Four “Rising Stars” Honored by Law360 Across Practice Areas


May 09, 2014

Law360 has named four Latham & Watkins lawyers among its 2014 “Rising Stars” in coverage that profiles attorneys under the age of 40 “whose legal accomplishments belie their age,” according to the legal news service. Corporate partners Bradley Faris in Chicago and Jason Silvera in Los Angeles, finance partner Michelle Kelban in New York, and litigation counsel Kathleen Lally in Chicago were selected from among more than 1,000 nominations reviewed by Law360 editors. 

Faris, who serves as Vice Chair of the firm’s global Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, was recognized as an M&A rising star for playing a leading role on deals totaling more than $70 billion over the past 16 months. In citing his firm leadership roles, Law360 noted that Faris’ “strong leadership combined with his work on some of the firm’s biggest deals in recent years” set him apart from other M&A nominees. 

Silvera was named a Private Equity rising star based on “his deep familiarity with the private equity industry and ability to think quickly.” Law360 also noted that Silvera “has helped seal a series of notable private equity transactions in his career thus far… on the kind of deals that carry the potential not only to define a given lawyer's practice but also the marketplace.” 

Kelban was named a Real Estate rising star and, according to Law360, has “built a thriving real estate practice with a focus on complex hotel transactions and a client base that reaches from New York to the Middle East.” She was cited for advising on a range of financing deals representing clients as a lender, as a borrower, in joint venture agreements, on portfolio assets and in loan portfolio acquisitions. 

Lally, a litigator who is a member of the firm’s Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions practice group, was named a Class Actions rising star. Law360 noted that Lally “has defended clients in all aspects of class litigation and has gained a particular expertise in federal preemption, choice of law and state consumer protection and fraud laws.”

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