August 03, 2017
Weil Litigation partner Caroline Zalka has been named one of Law360’s 2017 “Rising Stars” for Securities Litigation in recognition of her work handling high-profile cases for clients including Morgan Stanley, General Electric, lululemon athletica and Sanofi.
Law360’s profile highlighted Ms. Zalka’s role successfully representing Sanofi in securities fraud cases that resulted in the first opinion by the Second Circuit to apply the Supreme Court’s seminal Omnicare decision. Ms. Zalka described the result as “the best outcome one can hope to achieve.”
When asked why she was drawn to securities litigation, Ms. Zalka explained that the variety of the work is important to her. “It’s a mix of finance and law, which I think drew me. It’s also a very high-profile, high-stakes field, which I enjoy a lot,” she said. “The thing about securities law is you develop a specialized expertise, and then you apply that across the board to a variety of industries and companies.”
With regard to advice she would provide young attorneys, Ms. Zalka stressed the importance of finding someone to guide you: “Try to find a mentor, someone who will advocate for you,” she said. “It makes it easier and more enjoyable and more fun. I’ve been very lucky to have been the beneficiary of that, and so now, I do try to pay it forward.”
A team of Law360 editors selected the 2017 Rising Stars winners after reviewing more than 1,200 submissions. Ms. Zalka is among the attorneys under the age of 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.