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    July 8, 2008  
30 Under 30:
Part II

Tonight: Washington Kastles' season opener vs. the Boston Lobsters. Don't miss Serena Williams in action for the Kastles!


Again, thanks for all your amazing nominations, and apologies that some of our Under 30 are (you may have noticed) actually 30, but that's literary license for you, and we think we're protected by the First Amendment. Heck, the Second Amendment is being interpreted so broadly these days, maybe it protects us, too.

Peter Eyre, 30, Crowell & Moring

This guy's a magnet for interesting work. One minute he's representing victims and families of the 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in federal suit against Libya and Muammar Qadhafi, the next he's counseling The New Republic on libel. Points for creativity: representing a New Jersey company that was part of a joint venture with Coca-Cola and Uzbekistan, Peter drafted a brief that successfully used a little-known statute, 28 U.S.C. 1782, to compel production of documents from Coke for use in a private international arbitration. It's the first time the law had been used that way, and Peter's writings on the issue (with Crowell's London counsel Jane Wessel) have been published in three different journals. In 2000 and 2004, he had a ringside seat to the presidential elections while working for the Commission on Presidential Debates; while likely to have some role in the debates this year as well, his hands are already a bit full with the birth of his first child.

LaKeytria W. Felder, 29, Holland & Knight


Holland & Knight's Chesterfield Smith fellowship has to be one of the most sought-after jobs in the city, allowing Fellows to do high-impact pro bono work in a large firm environment (with commensurate salary). LaKeytria, the '06-'08 Fellow, has helped win a consent decree from Mississippi's supermax Parchman Prison to reduce its lockdown population from 1,000 prisoners to about 160 and recently brought a Section 1983 class action against New Orleans public officials over confinement conditions at a juvenile pre-trial detention facility. On her own time, LaKeytria started Nene's Hope: Overcoming Sickle Cell, a non-profit honoring the memory of her older sister. 

Jeff Lerner, 30, Covington & Burling

Following his '04 clerkship with Judge Kearse (Second Circuit), Jeff arrived at Covington just as George Pappas, the noted patent litigator, brought his group over from Venable. Auspicious timing for everyone. Jeff, who has Material Science Engineering and Economics degrees from Penn, is now knee deep in patent cases (like defense of an auto auctioneer's webcasts) as well as antitrust work. How's this for getting noticed—an esteemed partner from a law firm rival wrote in to praise Jeff's brilliance, prodigious writing skills, and "great demeanor under pressure." Outside work, he sidelines as a farmer—Jeff and his wife have raised a bumper crop of cucumbers in the DuPont Circle community garden

Brendan Ballard, 28, Sutherland

Two love stories in one here. Brendan and fianc? Jason Koslofsky (Womble Carlyle) were undergrads at Duke together, but didn't meet until fate brought them together on their first day at Wash U law school. On the professional side, she became enamored of takings law during a clerkship with Judge Braden on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (who called Brendan one of her finest clerks ever), and has made it a substantial part of her practice. One Sutherland partner told us: "She's simply the best associate with whom I've ever worked." Former legal fellow to (and hearty campaigner for) Hillary Clinton, Brendan worked on immigration policy for the Senator and has taken up the asylum case of a client who cooperated with the U.S. military to stem sectarian violence in Iraq. An old Duke prof will be tying the knot soon for Brendan and Jason.

Tim Shuman, 27, and Jeff Mikoni, 27, McDermott Will & Emery

Tim's a rising star of the tax bar. Two years out of Yale Law School, and he's already handling transactions that make other lawyers' heads hurt just thinking about them. Like helping corporate behemoth Tyco spin-off two business lines in a tax-free distribution to U.S. shareholders. For a coalition of states and industry stakeholders, he drafted a response to proposed Treasury regs on taxation of captive insurance companies that the IRS withdrew. Tim won't take credit for the IRS decision, but the hosannas from McDermott's partnership suggest he should. Next frontier for Tim: learning guitar.


As a local product and former child actor, Jeff appeared on stages around D.C.; he even pursued theater semi-professionally while an undergrad at College Park. Turns out he's good at stepping into roles—he's fast become a key part of McDermott's appellate group, with a large hand in the cert petition and briefs in a 9-0 Supreme Court win in Beck v. PACE International Union and an assist in the First Amendment victory in Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life. He lets out his creative side on the guitar and piano.

Grace Kim, 27, Womble Carlyle

Being one of the few associates in an active department—like Womble Carlyle's corporate practice in Tysons—can expose a lesser lawyer. Grace, however, keeps playing a bigger role in transactions like the $185 million sale of health services firm Constella to SRA International. Her degree from UVa's McIntire School of Commerce lets her provide extra-lawyerly services like capitalization modeling for her corporate clients. She's tying the knot with a groom from the private equity world next year; the pic above was taken moments after her engagement!


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