Rankings: Practice Groups of the Year

Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year highlights up to five practice groups that notched the biggest litigation victories or deals of the year. Winners are recognized for the size, complexity and significance of the deals or litigation they worked on.
  • January 26, 2015

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn once again proved why it is a go-to firm for companies facing high-stakes class action lawsuits in 2014, securing big wins for clients like Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and PepsiCo and earning its fifth straight appearance among Law360's Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2015

    Insurance Group of the Year: Dickstein Shapiro

    Dickstein Shapiro LLP's insurance practice won key rulings last year for an NRG Energy Inc. unit in litigation over coverage for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suit and secured a $1.6 million jury verdict in a Superstorm Sandy dispute, making it a Law360 Insurance Group of the Year.

  • January 26, 2015

    Energy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP represented energy clients in several major mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in 2014, including Kinder Morgan Inc.’s $70 billion deal to buy up the outstanding equity shares of three subsidiaries, helping the firm nab a place among Law360’s Energy Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2015

    M&A Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    Thanks to its role in orchestrating the complex and multifaceted megamerger between Family Dollar Stores Inc. and Dollar Tree Inc., as well as its work on countless other high-profile deals across various sectors, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has earned a spot among Law360's Mergers and Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2015

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP burnished its credentials as a truly global international trade shop last year with successes on both sides of the Atlantic, headlined by a groundbreaking settlement in a prolonged challenge to U.S. cotton subsidies at the World Trade Organization, easily carving out a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2015

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Kramer Levin

    The role of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in major New York projects from Hudson Yards to the city's sale of 346 Broadway has reaffirmed its place as a trusted, go-to advisor in that cutting-edge market and earned the firm a spot on Law360's Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2015

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Project finance attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP used the firm's global market savvy to nail down several game-changing plays over the last year, including a groundbreaking financing package for a massive U.S. energy export project that helped secure its place among Law360's Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2015

    IP Group Of The Year: Fish & Richardson

    The intellectual property attorneys at Fish & Richardson PC landed on Law360’s IP Groups of the Year for the third year in a row by doing more of the same: winning major patent cases for the likes of Apple Inc., Fresenius USA Inc. and LG Electronics Inc. and continuing to lead the pack in the aggressive use of new post-grant review proceedings.

  • January 26, 2015

    Energy Group Of The Year: Vinson & Elkins

    When Kinder Morgan Inc. sought to explore one of the largest mergers and acquisitions deals in the energy market since Exxon and Mobil merged in 1999, experts at Vinson & Elkins LLP were called in on behalf of client El Paso Pipeline Partners LP, marking one of the multiple billion-dollar deals the firm advised on in 2014 to place it squarely on Law360’s Energy Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP was behind some of the year's biggest pharmaceutical decisions, including the Sixth Circuit's rejection of multidistrict litigation over generic versions of the painkillers Darvocet and Darvon and an Iowa Supreme Court ruling shielding branded-drug makers from injuries caused by generics, landing the firm among Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP was involved in the most-talked-about sports media rights deals last year, including the NFL's $12 billion Sunday Ticket pact with DirecTV, and helped seal Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion bid for the Los Angeles Clippers, making it a Law360 Media and Entertainment Group of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP's real estate attorneys guided Edens Investments Trust through a $762 million transaction with AmREIT Inc. and represented Morgan Stanley in $2 billion worth of transactions, landing the group on Law360's list of Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP’s global project finance group leveraged its attorneys and resources around the world in several game-changing projects including successfully facilitating negotiations to restructure the $5.4 billion Panama Canal expansion, keeping the project moving amid conflict between the parties, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    Class Action Group of the Year: Dentons

    Dentons attorneys defeated a proposed $1 billion class action against Lincoln Benefit Life Co. that challenged its calculation of life insurance rates and beat class certification in a securities fraud suit against Genworth Financial Wealth Management Inc., earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Class Action Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Kelley Drye

    The international trade team at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP continued its sterling work in 2014 for U.S. manufacturers in a bevy of high-profile trade remedy cases while also providing valuable guidance on customs and export compliance matters, cementing the firm's status as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    Energy Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    From shepherding one of 2014's biggest energy mergers to guiding multibillion-dollar power sector financings, the dealmaking chops of Latham & Watkins LLP's energy attorneys have earned the firm a spot among Law360's Energy Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    IP Group Of The Year: Durie Tangri

    Durie Tangri LLP secured a ruling that Google Inc.'s massive book digitization program is fair use under copyright law and has successfully invalidated several patents using the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision in the last year, landing the firm among Law360's Intellectual Property Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Willkie Farr & Gallagher

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s restructuring team flexed its muscles in 2014 by guiding Momentive Performance Materials Inc. through a complex Chapter 11 proceeding and advocating for U.K. pensioners in Nortel Networks' hard-fought bankruptcy case, earning a spot among Law360’s Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2015

    Technology Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP spent 2014 handling industry-changing mergers, including Facebook Inc.'s blockbuster $19 billion deal for WhatsApp, and helping big-name clients like Adobe Systems Inc. and Intel Corp. shrug off suits by litigious patent-holders, landing the firm among Law360's Technology Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2015

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP developed a consensual Chapter 11 plan designed to slash Endeavour International Corp.'s $1.2 billion debt and negotiated a deal improved Financial Guaranty Insurance Co.'s recovery on its more than $1 billion claim against bankrupt Detroit, earning a place among Law360’s Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2015

    Tax Group Of The Year: Sutherland

    Corporations call on Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP's tax group when facing their most-complex audit and litigation matters, as did American International Group Inc. in its economic substance battle before the Second Circuit, as well as MetroPCS Communications Inc., which beat a $4 million refund row with Pennsylvania tax authorities, landing Sutherland's practice on Law360's list of Tax Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2015

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day tackled a robust mix of energy, transportation and technology projects in 2014 — from advising on Alaska natural gas pipelines to expanding Mexican airports and increasing Internet connectivity in Latin America — earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Project Finance Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2015

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Lieff Cabraser

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP spent 2014 racking up settlements and trial verdicts for plaintiffs in some of the year’s most highly publicized personal injury suits, including litigation over unintended acceleration in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles and the risk of bladder cancer associated with diabetes drug Actos, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2015

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Bernstein Litowitz

    With a year highlighted by major recoveries in securities class actions from the likes of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Ernst & Young LLP and Morgan Stanley, the class action lawyers at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP earned a spot on Law360’s Class Action Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2015

    Competition Group of the Year: White & Case

    From winning the dismissal of three separate pay-for-delay class actions to securing antitrust clearance for mega cross-border mergers such as Grupo Bimbo SAB de CV's $1.6 billion acquisition of Canada Bread Co. Ltd., White & Case LLP's work landed the firm on Law360's list of Competition Practice Groups of the Year.