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 22, 2016

    Rising Star: Davis Polk's Byron Rooney

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s Byron Rooney is making a name for himself representing companies and underwriters on important capital markets transactions, including work on First Data Corp.’s massive $2.6 billion initial public offering last year, landing on him Law360's Rising Stars list for 2016.

  • April 22, 2016

    Rising Star: McDermott Will's Lisa Richman

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner Lisa Richman has made a name for herself as forceful advocate both for and against sovereign governments and multinational corporations across numerous international fora, landing herself a spot among Law360's first batch of top arbitration attorneys under 40.

  • April 22, 2016

    Rising Star: Glaser Weil's Erica Van Loon

    Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP’s Erica Van Loon has led Vizio to a favorable trademark settlement and helped technology company Nero defeat JVC’s patent claims, landing the versatile partner among Law360’s top intellectual property lawyers under 40 for 2016.

  • April 22, 2016

    Rising Star: Skadden's Sven Mickisch

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s Sven Mickisch has played a prominent role in complex transactions all over the world, leading to his becoming the second-youngest partner in the firm’s history and one of Law360’s top banking attorneys under 40.

  • April 21, 2016

    Rising Star: Freshfields' Caroline Richard

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Caroline Richard, recently elected partner, has worked on high-stakes and prominent disputes spanning five continents, earning her a spot among the top international arbitration attorneys under the age of 40 honored by Law360.

  • April 21, 2016

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Christopher Kercher

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Christopher Kercher has held leading roles in some of the most complex banking lawsuits spawned by the financial crisis, including litigation for the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. estate, work that has earned him a place among Law360’s top banking lawyers under 40.

  • April 21, 2016

    Rising Star: Vinson & Elkins' Hilary Preston

    Vinson & Elkins LLP intellectual property partner Hilary L. Preston recently helped Fox Sports swat away a $42 million patent suit over the GameTrax feature on its website and steered Dow Jones to win a class action alleging it suppressed a fraudulent subscriber scheme, earning her a spot as one of Law360's top 10 attorneys under 40.

  • April 21, 2016

    Rising Star: Greenberg Traurig's Christiana Jacxsens

    Christiana Jacxsens' proactive litigation strategy helped her engineer a win last year for Alcon Laboratories Inc. in litigation alleging that the company's cataract lenses caused serious eye injuries, among other victories, landing the Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder on Law360’s Rising Stars list of top product liability attorneys under 40.

  • April 21, 2016

    Rising Star: Weil Gotshal & Manges' Faiza Rahman

    Faiza Rahman represents both banks and issuers in a wide range of equity and debt transactions and her broad practice at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP makes the young partner one of Law360’s top capital markets attorneys under age 40.

  • April 21, 2016

    Rising Star: Baker Botts' Jessica Pulliam

    Baker Botts LLP partner Jessica Pulliam takes special satisfaction in her role as one of the lead attorneys for the firm’s work on Halliburton Co.’s long-running, precedent-setting securities class litigation, work that earned her a place among Law360's top securities lawyers under 40.

  • April 20, 2016

    Rising Star: Paul Weiss' Roberto J. Gonzalez

    Still just 37, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP partner Roberto J. Gonzalez has already helped build the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and served as special assistant to the president, achievements that aided him in earning a spot on Law360’s list of the top banking attorneys under the age of 40.

  • April 20, 2016

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Brian Lutz

    As a partner at Gibson Dunn, Brian Lutz has successfully fought off shareholder suits challenging high-profile mergers while scoring a major victory for Depomed by halting a hostile takeover, work that saw him named on Law360’s list of the top securities lawyers under 40.

  • April 20, 2016

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's David Dixter

    Shearman & Sterling LLP partner David Dixter took the lead when the firm guided the Netherlands’ largest bank in a post-financial crisis privatization, netting the Dutch government a cool $4.2 billion and making him an easy choice as one of five capital markets attorneys under 40 named Law360 Rising Stars.

  • April 20, 2016

    Rising Star: DLA Piper’s Matt Satchwell

    DLA Piper’s Matt Satchwell has secured a slew of patent victories for companies like Toyota and Subaru, including a rare decision in the Eastern District of Texas to invalidate a patent under Alice, helping him earn a spot for the second time on Law360’s list of top IP lawyers under 40.

