Six Alumni Among ‘Rising Stars’ for 2020

Young Attorneys Recognized for Accomplishments That Transcend Their Ages
Justin W. Bernick ’07, Catherine Cockerham ’06, Jennifer C. Everett ’08, Aryan Moniri ’08, Carly G. Saviano ’07 and Jennifer Banner Sobers ’05

(Top left to right) Justin W. Bernick ’07, Catherine Cockerham ’06, Jennifer C. Everett ’08, (bottom left to right) Aryan Moniri ’08, Carly G. Saviano ’07 and Jennifer Banner Sobers ’05 are among this year’s Law360 Rising Stars honorees.

August 24, 2020

Six University of Virginia School of Law alumni were among Law360’s Rising Stars for 2020, a list of attorneys under age 40 whose legal accomplishments “transcend their age.”

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

Justin W. Bernick ’07 of Hogan Lovells was named a top competition attorney for defending Blue Cross Blue Shield in massive antitrust litigation brought by health insurance buyers and medical providers for allegedly creating anticompetitive restrictions.

Catherine Cockerham ’06 of Steptoe & Johnson was named a top insurance attorney for helping defend insurers against a variety of complex, multiparty asbestos-related injury claims and insurance coverage disputes.

Jennifer C. Everett ’08 of Jones Day was named a top cybersecurity and privacy attorney for advising health care giant Cardinal Health Inc. on data security issues and helping SunPower Corp. deal with the privacy implications of spinning off its solar panel operation into a new company.

Aryan Moniri ’08 of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom was named a top project finance lawyer for representing SunEdison in connection with $4 billion in financing over the course of six years and for spearheading multimillion-dollar restructuring and financing projects for Talen Energy.

Carly G. Saviano ’07 of Willkie Farr & Gallagher was named a top real estate attorney for representing Harbor Group International in its $1.85 billion buy of a 36-multifamily property portfolio.

Jennifer Banner Sobers ’05 of Pomerantz was named a top class-action attorney for playing crucial roles in major international securities cases, including overseeing third-party discovery in Brazil’s largest oil company Petrobras’ $3 billion litigation.

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