Five Alumni Among ‘Rising Stars’ for 2021
Five University of Virginia School of Law alumni were among Law360’s Rising Stars for 2021, a list of attorneys under age 40 whose accomplishments as lawyers “transcend their age.”
Honorees were selected based on their career accomplishments in their respective disciplines.
Marissa Boynton ’09 of Latham & Watkins was named a top cybersecurity and privacy attorney for guiding Facebook through its global response to a data breach, as well as representing one of nine technology companies in a novel Federal Trade Commission inquiry.
Kyle P. Brinkman ’10 of Blank Rome was named a top insurance litigator for taking a prominent role in several policyholder-side real estate disputes, including representing publicly traded real estate investment fund Urban Edge Properties in a $40 million COVID-19 business interruption suit.
Tristan Morales ’11 of O’Melveny & Myers was named a top transportation attorney for successfully defending American Airlines, United Airlines and other air carriers in multiple class actions.
Melanie Wilson Rughani ’07 of Crowe & Dunlevy was named a top appellate law attorney after scoring several major appellate victories in Oklahoma, including leading the legal side of a successful fight to expand Medicaid eligibility in the state.
Elizabeth Tuan ’13 of Irell & Manella was named a top intellectual property attorney for helping Juno Therapeutics and Sloan Kettering win a $752 million verdict and VLSI Technology win a $2 billion verdict.
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.