  • April 20, 2016

    Rising Star: Dechert's José-Manuel Garcia Represa

    For helping knock $700 million off Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s arbitral award against Ecuador and defending South American countries in other investor disputes, Dechert LLP partner José-Manuel Garcia Represa has earned a spot on Law360’s list of top international arbitration lawyers under 40.

  • April 19, 2016

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Daniel Lavon-Krein

    Daniel Lavon-Krein of Kirkland & Ellis LLP has championed a series of large private equity fund formations as well as complex minority investments in existing firms, regularly advising firms like Vista Equity and Carlyle and landing him on Law360’s Rising Stars list of top attorneys under 40.

  • April 19, 2016

    Rising Star: King & Spalding's Frank Bayuk

    Frank Bayuk of King & Spalding LLP has become one of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s go-to first-chairs in its trials over smokers' deaths, and just weeks ago won a $38 million trial for the company, making him one of Law360's Rising Stars list of attorneys under 40 in the trials sphere.

  • April 19, 2016

    Rising Star: White & Case's Francisco Garcia-Naranjo

    White & Case LLP partner Francisco Garcia-Naranjo’s expertise in Mexican banking law has put him among the most sought-after attorneys by major international banks looking to open in the country and on Law360’s list of top banking attorneys under 40.

  • April 19, 2016

    Rising Star: Shearman & Sterling's Agnes Dunogue

    Since joining Shearman & Sterling LLP in 2014 as a partner, securities litigator Agnes Dunogue has delivered courtroom victories for Citigroup Inc., Credit Suisse Group AG and other financial sector clients, earning her a spot on Law360's list of top securities lawyers under the age of 40.

  • April 19, 2016

    Rising Star: Covington & Burling's David Pinsky

    Nearly four decades after David Pinsky’s Jewish parents fled the Soviet Union for fear of persecution, the international arbitration attorney at Covington & Burling LLP returns to his birthplace to represent Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company as it works to settle investment disputes against Russia, after having successfully won similar arbitral cases for other big-league entities.

  • April 19, 2016

    Rising Star: WilmerHale's Nina S. Tallon

    WilmerHale’s Nina S. Tallon has never lost a case before the U.S. International Trade Commission and recently co-chaired a case in which McAfee Inc. ducked $13 million in patent infringement claims, distinctions that earned the litigator a spot among Law360’s top 10 intellectual property attorneys under 40.

  • April 18, 2016

    Rising Star: Grant & Eisenhofer's Thomas Ayala

    Thomas Ayala of Grant & Eisenhofer PA hasn’t lost a beat in his recent switch to the plaintiffs’ side in complex pharmaceutical and medical device matters, with some of his latest work helping to secure billions of dollars for individuals suing Stryker and a Johnson & Johnson unit over allegedly defective hip implants and staving off a preemption challenge to litigation over GlaxoSmithKline's anti-nausea drug Zofran, earning him a place among Law360’s top product liability attorneys under 40.

  • April 18, 2016

    Rising Star: BakerHostetler's Seanna R. Brown

    BakerHostetler partner Seanna R. Brown has cemented herself as a key member of the team representing the liquidation trustee for Bernie Madoff’s collapsed investment firm, helping to amass more than $10 billion for victims of the convicted Ponzi schemer and meriting a spot as one of seven securities attorneys among Law360’s 2016 Rising Stars.

  • April 18, 2016

    Rising Star: Latham & Watkins' Shaun Hartley

    Shaun Hartley has secured the trust of Latham & Watkins’ powerhouse clients, combining youthful energy and veteran savvy to steer mammoth deals like The Carlyle Group’s $2.1 billion sale of Landmark Aviation to BBA Aviation, earning him a spot on Law360's list of top private equity attorneys under age 40.

  • April 18, 2016

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel’s Joseph Paunovich

    Quinn Emanuel intellectual property partner Joseph Paunovich played a key role in defending Pfizer Inc. in a retrial of a high-stakes case alleging the drug giant stole trade secrets from a research group and helped clear the company of nearly all of the claims against it, landing him a spot among Law360's top IP attorneys under 40.