9 Alumni Among ‘Rising Stars’ for 2018

Young Attorneys Recognized for Accomplishments That Transcended Their Ages
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September 7, 2018

From the successful negotiation of high-profile business deals to a winning defense at the U.S. Supreme Court, nine University of Virginia School of Law alumni were among Law360’s Rising Stars for 2018, a list of attorneys under age 40 whose legal accomplishments transcended their age.

Honorees were selected based on their career accomplishments in their respective disciplines.

Rebecca Carson ’07 of Irell & Manella was named a top technology attorney for playing a key role in helping a heart defibrillator producer avert $210 million in damages in patent infringement litigation.

Kate Growley ’11 of Crowell & Moring was named a top cybersecurity and privacy attorney after she successfully defended a detention facility’s former warden at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Frank Saviano ’09 of Proskauer Rose was named a top sports attorney after leading a team of lawyers that brokered the $2.2 billion sale of the Carolina Panthers, the largest ownership transfer in NFL history.

Tim St. George ’08 of Troutman Sanders was named a top consumer protection attorney for spending six years defending a company against two proposed class actions.

Kosta Stojilkovic ’04 of Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz was named a top trials attorney after notching several wins in federal and state courts, including defending Facebook in a $6 billion trade secrets trial.

James Tysse ’06 of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld was named a top appellate attorney after he assumed a lead role in the Gun Lake Tribe’s victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, in a tribal casino project dispute.

Joseph Warden ’09 of Fish & Richardson was named a top life sciences attorney. He represents Gilead Sciences in its ongoing infringement suit and won a reversal of a $2.5 billion damages award, the largest patent damages award in history.

Gavin White ’04 of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom was named a top tax attorney for advising on transactions worth $200 billion over the past year, including negotiating on behalf of Twenty-First Century Fox in its blockbuster deal with Disney.

Jeff White ’04 of Weil Gotshal & Manges was named a top competition attorney for helping companies navigating complicated merger reviews to find solutions that get multibillion-dollar deals through.

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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