Jordan Myers, partner in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group, and Cara Peterman, partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation Group, have been named to the Daily Report’s “On the Rise” class of 2021 representing Georgia’s most promising lawyers under the age of 40.
In recognizing Myers, the Daily Report noted the successful deals he has led for clients over the past year, including representing a private credit fund on a $95 million loan to the leading motocross performance apparel brand and advising a private equity sponsor on a $113 million loan to finance the acquisition of a provider of supply chain services and solutions. He advises clients in all stages of lending relationships, representing lenders and borrowers in a range of secured financing transactions, including cash flow loans and asset-based loans related to acquisition financings, dividend recapitalizations, corporate refinancings, and other complex transactions.
Active in the community and legal profession, Myers is the vice chairman of the board of directors of the Georgia Chapter of the ALS Association. His other leadership roles include previously serving on the NextGen board of directors for the Atlanta Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.
Myers is also a frequent commentator on finance topics. He has published a number of articles and been widely quoted in leading legal and industry publications, including Bloomberg, Debtwire, Restaurant Business, Chain Store Age, and QSR Magazine.
Peterman was acknowledged for distinguishing herself in cybersecurity and privacy matters within securities litigation. The Wendy’s Company and The Home Depot are among the companies she has represented in complex shareholder litigation arising out of data breaches. She routinely defends corporate clients and their officers and directors in securities fraud class actions and regulatory investigations, as well as litigation related to M&A transactions. In the past year, she litigated almost $25 billion in corporate deals in federal and state courts across the country.
In addition to her client work, Peterman dedicates significant time to pro bono and community service matters. She’s a board member of Planned Parenthood Southeast and works as a pro bono attorney with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), which provides legal representation to unaccompanied children entering the U.S. immigration system. In 2018, she was a recipient of KIND’s “Pro Bono Team Excellence” award in recognition of her work.
Within the profession, Peterman is co-chair of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Corporate & Securities Litigation Subsection. She is also a co-founder of “Ready, Set, GC!,” a knowledge-sharing and networking group for incoming and prospective female general counsel.
The Daily Report’s “On the Rise” recognizes outstanding attorneys under age 40 who have made an impression on their colleagues, their clients, and the larger legal community. Winners are selected by the publication’s editorial staff.