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 20, 2017

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Davis Wright

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP defended Rolling Stone in highly publicized cases concerning the magazine’s discredited article about an alleged gang rape — getting one suit tossed and damages slashed in another — and beat back a libel claim by a woman who alleged a fictional character was based on her, earning its media team a spot among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    Energy Group Of The Year: Baker Botts

    From guiding Schlumberger Ltd. through its $14.8 billion acquisition of Cameron International Corp. to helping the owners of a coal-fired power plant in Montana trim and then settle a Clean Air Act suit, Baker Botts’ energy team has earned itself a spot among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    Trials Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    For proof that Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s trial team belongs among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year, look no further than the astronomical $3 billion verdict it landed for HP against Oracle in June, though if you did, you’d find a number of additional high-profile victories with enormous sums as well.

  • January 20, 2017

    Securities Group Of The Year: Bernstein Litowitz

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP’s securities team brokered blockbuster settlements with powerhouses like General Motors and Merck, including a $1.06 billion deal pegged as the largest securities recovery ever achieved against a pharmaceutical company, landing it among Law360's 2016 Securities Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Cohen Milstein

    With a series of notable victories across a variety of practice areas — topped by an $835 million settlement that concluded more than a decade of litigation against The Dow Chemical Co. — Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC secured itself a repeat selection as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Shook Hardy

    From continuing its successful representation of Philip Morris in Florida tobacco suits to gutting multidistrict litigation over Bayer Healthcare’s intrauterine device Mirena, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP’s product liability team has cemented its spot among Law360’s Product Liability Groups of the Year for the second year in a row.

  • January 20, 2017

    Employment Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Between beating back four class actions against Home Depot and helping the NFL restore star quarterback Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s labor and employment team easily earned a spot among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    IP Group Of The Year: Fish & Richardson

    Fish & Richardson PC helped win a U.S. Supreme Court decision that reshaped a key aspect of patent law, and also secured major litigation victories for companies such as Gilead Sciences Inc. and Power Integrations Inc., landing the firm among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    Competition Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    For clinching significant wins in antitrust litigation, such as a Third Circuit affirmation for client Sanofi in a case that yielded important guidance, and guiding major mergers like Air Liquide’s $13.4 billion acquisition of Airgas through the approval process, Cleary Gottlieb’s competition team has been named among Law360’s 2016 practice groups of the year.

  • January 19, 2017

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP posted a strong year in the product liability space, headlined by victories in Florida state court defending tobacco company R.J. Reynolds as well as a major win for GlaxoSmithKline regarding antidepressant Paxil, landing the firm among Law360’s 2016 Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2017

    Food & Beverage Group Of The Year: Patterson Belknap

    After racking up major product labeling defense wins for Coca-Cola over a landmark $77.5 million suit brought by Pom Wonderful and Hershey over litigation concerning cocoa harvesting disclosures, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP has earned a place among Law360’s Food & Beverage Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2017

    Consumer Protection Group Of The Year: Troutman Sanders

    Troutman Sanders LLP’s compliance, litigation and enforcement expertise proved decisive last year, leading to a comprehensive deal resolving a probe into a discount retailer's trade practices and the defeat of a proposed class action claiming Blue Shield of California autodialed cellphones, landing the firm's Consumer Financial Services practice a spot among Law360's Consumer Protection Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2017

    Technology Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    Online and over the air, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP’s winning arguments in high-profile technology fights that included a far-reaching cyberspace copyright dispute and a patent lawsuit over basic functions that undergird everyday smartphone use have helped earn the firm a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2017

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Squire Patton Boggs

    Helping Murray Energy Co. secure a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan underscores Squire Patton Boggs LLP's ability to pursue precedent-setting environmental litigation, which helped earn the firm a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2017

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Skadden

    With over $115 billion in global real estate transactions to its credit in 2016, including blockbuster deals in the health care, hospitality and real estate investment trust sectors, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has landed among Law360's Real Estate Groups of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.

  • January 19, 2017

    Automotive Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Representing a world-renowned automaker in litigation over the largest emissions-related scandal to hit the industry is no easy feat, but attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP tackled the challenge head-on, virtually saving Volkswagen from financial ruin in order to drive away with a spot on the list of Law360’s Automotive Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2017

    Consumer Protection Group Of The Year: Lieff Cabraser

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP’s work securing one of the largest settlement payments in American history for plaintiffs in the multibillion-dollar suit against Volkswagen AG over so-called cheat-device software in its diesel vehicles makes the consumer protection team one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2017

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Faegre

    Faegre Baker Daniels’ product liability team shut down more than 30 knee-implant suits against Zimmer Biomet in late 2015 and 2016, including winning a plaintiff-selected bellwether trial and securing a splashy Lone Pine order from a fed-up Chicago federal judge, earning the team a spot on Law360's 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2017

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    For the fourth year in a row, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP was selected as a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year due to its long-standing relationship with private equity firm Blackstone, which the law firm guided through a $5.3 billion deal in late 2015 that bolstered a struggling Manhattan housing complex.

  • January 18, 2017

    Food & Beverage Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    When it comes to Mayer Brown’s reputation as the go-to firm for companies looking to navigate the vast legal territory that comes with producing an edible product, from labeling challenges to tricky financing, its partners attribute its renown to the firm’s diverse smorgasbord of clientele.

  • January 18, 2017

    Automotive Group of the Year: McGuireWoods

    From saving Mazda Motors Corp. from a $32 million jury verdict to helping Ford Motor Co. beat back a long-running proposed class action over an alleged minivan defect, McGuireWoods LLP's automotive group has had no shortage of success, landing it among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2017

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Nossaman

    Nossaman LLP bolstered its reputation in 2016 as the firm to call about major developments on environmental issues, aiding Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Dakota Access Pipeline project, the biggest freeway project in Arizona history and a $20 billion water infrastructure overhaul in California, and earning it a spot among Law360’s Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2017

    Technology Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

    Whether steering Microsoft's $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn or successfully defending Alibaba against a shareholder suit over its $25 billion initial public offering, Simpson Thacher deftly guides industry mammoths through every aspect a tech transaction, landing it a spot among Law360's 2016 Technology Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2017

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Hunton & Williams

    Hunton & Williams LLP has proved itself as an environmental law powerhouse once again in 2016, representing power industry groups in legal battles over the Obama administration’s greenhouse gas regulations and taking strides to expand its acclaimed practice, earning its place among Law360’s Environmental Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2017

    Consumer Protection Group Of The Year: Greene Broillet

    In arguably one of the highest-profile cases of 2016, Greene Broillet & Wheeler LLP’s consumer protection team went to bat for famed sportscaster Erin Andrews after she was secretly filmed by a stalker at a Marriott hotel and landed her a $55 million verdict, earning its place among Law360's practice groups of the year.