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 16, 2017

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal & Manges

    In a year of slowing deal flow for much of the sector, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's private equity group turned in a busy 2016, advising more than 130 private equity transactions valued at nearly $100 billion, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 16, 2017

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    After helping to steer a string of headline-grabbing deals around the globe, including a one-day triple listing by Japan Post Holdings Co. as the state-owned enterprise embarked on a major privatization, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has earned a spot among Law360’s Capital Markets Groups of the Year for 2016.

  • February 16, 2017

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP's insurance and reinsurance group notched impressive wins in challenging venues over the last year, including victories for an AIG unit in the Fifth Circuit and Travelers Indemnity Co. in West Virginia's highest court, winning it a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 16, 2017

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: White & Case

    White & Case LLP’s global pharmaceuticals and health care group scored major victories defending clients in reverse payment and product-hopping cases, including a Third Circuit ruling that affirmed the dismissal of an antitrust suit over the acne medication Doryx, securing a place among Law360’s Life Sciences Groups of the Year.

  • February 16, 2017

    Transportation Group Of The Year: Steptoe & Johnson LLP

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP represented some of the largest transportation entities in high-stakes litigation covering the aviation and rail sectors last year, including winning dismissal of a putative class action alleging airlines had conspired to charge passengers a tourism tax, earning it a spot among Law360's 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 15, 2017

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    With its recent work on a range of multibillion-dollar private equity transactions, including several Blackstone Group deals and efforts to close out Dell Inc. and Silver Lake Partners’ massive $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corp., Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has earned a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 15, 2017

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s capital markets practice maintained an edge in a challenging year as it advised clients on the largest U.S. initial public offering, the largest debt issuance by a foreign bank into the U.S. and dozens of other significant deals, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s Capital Markets Groups of the Year.

  • February 15, 2017

    Insurance Group of the Year: Pillsbury Winthrop

    With a focus on corporate policyholders, the insurance group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP had its work cut out for it over the last year, but scored favorable settlements for big clients facing property damage, construction defects and interrupted business, landing it among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 15, 2017

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP's life sciences team pulled off a string of courtroom victories in 2016 that included notable intellectual property decisions, while navigating big-budget transactions, settling tax controversies for top-level clients and landing on Law360’s list of Life Sciences Groups of the Year.

  • February 15, 2017

    Transportation Group Of The Year: O’Melveny & Myers

    O’Melveny & Myers used its long-held expertise in the transportation space to help clients facilitate airline mergers and win major airport redevelopment contracts in addition to leveraging its litigation practice to dismiss claims made in a putative class action against a carmaker, winning a spot among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 14, 2017

    Transportation Group of the Year: Nossaman

    Nossaman LLP maintained its reputation as a top adviser for public agencies undertaking major transportation infrastructure projects in 2016, with its efforts on behalf of Maryland's $2 billion Purple Line and Arizona’s $1 billion South Mountain Freeway placing the firm among Law360's Transportation Groups of the Year for the second year in a row.

  • February 14, 2017

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's capital markets group last year counseled some of the largest corporate debt offerings and initial public offerings in the U.S., earning the firm a return to the list of Law360's capital markets Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 14, 2017

    Insurance Group of the Year: McKool Smith

    McKool Smith PC's new insurance recovery practice is off to a fast start, coming out ahead in closely watched cases focused on excess coverage triggers and other key policy issues, landing it among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 14, 2017

    Hospitality Group Of The Year: Paul Hastings

    The expertise of Paul Hastings LLP's hospitality practice can be seen in its guidance last year of legendary boutique hotel entrepreneur Ian Schrager and private equity firm Ares Management LP in the restructuring and $265 million construction financing of a Manhattan hotel and residential project at 160 Leroy St., just one of the deals that landed the firm among Law360’s Hospitality Groups of the Year.

  • February 14, 2017

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP’s private equity group helped guide private equity firms, both large and small, on some of 2016’s most complex cross-border deals, including Energy Capital Partners’ $3.3 billion purchase of a portfolio of power plants, landing it a spot among Law360’s 2016 Private Equity Groups of the Year.

  • February 14, 2017

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP won the mid-trial dismissal of a suit claiming GlaxoSmithKline’s antidepressant Paxil causes birth defects, successfully challenged FDA guidance for R.J. Reynolds and led small biotech companies in major transactions, earning the firm a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Groups of the Year.

  • February 13, 2017

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells scored a major win for Chubb subsidiary Federal Insurance Co. in a landmark cyber-liability case stemming from a data breach and helped health insurer Anthem Inc. escape the remaining claims in sprawling multidistrict litigation over a reimbursement dispute, earning the firm’s insurance team a place among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 13, 2017

    Transportation Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    The broad footprint of Mayer Brown LLP’s transportation team was on display once again in 2016, with its lawyers arranging an innovative public-private partnership for a Texas highway project, scoring litigation wins for industry heavyweights and continuing the firm’s work for the iconic Panama Canal Authority, earning it a place among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 13, 2017

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    The global capital markets team at Davis Polk kept busy on important debt and equity transactions last year, including work on some of the largest energy offerings in 2016 and a pair of major privatizations in Europe, landing it a spot among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 13, 2017

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has spent the last year advising The Blackstone Group, KKR & Co. LP and other leading private equity firms on complex acquisitions and transactions involving billions of dollars, earning it a spot among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 13, 2017

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter

    Goodwin Procter LLP’s life sciences team in 2016 continued to build its reputation as a top choice for high-profile pharmaceutical clients, particularly in licensing deals, mergers and acquisitions, and initial public offerings, earning a spot on Law360’s list of Life Sciences Groups of the Year.

  • February 13, 2017

    Hospitality Group of the Year: O'Melveny & Myers

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP guided its large hospitality company clients through multibillion-dollar transactions and wage-and-hour litigation, including handling several major hotel transactions and winning a trial for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. LLC over tips to banquet staff, landing the firm among Law360's 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 10, 2017

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Whether it’s orchestrating billion-dollar transactions, winning contentious litigation or providing regulatory advice on cutting-edge technology, Covington & Burling LLP has long immersed itself in the life sciences industry, and its recent work has, for the sixth consecutive year, earned it a spot among Law360’s Life Sciences Groups of the Year.

  • February 10, 2017

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    Since its founding in 1946, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has built a reputation for innovative approaches to capital markets matters ranging from initial public offerings to equity, debt and regulatory capital issuances, sealing its place on Law360’s 2016 Capital Markets Groups of the Year.

  • February 10, 2017

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s private equity group advised global PE investment firm HarbourVest Partners' £1.1 billion ($1.37 billion) initial takeover bid and subsequent £806.6 million acquisition of the investment portfolio of publicly listed investment fund SVG Capital, one of the transactions that earned it a place on Law360's 2016 Private Equity Groups of the Year.