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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 14, 2014

    IP Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    The leaders of the Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's intellectual property team credited the group's diversity and specialization for its big year as the firm repeatedly scored significant litigation and shepherded clients through the complex IP components of high-profile transactions, winning a spot among Law360’s IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 13, 2014

    Securities Group of the Year: Cravath

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in 2013 represented Credit Suisse Group AG in a host of lawsuits stemming from mortgage-backed securities and shepherded PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to a precedent-setting win in litigation over its role as American International Group Inc.’s accountant, earning the firm a place among Law360’s Securities Groups of the Year.

  • January 13, 2014

    Product Liability Group of the Year: Kaye Scholer

    Expanding from its stronghold in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, Kaye Scholer LLP delivered a trial victory to Philip Morris USA Inc. on a $543 million California class action claim, while also clinching court approval of an innovative $1 billion Chinese drywall settlement, earning itself a place among Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 13, 2014

    IP Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    After helping Google Inc. fend off a patent infringement suit over its AdSense program and representing Micron Technology Inc. in a case where Rambus Inc.'s patents were ruled unenforceable, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has earned a spot among Law360's IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 13, 2014

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP's privacy team burnished its reputation as a global ally for businesses handling increasing threats to their data — seeking rapid and discrete legal guidance — and secured key wins for clients including Delta Air Lines Inc., work that earned it a spot on Law360's list of Privacy Practice Groups of 2013.

  • January 13, 2014

    M&A Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Its time-tested method of focusing on teamwork enabled Sullivan & Cromwell LLP to help execute huge transactions in 2013 — from Amgen Inc.'s $10.4 billion acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. to American Greetings Corp.'s $878 million sale to its founding family — landing the firm among Law360's M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 13, 2014

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP's precedent setting victory for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its representation of Avalon Ventures in the formation of a $495 million venture fund, among other key wins and high-end work in 2013, earned the firm a spot on Law360's list of Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 10, 2014

    Product Liability Practice Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day earned a third consecutive berth in Law360’s Product Liability Groups of the Year by pulling out victories for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in arbitration with states over a historic multi-billion dollar settlement and in personal injury and consumer fraud litigation stretching coast to coast.

  • January 10, 2014

    Class Action Group Of the Year: Morgan Lewis

    Guiding Toyota Motor Corp. toward a more than $1 billion settlement in unintended acceleration litigation and securing decisions for Hewlett-Packard Co. in putative consumer and employment class suits are some of the accomplishments that have earned Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP a place among Law360's Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 10, 2014

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Cooley

    No conversation about privacy law in 2013 would be complete without the mention of Cooley LLP’s game-changing results for Facebook Inc. or its high-profile work with Google Inc., evidence of the growing prominence that landed Cooley among Law360’s Privacy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 10, 2014

    Securities Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP had an outstanding year representing the world's top financial institutions in class action against the Royal Bank of Scotland PLC and scoring big victories for banks in Madoff-related lawsuits, earning it a place among Law360's Securities Groups of the Year.

  • January 10, 2014

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    A major victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in June strengthening protections for generic-drug manufacturers from state tort claims capped off an impressive year for Kirkland & Ellis LLP and helped earn the firm a place among Law360's Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 10, 2014

    IP Group Of The Year: Orrick

    Intellectual property attorneys at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP secured a slew of high stakes copyright and patent wins last year, including a groundbreaking victory at the U.S. Supreme Court on the first-sale doctrine, earning the firm a spot on Law360's IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 10, 2014

    M&A Group of the Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s mergers and acquisitions group tapped its capital markets and technology expertise to seal complex deals for Vodafone Group PLC, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. in 2013, earning it recognition as one of Law360’s M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2014

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Bowman And Brooke

    Bowman and Brooke LLP scored huge victories in bellwether trials in both the unintended acceleration litigation against Toyota Motor Corp. and coordinated pain pump injury litigation against Breg Inc., making the firm one of Law360's Product Liability Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2014

    Privacy Group Of The Year: BakerHostetler

    BakerHostetler's privacy and data protection team used its knack for guiding clients through data breach responses to help Schnucks Markets Inc. and Eisenhower Medical Center escape regulatory probes and secure the dismissal of a class action over the loss of data by Omnicell Inc., earning the group a spot among Law360's Privacy Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2014

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn's class action group's win in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles before the U.S. Supreme Court that restored the Class Action Fairness Act's removal power helped shape class action jurisprudence and is already reverberating in lower court cases, earning the group a spot on Law360's list of Class Action Groups of 2013.

  • January 9, 2014

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP delivered for drugmakers on three continents in 2013, spearheading a momentous investment by U.K.-based AstraZeneca PLC, notching numerous litigation triumphs on U.S. soil and helping streamline product approvals in China, placing it among Law360's Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2014

    Appellate Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    In the past year, five Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP attorneys argued a total of seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, obtaining substantial appellate victories in areas including ERISA, biotech patent exhaustion and the development of First Amendment law and earning the firm a spot on Law360’s Appellate Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2014

    IP Group Of The Year: O'Melveny & Myers

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP won two high-profile cases last year over iconic characters, securing the rights to Superman for DC Comics Inc. and to the "Winnie-the-Pooh" franchise for Disney Enterprises Inc., which earned the firm a spot among Law360's IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2014

    M&A Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Morrison & Foerster LLP mergers and acquisitions attorneys harnessed technology, media and telecom expertise to seal several recent high-profile deals, including a pair of showstoppers for Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Corp., earning it billing as one of Law360's M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 8, 2014

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP attorneys' work on challenges to controversial U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules, including greenhouse gas emissions and cross-state air pollution rules currently being weighed by the U.S. Supreme Court, has earned the firm a spot for the fourth straight year among Law360's Environmental Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 8, 2014

    Tax Group Of The Year: Skadden Arps

    The creative legal minds at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP helped guide clients through increasingly complex tax transactions in 2013, including several Sprint Nextel Corp. deals worth a combined $50 billion and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s $8.7 billion purchase of Bausch & Lomb, landing the firm among Law360's Tax Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 8, 2014

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP had a knockout 2013, guiding bankrupt American Airlines Inc. parent AMR Corp. through a merger with US Airways Group Inc. and carrying defunct Lehman Brothers Inc. through the fifth year of its bankruptcy, earning a place among Law360's Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 8, 2014

    IP Group Of The Year: McKool Smith

    McKool Smith PC's intellectual property group proved its patent litigation prowess by netting a $368 million jury verdict against Apple Inc. and winning a precedent-setting Federal Circuit decision for Ultramercial LLC, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2013 IP Practice Groups of the Year.