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 31, 2018

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding turned a streak of courtroom loses on its head for Johnson & Johnson and prevailed in the regulatory arena in 2017, landing its life sciences team among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2018

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP was all over the map in 2017, advising lenders to Sembcorp Industries Ltd. on a first-of-its-kind power project in Myanmar and creating an equally unique financing plan for the modernization of Chicago's Red and Purple train lines, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Project Finance Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2018

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's private equity team was on point in 2017, executing an array of deals for frequent clients like KKR and even boasting a banner two-deal day in July, making it one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP secured a victory in the Supreme Court decision Impression Products v. Lexmark International, a major win for Impression and companies in the secondary market for patented products, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2017 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2018

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Edelson

    Edelson PC has demonstrated its dogged commitment to protecting consumer privacy rights over the past year, landing among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year with accomplishments like defending its standing victory in a closely watched suit against Spokeo Inc. and securing more than $130 million in settlements.

  • January 31, 2018

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: O'Melveny & Myers

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP in 2017 freed The Walt Disney Co. from a copyright feud in federal court over the film “Zootopia” and represented Lionsgate in its joint $1 billion sale of premium pay television network Epix to Metro Goldwyn Mayer, earning a spot among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2018

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP notched courtroom wins for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in so-called Engle progeny cases and Johnson & Johnson in the first trial over the alleged connection between the company's talc products and mesothelioma to go to verdict, helping land the firm among Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year for the fifth straight time.

  • January 31, 2018

    Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has advised on a wide variety of megadeals this year, from the $1.2 billion acquisition of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins to United Technologies Corp.'s $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins, landing the firm among Law360's Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP's continued defense of Roche's Accutane and its leadership in guiding air bag giant Takata through its massive recall litigation helped land the firm's product liability group a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Finnegan

    Finnegan Henderson Garrett & Dunner LLP obtained a $168 million award for LG in a case accusing numerous companies of selling counterfeit wireless headphones and secured a game-changing ruling from the Federal Circuit that makes it easier to amend patents in America Invents Act reviews, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

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

    Behind many of the country's largest infrastructure and energy projects rising up today, including a more than $4 billion redevelopment at New York's LaGuardia Airport and a groundbreaking wind project in Texas, stands O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s project finance team, earning them a spot among Law360’s 2017 Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Williams & Connolly

    Williams & Connolly LLP got multiple courts to uphold patents protecting Eli Lilly's lung cancer drug Alimta, helped Alcon Laboratories escape a trade secrets case stemming from a partnership gone wrong and prevented the revival of a pay-for-delay class action against AstraZeneca, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Life Sciences Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Privacy Group of the Year: Gibson Dunn

    The privacy team at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP swatted away a massive data breach suit against a government background check contractor while helping longtime clients Uber and Facebook fend off data security disputes, remaining a go-to firm for tech giants in behind-the-scenes cybersecurity matters and landing it a spot on Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP in the past year obtained a $13.15 million jury verdict for John Steinbeck’s stepdaughter in a case over rights to the late author’s works and secured reversal of a ruling that would have let certain websites stream Fox Television Station’s copyrighted programming, landing among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Native American Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    In the past year alone, WilmerHale's attorneys have struck favorable settlements for five bands of Mission Indians, the Tohono O'odham Nation and the Jicarilla Apache Nation in water, land and natural resources disputes, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    A year spent steering Walgreens’ nearly $5.2 billion bid to buy 2,186 Rite Aid stores and Blackstone’s $6.5 billion sale of a Hilton Worldwide stake, as well as other multibillion-dollar deals, has once again earned Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP a spot among Law360's Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP led a business group’s $18 billion acquisition of Toshiba Corp.’s semiconductor business, showcasing its ability to create an intricate international deal on an epic scale, while also striking a series of other nine- and 10-figure deals notable in their own right, placing the firm among Law360’s Private Equity Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Privacy Group of the Year: Cooley

    When the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Niantic and the Golden State Warriors faced privacy suits in 2017, they relied on attorneys at Cooley LLP to solve complex issues posed by the handling of sensitive information, resulting in innovative legal solutions and the firm being named among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Native American Group Of The Year: Holland & Knight

    Whether drafting tribal constitutions, fighting for millions in funding for Seneca Nation members' medical needs or securing gaming rights for tribes, Holland & Knight LLP was at the forefront of tribal legal battles last year, landing it among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter

    In two of the biggest intellectual property cases of 2017, Goodwin Procter LLP first convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that Varsity Brands could copyright its cheerleading uniforms, then helped Otto Trucking escape a bitter trade secrets dispute between Waymo and Uber over self-driving car technology, securing its spot among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: White & Case

    White & Case LLP expanded the definition of its infrastructure practice and its geographic boundaries in 2017, making AU$190 million in project financing and off-take arrangements for a wind farm in South Australia and advising on a $1.4 billion loan for a pipeline in the Ohio River system, landing the firm a spot among Law360’s Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP convinced the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate a major patent covering AbbVie's $16 billion biologic Humira and uphold four patents covering an Acorda Therapeutics Inc. multiple sclerosis drug, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2017 Life Sciences Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Davis Wright

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in 2017 successfully expanded protections for reporters against revealing sources and quashed a libel claim lobbed by billionaire Sheldon Adelson against a reporter who labeled him “foul-mouthed” in a story, earning a spot among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    For its success in steering big-ticket, complex transactions, such as the tie-up between the oil and gas division of General Electric Co. and Baker Hughes Inc. as well as the largest acquisition by a Chinese company of a foreign company ever completed, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s mergers and acquisitions team seized a spot as one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year for the fifth year in a row.

  • January 29, 2018

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Bowman And Brooke

    Bowman and Brooke LLP’s representation of clients in high-profile multidistrict litigation in 2017, such as the cases against Honda over Takata’s exploding airbags and lawsuits against Riddell over head trauma in football players, helped earn the firm a place on Law360's list of Product Liability Groups of the Year.