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, 2018

    Transportation Group Of The Year: O'Melveny & Myers

    Planes, trains and automobiles: O'Melveny & Myers LLP attorneys helped clients find their way home in every part of the transportation industry last year, cementing the firm as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 5, 2018

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter

    Goodwin Procter LLP provided counsel across the real estate spectrum over the past year, from the $2.2 billion sale of a New York City office space by Brookfield Property Partners LP to representing underwriters in Invitation Homes’ $1.8 billion initial public offering, landing the firm among Law360's Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • February 5, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP’s intellectual property group litigated on behalf of the world’s biggest tech giants over the last year, including Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car company Waymo in the pending Waymo v. Uber case, securing them a spot among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 5, 2018

    Technology Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    The multifaceted strengths of Latham & Watkins LLP's technology attorneys were on full display last year, as the firm helped Arista overcome a contentious intellectual property dispute and guided a blockbuster acquisition for Broadcom, earning its place among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 5, 2018

    Sports Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP in the past year played a central role in headline-making sports issues, including trying the first major sports case to reach the U.S. Tax Court in two decades that focused on how much an NHL team could deduct for meal expenses during away games, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2017 Sports Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 5, 2018

    Tax Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    This past year saw Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's tax team mop up a $2.4 billion victory for Citigroup Inc. and advise Baker Hughes Inc. on its $32 billion combination with General Electric’s oil and gas business, earning the firm a place among Law360’s Tax Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 5, 2018

    Trial Group Of The Year: McKool Smith

    When renowned music producer Quincy Jones looked to win royalties from the late pop superstar Michael Jackson’s estate, he turned to McKool Smith LLP, whose work winning a nearly $10 million verdict in the case has helped earn the firm a spot among Law360’s Trial Groups of the Year.

  • February 5, 2018

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP helped to broker a lower settlement for Deutsche Bank AG over U.S. claims related to its sale of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 financial crisis and to defeat a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against four chemical companies, making the firm one of Law360’s White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Seeger Weiss

    Plaintiffs firm Seeger Weiss LLP played an outsized role in the product liability realm this year, securing a massive settlement in the Volkswagen “clean diesel” litigation and a large settlement for farmers in tainted corn seed litigation, putting it on the shortlist for Law360’s Product Liability Group of the Year recognition.

  • February 2, 2018

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP has been the counsel of choice for companies and institutions in major public crises, including Takata Corp. in its highly sensitive $1 billion deal with the U.S. Department of Justice last year over faulty air bag inflators linked to at least 13 deaths in the U.S., landing on Law360's list of White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    Tax Group Of The Year: Cravath

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP was thrust into Law360's Practice Groups of the Year following a successful 2017 guiding headline-grabbing, multibillion-dollar transactions such as Anheuser-Busch InBev's $123 billion acquisition of SABMiller and Time Warner Inc.'s pending $108.7 billion sale to AT&T Inc.

  • February 2, 2018

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Dentons

    Dentons LLP's real estate team has been helping to reshape the Chicago skyline, including assisting on a $1 billion deal to redevelop four blocks around Union Station, and is regularly a go-to for top financial institutions like U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp., earning the firm a spot among Law360’s 2017 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    Trial Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day pulled out a record-breaking $2.54 billion patent infringement jury verdict for a Merck & Co. subsidiary in a battle over a hepatitis C drug and zealously represented big-name clients in a broad range of major trials, making the firm one of Law360's Trial Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Archer Law

    Archer Law achieved a massive victory this year when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a Federal Circuit decision holding that the trademark of an Asian dance-rock band was protected by the First Amendment’s free speech clause, landing it among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    Sports Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Advising the NFL in multiple legal matters such as the lawsuit over the suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and representing the San Francisco 49ers in employment disputes has helped land Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP among Law360’s Sports Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    Securities Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP deployed innovative strategies across a range of cases in 2017, including in a U.S. Supreme Court win for a group of banks caught up in Lehman Brothers’ historic 2008 bankruptcy and in decertifying an investor class suing Brazilian oil company Petrobras, landing it among Law360's Securities Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    Transportation Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP last year was the driving force behind legal victories for BNSF Railway Co. in a forum shopping showdown and the Association of American Railroads in a constitutional battle over regulatory authority, steering the firm right into a spot on Law360's Transportation Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    Technology Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    WilmerHale LLP's attorneys delivered high-value wins for technology giants including Intel Corp. and Comcast Cable Communications LLC last year, earning it a place among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2018

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Acclaimed merger and acquisition firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP negotiated major transactions for Kite Pharma, INC Research and other biopharmaceutical companies in 2017, raising its life sciences team to the ranks of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2018

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's product liability and mass torts team scored several wins in 2017 that will help courts hone their focus on scientific causation, and it took on some of the burgeoning lawsuits over the marketing of opioids, landing the firm a spot as one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day secured a record $2.5 billion patent infringement jury award for Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board can't choose which challenged patent claims it may review, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2018

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal & Manges

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's private equity group turned in a busy 2017, advising more than 250 private equity transactions valued at nearly $115 billion, earning it a spot for the second year running as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2018

    Privacy Group Of The Year: ZwillGen

    ZwillGen PLLC had a 2017 that included wins at the appellate level for CNN and Time Inc. in high-profile cases involving alleged violations of privacy statutes, landing the firm its place as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2018

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Munger Tolles

    Munger Tolles & Olson LLP’s entertainment team this year won a copyright case for Walt Disney and successfully defended the Motion Picture Association of America, among other victories, earning the group a spot among Law360’s Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2018

    M&A Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP played a major role in some of 2017’s most talked-about deals, representing big names like Amazon, Panera Bread Co. and Kite Pharma in industry altering and big-money transactions to earn a spot among Law360’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Groups of the Year.