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To compile this list, we asked leading US private practice and in-house lawyers to nominate the “rising stars” amongst the nation’s corporate counsel. We also reached out to lawyers who have made headlines for ground-breaking work in their relevant industries, to be considered for the list. As well as interviewing candidates themselves, we obtained feedback from peers, where appropriate.
A “rising star”, for the purposes of this publication, is somebody who could “do more, given the chance”. This includes lawyers in more junior positions, as well as those who have only recently reached GC-level, or who act in standalone roles or head less established legal functions. We did not impose any restrictions regarding age or years of experience. Some of the final 100 were partners at leading firms before moving in-house; in other cases lawyers at the very beginning of their legal careers have achieved a great deal in a short space of time.
As in the case of the original US top 100, we are highlighting individuals who have been pivotal in changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; have excelled technically; have created innovative structures to ensure the in-house function is driving the business forward; or have provided a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow.