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.
  • February 18, 2015

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's private equity group led the pack when it came to PE deals in 2014, sewing up billion-dollar transactions in several industries across the globe and earning itself a place on Law360's list of Private Equity Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 17, 2015

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s private equity team continued its dominance in 2014 by steering Permira’s $3.5 billion sale of Arysta Lifescience Ltd. and a series of multibillion-dollar transactions for Fortress Investment Group LLC, making it one of Law360’s Private Equity Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 13, 2015

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's private equity team counts such industry giants as The Blackstone Group LP and KKR & Co. LP as loyal clients and helped guide a considerable number of blockbuster deals in 2014, landing the team a spot among Law360’s Private Equity Groups of the Year.

  • February 12, 2015

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP’s private equity practice championed some of 2014’s most intricate cross-border transactions, including The Carlyle Group’s $4.15 billion acquisition of Johnson & Johnson’s global blood-testing diagnostics unit, landing the team a spot among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 11, 2015

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    From Vista Equity’s $4.2 billion buyout of Tibco Software Inc. to a slew of deals for GTCR LLC, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s private equity practice was the industry’s go-to group for nimble deal structuring, earning the firm a place among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 10, 2015

    M&A Group Of The Year: Willkie Farr

    Thanks to its “Pac-Man” defense and other sorts of counsel for The Men's Wearhouse Inc. and its work on several high-profile deals north of $5 billion, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has earned a spot among Law360's Mergers and Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • February 10, 2015

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP’s white collar practice delivered clients critical victories in 2014, including besting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in an insider trading trial, and built toward its future with a slew of new hires, making it one of Law360’s White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 9, 2015

    White Collar Group Of The Year: McGuireWoods

    McGuireWoods LLP's white collar team worked in 2014 to secure a recovery of more than $342 million for victims of the ZeekRewards Ponzi scheme and scored a complete walk for a key figure in the public corruption scandal involving ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, making it a Law360 White Collar Group of the Year.

  • February 9, 2015

    M&A Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    A stream of longtime clients and fresh faces flocked to Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP last year with more than 40 transactions worth at least $1 billion apiece, putting the firm's mergers and acquisitions team squarely in the deal-making surge and cementing its place among Law360's M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 6, 2015

    M&A Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's mergers and acquisitions group continued its strong reputation in the industry advising some of the biggest and most controversial deals of the past year, including advising AT&T Inc. in its proposed $49 billion acquisition of satellite television provider DirecTV Inc., landing it among Law360’s M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 6, 2015

    White Collar Group Of The Year: BakerHostetler

    Building on a strong 2013 campaign in which it successfully defended JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s “London Whale” trader, BakerHostetler helped defrauded investors in Michael Kenwood Capital Management LLC boost recoveries to $400 million, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 5, 2015

    M&A Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s deals team had a blockbuster year, from helping Hillshire Brands Co. land a winning $8.6 billion offer in the “meat wars” to having a hand in Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s epic, if unsuccessful, bid for Allergan Inc., earning a spot among Law360’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 5, 2015

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn solidified in 2014 an already sterling reputation for criminal defense work, and earned a spot among Law360’s White Collar Groups of the Year by securing acquittals and settlements at the forefront of the government’s efforts to push the limits on liability for securities fraud, insider trading and foreign bribery violations.

  • February 4, 2015

    IP Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    The intellectual property attorneys at WilmerHale made Law360’s IP Groups of the Year for the third time in four years by winning huge appellate and trial patent victories for Apple Inc. and successfully handling major post-grant proceedings for companies like Becton Dickinson and Co.

  • February 4, 2015

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP secured dismissals of data breach class actions against Neiman Marcus Group LLC and Michaels Stores Inc. and fended off the government's bid to toss military social liaison Jill Kelley's Privacy Act suit against the Pentagon and the FBI, making it a Law360 Privacy Group of the Year.

  • February 4, 2015

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP scored a major victory when it cleared sTec Inc.’s ex-CEO of insider trading claims as it also represents PG&E Corp. regarding the San Bruno pipeline explosion, a rare corporate criminal case heading toward trial, earning a spot among Law360’s White Collar Groups of the Year.

  • February 4, 2015

    M&A Group Of The Year: Paul Weiss

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's mergers and acquisitions team spent last year helping giants like Time Warner Cable Inc., SAP America Inc. and Oak Hill Capital Partners lock in billions of dollars worth of deals, earning it a spot on Law360's list of M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2015

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Cooley

    Cooley LLP successfully defended Facebook Inc. in a class action accusing the social networking giant of violating users' privacy rights and helped Google Inc. beat large class claims over the scanning of Gmail messages involving more than 400 million Gmail accounts, landing the firm among Law360's Privacy Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2015

    Securities Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP burnished its reputation as a prime mover in securities litigation with a string of victories including a landmark Delaware Supreme Court decision for MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. that set a new benchmark for controlling-party transactions, earning it a place among Law360's Securities Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2015

    M&A Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP's mergers and acquisitions team advised on some of the biggest value transactions across multiple industries and overcame diverse deal challenges in 2014, earning it a place among Law360's M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2015

    IP Group Of The Year: Orrick

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP scored a major win for Oracle Corp. in a high-stakes dispute over Google Inc.'s Android operating system and successfully defended Dish Network Corp. from a copyright suit by the TV networks over its Hopper DVR, landing the firm among Law360's Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2015

    Health Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP tackled white-hot trends facing health care providers in 2014, including ubiquitous consolidation and relentless False Claims Act litigation, landing the firm a slot among Law360’s Health Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2015

    Privacy Group Of The Year: BakerHostetler

    BakerHostetler’s privacy and data protection team stepped up to the plate in 2014, to dispose of novel arguments raised in data breach class actions against Advocate Health & Hospitals Corp. and Eisenhower Medical Center, and to help a star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers squash the spread of leaked photos, earning the team a place among Law360's Privacy Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2015

    IP Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    From scoring Apple Inc. another $120 million in damages from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to notching a win for Yahoo! Inc. in the Federal Circuit, Morrison & Foerster LLP had a string of major victories in 2014, landing the firm among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2015

    Securities Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    The 100-lawyer business and securities litigation team at Ropes & Gray LLP racked up wins for clients including Keurig Green Mountain Inc. and Goldman Sachs & Co. in 2014 and continued to shine in representing life sciences defendants including Sanofi SA unit Genzyme Corp., work that earned it a spot among Law360's Securities Practice Groups of the Year.