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 17, 2014

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn's real estate group represented lender, investor and operator clients in some of the biggest deals of 2013, including Rockpoint Group LLC and Fisher Brothers' $2 billion acquisition and financing of two Manhattan properties, making them one of Law360's Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2014

    Technology Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

    Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP's work in high-profile tech deals, including Silver Lake Partners' $25 billion acquisition of Dell Inc., along with its success in a slew of major intellectual property fights, has secured a space for the firm among Law360's Technology Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2014

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Kelley Drye

    Over the past year, the international trade team at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP scored numerous wins before U.S. government agencies to level the playing field for domestic producers and also aided in defending the constitutionality of a critical trade remedy law, earning itself a spot among Law360's International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2014

    Practice Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Morrison & Foerster LLP's white collar attorneys have twice defeated Manhattan's feared federal prosecutors at trials over a semiconductor company CEO's alleged stock-options backdating and pursued MF Global Holdings Ltd.'s leadership after the brokerage's collapse, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2014

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Arnold & Porter

    From winning a hotly contested protest over the CIA's $600 million cloud services contract to bolstering its ranks with a former U.S. Air Force general counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP's continuing successes in national security and contracting law have earned it a place among Law360's Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2014

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Curtis

    Successfully challenging the Commerce Department's method for calculating duty margins in a case alleging targeted dumping of coated photo paper, and helping Vietnam argue that a provision in U.S. trade law violates a World Trade Organization agreement, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has earned itself a spot among Law360's International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2014

    Technology Group Of The Year: Fenwick & West

    Fenwick & West LLP was an all-around technology powerhouse in 2013, advising a roster that includes Silicon Valley’s biggest names in billions’ worth of mergers and acquisitions, securing crucial trademark wins and creating innovative defenses in securities litigation, earning it a spot on Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2014

    Securities Group Of The Year: Skadden

    In 2013, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP defeated the Madoff trustee's attempt to revive billions of dollars in claims against client UniCredit SpA while also guiding Bank of America Corp. to a major appellate victory in a battle with shareholders over its Merrill Lynch & Co. subsidiary, just two of the cases that helped earn the firm a spot among Law360's Securities Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2014

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Irell & Manella

    Irell & Manella LLP's white collar defense team last year won the dismissal of two high-profile criminal indictments — including the first ever criminal robosigning indictment — after uncovering evidence of prosecutorial misconduct in both cases, earning the firm a spot among Law360's White Collar Practice Groups of 2013.

  • January 16, 2014

    Competition Group of the Year: Cohen Milstein

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC secured a $1.06 billion price-fixing judgment in a class action against The Dow Chemical Co. and helped consumers ink a $75 million settlement with Penguin Group USA Inc. in litigation over e-books, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Competition Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2014

    Hospitality Group Of The Year: Dentons

    Sealing more than $6.3 billion in deals, including KSL Capital Partners LLC's $320 million purchase of two U.K. hotel brands and a Playa Hotels & Resorts BV transaction that marked Hyatt Hotels Corp.'s entry into the resort market, Dentons has earned a spot on Law360's Hospitality Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2014

    Consumer Protection Group Of The Year: BuckleySandler

    With pressure on the consumer financial industry on the rise, BuckleySandler LLP has solidified its position in the field as a nimble, smaller firm that delivers BigLaw results, earning itself the distinction as one of Law360's Consumer Protection Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2014

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    The real estate practice group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP worked on aspects of a broad range of complex transactions in 2013, including the sale of a minority stake in New York's iconic General Motors Building to foreign investors, earning itself a place among Law360's Real Estate Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2014

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Wilson Sonsini

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC attorneys' eagerness to aggressively tackle cutting-edge privacy issues led to the defeat of consumer tracking and data misuse claims levied against Google Inc. and the quick disposal of spam-texting allegations facing Twitter Inc. and Square Inc., earning them a spot among Law360's Privacy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2014

    Securities Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP had an outstanding 2013, scoring a positive jury verdict for Goldman Sachs Group Inc., winning a proxy fight for a group of Morgans Hotel Group investors and protecting Green Mountain Coffee Roasters from market backlash, earning itself a place among Law360’s Securities Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2014

    IP Practice Group of the Year: WilmerHale

    WilmerHale's intellectual property group helped convince the White House to overturn an import ban for Apple Inc., won a major U.S. Supreme Court victory for Monsanto Co. and scored a $2.15 billion patent infringement settlement for Pfizer Inc., landing the firm among Law360's IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2014

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    WilmerHale left multibillion-dollar marks on the pharmaceutical industry in 2013, from a monumental patent win on behalf of Pfizer Inc., to a key role in helping Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. fund its colossal acquisition of Life Technologies Corp., placing it among Law360's Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2014

    M&A Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's merger and acquisitions group leveraged its collective experience to create innovative structures for complex deals, like Applied Materials Inc.'s $29 billion merger with Tokyo Electon Ltd., and handle shareholder activism, like Bill Ackman's short bet on Herbalife Ltd., landing the team on Law360's M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2014

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s product liability practice group, with a series of huge wins over the past year including a Supreme Court decision siding with a generic drug manufacturer on a preemption issue and the successful defenses of wide-ranging litigation over two major drugs for different companies, has earned a place at the top of class as one of Law360’s Product Liability Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2014

    Class Action Group Of The Year: White & Case

    White & Case LLP's success in defending Toshiba Corp. from a potential $2.3 billion penalty in a class action trial over price-fixing on liquid crystal display panels plus its repeated presence in front of the U.S. Supreme Court has earned the firm a spot among Law360's Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 14, 2014

    M&A Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s M&A practice has kept itself at the center of major international deals in 2013 through its global reach and diverse skill mix, earning it a place as the Law360 M&A Practice Group of the Year.

  • January 14, 2014

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Perkins Coie

    Perkins Coie LLP secured an influential appellate decision on confidential source allegations in securities litigation against The Boeing Co. and defeated class certification in a string of high-profile consumer claims, earning it a spot among Law360’s Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 14, 2014

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: White & Case

    Several major victories in pharmaceutical patent cases, including the distinction of being the only law firm involved in both of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent "pay-for-delay" deal rulings, have earned the global pharmaceutical and health care group at White & Case LLP a spot among Law360's Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 14, 2014

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    Taking advantage of trial opportunities in Engle progeny tobacco cases and the Fosamax multidistrict litigation, King & Spalding LLP attorneys delivered major victories for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Merck & Co. Inc. in 2013, earning a spot on Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 14, 2014

    Securities Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    The securities practice group at Latham & Watkins LLP helped Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban defeat a major insider trading suit and convinced a judge to toss claims against Lehman Brothers auditor Ernst & Young LLP, earning it a spot among Law360's Securities Practice Groups of the Year for 2013.