Law360 MVP Awards Go To 182 Attys From 77 Firms

Posted August 30th, 2021.

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Law360 (August 30, 2021, 4:33 PM EDT) — The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2021 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

Competition for the MVP distinction was fierce this year, with editors reviewing nearly 900 submissions to determine the winners. Beginning this week, Law360 will profile the 2021 class of MVPs, which includes 182 attorneys from 77 firms spanning 37 practice areas.

After scoring the most MVP wins last year, Latham & Watkins LLP again topped the list, with nine attorneys selected as MVPs in 2021. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP tied for second with eight MVPs each, while third-place firms Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP each had seven attorneys chosen as winners.

Congratulations to this year’s class of Law360 MVPs. They are:

Appellate

Beth Brinkmann • Covington
Paul Clement • Kirkland
Sarah M. Harris • Williams & Connolly
Derek L. Shaffer • Quinn Emanuel
Kannon K. Shanmugam • Paul Weiss

Banking

Mitchell Eitel • Sullivan & Cromwell
Adam Hakki • Shearman
Brad S. Karp • Paul Weiss
Robert Loigman • Quinn Emanuel
Patrick J. Ryan • Simpson Thacher

Bankruptcy

Alice Eaton • Paul Weiss
Gregg Galardi • Ropes & Gray
Erika Morabito • Quinn Emanuel
Lauren A. Moskowitz • Cravath
Joshua Sussberg • Kirkland

Benefits

D. Brian Hufford and Caroline Reynolds • Zuckerman Spaeder
Kyoko Takahashi Lin • Davis Polk
Jay Metz • Latham
Richard E. Nowak • Mayer Brown
Michelle C. Yau • Cohen Milstein

Cannabis

Stephen L. Ascher • Jenner & Block
Anita Famili Sabine • Manatt
Matthew S. Warner • Preti Flaherty

Capital Markets

Ran Ben-Tzur • Fenwick & West
Derek Dostal • Davis Polk
John C. Kennedy • Paul Weiss
Rezwan Pavri • Wilson Sonsini
Bradley C. Weber • Goodwin Procter

Class Action

Kelly M. Dermody • Lieff Cabraser
Theane Evangelis • Gibson Dunn
Crystal Nix-Hines • Quinn Emanuel
Ashley Simonsen • Covington
Hassan Zavareei • Tycko & Zavareei

Competition

Gary A. Bornstein • Cravath
Stephen Fishbein • Shearman
Nelson Fitts • Wachtell
Daniel G. Swanson • Gibson Dunn
Ingrid Vandenborre • Skadden

Compliance

Hardy Callcott • Sidley
Les Carnegie • Latham
Ephraim “Fry” Wernick • Vinson & Elkins

Construction

Aaron Abraham • Troutman Pepper
Tim Burbury • King & Spalding
Daniel D. McMillan • Jones Day
Thiago Moreira • Mattos Filho

Cybersecurity & Privacy

Alex Berengaut • Covington
David A. Carney • BakerHostetler
Ann Marie Mortimer • Hunton
James Pizzirusso • Hausfeld
Michael Rhodes • Cooley

Employment

Nicole A. Buffalano • Morgan Lewis
Erin Connell • Orrick
Gerald L. Maatman Jr. • Seyfarth
Warren Postman • Keller Lenkner
Joseph M. Sellers • Cohen Milstein

Energy

Frank Bayouth • Skadden
Michael P. Darden • Gibson Dunn
Tara Higgins • Sidley
John Pitts • Kirkland
Damian Schaible • Davis Polk

Environmental

Deidre Duncan • Hunton
Jonathan Kidwell • Kirkland
Theodore J. Leopold • Cohen Milstein
Matthew Morrison • Pillsbury
Paul Weiland • Nossaman

Fintech

Brian Klein • Waymaker
Eric Mitzenmacher • Mayer Brown
Jai Massari • Davis Polk
Rebecca Simmons • Sullivan & Cromwell

Fund Formation

Jonathan Adler • Debevoise
Marc Biamonte and Lindsey Goldstein • Ropes & Gray
Jonathan Karen • Simpson Thacher
Liza Lenas • Cleary
Nicole Washington • Kirkland

Government Contracts

Hunter Bennett • Covington
Noah B. Bleicher • Jenner & Block
Albert E. Dotson Jr. • Bilzin Sumberg
Paul F. Khoury • Wiley Rein
Vincent McKnightSanford Heisler Sharp

