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 10, 2017

    Insurance Group of the Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is making a name for itself as the firm insurance companies call when facing potential litigation and investment banks call when insurance issues arise in mergers and acquisitions, including stepping in to aid Exor SpA in its $6.9 billion acquisition of PartnerRe, landing it among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 10, 2017

    Hospitality Group Of The Year: DLA Piper

    From an air rights transaction for the construction of the first-ever hotel on Chicago’s Navy Pier to a $450 million acquisition of the Fairmont San Francisco, DLA Piper LLP’s hospitality practice advised on major deals in the last year, earning it the distinction of being one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 9, 2017

    Gov't Contracts Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Wiley Rein LLP’s work for hundreds of government contractors, ranging from a multivenue defense of a $100 million State Department deal to an unusual challenge to a $5 billion nuclear security contract, has earned the firm a slot as one of Law360’s 2016 Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

  • February 9, 2017

    Sports Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Guiding all of the major sports leagues and the NCAA in some of the most significant sports cases of 2016, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP again showed why it is one of the top firms in the sports industry, earning it a spot as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 9, 2017

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Across the white collar spectrum, Quinn Emanuel represents clients in matters that stand out, including the largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money-laundering cases ever, the largest environmental prosecution ever, and a case involving the largest U.S. Department of Justice penalty reduction ever, which earn the litigation stalwart a place among Law360's 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 9, 2017

    Tax Group Of The Year: Sutherland Asbill

    Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP tax attorneys logged key victories nationwide in the last year, including for Verizon in fights over local attempts to hit the company’s set-top boxes with property taxes and for Comcast in Oregon Tax Court over $300 million in new taxes, landing the team as a Law360 2016 Practice Group of the Year.

  • February 9, 2017

    Appellate Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    After notching victories in four major appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016, including a decision forcing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to give veteran-owned businesses a first shot at contracting opportunities, WilmerHale's appellate team has been named one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 9, 2017

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: White & Case

    Every BigLaw managing partner and their mother has probably given some thought in recent years to starting an international arbitration practice, if their firm doesn't have one yet. But they’d have a hard time catching up with White & Case LLP, whose headcount and business book have swelled and put the firm atop Law360’s first-ever list of International Arbitration Groups of the Year.

  • February 9, 2017

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Orrick

    With developments as diverse as pipeline construction and airport expansions, the energy and infrastructure group at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP continued to have a hand in some of the largest projects in the world last year, earning it a spot as one of Law360's 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 8, 2017

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP secured a $1.17 billion award for NTT Docomo Inc. last year in a contract dispute and notched a victory for the Republic of South Sudan over ownership of its oil fields, making the firm one of Law360’s International Arbitration Practice Groups of the Year for 2016.

  • February 8, 2017

    Tax Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's global tax practice group during the last term has litigated for its clients some of the most significant pricing transfer cases, including Amazon.com Inc.'s fight with the IRS, and advised others like DuPont Co. on major mergers, earning it a spot for the second year in a row as one of Law360's 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 8, 2017

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: O’Melveny & Myers

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP used its more than 130 years of expertise to build support for complex and politically-sensitive projects ranging from California’s high speed rail system to a significant redevelopment of part of the Port of San Diego by engaging with stakeholders and pushing for common ground agreements, landing a spot on 2016’s Law360’s Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • February 8, 2017

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    A triumph in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in a closely watched patent matter along with a sustained run of success in 2016 on behalf of financial institutions in state and federal appeals courts in New York and Delaware helped land Sullivan & Cromwell LLP among Law360’s Appellate Groups of the Year.

  • February 8, 2017

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Pillsbury

    Taking on the government has proven a successful enterprise for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, whose wins last year against the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Navy and others help make the firm one of Law360's Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

  • February 8, 2017

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Morvillo Abramowitz

    On top of successfully defending a former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive in New York’s high-profile criminal prosecution of the defunct firm, the white collar attorneys with Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC also secured deals for clients in malpractice and bribery litigation, landing it among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 8, 2017

    Sports Group Of The Year: Orrick

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP represented a number entities across the global sports industry, including helping successfully lobby the New York state legislature to legalize daily fantasy sports as well as guiding professional athletes and unions to some big wins, landing the firm among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 7, 2017

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block’s rebuilt government contracts team scored major victories over the past year, including a win for client Science Applications International Corp. in a $575 million computer contract dispute, earning the attorneys a spot on Law360’s list of Practice Groups of the Year for 2016.

  • February 7, 2017

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Nossaman

    For the second year in a row, Los Angeles-based Nossaman LLP's project finance team is being recognized as a Law360 Practice Group of the Year, with $100 billion in projects under management across several states, including a major University of California expansion that closed late last year.

  • February 7, 2017

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Kramer Levin

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s white collar group notched victories in the courtroom and at the negotiating table over the past year that included persuading federal prosecutors to drop charges in one of the largest tax fraud cases in U.S. history, landing the practice a spot on Law360’s 2016 White Collar Groups of the Year.

  • February 7, 2017

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    It might come as no surprise that King & Spalding LLP’s Texas-born international arbitration group does a lot of work for oil companies, but its solid record for clients like Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and KBR Inc. has drawn more business and landed it a spot on Law360’s list of 2016 International Arbitration Groups of the Year.

  • February 7, 2017

    Tax Group Of The Year: Reed Smith

    Reed Smith LLP’s tax team has hashed out a high-stakes settlement with the government over Bayer Corp.’s $175 million in research credits denied by the IRS and successfully challenged a Pennsylvania corporate net income tax bill leveled against Nextel Inc., landing it among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 7, 2017

    Sports Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP’s sports group in 2016 successfully represented the U.S. Olympic Committee in an antitrust challenge over its advertising restrictions and helped long-standing client the NFL fight off allegations of Americans with Disabilities Act violations, earning a spot among Law360’s Sports Groups of the Year.

  • February 7, 2017

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP's appellate group went undefeated in the four cases it argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last term, including a big win for businesses fighting statutory class action claims with the high court's Spokeo ruling, cementing its spot as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 6, 2017

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Chadbourne & Parke

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP has become a major participant in the renewable energy arena, representing a power company in connection with financing for the biggest rooftop solar array in the country and working with lenders on a $350 million wind project, earning the firm a place on Law360’s 2016 list of project finance Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 6, 2017

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    If assisting the Russian government annul the largest damages ever awarded for an international arbitration wasn’t enough, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP also recently guided Argentina through the resolution of the first-ever mass arbitration claim, earning it a place among Law360’s International Arbitration Groups of the Year.