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 19, 2018

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP had another year cranking out big M&A deals within the insurance sector and continuing its litigation work in suits like an investor class action against MetLife, making it a Law360 Insurance Practice Group of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Energy Group Of The Year: Vinson & Elkins

    Vinson & Elkins LLP's attorneys in 2017 handled 74 energy mergers and acquisitions deals valued at more than $104 billion and also notched victories before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of pipeline company Denbury Green and Oncor Electric Delivery Co., earning it a place among Law360's Energy Groups of the Year for the eighth consecutive year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP's Supreme Court and appellate practice group has tallied up an impressive series of wins over the last year, including two victories in the U.S. Supreme Court and circuit court decisions in favor of clients such as Google, Wells Fargo and CitiMortgage, earning it a place among Law360’s 2017 Appellate Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Banking Group Of The Year: Ballard Spahr

    Ballard Spahr LLP led the pack in challenging significant Consumer Financial Protection Agency regulations over the past year, including its outsized role in defeating a consumer arbitration regulation, landing it a spot among Law360’s 2017 Banking Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Consumer Protection Group Of The Year: Venable

    Whether advising “influencers” on advertising disclosures or beating back notable Consumer Financial Protection Bureau actions like its suit against debt service providers and its efforts to enforce a civil investigative demand against a college accrediting council, Venable LLP’s consumer protection practice was involved in some of 2017’s biggest defense wins to land it among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    International Trade Group of the Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP's international trade group advised on acquisitions worth billions, defended Bombardier against allegations it sold aircraft in the U.S. at unfairly low prices, and represented Chinese respondents in a rare price-fixing case at the International Trade Commission, placing it among Law360's 2017 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Employment Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    In 2017, King & Spalding LLP helped secure a settlement for Bass Pro in an EEOC systemic discrimination suit, win a Sixth Circuit appeal for Meritor in retiree health benefits litigation and defend Peabody Energy from an ERISA stock drop suit, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Employment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells in 2017 handled a variety of class actions and multidistrict litigation for big-name clients including Mylan NV and Anthem Insurance Co., securing victories such as a precedential decision for Hormel Food Corp. in a false labeling class action to earn it a spot among Law360’s Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP continued to bolster its reputation as one of the world’s top bankruptcy firms in 2017 with feats that included winning confirmation for SunEdison Inc.’s plan and nailing down the proposed sale in the Takata case, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    The capital markets group at Hogan Lovells hit a voluminous stride in 2017 with debt offerings that totaled more than $62.6 billion and transactions that strengthened its foothold in emerging markets, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s Capital Markets Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Hunton & Williams

    Hunton & Williams LLP represented clients pursuing some of the major challenges to Obama-era environmental policies in 2017, including litigation against climate change regulation and the reconsideration of methane rules, earning it a place among Law360's Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Competition Group Of The Year: Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP’s antitrust attorneys have reeled in a number of trophy-sized victories over the past year, winning dismissal of multidistrict and class action litigation against major corporations like Shell, Uber and Comcast to earn the group a spot among Law360’s Competition Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Food & Beverage Group Of The Year: Faegre Baker Daniels

    Faegre Baker Daniels LLP integrates transactional, regulatory and litigation services into its food and beverage practice — which recently guided Buffalo Wild Wings in its $2.9 billion acquisition by Arby's and defended breakfast cereal client Post Foods in high-profile class actions — winning it a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Health Practice Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP's health care group spent 2017 tangling with federal agencies, negotiating with the nation's largest health care plans and molding unique business deals, work that earned its lawyers a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Gov't Contracts Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring

    After a year in which Crowell & Moring LLP helped create a public-private partnership worth over $45 billion and defended a $17 billion health care contract, it's no surprise that one of the legal world's best-known firms earned a place among Law360's Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP’s success in treaty cases, such as its bitter battle with the Argentine government over expropriated airlines and its brokering of a $337 million settlement with Ecuador on behalf of ConocoPhillips Co., earned it a spot on Law360’s list of International Arbitration Practice Groups of the Year for 2017.

  • January 19, 2018

    Hospitality Group Of The Year: Dentons

    Lawyers from Dentons' long-standing hotels practice assisted Ohana Real Estate Holdings LLC on the nearly $1 billion Twin Dolphin development in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and guided Starwood Capital Group in its complex acquisition of an under-construction luxury hotel in West Hollywood, winning the firm a place among Law360's Hospitality Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2018

    Employment Group Of The Year: Outten & Golden

    In the past year, Outten & Golden LLP has gotten results for workers across the U.S. that include a pair of settlements for police and airline pilots in respective class actions brought under a federal law aiding veteran employees, earning itself a nod as one of Law360's Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2018

    Consumer Protection Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP's consumer protection practice built on its landmark Spokeo win while also helping shape pet food labeling law in 2017, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Consumer Protection Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2018

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Capitalizing on recent landmark victories at the U.S. Supreme Court, Mayer Brown's class action practice proved itself a leader in the arena once again in 2017, fending off class actions for some of the most recognizable brands in the world and advancing case law to prevent frivolous class actions under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, earning it yet another spot as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2018

    Banking Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP continued making its mark in 2017 as one of the leading firms to challenge Wall Street banks in the aftermath of 2008’s financial crisis, winning big for country and countryman alike to earn a place among Law360’s Banking Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2018

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP’s appellate group delivered significant U.S. Supreme Court wins in challenges to Securities and Exchange Commission disgorgement in enforcement actions and racial gerrymandering over the last year, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s 2017 Appellate Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2018

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP spent 2017 guiding the Republic of Iraq, Verizon, a Citigroup Inc. unit and others in complex, unique capital markets offerings, capturing value for clients around the globe and landing the firm a spot among Law360’s Capital Markets Practice Groups of the Year for the third year in a row.

  • January 18, 2018

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP continued its streak in 2017 of representing some of the largest companies seeking bankruptcy protection, including retail giant Toys R Us and offshore oil exploration company Seadrill Ltd., to land itself among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of Year.

  • January 18, 2018

    Competition Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    The competition group at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP helped steer more than 20 transactions with a total value of around $70 billion through the merger clearance process last year while also working on high-stakes antitrust litigation for a number of clients, securing the team a place among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.