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 6, 2017

    Sports Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP had a busy 2016 guiding the NFL to some major labor wins that confirmed the commissioner’s authority, including an arbitration decision upholding the commissioner’s new player personal conduct policy, earning the firm a spot as one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 6, 2017

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Fried Frank

    Offering a broad range of services and a Wall Street-minded approach, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson's government contracts group stormed to Law360 Practice Group of the Year honors, advising on high-profile M&A deals, False Claims Act litigation and nearly 20 bid disputes.

  • February 6, 2017

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Once again, Jones Day made a big splash at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016, taking on some of most high profile legal matters including the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate and former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s corruption case, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s Appellate Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 6, 2017

    White Collar Group of the Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP attorneys represented clients in some of the past year’s biggest white collar cases and government investigations, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal, earning them a spot among Law360’s White Collar Groups of the Year.

  • February 6, 2017

    Tax Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's tax team powered through billions of dollars in major mergers and acquisitions last year in sectors including energy, software, medicine and more, providing solid and sometimes novel tax advice that earned it recognition as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2017

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn's appellate group notched wins in the U.S. Supreme Court for victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism and in federal appeals courts around the country on behalf of Uber, Chevron and other clients in high-stakes litigation, earning it a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2017

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Renewable energy projects are among the most complicated pieces of infrastructure to finance, but it's that complexity that most interests the lawyers at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, who worked on more than a dozen of the world's largest renewable projects last year, landing the firm among Law360's 2016 Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2017

    White Collar Practice Group of the Year: Jones Day

    The Jones Day white collar group made headlines by securing a vacated corruption conviction for a former Virginia governor and the first ever deferred prosecution deal in the United Kingdom, landing it among this year's Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2017

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring

    Since its founding in 1979 as Washington, D.C.’s go-to government contracts firm for defense companies, Crowell & Moring LLP has considered the practice the bedrock of its business and expanded the group's expertise to multiple industries.

  • February 3, 2017

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Arnold & Porter

    Long sought after in Latin American investor-state disputes, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s international arbitration practice has expanded its work with businesses and countries around the world, landing it a spot on this year’s list of Law360 International Arbitration Groups of the Year.

  • February 3, 2017

    Tax Group Of The Year: Baker McKenzie

    Baker McKenzie LLP’s tax group scored significant victories against the IRS when it successfully challenged a cost-sharing rule on behalf of chipmaker Altera Corp. and convinced the U.S. Tax Court to reject Medtronic Inc.’s $1.36 billion deficiency calculation, landing it a spot among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2017

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal & Manges

    From the scale of solar power producer SunEdison’s $16.1 billion Chapter 11 filing to the swift 63-day restructuring of grocer Fairway to the creative solution that saved thousands of jobs at clothing retailer Aeropostale, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP showed its bankruptcy prowess by many measures last year to earn a seventh consecutive selection to Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2017

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray LLP

    Ropes & Gray’s work on what’s sure to be one of the most important privacy decisions coming down the pipe in 2017 — LabMD’s appeal against the Federal Trade Commission over its data security practices — makes the firm’s privacy team one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2017

    Banking Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s work for clients including JPMorgan Chase & Co., which benefited from the firm’s assistance in both unloading an investment management business and defeating claims stemming from the so-called London Whale scandal, has helped land the practice on Law360’s 2016 list of Banking Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2017

    M&A Group Of The Year: Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz LLP stamped its influence on the mergers and acquisitions space in 2016 by handling record-setting cross-border deals, including advising Monsanto Co. in a $66 billion acquisition by Bayer AG and guiding Spectra Energy Corp. in a $28 billion acquisition by Enbridge Inc., making the firm one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2017

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    A year of success for the steel industry and a launch into the waters of the World Trade Organization helped win Wiley Rein LLP’s trade team its seventh consecutive sport as one of Law360’s International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2017

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s corporate restructuring team earned a spot among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of the Year by working on restructurings that stood out in size, such as SunEdison Inc.’s massive bankruptcy spanning six continents, and in novelty, including one of the first reorganizations of a master limited partnership.

  • February 1, 2017

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Orrick

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP scored a major victory for Microsoft Corp. last year when the Second Circuit ruled the U.S. government cannot use search warrants to obtain customer data stored overseas, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Privacy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2017

    Banking Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP often takes the side of the little guys in litigation against some of the world’s biggest banks, but the outsize victories it secured last year on their behalf were big enough to earn the firm a place among Law360’s Banking Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2017

    Health Care Group Of The Year: Sheppard Mullin

    In a number of major deals, including Molina Healthcare Inc.'s $420 million acquisition of Medicare Advantage contracts from Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. while those companies were battling a U.S. Department of Justice antitrust suit, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP's health care practice demonstrated experience and creativity to land among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2017

    M&A Group Of The Year: Skadden

    The mergers and acquisitions practice at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP had a bustling 2016, counseling companies on major transactions across a range of industries and in different corners of the world, earning a spot among Law360’s M&A Practice Groups of the Year for the sixth year in a row.

  • February 1, 2017

    International Trade Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    Securing a number of impactful trade remedies on behalf of U.S. manufacturers and successfully lobbying the U.S. Congress to pass enhanced customs enforcement provisions scored King & Spalding LLP’s international trade group a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2017

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Lieff Cabraser

    In the rapidly evolving legal realm of digital privacy, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP’s consumer protection and privacy practice is going up against big names like Google and Facebook in digital privacy class actions and representing plaintiffs in the fallout from headline-grabbing data breaches at companies like Anthem and Sony Pictures Entertainment, earning it a place among Law360’s 2016 Privacy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2017

    Banking Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP’s banking and finance group fired on all cylinders in 2016, counseling clients through tens of billions of dollars in financing work, often through never-before-seen structures, and defending banks against high-profile Anti-Terrorism Act cases to become one of Law360’s Banking Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2017

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    By securing hard-fought confirmations of complex restructuring plans for major companies such as SandRidge Energy Inc. and Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Kirkland & Ellis LLP proved to be a formidable player in the bankruptcy space in 2016, earning recognition as one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.