The Emerging Lawyers award honors top attorneys who are age 40 or younger or who have practiced law for no more than 10 years. Fewer than two percent of all attorneys licensed in each state have earned the distinction of Emerging Lawyer.
Emerging Lawyer candidates are drawn from survey recommendations made by attorneys who have earned themselves the distinction of Leading Lawyer – an honor reserved for the top attorneys in their areas of practice in each state that fewer than five percent of all licensed attorneys have ever received. The survey, conducted by Law Bulletin Media, asks these Leading Lawyers to confidentially share the names of attorneys who they believe have jumped quickly from the starting gate, proving themselves professional, ethical, and experienced at an early point in their legal careers. This means that Emerging Lawyers are the best in their age range or level of experience as chosen by the very best in their profession.
“I want to congratulate these three workhorses on being recognized outside of the firm and being included in this prestigious group of young talent,” said GWC Managing Partner Louis C. Cairo. “To say that their recognition is well deserved would be an understatement, particularly if you evaluate their results and accomplishments.”
This year’s Emerging Lawyers all began their professional careers as law clerks at GWC. This places the winners in good company, since many of the firm’s most accomplished attorneys also started off clerking at GWC – including Louis C. Cairo himself. GWC prides itself on its long tradition of identifying and developing those with potential, a tradition that is reflected in the firm’s current roster of attorneys, more than a third of whom are under age 40.
One of these young attorneys is Tim Keiser, who has also received the Rising Star Award from Super Lawyers the past two years in a row. Tim is a key member of GWC’s Specialty Litigation practice, where he is heavily involved in prosecuting a major air pollutant in Chicago’s western suburbs and other high-profile matters within the firm. He credits his success on the supportive environment that GWC has fostered, one in which tomorrow’s courtroom luminaries can learn from the most seasoned veterans in their field.
“While it is an honor to be recognized, these awards are a reflection of the great organizational culture that GWC has created for young attorneys to learn and thrive in,” said Tim. “Without our firm’s incredible leadership and commitment to mentoring and developing new talent, none of this is possible.”
Deanna Cairo Arthur, who works in the firm’s Pre-Litigation division, agrees: “At GWC we are a family, and we are always looking out for and helping each other to be better. So many thanks must go to the senior attorneys who take us under their wings, teaching and guiding us, ideally, to become as stellar as they are.”
Louis Anthony Cairo, who has obtained multiple multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients during his four years working in GWC’s Litigation department, also praised the important role the support staff serves in burnishing the firm’s legacy of achievement.
“Our assistants and paralegals help us build up each case in order to reach a successful outcome for our clients,” he said. “If there’s one thing I learned back when I was playing college football, it’s that every victory is a team effort.”