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    July 14, 2008  

30 Under 30:
Part IV


We thought about sneaking an extra zero on the first 30 above, to accommodate the surfeit of high achievers in DC Legaldom. But we guess some of you eagle-eyed readers might notice, so we'll stick to our nearly impossible task.

Melissa Arbus, 29, Latham & Watkins


After clerking for Justice Stevens, Melissa waited out the two-year bar on Supreme Court practice for former clerks and drafted a crucial section of the petitioner's brief in this term's Quanta v. LG Electronics. Latham scored a 9-0 victory-not a bad start. Hollywood screenwriters take note: She also took charge of a pro bono matter for a child refugee who had been smuggled into the U.S. and suffered through Kafka-esque immigration proceedings, until Melissa secured a Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa and legal permanent resident status the very day before her client's 21st birthday, when she would have lost eligibility.

Will Tuttle, 30, Dechert


This corporate star is working on deals from Italy to Dubai, often with the firm's London office. Barely 30 (he blew out the candles a week ago), he's already directed debt financings totaling more than $3.5 billion, including his representation of XO Communications' independent directors in a $75 million senior offering. Other big money highlights: $1 billion in convertible notes for AngloGold, and a 500-million-euro high-yield offering for Corus Group. Will started in private practice at Shearman & Sterling, but one of his old colleagues, partner Tom Friedmann, lured him over as one of three lawyers to start Dechert's DC corporate group, now up to seven. In October, he gets to catch some R&R at a friend's wedding in the Aloha state.

Luke Platzer, 29, Jenner & Block


Meet Jenner's techno-geek supreme. Representing Viacom in its $1 billion copyright suit against YouTube and Google, Luke is the lead associate on a team of experts, consultants, and lawyers sorting through the case's pivotal technical questions. Last year he immersed himself in the finer details of cargo aircraft while defending L-3 in a bid protest from Raytheon; technical evidence Luke developed with experts became the focal point of the GAO litigation, which L-3 won. Don't worry, he knows his law, too-Luke substantially crafted Jenner's interpretation of the Audio Home Recording Act, which carried the day in a case of first impression on behalf of 15 record labels against XM over devices that allow for MP3 recordings of songs over the radio. And his extensive brief writing was instrumental in another bid-protest win over government contracts for interpreters in Iraq. Most important: We hear that in off hours, the long-time vegetarian makes a mean pumpkin mousse.

Eric Hildenbrand, 29, Cleary Gottlieb


After a year at Cleary Gottlieb's NY office, where he helped re-structure one of the largest banks in Argentina after the collapse of the Argentine peso, Eric has made his mark handling SEC enforcement and white collar cases, often with an international angle. Representing a Fortune 500 company, Eric spent two months in Europe sorting through restrictive privacy laws in Italy, Finland, and France that make production of documents for SEC proceedings a challenge-evidence he gathered helped his client settle without a crucial finding of fraud at the parent company. He's now the lead associate representing a major Wall Street financial institution in federal and state inquiries relating to sub-prime mortgages, overseeing some 70 contract attorneys reviewing documents. He's proudest of starting Jump for Kids, a non-profit that's raised enough money with pledges from skydiving outings in DC, NY, and Philly to endow the Brandy Rutan Memorial Scholarship, in honor of a late Georgetown law classmate, for DC high school students participating in Georgetown Law's Street Law program.

Jennifer Wine, 29, Weil Gotshal


Jen has a way of finding herself in leadership-as a pro bono committee member, she's overseeing summer associates' work with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and she's also been named one of two Associate Representatives in the DC office. On a music-licensing matter for XM Satellite Radio, Jen spent two months in the client's office gathering evidence for a month-long hearing before the Copyright Royalty Board. The favorable result saved XM over $1 billion throughout the license term. She's now working on an adjustment to payments owed to states under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, potentially worth billions to manufacturers. She also achieved an asylum victory for two Salvadoran girls, 7 and 11, facing a U.S. immigration judge who stated on the record that he'd never granted an asylum claim relating to gang violence, as theirs did. Though the kids were reluctant to testify, Jen developed rapport (her animal-sound imitations might have helped), and achieved an unlikely victory.

Jennifer Spina, 30, Andrews Kurth


Jenn is out there on the cutting edge of energy work, representing electric generator and power marketers in rate cases before FERC under market-based rate standards that went into effect in September of last year. TransCanada is one electricity client she's successfully walked through the byzantine regulatory process, while also helping negotiate positive results for natural gas concern Northern Border in a FERC rate case under section 4 of the Natural Gas Act. Currently working FERC appeals pending in the Ninth and D.C. Circuits, Jenn has briefed a Holocaust-related art recovery case in the Supreme Court for the American Jewish Congress. She's expecting her first child next month, but hasn't slowed down.

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