Health Care

William B. Brentani • Simpson Thacher
Barry S. Landsberg • Manatt
Enu A. Mainigi • Williams & Connolly
Randy Prebula • Hogan Lovells

Insurance

Tamara Bruno • Pillsbury
Robin Cohen and Kenneth Frenchman • Cohen Ziffer
John Ellison • Reed Smith
Sarah Gordon • Steptoe
Keith Moskowitz • Dentons
Deborah Stein • Gibson Dunn

Intellectual Property

Tamar Duvdevani • DLA Piper
Alex Hadjis • Jenner & Block
Bert Reiser and David Callahan • Latham
Robert Van Nest • Keker Van Nest
Matthew Wolf • Arnold & Porter

International Arbitration

Catherine Amirfar • Debevoise
Clara Brillembourg • Foley Hoag
Patricio Grané Labat • Arnold & Porter
David Kavanagh QC • Skadden
Eduardo Silva Romero • Dechert

International Trade

Timothy C. Brightbill • Wiley Rein
Heather Finstuen • Covington
Lynn Fischer Fox • Arnold & Porter
Sydney Mintzer • Mayer Brown
Jasper Wauters • White & Case

Life Sciences

Jennifer Bragg • Skadden
Hannah H. England • Ropes & Gray
Jane M. Love • Ph.D. • Gibson Dunn
Laurie Mims • Keker Van Nest
Sharon K. Robertson • Cohen Milstein

Media & Entertainment

Michael Elkin • Winston & Strawn
Thomas G. Hentoff • Williams & Connolly
Ambika Kumar • Davis Wright
A. John P. Mancini • Mayer Brown
Benjamin E. Marks • Weil Gotshal

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mark I. Greene • Cravath
Sue Meng • Debevoise
Andy Nussbaum • Wachtell
Kimberly C. Petillo-Décossard • Cahill Gordon
Mike Ringler • Skadden
Melissa Sawyer • Sullivan & Cromwell

Private Equity

John Amorosi • Davis Polk
Atif Azher • Simpson Thacher
Suz Mac Cormac • Morrison & Foerster
Brian T. Mangino • Fried Frank
Taurie Zeitzer • Paul Weiss

Product Liability

Steve Brody • O’Melveny
Allison Brown • Skadden
Craig A. Thompson • Venable
James Young • Morgan & Morgan
Amy Zeman • Gibbs Law Group

Project Finance

Mona Dajani • Pillsbury
Becky Diffen • Norton Rose
Jeff Greenberg • Latham
Michael E. Pikiel Jr. • Winston & Strawn
Ben Shorten • Shearman

Real Estate

Agnesine “Nesa” R. Amamoo • Skadden
David Bonser • Hogan Lovells
Scott Kobak • Simpson Thacher
Joshua Mermelstein • Fried Frank
Jennifer S. Recine • Kasowitz

Securities

Todd G. Cosenza • Willkie
Isaac Nesser • Quinn Emanuel
David M.J. Rein • Sullivan & Cromwell
Susan L. Saltzstein • Skadden
Maya Saxena • Saxena White

Sports & Betting

Michael Hill • Covington
Jeffrey Kessler • Winston & Strawn
Jeremy Kudon • Orrick
Stephen Neuwirth • Quinn Emanuel
Jon Oram • Proskauer

Tax

Sabina Comis • Dechert
Sabrina Conyers • Nelson Mullins
Richard L. Jones • Sullivan & Worcester
Pamela Lawrence Endreny • Gibson Dunn
Grace Lee • Latham

Technology

Tad Freese • Latham
Kevin Kennedy • Simpson Thacher
Victoria Maroulis • Quinn Emanuel
Paul Scrivano • Ropes & Gray

Telecommunications

Matthew Brill and Matthew Murchison • Latham
Rebekah P. Goodheart • Jenner & Block
Pantelis Michalopoulos • Steptoe
Joshua S. Turner • Wiley Rein

Transportation

Robert J. Giuffra Jr. • Sullivan & Cromwell
Don Munro • Jones Day
Mark W. Robertson • O’Melveny

Trials

Adam Alper and Mike De Vries • Kirkland
Maria Wyckoff Boyce and Cristina Espinosa Rodriguez • Hogan Lovells
Morgan Chu • Irell
Paul R. Genender • Weil Gotshal

White Collar

Bradley J. Bondi • Cahill Gordon
Jessica S. Carey • Paul Weiss
Jeffrey Knox • Simpson Thacher
Juan Morillo • Quinn Emanuel
Soo-Mi Rhee • Arnold & Porter

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