Four Latham Lawyers Selected as “Rising Stars”

April 18, 2012
Partners Giouroukakis, Godfrey, Kornreich and McWilliams selected based on their accomplishments in their respective practices.

Latham & Watkins attorneys John Giouroukakis, Laura Godfrey, Craig Kornreich, Stephen McWilliams were profiled by Law360 in their “Rising Stars” feature “which honored attorneys under the age of 40 whose accomplishments in major litigation or transactions belie their age.” Law360 noted: “Winners were selected based on their strength of their accomplishments in their respective practice groups thus far in their careers.” 

Private equity partner John Giouroukakis, one of just five lawyers recognized in the private equity industry as a rising legal star by Law360, “was recognized for advising on nine of the major private equity fund transactions in 2011 including a multibillion-dollar take-private acquisition.”  

Environmental partner Laura Godfrey “helped Southern California Edison Co. and other companies in the western US fend off federal and local environmental challenges — both inside and outside court — on their way to gaining regulatory approval for large-scale transmission capacity projects, earning her a place among Law360's five rising environmental stars under 40.”  

Stephen McWilliams, “one of the youngest office managing partners in BigLaw and has grown Latham & Watkins LLP’s Singapore branch from an island outpost advising mostly on domestic power plants to a regional infrastructure heavyweight with a US$100 billion deal pipeline and some of Australasia’s most innovative financings to its name,” landed him a spot on Law360’s top project attorneys under 40 list.  

Since joining Latham in 2010 to help expand the Houston office, partner Craig Kornreich “has built an energy-focused finance team that has already cinched more than 35 deals worth roughly US$25 billion. That leadership success, coupled with his complex finance prowess, makes him one of Law360's rising stars under 40 in the energy arena.”