As governments across the globe continue to crack down on financial frauds and injured shareholders look to the courts for redress, it is a battle between the old guard of America’s top law firms and their megamerger-forged global rivals for a seat among Law360’s top 10 firms with the largest securities and white collar practices.
Covington & Burling LLP cemented its reputation in 2013, scoring a marquee win for MF Global Inc.'s bankruptcy estate in its bid for coverage on $141 million in trading losses and representing BP PLC and the National Football League in headline-grabbing insurance disputes, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Insurance Groups of the Year.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP in 2013 extricated two Travelers Cos. Inc. insurers from coverage demands surrounding pollution at manufactured gas plant sites and helped set new standards that could assist other carriers in litigation over decades-old environmental liabilities, vaulting the firm on to the list of Law360's Insurance Practice Groups Of The Year.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's insurance team convinced a Pennsylvania appeals court to vacate a $95 million judgment against American Nuclear Insurers in a coverage dispute over radiation injury claims, one of several accomplishments that makes it a Law360 Insurance Practice Group of the Year.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP insurance attorneys’ impressive list of accomplishments for the past year include trailblazing a new follow-the-fortunes doctrine in New York and resolving a multitude of illegal kickback class actions against U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Co., making it one of Law360's Insurance Practice Groups of the Year.
Paul Hastings LLP's labor and employment team earned a noteworthy Sixth Circuit win that stemmed from sweeping gender discrimination against Cintas Corp. and scored a victory for Kmart Corp. in the first California suitable seating class action to make it to trial, landing it among Law360's Employment Practice Groups of the Year for the second straight year.
The private equity practice group at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP this year has handled deals around the world involving some of the largest investment firms, such as representing JLL Partners Inc. in the $1.4 billion sale of a private equity-backed prepaid-card company, making it one of Law360's Private Equity Practice Groups of the Year.
Labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC earned its spot on Law360's list of employment groups of the year in 2013 with a pair of major wins against the National Labor Relations Board that set an important precedent in favor of class waivers and helped defeat the agency's controversial posting requirement.
White & Case LLP’s competition group helped Toshiba Corp. avoid Best Buy Co.’s $2.3 billion price-fixing damages claims at trial and won clearance for Warner Chilcott PLC’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Actavis Inc., just a few of the accomplishments that landed the firm among Law360's Competition Practice Groups of the Year.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP's victory in the headline-grabbing courtroom showdown that pitted its client Anschutz Entertainment Group against Michael Jackson's family over who was liable for the pop star's untimely death helped earn the firm a spot among Law360's 2013 Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's real estate group achieved success for its clients both in the courtroom and across the negotiating table in 2013, from heading off a foreclosure sale at the last minute to facilitating Lehman Brothers' sale of Archstone, landing it among Law360's Real Estate Practice Groups of the Year.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP attorneys in 2013 won a ruling that Marvel Comics owned the rights to a slew of storied comic book characters, saved ESPN from having to pay $280 million in contractual disputes, and led media clients through high-profile transactions, landing the firm among Law360's Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.
Perkins Coie LLP insurance attorneys have enjoyed resounding success in recovering insurance proceeds to cover some of the Tennessee Valley Authority's $1 billion in losses during one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, making it one of Law360's Insurance Practice Groups of the Year.
Playing a lead role in many of last year’s headline-making antitrust cases, from deals such as Anheuser-Busch InBev SA's acquisition of Grupo Modelo to litigation leading to the U.S. Supreme Court's Actavis decision, has landed Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP a place among Law360's Competition Practice Groups of the Year.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP led its heavyweight private equity clients through a slew of megadeals and fund formations, including Silver Lake Partners' controversial $24.4 billion acquisition of Dell Inc. and the creation of The Blackstone Group’s $4.5 billion Tactical Opportunities fund, landing it a place among Law360's Private Equity Practice Groups of the Year.
Jones Day labor and employment lawyers secured a blockbuster D.C. Circuit victory for soda bottler Noel Canning before defending that win at the U.S. Supreme Court, and are also helping bankrupt Detroit with its massive restructuring, just two of the engagements that put Jones Day among Law360's Employment Practice Groups of the Year for a third time.
As part of the tiny circle of BigLaw firms standing exclusively with policyholders, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP's insurance recovery team won precedent-setting victories for clients facing government investigations and privacy claims and won a landmark jury trial over hundreds of millions in asbestos coverage, landing the firm among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.
White & Case LLP's project finance group closed eight major transactions totaling $48.4 billion this year, including Saudi Arabian Oil Co's $20 billion integrated chemical complex with Dow Chemical Co., helping the firm secure a place among Law360's Project Finance Groups of the Year.
An innovative litigation strategy, the willingness to go to trial and a keen strategic grasp allowed Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's banking and financial institutions litigation group to garner more than $10 billion in settlements from big banks in 2013, placing it among Law360's Banking Groups of the Year.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP structured high-profile commercial real estate deals for AT&T Inc. and Vornado Realty Trust, and the firm advised a Goldman Sachs & Co.-managed fund in the sale of its stake in Manhattan’s iconic General Motors Building, making it one of Law360’s Real Estate Practice Groups of the Year.
Nossaman LLP represented at least 70 percent of all public-private partnership deals that netted financing for infrastructure projects across the U.S. in 2013, including a $1.2 billion bridge across the Ohio River, earning it a spot — for the second consecutive year — among Law360’s Project Finance Practice Groups of the Year.
Hogan Lovells carved out groundbreaking victories for Federal Insurance Co. in a dispute over a multiple-year policy endorsement and for Argonaut Insurance Co. in a reinsurance tussle over the late-notice defense, earning its team a spot among Law360's Insurance Groups of the Year.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP handled a variety of real estate deals this past year, including foreign companies expanding their U.S.portfolios, deals involving major New York City office buildings and expansion of its representation in the health care sector, landing it on the list of Law360's Real Estate Groups of the Year.
Greenberg Traurig LLP's labor and employment practice lived up to its reputation for not backing down from a fight in 2013, winning a major Fair Labor Standards Act case at the Supreme Court, defeating a wage class action in a jury trial and earning a spot among Law360's employment practice groups of the year.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorneys helped engineer the sale of the NBA's Sacramento Kings to an ownership group that kept the team in California and defended Lance Armstrong in a lawsuit over the disgraced cyclist's autobiography, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2013 Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.