Celebrating 2016's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
The Trending 40: Top Lawyers Under 40 gathered recently to celebrate with a cocktail reception atop the Bowen Building. Although they're 40 or younger, these talented DC attorneys have already successfully argued before the Supreme Court, helped obtain and implement settlements for hundreds of millions of dollars, facilitated the construction of new buildings, and represented the governments of nations in high-profile cases. (Check out their profiles here.)
Guests enjoyed live music, drinks and hors d'oeuvres (and a view of the Washington Monument) while meeting and mingling. We snapped WilmerHale partner and former counsel to the SEC chairman Doug Davison, McCormick Group legal and government affairs groups manager Stephen Nelson, honoree and WilmerHale partner Joel Green, and honoree and Manatt partner Alan Noskow.
Two Trending 40 honorees—Mayer Brown litigation partner and consumer litigation & class actions practice co-chair Archis Parasharami (second from left) and Akin Gump senior counsel Katie Brossy (right)—with lawyer and McCormick Group consultant Michael Farmer and Navajo Nation DC office executive director Jackson Brossy, Katie's husband.
Honoree Michael Gottlieb (second from left), a Boies Schiller partner, was joined by his wife, CBS reporter and former Bloomberg News White House correspondent Julianna Goldman, and BSF colleagues: counsel Josh Riley, partner Robert Cooper and associate Ryan Park, who joined the firm in '14 after clerking for Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Souter.
Michael's legal career includes clerking for Justice John Paul Stevens, serving in Joint Task Force 435 in Afghanistan, and serving as an associate White House counsel before joining Boies Schiller. At BSF, he helped start the firm's crisis management and cybersecurity practice areas.
Honoree Megan Cacace, a partner at civil rights law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax, previously worked at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights on employment discrimination. We snapped her smiling alongside her husband, lawyer and Georgetown Law career counselor Rob Cacace. The two met at Harvard University and both went on to Harvard Law.
Debevoise litigation associates Bibiana Pesant and Mark Flinn, Goldstein & Russell partner and 2015 Trending 40 honoree Tejinder Singh (several of this year's honorees were his HLS classmates), DHS's Brandon Prelogar, honoree Elizabeth Prelogar and Debevoise's Jordan Friedland.
Elizabeth clerked for Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan and Judge Merrick Garland and worked at Hogan Lovells before joining the Office of the Solicitor General. A past Fulbright Scholar, she tells us she and her husband, Brandon, met while both working in St. Petersburg.
Two honorees stand among friends and family: Allen & Overy associate Providence Napoleon (third from right) and Kelly IP partner Stephanie Bald (far right). With them are Allen & Overy associate Jana Steenholdt; Allen & Overy recruiting coordinator Leah Thornton; Garrison & Sisson partner Dan Binstock; Providence's brother-in-law, Trysten Napoleon; Providence's husband, National Counseling Group clinical supervisor Wendy Napoleon; and Garrison & Sisson senior managing director Justine Donohue.
Navigant associate director Erin Toomey with Trending 40 honoree and DOJ Civil Rights Division senior counsel Chiraag Bains. Chiraag's work took him to Ferguson, MO, in 2014 as part of an investigation into the local police department for a possible pattern of unconstitutional conduct.
Read more about the Trending 40 honorees here.