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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 8, 2014

    Energy Group Of The Year: Vinson & Elkins

    The Vinson & Elkins LLP energy team was behind not only some of 2013&rsquo

  • January 8, 2014

    M&A Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP's mergers and acquisitions attorneys channeled industry experience and teamwork to ink some of 2013's largest and most complex deals, including the $35.1 billion merger of Omnicom Group Inc. with Publicis Group, earning the team a spot on Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 7, 2014

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP’s environmental team cemented its place at the forefront of climate change regulation in 2013, helping a coalition of industry players influence new rules for power plant emissions, and won a rare stay of a Clean Air Act rule on behalf of Edison Mission Energy and others, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Environmental Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 7, 2014

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP's restructuring, insolvency and workouts practice guided US Airways Group Inc. through its merger with bankrupt American Airlines Inc. parent AMR Corp., creating the world's largest airline, and deftly took A123 Systems Inc. through a cross-border restructuring fraught with political uncertainty, landing it a spot among Law360's Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • January 7, 2014

    Energy Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's energy practice stood out this year, helping clients close several multibillion-dollar deals — including Crestwood Midstream Partners LP's $8 billion midstream partnership with Inergy Midstream LP — that earned it a spot among Law360's 2013 Energy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 7, 2014

    Appellate Group of the Year: Latham & Watkins

    The appellate team at Latham & Watkins LLP in 2013 argued four high-profile cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and shut down the governor of Pennsylvania&rsquo

  • January 7, 2014

    M&A Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    The combination of creative minds working at Kirkland & Ellis LLP helped it close a series of complicated deals in 2013, including 3G Capital Management LLC's $28 billion acquisition of H.J. Heinz Co. and Clearwire Corp.'s $3.6 billion sale to Sprint Nextel Corp., landing the firm among Law360's M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 7, 2014

    Tax Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Tax attorneys at Morrison & Foerster LLP guided billions of dollars in acquisitions involving Sprint Corp., Toshiba TEC and Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. in the past year and monitored the tax consequences of the Residential Capital LLC bankruptcy case, landing them among Law360’s Tax Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 7, 2014

    IP Group Of The Year: K&L Gates

    The intellectual property team at K&L Gates LLP scored a bevy of high-profile wins over the past year, with none more eye-catching than the $1.16 billion judgment it snagged on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University in a patent infringement suit against Marvell Technology Group Ltd., securing the firm a spot among Law360's IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 6, 2014

    Appellate Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP's appellate attorneys last year convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to adopt a stricter standard for plaintiffs to prove Title VII employment retaliation claims, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Appellate Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 6, 2014

    IP Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

    Helping CLS Bank International secure an en banc Federal Circuit ruling in a patent dispute over software involving abstract ideas and T-Mobile USA Inc. beat big-money patent infringement claims, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP'

  • January 6, 2014

    Tax Group of the Year: Davis Polk & Wardwell

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP attorneys advised clients on the tax implications of some of the largest deals of 2013 — including multibillion-dollar transactions involving H.J. Heinz Co. and Comcast Corp. — earning them a spot among Law360's Tax Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 6, 2014

    Energy Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day's energy practice group advised OGE Energy Corp. in its formation of an $11 billion master limited partnership venture with CenterPoint Energy Inc. and counseled Marathon Petroleum Corp. in its purchase of the troubled Texas City refinery for $2.4 billion, earning a spot among Law360's Energy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 6, 2014

    M&A Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    A first-of-its-kind cross-border tie-up of two semiconductor giants and a slew of record-setting deals in a hot energy market are among Jones Day's many feats that landed its mergers and acquisitions attorneys a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 6, 2014

    Bankruptcy Group of the Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    With the creativity, care and skill that have come to typify Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the firm stewarded bankruptcy cases for prominent clients including Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc., OGX Petroleo & Gas Participacoes SA and Hawker Beechcraft Corp., meriting a spot among Law360's Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 6, 2014

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    From taking a lead role on BP America Inc.'s team in the vast Deepwater Horizon litigation to thwarting an effort to reopen old asbestos settlements to handling the environmental analysis required in Bain Capital Partners LLC's $1.6 billion acquisition of a global tool manufacturer, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's environmental attorneys have earned their spot on Law360's Environmental Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 3, 2014

    Energy Group of the Year: Covington & Burling

    Helping the American Petroleum Institute win favorable outcomes in several high-profile court cases and playing a role in a number of significant industry deals, Covington & Burling LLP's recent work in the energy industry has earned it a spot among Law360's Energy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 3, 2014

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day's successful representation of a Michigan man in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case whose decision allowed inmates to file federal habeas corpus petitions after their convictions, if their innocence could be sufficiently proven, helped the firm earn a place among Law360's Appellate Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 3, 2014

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Hunton & Williams

    The Hunton & Williams LLP environmental team is playing a lead role in two challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rulemaking regarding greenhouse gas emissions and cross-state air pollution, landing the practice group on Law360's list of Environmental Groups of 2013.

  • January 3, 2014

    M&A Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Deal makers at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP drew on expertise in a range of industries to land some of the biggest M&A wins of 2013 — including the year's biggest media deal and a multibillion-dollar energy company takeover — landing them among Law360's M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 3, 2014

    Tax Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    Attorneys at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP used their creativity and legal skill to guide clients through choppy tax waters in 2013, including Overseas Shipholding Group Inc.'s Chapter 11 reorganization and Google Inc.'s $2.35 billion sale of Motorola Home, landing the firm among Law360's Tax Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 3, 2014

    IP Group Of The Year: Fish & Richardson

    The intellectual property attorneys at IP-centric Fish & Richardson PC once again handled more patent litigation than any other law firm last year, in the process securing the firm a slew of big-name victories and a spot on Law360’s IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 3, 2014

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day helped Detroit secure Chapter 9 relief in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history and negotiated sales of Hostess Brands Inc.'s assets that brought the iconic baker more than $860 million, earning the firm a place among Law360's Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 2, 2014

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn clinched a blockbuster victory for the gay rights movement when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that backers of California’s ban on same-sex marriages lacked standing to defend the law, in a decision that cleared the way for gay couples to tie the knot in the state, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Appellate Practice Groups of 2013.

  • January 2, 2014

    IP Group Of The Year: Finnegan

    Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP secured a win for SAP America Inc. in the first-ever decision in an America Invents Act patent challenge and handled a case that established that copyright can be transferred electronically, landing the firm among Law360's IP Practice Groups of the Year.