Six Jones Day lawyers named 2021 "Rising Stars" by Law360
Six Jones Day lawyers, each representing a different Firm office and practice, are among Law360's "Rising Stars" for 2021. The annual feature recognizes the profession's top legal talent under the age of 40. According to Law360, winners were selected based on their career accomplishments in their respective disciplines. In all, Law360 named 180 Rising Stars, across 38 practice areas, from more than 1,400 submissions.
Law360 will profile the Jones Day Rising Stars listed below in the coming weeks.
- Ashley Heintz, Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice (Atlanta), Securities Rising Star
- Lin Kahn, Antitrust & Competition Law Practice (San Francisco), Competition/Antitrust Rising Star
- Vinay Kurien, Financial Markets Practice (Singapore), Banking Rising Star
- Amanda Rice, Issues & Appeals Practice (Detroit), Appellate Rising Star
- William Taylor, Business & Tort Litigation Practice (Houston), Construction Rising Star
- Marc Weinroth, Business & Tort Litigation Practice (Miami), Sports & Betting Rising Star
Ms. Heintz has garnered success both in and out of court for companies in high-stakes and high-profile securities fraud cases, shareholder actions, and other Delaware litigation. She leads significant aspects of large securities and shareholder matters and internal investigations and regularly counsels clients (corporations, officers, and directors) regarding litigation risks and preparation and corporate governance matters. Ms. Heintz's practice also includes significant confidential and privileged internal investigations for timely hot-button issues, including those related to board diversity, equity and inclusion at the C-suite level, and climate change initiatives.
Ms. Kahn is a first-chair trial attorney with experience leading high-stakes litigation and government investigations. Having spent half a decade at the Federal Trade Commission, she has a deep understanding of how the agency investigates mergers and anticompetitive conduct, both in terms of process and on the merits. During her tenure at the FTC, Ms. Kahn served as lead trial counsel for the government, securing a victory following a months-long antitrust trial. In private practice, she has extensive experience representing clients in merger challenges and litigating high-stakes lawsuits and class actions, with successes at every litigation phase, from motion to dismiss to trial.
Mr. Kurien works on a variety of cross-border debt transactions, including leveraged acquisitions, equipment and receivable financings, and debt capital markets transactions. He also advises on cross-border business and corporate restructuring matters, including formulating and implementing enforcement and debt recovery strategies that involve contentious and formal insolvency procedures. Clients describe Mr. Kurien as having "the rare ability to back his hypothesis and knowledge up with a crystal-clear recommendation and strategy" (Chambers Global 2019), which helps them make informed decisions when negotiating with counterparties regarding matters that are often labeled as "business" issues. As a result, he has helped the Firm develop and maintain long-standing client relationships on a broad spectrum of financing transactions.
Ms. Rice is a seasoned Supreme Court brief writer who has played a primary role in drafting several merits briefs, four successful petitions for certiorari, and a number of significant amicus briefs. This year, she made her Supreme Court oral argument debut after being personally appointed by the Court to brief and argue in defense of the California Court of Appeal's decision in Lange v. California. Ms. Rice has also argued in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, as well as the Michigan Supreme Court, and regularly leads appellate and district court briefing efforts in complex and high-stakes matters involving such subjects as constitutional law, statutory interpretation, arbitration, and class actions.
Mr. Taylor has deep experience across all aspects of construction law on behalf of owners and contractors and regularly counsels clients during the transactional phase of projects all the way through active litigation. He is a seasoned trial lawyer who has experience in all phases of litigation, from taking key fact and expert depositions, arguing critical hearings, and serving as lead trial counsel in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations in Texas and across the country. Mr. Taylor's primary focus lies in the energy industry, where he has been representing clients throughout the entirety of his career, from pipeline construction disputes to claims arising from the construction of large-scale, sophisticated downstream facilities such as oil refineries, LNG export facilities, and steam crackers.
Mr. Weinroth's sports law practice focuses on litigation and internal investigations. He represents more than a dozen universities in football concussion lawsuits pending in state and federal courts, and he is part of the Jones Day team appointed by the court to represent the interests of all NCAA member institution defendants in a multidistrict litigation involving more than 500 putative class actions. Mr. Weinroth has also led investigations into sensitive athletic department issues, including high-profile DOJ and NCAA probes, and has defended a university and its athletic administrators and head football coach in multiple lawsuits involving student-athlete health and safety issues.