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 22, 2013

    Employment Group Of The Year: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP's labor and employment lawyers won a blockbuster overtime case at the U.S. Supreme Court for drug company GlaxoSmithKline and helped bankrupt American Airlines Inc. make crucial moves to cut labor costs, two of the achievements that earned them a place among Law360's Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2013

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    When GlaxoSmithKline PLC found itself snared in a colossal fraud investigation, Sidley Austin LLP helped the pharmaceutical giant avoid being booted from Medicare and Medicaid, one of many triumphs that earned the firm a place among Law360's Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2013

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP inked a creative deal to end a civil forfeiture case against online poker company PokerStars and helped a key witness in the Raj Rajaratnam trial bag a noncustodial sentence for his own crimes this past year, work that helped place the firm among Law360's White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2013

    Employment Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Employment attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP notched many notable wins last year, but in finally settling the lingering question of whether California employers are required to ensure that meal breaks are taken, the firm easily earned itself a spot on Law360's Employment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2013

    Privacy Group of the Year: Morrison & Foerster

    For not only helping defend clients against several major data security class actions but also for its work staying on top of legal and technological trends to help avoid litigation, Morrison Foerster has earned a spot among Law360’s top privacy and Consumer Protection Practice Groups of The Year.

  • January 18, 2013

    Project Finance Group of the Year: Nossaman

    Nossaman LLP represented the Virginia Department of Transportation in arranging financing for the $2.1 billion Midtown Tunnel project in Hampton Roads, the largest transportation project undertaken in nearly 30 years, helping it earn a spot on Law360's Project Finance Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2013

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Skadden

    A year chock-full of pharmaceutical tie-ups, including the $29.1 billion megamerger between Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc., earned Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP a place on Law360's list of Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2013

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Whether it was helping EDF Renewables SA put together a mini-wind empire in Texas or signing up Japanese offtakers for the U.S. shale boom, Morrison & Foerster LLP's project finance and development team was at the forefront of the two major trends that shaped the project space in 2012, earning the group a spot on Law360's list of Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2013

    Privacy & CP Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP attorneys left their mark on the emerging privacy landscape by helping Flurry Inc. and others escape claims over their allegedly unlawful collection of user data located on Apple Inc. mobile devices and securing a pair of regulatory settlements that allowed Facebook Inc. and Myspace LLC to preserve their data use practices, earning them a place among Law360's Privacy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2013

    Employment Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    From guiding General Motors LLC and Verizon Communications Inc. in groundbreaking pension derisking transactions to overturning two trial courts' rulings regarding pharmaceutical and steel industry workers' overtime, Jones Day's extensive 2012 employment victories landed them a place among Law360's Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2013

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP’s white collar team in 2012 brought a swift end to the highly anticipated trial of Stryker Biotech LLC over alleged off-label marketing and helped other top medical device makers end lengthy criminal probes without charges, earning the team a spot among Law360’s White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2013

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Fish & Richardson

    Fish & Richardson PC's attorneys scored a landmark victory for Mayo Collaborative Services at the U.S. Supreme Court and racked up a pile of wins in life sciences patent cases before the Federal Circuit in 2012, landing the firm a spot on Law360's Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2013

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Bringing together disparate creditor constituencies and bringing home better-than-expected recoveries in billion-dollar bankruptcies such as Washington Mutual Inc. and Dynegy Holdings LLC brought the restructuring pros at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP a place among Law360's Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2013

    Employment Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    From steering the Third Circuit toward a new test for determining joint employer relationships to preventing class certification in wage suits against Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Sunrise Senior Living Management Inc., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's labor and employment practice group scored an impressive series of wins in 2012 that earned the group a spot on Law360's list of Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2013

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP’s life sciences group helped AstraZeneca PLC partner with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in a $7 billion deal to buy a leading diabetes drug maker, one of several representations that earned the firm a spot among Law360’s Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2013

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    The white collar team at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP enjoyed considerable success in 2012, defusing a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation of Morgan Stanley and clearing banking group Intesa Sanpaolo in a probe of U.S. sanctions violations with no charges brought in either case, landing the team a spot on Law360’s White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2013

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells represented the Venezuelan oil industry in several major infrastructure projects last year, including a $3 billion engineering, procurement and construction endeavor to renovate an old refinery, earning it a place on Law360's Project Finance Groups of 2012.

  • January 16, 2013

    Privacy & CP Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP's privacy and data protection practice group secured a victory for LinkedIn Corp. last year by scoring the dismissal of a putative class action that accused the online networking site of transmitting user IDs to third parties, work that helped land the firm a spot among Law360's Privacy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2013

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    The bankruptcy practice group at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP continued a long tradition of managing and litigating large, global restructurings in 2012, negotiating the distribution of more than $6.5 billion to creditors on behalf of Washington Mutual Inc. and winning a major trial for MF Global UK Limited administrators over multibillion-dollar repurchase-to-maturity transactions, earning a spot among Law360’s Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2013

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Willkie Farr

    A focus on complex transactions for some of the leading players in the global property market led to several billion-dollar deals for Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in 2012, earning it a spot on Law360's list of Real Estate Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2013

    Securities Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's securities team continued its success defending companies ensnared in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme and convinced the Second Circuit to take up a UBS AG appeal with broad implications for banks accused of packaging and peddling toxic mortgage-backed securities, earning a place among Law360's Securities Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2013

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP’s appellate attorneys last year convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an $18 million criminal fine against Southern Union Co. and rule that a Federal Communications Commission indecency policy was unconstitutionally vague, earning the firm a spot on Law360’s Appellate Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2013

    Competition Group Of The Year: Wilson Sonsini

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC guided both Netflix Inc. and Live Nation Entertainment Inc. to victory in separate certified antitrust class actions and secured regulatory approval on three continents for Seagate Technology PLC's acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s hard drive business, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Competition Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2013

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Shook Hardy

    For its lead role in defending Philip Morris USA in mass tobacco litigation to securing important trial victories for Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. in Accutane lawsuits and 7-Eleven Inc. in hot fuel multidistrict litigation, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has earned a place on Law360’s list of Product Liability Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 14, 2013

    Bankruptcy Practice Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Morrison & Foerster LLP garnered impressive results for creditors and debtors in 2012, representing Residential Capital LLC during one of the largest restructurings on record and supporting MF Global Inc.'s trustee in collecting billions in assets for creditors, earning it a place among Law360's Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.