The National Law Journal spotlights 40 private, government and public interest advocacy attorneys—each 40 or under—who are leaders in the law.

The nation’s capital has long attracted the country’s sharpest young legal minds, but outsiders may not appreciate just how diverse and accomplished the city’s rising legal talent is. Our selection of 40 game-changing lawyers age 40 and under cuts across private, public and
advocacy sectors. Chosen from nearly 200 nominations, honorees include former U.S. Supreme Court clerks and White House officials; a lawyer who argued and won her first Supreme Court case at 33; the first Sikh to argue before the high court; the strategist behind a much-talked-about plaintiffs firm reorganization; and a lawyer who led rural training sessions on nondiscriminatory housing policies.

Archis Parasharami, co-chairman of Mayer Brown's class action practice, turned a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory three years ago into a weapon, striking down court challenges against class-action waivers in arbitration clauses.

Since the high court in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion found such waivers preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, Parasharami has been applying the precedent on behalf of other clients. Last year, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about arbitration agreements. He also helped launch Mayer Brown's first blog, "Class Defense." A member of the firm's diversity committee, Parasharami is the hiring partner in Washington. — Amanda Bronstad

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