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Jenner & Block Partners Ian Heath Gershengorn and Martin C. Glass are recognized among an “elite slate” of lawyers chosen as Law360’s 2020 MVPs. Honorees on this list “have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals,” according to Law360.
Rising to the top of more than 900 submissions, Mr. Gershengorn was one of five lawyers selected in the Appellate category and Mr. Glass, one of three selected for his work in the Cannabis industry. The full class of MVPs includes 189 lawyers from 76 firms spanning 38 practice areas.
Mr. Gershengorn’s profile recognizes his landmark US Supreme Court victory in McGirt v. Oklahoma, in which the high court ruled in a 5-4 vote that the state of Oklahoma could not prosecute his Native American client for committing a crime within the historic boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation. Naming McGirt as his biggest case of the year, Mr. Gershengorn shares in his profile that the ruling is important because it reaffirms that the “United States will make good on its promises, that the tribes have the right to rely on the treaty promises."
Mr. Gershengorn also discusses his biggest challenge this year, what motivates him, and his advice for junior lawyers. He named mentorship as part of his motivation and his advice other lawyers. “Associate yourself with people whom you respect and admire and work with them. And I think when that happens, all the good things follow,” he says.
Mr. Glass’ profile highlights his work leading “nearly all of the biggest and best known cannabis companies, from Green Thumb Industries to Cresco Labs, in major acquisitions and other transactions.” He credits his Canadian background and deep experience in securities law and cross-border transactions for leading him to the legal cannabis industry.
Mr. Glass also talks about “the capstone of the year” being the work he did to help Cresco Lab acquire Gloucester Street Capital LLCand become one of only 10 companies to obtain a license to sell cannabis in New York. He says he is a “true believer” in the industry and looks forward to its exciting future. “I think this industry is in the first inning of the ball game,” he says in the profile.