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 5, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: Sheppard Mullin

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP last year was on the winning side of the first substantive trademark case before the U.S. Supreme Court in more than a decade, successfully representing Hana Bank in a dispute involving the use of its name, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2015 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 4, 2016

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP's lawyers knew all along that former BP Gulf of Mexico exploration chief David Rainey was innocent. Targeted over the truth of public statements after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Rainey still had to convince a jury — and the way his lawyers at Steptoe went about it landed them among Law360's White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 4, 2016

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Thanks to its work handling well north of $100 billion in recent global real estate transactions, including numerous blockbuster hospitality deals and a large swath of real estate investment trust matters, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has secured a spot among Law360’s Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • February 4, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: Orrick

    From protecting game-changing television technology to swatting down mobile device management infringement claims, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP continued to establish itself as a leader in the intellectual property sector last year, making it one of Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2016

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's real estate attorneys have advised clients on a number of blockbuster transactional deals in the past year, including The Blackstone Group LP's purchase of $23 billion worth of assets from GE Capital, landing the firm among Law360's Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2016

    IP Group of the Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP won major litigation victories this year for Apple and Sandoz, as well as big patent review wins for Oracle and Whirlpool, easily earning the elite IP practice a spot among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2016

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Sheppard Mullin

    When a tiny thrift bank in New York’s Chinatown vowed to fight fraud charges brought by Manhattan’s powerful district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., it was Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP that helped steer it to vindication following a four-month trial, an achievement that established the firm as having one of Law360’s White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2016

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Shearman & Sterling

    Shearman & Sterling LLP’s white collar attorneys last year scored a complete victory on behalf of a former hedge fund manager in the landmark Newman insider trading case and secured a favorable settlement for a Bank of New York Mellon Corp. executive accused of currency trading violations, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s 2015 White Collar Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP’s intellectual property group secured an important en banc Federal Circuit ruling that the U.S. International Trade Commission can hear induced infringement cases and got an Ultramercial LLC patent invalidated as abstract following a closely-watched fight, landing the group among Law360's list of IP Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2016

    Real Estate Group of the Year: Paul Weiss

    The real estate team at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP poured the legal foundations last year for a series of projects set to remake the New York City skyline, including a 630-foot observation wheel in Staten Island and the tallest residential property in the Americas, securing the firm’s place among Law360's Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2016

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP's real estate team helped guide headline-grabbing deals in 2015, from the $5.4 billion purchase of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village in Manhattan to the $185 million sale and lease-back of DreamWorks' Glendale, California, campus, earning it a place among Law360's Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's intellectual property team helped Intel overturn a $10 million Ericsson standard essential patent verdict, nabbed a rare injunction for C.R. Bard in a patent infringement suit and fought off a $13 million claim for Samsung from "the original patent troll," landing the group a spot on Law360's list of IP Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2016

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP’s formidable trial prowess allowed Petro Tiger Ltd.’s former CEO to walk out of court a free man and its international expertise is being leveraged to represent FIFA in a high-profile global bribery investigation, earning it a spot among Law360’s White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    From representing Hospira Inc. in a major appeal over patents for a popular blood thinning drug, to nabbing a copyright victory for rapper Jay Z, Jenner & Block LLP has had a slew of intellectual property successes this year, landing the firm on Law360’s list of IP Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2016

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Shook Hardy

    After scoring victories on behalf of Philip Morris both overseas and domestically, as well as the continued success at trial representing Boston Scientific Corp. in its pelvic mesh litigation in 2015, the product liability team at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP nabbed a spot among Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2016

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    With transactions trending larger and clients commanding quick executions, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's real estate group has proven itself this past year on several complex deals — including Starwood Capital Group's $5 billion acquisition of a multistate apartment portfolio — and claimed a place among Law360's Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2016

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Paul Weiss

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP attorneys negotiated a global settlement on behalf of client Deutsche Bank AG over the Libor scandal and helped cement the landmark Newman insider trading decision, earning the firm recognition as one of Law360’s White Collar Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2016

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher’s private equity practice steered some of the year’s largest deals and fundraisings, drawing on its financing prowess to champion Dell’s $67 billion EMC buyout and Blackstone’s $15.8 billion real estate fund, landing the firm among Law360’s Practice Groups Of The Year.

  • January 28, 2016

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has notched significant wins over for major client Pfizer in multdisitrict litigation cases over its cholesterol drug Lipitor and its antidepressant Zoloft, successfully targeting the plaintiffs' causation experts in those cases and landing among Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2016

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    From inking industry-changing deals such as DirecTV's $67 billion sale to AT&T to doggedly representing Pandora in a six-week copyright trial, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP worked the gamut of media law in 2015, earning it a spot among Law360’s list of Media & Entertainment Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2016

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig

    Closing a number of record-breaking deals worth billions of dollars, Greenberg Traurig LLP achieved milestones like the highest price per room of any U.S. hotel sale and the second-largest office building transaction ever and secured a spot among Law360's 2015 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter

    Goodwin Procter LLP scored two U.S. Supreme Court victories on cases related to patents and trademarks and prompted the Federal Circuit to rewrite precedent last year, earning a spot among Law360's 2015 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2016

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP spent the last year ushering billions of dollars' worth of deals across the globe for Thoma Bravo, Sycamore Partners, Bain Capital LP and other private equity clients old and new, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Private Equity Groups of the Year for the fifth consecutive year.

  • January 28, 2016

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Morvillo Abramowitz

    Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC persuaded a jury to acquit Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s former chairman of criminal charges following a grueling, four-month trial, then struck a favorable deferred prosecution deal, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s White Collar Practice Groups of the Year for 2015.

  • January 27, 2016

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Motley Rice

    Motley Rice LLC attorneys seized on their abilities in the courtroom and at the negotiating table to secure some big wins for plaintiffs in 2015, including a $100 million jury verdict against Boston Scientific over pelvic mesh injuries and a $100 million settlement with three major tobacco companies over smoking-related injuries, earning the firm a place among Law360’s Product Liability Groups of the Year.