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Rising Star Awards Americas 2020: shortlist announced

Breaking new ground: Up and coming professionals from across the Americas shortlisted for the 2020 Rising Stars Awards

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.

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

The virtual award ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 28 2021. To book your place, please email Chris Edouard at chris.edouard@legalmediagroup.com / +1 (212) 224 3494. 

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 - Ojam Bullrich Flanzbaum

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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