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.
  • June 10, 2021

    Rising Star: Simpson Thacher's Stephen Blake

    Stephen Blake of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has represented Alibaba through a series of multibillion-dollar securities class actions, including securing a $250 million settlement with investors who alleged that the company caused a $33 billion stock drop, earning him a spot among the securities law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • June 09, 2021

    Rising Star: Morgan Lewis' Laura McNally

    Laura McNally of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has successfully argued pivotal motions to dismiss and examined expert witnesses at trial in several high-stakes securities disputes — something very few lawyers can say at her age — earning her a spot among the top securities law practitioners under 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • June 08, 2021

    Rising Star: Lieff Cabraser's Katherine Lubin Benson

    Katherine Lubin Benson of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP has established herself as a top-tier plaintiff-side securities and antitrust attorney who recently helped shareholders land a multi-million dollar settlement with Wells Fargo, earning her a spot among the securities law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • June 07, 2021

    Rising Star: Latham & Watkins' Gavin Masuda

    Latham & Watkins LLP partner Gavin Masuda locked down an industry-shaking victory for Restoration Robotics in California state court last year and has deftly defended accounting firms and underwriter banks from major professional liability, post-IPO and merger-related litigations, earning him a spot as one of seven securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • June 04, 2021

    Rising Star: Labaton Sucharow's Francis P. McConville

    Francis P. McConville of Labaton Sucharow LLP co-chairs the firm's case development group and was involved in a securities class action against Brazilian energy company Petrobras that recently resulted in a $3 billion settlement, earning him a spot among the securities law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • June 03, 2021

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Ashley F. Heintz

    Recently minted Jones Day partner Ashley F. Heintz was instrumental in Jarden Corp.'s landmark defeat of an appraisal challenge to its $13.2 billion sale, has played key roles in defending several high-stakes securities litigations and still finds time to offer pro bono services to greater Atlanta, earning her a spot as one of seven securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • June 02, 2021

    Rising Star: Bernstein Litowitz's Abe Alexander

    Recently minted Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP partner Abe Alexander has been involved in some of the biggest-ever securities class action settlements against pharmaceutical companies, and negotiated a landmark deal in 2020 over one of the largest data breaches in history, landing him a spot as one of seven securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • May 28, 2021

    Law360 Names 2021's Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2021, our list of 180 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • July 17, 2020

    Rising Star: Wachtell's Anitha Reddy

    Anitha Reddy of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz took a lead role representing directors at Charter Communications Inc. in a dispute connected to the Time Warner merger and setting precedent defending a forum provision in 1st Century Bancshares Inc. and Midland Financial Co.'s merger, earning her a spot among six securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 16, 2020

    Rising Star: Sidley's James Heyworth

    In 2019, Sidley Austin LLP partner James Heyworth saw the Third Circuit affirm his win for Bear Stearns in a decade-old case that's spanned his law career and secured a well-cited victory for Cigna in the Second Circuit, landing him a spot as one of six securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 15, 2020

    Rising Star: Labaton Sucharow's Irina Vasilchenko

    Irina Vasilchenko of Labaton Sucharow LLP garnered a historic $192.5 million deal for investors in energy company SCANA Corp. over a failed nuclear reactor project and secured a $19 million preliminary settlement in a shareholders' suit against Daimler AG over its Mercedes Benz diesel emission scandal, earning a place as one of six securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 14, 2020

    Rising Star: Jenner & Block's Nicole Allen

    Nicole Allen of Jenner & Block LLP has defended clients in complex commercial litigation, like commodities and securities class actions, financial fraud cases and enforcement actions from federal agencies, including helping Kraft Foods Group successfully fight fraud and price manipulation claims by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, securing her a place as one of six securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 13, 2020

    Rising Star: Cahill Gordon's Sheila C. Ramesh

    Sheila Ramesh of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP scored a series of big wins within just a month's span, including Credit Suisse's successful class certification fight in a $21 billion antitrust class action after all of the bank's co-defendants had settled, earning her a spot as one of six securities law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 10, 2020

    Rising Star: Bernstein Litowitz's Rebecca Boon

    Recently minted Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP partner Rebecca Boon has had her hands in some of the highest-profile investor fraud actions of the last few years, including two unprecedented cases centered around allegations of sexual harassment at Fox News and Signet Jewelers, earning her a spot as one of six securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 02, 2020

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2020, our list of 176 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • October 17, 2019

    Rising Star: Weil's Shawn Kodes

    Weil partner Shawn Kodes is well-versed in advising companies on how best to manage their books, serving in the firm’s structured finance and derivatives practice in New York where he has advised major financial institutions such as Guggenheim Securities in its role as lead bookrunner to a $300 million asset backed security bond offering, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • October 16, 2019

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Jan Stewart

    Mayer Brown’s Jan Stewart guided RBC Capital in Canada’s first personal loan securitization, advised Synchrony on its creation of an innovative credit-card securitization platform and steered Morgan Stanley in a first-of-its-kind $1 billion securitization of trade finance assets, earning a place as one of five securitization law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • October 15, 2019

    Rising Star: Hunton Andrews Kurth's Janet McCrae

    Hunton Andrews Kurth partner Janet McCrae's work in helping mortgage insurance companies navigate the financial markets after the 2008 recession earned her a spot among three securitization attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • September 23, 2019

    Rising Star: Sidley Austin's Nilofer Umar

    Sidley Austin LLP's Nilofer Umar has guided Walgreens through shareholder litigation against its officers for allegedly falling prey to fraud from Theranos and represented Keurig in a shareholder action seeking to halt its $13.9 billion merger, making her one of six securities attorneys under 40 selected as one of Law360's Rising Stars.

  • September 20, 2019

    Rising Star: Pomerantz's Michael Grunfeld

    Pomerantz LLP's Michael Grunfeld has amassed numerous victories on behalf of his investor clients over his career, including paving the way for shareholders to bring class actions over data breaches, earning him a spot as one of six securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • September 19, 2019

    Rising Star: Latham's Sarah A. Tomkowiak

    During a rare securities class action trial earlier this year, Latham & Watkins LLP’s Sarah Tomkowiak helped convince a jury to award minimal damages to investors who had accused Puma Biotechnology Inc. of misrepresenting the results of a clinical trial involving a breast cancer treatment, earning her a spot as one of six securities law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • September 18, 2019

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Marjorie P. Duffy

    Jones Day partner Marjorie P. Duffy successfully argued a motion to transfer on only two hours' notice for energy industry supplier Fairmount Santrol in a case relating to a securities class action and reached a settlement after six years of litigation for law and garden supply company Scotts in a $100 million class action over its Morning Song Bird Food, earning her a place among the six securities attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • September 17, 2019

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Laura Kathryn O'Boyle

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Laura Kathryn O’Boyle successfully defended Susquehanna Growth Equity against fraud charges related to its sale of an e-commerce payment processing business, helped Merck & Co. beat a shareholder suit, and is representing Marriott International Inc. in a multidistrict litigation related to its November data breach, making her one of five securities attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • September 16, 2019

    Rising Star: Block & Leviton's Joel Fleming

    Block & Leviton LLP's Joel Fleming helped keep alive portions of an investor lawsuit challenging the multibillion-dollar Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable Inc. merger last year, earning him a spot as one of six securities law practitioners under age 40 honored as one of Law360's Rising Stars.

  • September 06, 2019

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2019, our list of 175 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

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