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Jenner & Block Partners Angela M. Allen, Alison I. Stein and Adam G. Unikowsky have been named 2017 Rising Stars by Law360. They join 156 lawyers under the age of 40 “whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.”
The competition was particularly tough this year, with more than 1,200 nominations submitted. Winners were chosen based on their accomplishments in their particular practice areas. The selected honorees represent more than 75 law firms across 35 different practice areas.
Ms. Allen was recognized in the Bankruptcy category, joining just five other bankruptcy lawyers honored with the Rising Star distinction. Her profile highlights her work on the Sentinel Management Group bankruptcy, which was her first case when she started as an associate in 2008 and her most challenging. She notes that her proudest moment as a lawyer was when she successfully lobbied the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt a rule allowing out-of-state attorneys whose spouses are serving in the military to receive temporary law licenses.
Ms. Stein was one of four lawyers named in the Media and Entertainment category. Her profile describes her work representing the late wife of John Steinbeck, Elaine Steinbeck, in a copyright dispute and her work helping Christina Wulf, the sister of graffiti artist Jason Wulf who was electrocuted by the third rail in a Brooklyn subway station, secure copyright protection for her brother’s work after his death. Ms. Stein told Law360, “It’s what I love best: helping people create content but also helping them protect content and protect legacies.”
Mr. Unikowsky’s selection as a Rising Star in the Appellate category was based largely on the three arguments he presented to the Supreme Court this year and won over the course of just one month: Howell v. Howell; Honeycutt v. United States; and Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission. Those three Supreme Court appearances came on the heels of two wins he’d achieved in the Court’s previous term, arguing and prevailing in Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Luis M. Sanchez Valle et al. and winning without argument in V.L. v E.L.Few lawyers have the opportunity to argue before the Supreme Court during their careers and Mr. Unikowsky has secured five wins before the age of 40. His profile is available here.