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Rising Stars Awards Americas 2020: shortlist announced

The virtual awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 28 2021

The Rising Stars Awards provides law firms and professional services firms across North and Latin America the recognition they deserve for the efforts and achievements of their rising star lawyers.

The awards will recognise multiple individuals in practice area specialisms, as well as standout individuals in the jurisdictions that make up the region.

The full shortlist for the Rising Stars Awards Americas 2020 is below. To find out more about the criteria and what the judging panel looked for, please look through the awards methodology.

If you have any questions about the awards, please contact the lead researcher, John Harrison, at john.harrison@legalmediagroup.com.

The virtual awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 28 2021. To book your place, please email Chris Edouard at chris.edouard@legalmediagroup.com or call +1 (212) 224 3337. 

Practice Area

Antitrust and competition

Jan Rybnicek – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Kate Mitchell-Tombras – Covington & Burling

Laura Collins – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Lauren Battaglia – Hogan Lovells

Mariana Carrión Valencia – SAI Law & Economics

Megan Granger – Weil Gotshal & Manges

Michael Laskey – Stikeman Elliott

Patricia Bandouk Carvalho – TozziniFreire Advogados

Sophia Vandergrift – Sullivan & Cromwell

Aviation

Allison Surcouf – Sondon Forsyth

Fiona Henderson – Norton Rose Fulbright

Jasmine Jin – Blake Cassels & Graydon

John Brown – McAfee & Taft

Justine Chilvers – Vedder Price

Laura Lewis – Holland & Knight

Sarah Passeri – Holland & Knight

Tara Niendorf – Daugherty Fowler Peregrin Haught & Jenson

Banking and finance

Benjamin Sayagh – Milbank

Dan Dedic – Goodmans

Daniel Levi – Beccar Varela

Daniel Kay – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

David Rotchtin – Bennett Jones

Laure Fouin – McCarthy Tétrault

Marcela Silva – Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Matthew Haist – Ashurst

Ricardo Binnie – Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Capital markets (including debt, equity, securitisation and structured finance)

Ari Blaut – Sullivan & Cromwell

Byron Rooney – Davis Polk & Wardwell

Danielle Butler – Blake Cassels & Graydon

Frederick Ryan Castillo – Mayer Brown

John Ablan –  Mayer Brown

Joshua Zelig – Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Mark DiFiore – Davis Polk & Wardwell

Marla Matusic – Mayer Brown

Matthew Jones – Cravath Swaine & Moore

Michael Hickey – Blake Cassels & Graydon

Vidal Vanhoof – Davis Polk & Wardwell

Commercial arbitration

Cedric Soule – King & Spalding

David Riesenberg – White & Case

Floriane Lavaud – Debevoise & Plimpton

Hinda Rabkin – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Jennifer Ivers – White & Case

Jessica Beess und Chrostin – Covington & Burling

Lucía Olavarría – Quiñones Alayza Abogados

Pablo Correa – Ugarte & Correa

Santiago Bravo – Claro & Cia

Sebastian Quintero – Baker McKenzie

Corporate and M&A

Allison Wein – Cravath Swaine & Moore

Amanda Fenster – Weil Gotshal & Manges

Daniel Cerqueira – Cravath Swaine & Moore

Erin Hanson – White & Case

Héctor Zegarra – Garrigues

Jakob Rendtorff – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Jana Araujo – Lefosse Advogados

Maria Medeiros Bofill – TozziniFreire Advogados

Matthew Greenberg – Vinson & Elkins

Raaj Narayan – Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Scott Crofton – Sullivan & Cromwell

Silvia Castro Cunha Zono – TozziniFreire Advogados

Uldarico Ossio – Estudio Echecopar

Energy and natural resources

Alejandro Espejo – Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Esteban Fresno – Carey

Latif Nurani – Spiegel & McDiarmid

Lindsey Jaquillard – Kirkland & Ellis

Louise Gibbons – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza – Baker McKenzie

Stephen Hug – Bracewell

William Friedman – Davis Wright Tremaine

Environment

Devin O’Connor – Latham & Watkins

Jillian Kirn – Greenberg Traurig

Joel Eagle – Thompson Hine

Margaret Peloso – Vinson & Elkins

Patrick Welsh – Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Insurance and reinsurance

Anna Milunas – Blank Rome

Guyon Knight – McDermott Will & Emery

Jason Lissy – Jones Day

Melissa Prado – Torys

Tamara Bruno – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Investment funds

Cassie Kimmelman – Weil Gotshal & Manges

Crystal Frierson – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Daniel Blumenthal – Schulte Roth & Zabel

