Theona Zhordania, 32, counsel
McKenna Long & Aldridge
Just five years out of law school, Zhordania is already well on her way to becoming a rainmaker. She has collected a seven-figure book of business, handling complex insurance cases, various corporate matters from buy/sell negotiations to RICO claims, and even a high-profile surrogacy case in which she successfully defended her client against a claim for child support in excess of $80 million. That's far from her only win. She has scored consecutive defense verdicts for insurance company clients sued on claims of bad faith with requests for punitive damages. Currently, she serves as outside general counsel to technology, entertainment and retail distribution companies, proving that her expertise and earning potential continue to grow.
Word that best describes you?
What kind of law would you least like to practice?
If you could take a year off, what would you do?
Travel around the world.
Most unusual hobby?
I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy.
"Success is all about sustaining the focus of your attention on your goal. Winners focus, losers spray." Anonymous
A lawyer you admire?
Peter Klee, who is an outstanding trial attorney and a great rainmaker. I also admire his integrity.
Best advice you ever got?
Don't put metal in the microwave.