Mayer Brown announced that four of the firm’s lawyers have been named 2016 “Rising Stars” by Law360: Cybersecurity & Data Privacy counsel Kendall Burman (Washington DC); Supreme Court & Appellate partner Michael Kimberly (Washington DC); International Trade partner Nikolay Mizulin (Brussels); and Government & Global Trade partner Stephanie Wagner (Chicago). This annual recognition honors “the top legal talent under 40,” which consists of “litigators and dealmakers practicing at a level usually seen from veteran attorneys,” the publication said.

Kendall Burman: Ms. Burman was named a Rising Star in the Privacy category (view article). Crediting her experience as Deputy General Counsel for the US Department of Commerce and data adviser in President Obama’s 2008 campaign, Law360 highlighted Ms. Burman’s significant role at Mayer Brown in “helping companies navigate the ‘gray areas’ in rules for overseas data transfers” and “drafting policies for companies as they wade into Internet commerce for the first time.” The publication also noted that Ms. Burman is a New American Foundation fellow, where she is involved in a project to bring more women into the field of cybersecurity. “Certainly my bio supports the fact that you don’t necessarily need to fit what you might think is the stereotypical path to being a cybersecurity professional in order to get a lot of value and enjoyment out of it,” she told Law360.

Michael Kimberly: Mr. Kimberly was chosen as a Rising Star in the Appellate category (view article) for “racking up repeated appearances, and wins, before the US Supreme Court while still an associate.” Among other victories, Law360 highlighted Mr. Kimberly’s work in “scoring a unanimous victory” for voters challenging gerrymandering in Maryland in Shapiro v. McManus.Though the case was outside his typical areas of practice, Mr. Kimberly said it involved fundamental legal principles that apply universally to different subject matters. “The gerrymandering case was at its core about how to interpret a statute,” which is something “I know very well,” he told Law360. The publication also highlighted Mr. Kimberly’s role as lead attorney in France v. United States, a white collar criminal case concerning the government’s ability to garnish disability payments to satisfy restitution orders.

Nikolay Mizulin: Mr. Mizulin was recognized as one of only two Rising Stars in the International Trade category (view article) for his prominent work representing Russia and Russian companies before the World Trade Organization. Law360 noted that many of Mr. Mizulin’s cases before the WTO are complicated by political tensions between countries, including his most high-profile case representing energy giant Gazprom in a fight against the EU’s rules governing the transmission, distribution, supply and storage of natural gas. “If we can resolve some of those issues, it’s certainly to the benefit of the businesses involved, but hopefully also potentially for this complicated triangular relationship between Russia, Europe and Ukraine,” he told Law360. The article also highlighted Mr. Mizulin’s work on a wide range of matters throughout the world, including anti-dumping, safeguard and anti-subsidy cases in Europe as well as in Brazil, China, Turkey and the United States.

Stephanie Wagner: Ms. Wagner was honored as a Rising Star in the Transportation category (view article) for her strong track record of handling large, complex infrastructure projects and public-private partnership (P3) transactions, which includes her representation of the underwriters on the $2.3 billion All Aboard Florida Project, the first privately funded rail service since Amtrak. Law360 also highlighted her representation of the financing parties in Denver’s FasTracks P3 commuter rail expansion and the Texas Department of Transportation on its State Highway 183 P3 project. The publication noted her experience “working with all players in various transactions” and that “a key to her practice has been understanding her clients, as well as the markets they operate in.” Ms. Wagner described her public policy background as a “natural fit” with Mayer Brown’s P3 offerings and told Law360: “One of the things I have always enjoyed about it is we are building bridges, building roads and schools, and that has been a very satisfying outcome for all of our work.” 

Law360 received more than 1,100 submissions for the Rising Stars series this year. Winners were selected based on career accomplishments in their respective practice areas.