Heather Wyckoff – Schulte Roth & Zabel

John Weldon IV – Schulte Roth & Zabel

Luc Jansen – Kirkland & Ellis

Stephanie Capistron – Dechert

Labour and employment

Donna Lazarus – Schulte Roth & Zabel

Kaiser Chowdhry – Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Kimberly Cheeseman – Norton Rose Fulbright

Melisa Brower – Shearman & Sterling

Molly Senger – Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Philip Person – Greenberg Traurig

Life sciences

Abigail Langsam – Arnold & Porter

Abigail Smith – Smart & Biggar

Alexander Varond – Goodwin Procter

Eric Rothman – Arnold & Porter

Hannah Freeman – Ropes & Gray

Litigation

Amisha Patel – Dechert

César Ramos – Albagli Zaliasnik

Cristina Mejía – Baker McKenzie

Grace Lee – Shearman & Sterling

Henry Hutten – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Jacqueline Tambone – Greenberg Traurig

Linton Mann III – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Lucas Britto Mejias – TozziniFreire Advogados

Pilar Lodewyckx Hardy – Beccar Varela

Sheila Ramesh – Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Stephen Blake – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Tomas Ambrosini – Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi

Media and entertainment

Benjamin Jaffe – Cowan DeBaets Abraham & Sheppard

Brian Ascher – Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Jonathan Koby – Greenberg Traurig

Josh Ludmir – Greenberg Traurig

Scott Shoulder – Cowan DeBaets Abraham & Sheppard

Patents

Andy Rosbrook – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Annie King – Fish & Richardson

Bentley Gaikis – DLA Piper

Elizabeth Karnas – Fish & Richardson

Emilio Berkenwald – Berken IP

Eugenia Tulli – Ferrer Reyes Tellechea & Bouché

Eugenio Hoss – Marval O’Farrell & Mairal

John Padro – White & Case

L Kieran Kieckhefer – Shearman & Sterling

Maegan Fuller – Alston & Bird

Natalie Alfaro Gonzales – Baker Botts

Paula Caraffa Morando – Berton Moreno Ojam

Privacy and data protection

Amy Pimentel – McDermott Will & Emery

Brittany Bacon – Hunton Andrews Kurth

Darren Abernethy – Greenberg Traurig

David Kantrowitz – Goodwin Procter

Eva Pulliam – Arent Fox

Jaime Petenko – McDermott Will & Emery

Kate Growley – Crowell & Moring

Melissa Crespo – Morrison & Foerster

Private equity

Jessie Baxter – White & Case

Kyle Harris – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Nicholas Jay Houpt – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Uri Herzberg – Debevoise & Plimpton

Real estate

Alan Somerstein – Greenspoon Marder

Anne-Carmene Almonord – Arent Fox

Eliska Krausova – Proskauer Rose

Jocelyn Bush Redman – Shearman & Sterling

Michael Davis – Greenberg Traurig

Molly Lovedale – Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Noam Haberman – Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Restructuring and insolvency

Angela Libby – Davis Polk & Wardwell

Joseph Zujkowski – O’Melveny & Myers

Kathryn Esaw – Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Matthew Brod – Milbank

Nathan Greenberg – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Nelly Almeida – Milbank

Samantha Braunstein – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Tax

Ariel Love – Fenwick & West

Brian Krause – Skadden Arps Slate Meaghan & Flom

Cristina Stiefken – Lewin & Wills

Diana Juárez Martínez – Baker McKenzie

Eduardo Barboza Muniz – Brigagão Duque Estrada Advogados

Franciny de Barros – Barbosa Müssnich Aragão

Graham Magill – Weil Gotshal & Manges

Lina Dimachkieh – Vinson & Elkins

Mireille Oldak – Baker McKenzie

Trademark

Anna Naydonov – Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Ashley Edmonds – Kilpatrick Townsend

Graham Hood – Smart & Biggar

Jessica Sganga – Knobbe Martens

Lesley Grossberg – BakerHostetler

Nicole Townes – Knobbe Martens

Nicole Zeit – Torys

R Nelson Godfrey – Gowling WLG

Thaís Elise Pedace – David do Nascimento Advogados Associados

White collar crime

Abena Mainoo – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Ann Sultan – Miller & Chevalier

Ashley Shapiro – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Daniel Holman – Paul Hastings

Gabriel Querry – McCarthy Tétrault

Jason Smith – Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Katherine Stoller – Shearman & Sterling

Margot Laporte – Miller & Chevalier

Melissa Whitaker – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Rebecca Worthington – Squire Patton Boggs


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