Five BakerHostetler Attorneys Earn Law360 "Rising Star" Distinction

Avery, Barron, Brown, Carney, and DeLaquil selected as top attorneys under 40

Press Releases / April 5, 2016

CLEVELAND, April 5, 2016 — BakerHostetler is proud to announce that five BakerHostetler attorneys have been named to Law360s “Rising Star” list of top lawyers under 40 in the areas of Energy, Environmental, Government Contracts, Privacy and Securities. Only 179 attorneys nationwide were selected from more than 1,100 submissions for having the legal accomplishments that belie their age. Barron Avery, Mark Barron, Seanna Brown, David Carney and Mark DeLaquil were selected for their early career achievements in their prospective practice groups. “It is an honor to have so many BakerHostetler attorneys recognized for their performance early in their careers,” said Lauren Resnick, firmwide Business Development Partner. “This list showcases the breadth and depth of our practice areas and reaffirms BakerHostetler as a law firm where young lawyers can succeed.” Law360 began featuring individual attorney profiles on March 31.

Barron Avery, Government Contracts

Avery, 38, is counsel in the firm’s Government Contracts team and advises and provides government contractors and subcontractors with day-to-day advice and counseling through all aspects of federal government contracting. He represents his clients through claims, appeals and bid protests, resulting in a remarkable number of precedent-setting outcomes for the profession as a whole. Avery is a frequent speaker on issues impacting the construction industry, and serves as vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section’s Construction division and vice-chair of the Contract Claims and Dispute Resolution Committee. He also serves as associate editor of the Procurement Lawyer, the ABA’s Public Contract Law Section’s in-house publication for the government contracting sector.

Mark Barron, Energy

Barron, 38, a partner and member of BakerHostetler’s Energy team, has earned a national reputation stemming from high-profile litigation involving some of the country’s largest producers of oil and gas. Among other matters, he is lead counsel to the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance in those trade associations’ challenge to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rulemaking related to hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. Before litigation, Barron routinely assists clients in the administrative rulemaking process, interacting with government officials, developing strategic policy initiatives and building coalitions of interested stakeholders. He is a “go to” author for energy companies and trade associations developing technical comments responsive to regulatory initiatives. A prolific author and speaker on topics affecting energy producers, Barron presented papers within the last year at the prestigious Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Institute and the Institute for Energy Law’s Oil and Gas Conference. He has been featured or quoted in dozens of industry and mainstream media outlets on topics related to hydraulic fracturing and mineral development on public lands, including Bloomberg, Reuters, UPI, The Hill, Forbes, Fortune, Politico, Energy360, EnergyWire and the American Oil and Gas Reporter.

Seanna Brown, Securities

Brown, 36, is recognized for her work on the prominent, high-stakes recovery effort in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS) – one of the largest financial frauds in recorded history. She focuses her practice on securities, restructuring, and appellate litigation. For the past seven years, Brown has been at the forefront of the investigation, working alongside the Securities Investor Protection Corporation to unravel, deconstruct and litigate Madoff’s decades-long global Ponzi scheme. With her detailed knowledge of securities and bankruptcy laws, Brown has been involved in many of the lawsuits brought by the Trustee Irving Picard and has represented or advised the Trustee on all appellate matters in the liquidation proceeding. Brown also served as co-lead counsel to represent the Trustee in London insolvency proceedings. She has been instrumental to the Trustee’s recovery of $10.7 billion for victims.

David Carney, Privacy

Carney, 38, a member of the Chambers-ranked Privacy and Data Protection team, is at the forefront of representing clients through some of the most prominent data breach and privacy litigation and resulting class action cases. He has served as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous high-stakes privacy litigation matters for healthcare providers, including UMass Memorial Medical Center, Advocate HealthCare Network and Community Health Systems. Carney’s practice is primarily focused on prosecuting and defending complex litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels, including securing the dismissal of nine of 10 counts in a proposed class action pending against UMass Memorial following an alleged data breach. This dismissal order included all of the plaintiffs’ Chapter 93A consumer protection claims, and helped shape future Massachusetts privacy law by limiting the types of damages that plaintiffs may recover in these cases.

Mark DeLaquil, Environmental

DeLaquil, 36, a partner on the Environmental and Appellate teams, is recognized for his success representing clients through cutting-edge environmental litigation in some of the most complex, high-stakes, and revolutionary cases in the United States. DeLaquil is known as a frontrunner handling Clean Air Act citizen suits and petitions for review of final agency, having argued multiple Clean Air Act cases before various appellate and trial courts throughout the country. Among DeLaquil’s notable accomplishments, he represented Big River Steel, owner of a $1.3 billion steel mill in Arkansas that faced multiple environmental complaints by a competitor. DeLaquil co-led a team of attorneys that secured the order to uphold the issuance of the air permit, and went on to achieve complete dismissal of the resulting federal lawsuit. His arguments as first chair attorney directly shaped the scope and nature of the law in this area.


About BakerHostetler
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this year, BakerHostetler is a leading national law firm that helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Tax – the firm has more than 940 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. Recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice, and an industry-leading business practice. For more information, visit


Tracy Hager, 303.764.4090 (, or Stephanie Moore, 216.861.7106 (