    Rising Star: Squire Patton Boggs' John Lazzaretti

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP senior associate John Lazzaretti’s high-profile work on the front lines fighting for Murray Energy against the Obama administration’s environmental policies has earned him a spot as one of four environmental attorneys on this year's list of Rising Stars.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Amir Tayrani

    For the better part of his 13-year career at Gibson Dunn, 38-year-old Amir Tayrani has successfully coordinated legal strategies for Philip Morris and last year locked up several key appellate wins for the tobacco giant, landing him on Law360’s Product Liability Rising Star’s list for the third straight year.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Hunton & Williams' Aaron Flynn

    Hunton & Williams LLP partner Aaron Flynn's emergence as a go-to expert on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional haze program, as well as a trusted adviser on other aspects of U.S. air policy, has made him one of Law360's Rising Stars for environmental law.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Cravath's Kevin Orsini

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP partner Kevin Orsini is leading American Express' defense of allegations that its merchant rules violate antitrust law in several cases and has helped Viacom resolve a dispute with Cablevision over its channels, landing him on Law360’s Rising Stars list of top competition attorneys under 40.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Latham's Benjamin Naftalis

    After putting away crooked money managers and taking down international drug kingpins, Latham & Watkins LLP’s Benjamin Naftalis brought his wealth of experience as an assistant U.S. Attorney in New York’s Southern District to a budding career as a white collar defender and has earned his recognition as one of Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Hausfeld's Swathi Bojedla

    Hausfeld LLP’s Swathi Bojedla has spent her young legal career tangling with some of the most powerful sports organizations, including the NCAA and NFL, in high-profile cases, making her one of four sports attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • April 27, 2016

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's Jon Burd

    Wiley Rein LLP partner Jon Burd is one of only a handful of attorneys in the country with a top-level security clearance, a distinction that allows him to represent defense and aerospace industry clients like The Boeing Co. and has helped land him among Law360's government contracts Rising Stars.

  • April 26, 2016

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Stephen Hauss

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Stephen Hauss has taken on some of the most headline-grabbing white collar cases in recent years, from his representation of soccer governing body FIFA in sprawling U.S. and Swiss criminal probes to his defense of the former first lady of Virginia in a closely watched public corruption case, earning him a spot on Law360’s list of Rising Stars.

  • April 26, 2016

    Rising Star: Baker Botts' William Lavery

    A key member of the trial team in a price-fixing case that eventually led the Federal Trade Commission to rule against itself in a rare decision, William Lavery of Baker Botts LLP brings the heat in complex antitrust litigation, earning him a spot on Law360's list of Rising Stars.

  • April 26, 2016

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Jordon Patterson

    Jones Day associate Jordon L. Patterson is a relative newcomer to the legal industry who has already proven her chops as perhaps the youngest first-chair attorney for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in Engle progeny trials, earning her a spot among Law360's top product liability attorneys under the age of 40.

  • April 26, 2016

    Rising Star: BakerHostetler's Mark DeLaquil

    From his successful defense of a $1.3 billion steel mill’s air permit in a competitor’s novel Clean Air Act citizen suit to his involvement in the national litigation over the Obama administration’s signature climate change initiative, BakerHostetler partner Mark DeLaquil has earned a spot as one of Law360’s top four environmental attorneys under 40.

  • April 26, 2016

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Sean Sullivan

    Thanks to his work on more than $35 billion worth of Wells Fargo deals and on countless equity and debt transactions in industries such as technology and food, Gibson Dunn’s Sean Sullivan is one of five capital markets lawyers under 40 named a Law360 Rising Star.

  • April 26, 2016

    Rising Star: Bradley Arant's Aron Beezley

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP associate Aron C. Beezley’s work on high-stakes government contracts litigation that has included some of the most consequential recent decisions in the area has earned him a place among the top government contracts attorneys under 40 honored by Law360.

  • April 25, 2016

    Rising Stars: Quinn Emanuel's Eric Lyttle

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP’s Eric Lyttle used a novel discovery strategy in Deepwater Horizon multidistrict litigation that led to the recent dismissal of thousands of state-law claims against companies who cleaned up the oil spill at the behest of the federal government, a victory that scored him a spot on Law360’s Rising Stars list of top product liability attorneys under 40.

  • April 25, 2016

    Rising Star: Arnold & Porter's Michael B. Bernstein

    Michael B. Bernstein of Arnold & Porter LLP has made a name for himself serving as first chair in high-profile and contentious mergers, including Boston Scientific’s $1.6 billion acquisition of American Medical Systems’ urology portfolio from Endo International, scoring a slot on Law360’s Rising Stars list of top competition attorneys under 40.

  • April 25, 2016

    Rising Star: BakerHostetler's W. Barron A. Avery

    BakerHostetler’s W. Barron A. Avery has scored wins in important bid protest suits in his young career, including an influential victory in a recent case centered on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs procurements, earning him a place as one of seven government contracts lawyers under age 40 honored by Law360.

  • April 25, 2016

    Rising Star: Simpson Thacher's Craig Waldman

    Craig Waldman forged his career as a securities lawyer during the subprime mortgage crisis and recently won a significant decision tossing shareholder claims over a $6 billion acquisition by The Blackstone Group LP, earning the Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP partner a spot among Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • April 25, 2016

    Rising Star: Cravath’s Johnny Skumpija

    For Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP partner Johnny Skumpija, mentoring and teamwork, as well as his nuanced knowledge of the legal and regulatory landscape that he brings to the table when working with corporate clients such as Goldman Sachs and IBM have helped him be named one of five capital markets lawyers under 40 honored by Law360.

  • April 22, 2016

    Rising Star: Bernstein Litowitz's Katherine Sinderson

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP attorney Katie Sinderson has helped the firm secure massive recoveries on behalf of investors, including a $1 billion settlement over illegal marketing of the painkiller Vioxx and a landmark $2.4 billion deal resolving shareholder litigation over Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch acquisition, earning her recognition on Law360’s list of top securities lawyers under the age of 40.

  • April 22, 2016

    Rising Star: King & Spalding's Geoffrey Drake

    King & Spalding LLP's Geoffrey Drake has represented major pharmaceutical clients in fielding allegations by consumers as well as governments, including Purdue Pharma when it faced claims by the Kentucky Attorney General over its marketing of the opioid Oxycontin and Merck in its successful bellwether trials over its osteoporosis drug Fosamax, landing among Law360's list of top product liability attorneys under 40.