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 10, 2013

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s appellate attorneys convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse Ninth Circuit law regarding derivative claim limits and to rule that consumers aren’t guaranteed a right to sue credit-repair companies, landing the firm a spot among Law360’s Appellate Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2013

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Bowman And Brooke

    In the span of a month, Bowman and Brooke LLP delivered two verdicts for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. in two states over completely different alleged defects, showcasing the impressive depth that makes it one of Law360's Product Liability Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2013

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Fried Frank

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP helped Cornell University land an agreement to develop a $2 billion science campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island and represented Morgan Stanley and Co. Inc. in the city’s largest lease of the year, earning it a place as one of Law360’s Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2013

    Health Practice Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP rolled the dice by refusing to settle an $895 million False Claims Act case with the federal government, and hit the jackpot when a judge found no evidence its nursing home client had engaged in illegal kickback activity — one reason the firm landed a place among Law360’s Health Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2013

    Antitrust Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's antitrust team steered Google Inc. through its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and helped secure clearance of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc.'s $2.3 billion merger with Hertz Global Holdings Inc., two of the achievements that earned Cleary a spot among Law360's Antitrust Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2013

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's appellate team secured a major U.S. Supreme Court win granting private individuals contracted for government work the same qualified immunity given to government employees, earning it a spot among Law360's Appellate Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 8, 2013

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP attorneys leveraged their regulatory and litigation experience to convince courts to strike down a pair of federal air emissions rules and a state carbon fuel standard and to help NCR Corp. escape arranger liability in a suit over the $1 billion cleanup of the nation's largest Superfund site, earning them a place among Law360's Environmental Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 8, 2013

    IP Practice Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Winning a billion-dollar jury verdict for Apple Inc. probably would have been enough, but Morrison & Foerster LLP's intellectual property attorneys also racked up a slew of other major victories last year, more than earning the firm a spot on Law360’s IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 8, 2013

    Energy Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Lawyers from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP took a lead role in several multibillion-dollar, game-changing electric utility deals over the past year, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of Energy Groups of the Year.

  • January 8, 2013

    M&A Group Of The Year: Skadden

    For its work negotiating deals on behalf of clients across multiple continents and industries, including Sprint Nextel Corp.'s $20 billion sale of a 70 percent stake to Softbank Corp., Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has once again landed on Law360's list of M&A Groups of the Year.

  • January 7, 2013

    Securities Group Of The Year: Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's securities group last year helped high-profile clients fend off several investor lawsuits, including three that targeted Hewlett-Packard Co., earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of Securities Groups of 2012.

  • January 7, 2013

    M&A Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Parlaying its robust presence in red-hot Japan into several multibillion-dollar deals that redefined industries, Morrison & Foerster LLP flexed its cross-border dealmaking muscle throughout last year to earn a spot among Law360's top M&A groups for 2012.

  • January 7, 2013

    Energy Group Of The Year: Vinson & Elkins

    Between closing several multibillion dollar energy sector deals and establishing a unique, winning defense approach for toxic torts, Vinson & Elkins LLP's energy practice once again has secured a spot on Law360's list of Energy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 7, 2013

    IP Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    By guiding Google Inc. to a widely publicized win in Oracle Corp.’s mobile device patent and copyright infringement suit and scoring dozens of other victories for both large and small companies, King & Spalding LLP’s intellectual property practice landed itself among Law360’s IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 7, 2013

    Environmental Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP's work defending Chevron Corp. and other clients against potentially costly public nuisance claims tied to greenhouse gas emissions and delivering the energy giant a favorable verdict in a key groundwater contamination trial have earned the law firm's expanding environmental practice a spot on Law360's list of 2012 practice groups of the year.

  • January 4, 2013

    IP Group of the Year: Jones Day

    By securing key wins that included reversing a controversial intervening rights ruling, upholding the patentability of human genes and paring down SAP AG's massive damages payment to Oracle Corp., Jones Day proved a formidable force in intellectual property litigation last year, earning the firm a place on Law360's list of IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 4, 2013

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Hunton & Williams

    For its lead role in defeating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's cross-state air pollution rule to its innovative work developing a cap-and-trade program for nutrients entering the Ohio River, Hunton & Williams LLP has earned a place on Law360's list of Environmental Groups of 2012.

  • January 4, 2013

    M&A Group of the Year: Latham & Watkins

    A series of multibillion dollar deals in 2012 and a leading position as transactional counsel for the U.S. energy and life sciences industries have earned Latham & Watkins LLP a spot on Law360's M&A Practice Groups of 2012.

  • January 4, 2013

    Securities Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's successful U.S. Supreme Court attack on the Ninth Circuit's holding that a two-year statute of limitations on insider trading claims was tolled until insiders disclosed trades put the wrap on potentially costly new claims against underwriters and, along with the firm's other work with A-list corporate clientele, won it a spot on Law360's list of Securities Groups of 2012.

  • January 4, 2013

    Energy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Helping some of the energy industry's biggest players — including Kinder Morgan Inc. and General Electric Co. — sew up billion-dollar deals and win high-stakes litigation in 2012 earned Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP a second straight spot on Law360's list of Energy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 3, 2013

    IP Group Of The Year: Fish & Richardson

    Fish & Richardson PC secured a landmark victory for Mayo Collaborative Services at the U.S. Supreme Court in the highest-profile patent ruling of the year and handled cases that established new law on willfulness and declaratory judgment, earning the firm a place on Law360's list of top IP Groups of 2012.

  • January 3, 2013

    M&A Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    In 2012, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures team saw Google Inc. through its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and guided Sony Corp. in the $1.5 billion dissolution of its mobile device joint venture, just two examples of more than a dozen creative deals that secured the group a spot on Law360's list of M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 3, 2013

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Baker Botts

    A wide range of achievements across the environmental spectrum, including the successful challenge of a federal cross-state air pollution rule and the licensing of pioneering radioactive waste disposal and carbon capture projects, has earned attorneys from Baker Botts LLP a place on Law360's list of Environmental Groups of 2012.

  • January 3, 2013

    Energy Group Of The Year: Hunton & Williams

    With growth in its transactional and regulatory practice, continued expansion of its reach in Africa and other parts of the developing world and the addition of a team of experienced attorneys to deepen its bench, 2012 was big enough for Hunton & Williams LLP to be named one of Law360's Energy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 2, 2013

    Energy Group Of The Year: Bracewell & Giuliani

    Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented energy companies in market-moving transactions throughout 2012, including one $38 billion deal that created North America's largest midstream energy company, making the firm's energy practice one of Law360's Energy Groups of 2012.