Goodwin lawyers Cammy Contizano (Private Equity), Aly Simons (Technology) and James Spence (Real Estate) have been announced as Law360 Rising Stars for 2020. The annual list recognizes lawyers under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.
Based in the Washington, DC office, Contizano is a partner in the firm’s Private Equity group and its Impact and Responsible Investing practice, where she advises on minority investment and buyout transactions for private equity, growth equity and impact investors, as well as on private tender offers for a host of clients, including companies, mutual fund complexes and private equity and growth equity investors. Contizano serves as co-chair of the DC chapter of Women@Goodwin, supporting the firm’s efforts to develop, advance and retain female lawyers, and is also a Private Equity Pro Bono Committee member. She was recently named a 2020 DCA Live Emerging Woman Leader in Private Practice.
Simons is a San Francisco partner in the firm’s M&A/Corporate Governance and Technology Companies groups, advising cutting-edge technology companies, leading venture capitalists and their boards and executives through successful M&A and venture financing transactions as well as general corporate matters. Simons is co-chair of the San Francisco chapter of Women@Goodwin, a longtime supporter of Pride@Goodwin and sits on the advisory board of HimforHer, a not-for-profit that accelerates diversity on for-profit boards by engaging leading “Hims” to introduce exceptional “Hers” to corporate board service. She has previously been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Daily Journal (Top 40 Under 40), Corporate Counsel (Women, Influence & Power in Law) and M&A Advisor (Emerging Leaders in Law).
Spence is a London-based partner in the firm’s Real Estate Industry group, where he has a broad range of experience in domestic and cross-border real estate investments and private M&A transactions, with a focus on operational real estate assets and businesses. He is a member of Goodwin’s PropSci Practice Steering Committee, which supports the unique real estate needs of life sciences companies, and is also involved with Goodwin’s PropTech practice, advising clients at the intersection of real estate and technology. Spence is the Graduate Recruitment partner for London, and his responsibilities include conducting the office’s training contract interview process and coordinating UK recruitment efforts.
Law360 received over 1,300 submissions for this year’s Rising Stars award. Winners were selected based on their recent achievements, overall body of work and potential for future success in their respective disciplines.