Judy Mok, a Ballard Spahr lawyer focusing on complex payments transactions, has been named to the New York Law Journal's 2019 Rising Stars list.

The Rising Stars awards recognize the New York City region's most promising lawyers under 40. Submissions are judged by an outside panel of experts.

Ms. Mok has extensive experience negotiating payments transactions for some of the world's largest retailers and financial institutions. She has advised on an array of complex commercial agreements and strategic partnership agreements for various participants in the payments ecosystem, including financial technology companies. In particular, Ms. Mok has significant experience negotiating and drafting co-branded and private-label credit card agreements, payment network agreements, processing agreements, and portfolio purchase and sale agreements. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Mok served as Senior Payments Counsel for Apple Inc.

"Judy represents the best that our legal profession has to offer—she has a sophisticated understanding of the payments ecosystem, she leads by example, and she fosters an inclusive environment," said Alan S. Kaplinsky, Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Consumer Financial Services Group. "There is no better or more deserving candidate for the Rising Stars Award."

Ms. Mok is also committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She serves as Co-Vice President of Strategic Development & Marketing for the Don H. Liu Scholars Program, which works to increase scholarship and mentorship opportunities for the next generation of Asian attorneys. She also is an active participant in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

The winners will be recognized in the New York Law Journal's upcoming Professional Excellence magazine and honored at the New York Legal Awards event at Tribeca 360 on October 23.