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 19, 2012

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring

    A cross-firm, integrated approach to cases and a strong sense of teamwork helped Crowell & Moring LLP's white collar and regulatory enforcement group to such 2011 wins as a complete defense victory for Blackwater Worldwide Inc.'s founder in a False Claims Act case — and landed the team among Law360's White Collar Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2012

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    The appellate group at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP notched a landmark victory for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that reshaped class action law and a helped limit the scope of liability for securities fraud in a case involving Janus Capital Group Inc., earning the firm a spot on Law360’s Appellate Groups of 2011.

  • January 18, 2012

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    With more than 300 attorneys who work in the world of private equity, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is an 800-pound gorilla in the buyout jungle. Despite a down year for the industry overall, the Chicago-based firm worked 174 deals totaling $33 billion in 2011 and also expanded its practice abroad, earning it a spot on Law360's list of Private Equity Groups of 2011.

  • January 18, 2012

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Covington

    The previous year saw Covington & Burling LLP's white collar defense and investigations group defend high-profile companies and individuals in jurisdictions stretching from Washington to Kiev, and in cases ranging from pharmaceutical and securities enforcement to high-stakes political persecutions, earning the group a spot on Law360's list of White Collar Groups of 2011.

  • January 18, 2012

    Health Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Winning a Medicare reimbursement victory over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this year worth hundreds of millions of dollars for hospitals around the country helped Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's health industry practice earn a place among Law360's Health Groups of 2011.

  • January 18, 2012

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    In a long-planned move that turned the world of consumer class action law on its head, the appellate team at Mayer Brown LLP successfully argued AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion before the U.S. Supreme Court, earning the firm a top spot on Law360’s Appellate Groups of 2011.

  • January 18, 2012

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Taking advantage of the alternative energy loan guarantee program spearheaded by the Obama administration, the project finance team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP leveraged its renewable energy experience to close some of the biggest project deals in the U.S. last year, earning it a spot among Law360's Project Finance Groups of 2011.

  • January 17, 2012

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Winston

    Winston & Strawn LLP attorneys represented Yahoo Inc. and online video site Veoh Networks Inc. in cases that helped determine the legal standard for user-generated content and copyright infringement, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Media and Entertainment Groups of 2011.

  • January 17, 2012

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    The bankruptcy team at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP grabbed public attention in 2011 with its resolution of massive restructurings that shook the world after the recent financial crisis, including those of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and General Motors Co., earning the team a spot as one of Law360's Bankruptcy Groups of 2011.

  • January 17, 2012

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has helped shield big drug companies like Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. Inc. from multidistrict litigation over blockbuster drugs like Neurontin, Fosamax and Vioxx, racking up a string of victories that earned the firm a place among Law360's Product Liability Groups of 2011.

  • January 17, 2012

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has worked on some of the most important deals of the year, from its cutting-edge transactions for real estate investment trusts to refinancing construction at the World Trade Center site, earning it a spot among Law360's Real Estate Groups of 2011.

  • January 17, 2012

    Antitrust Group Of The Year: White & Case

    With trillions of dollars in potential damages on the line, the antitrust team from White & Case LLP successfully defended the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. against claims it restricted supply to keep prices artificially inflated, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of top Antitrust Groups of 2011.

  • January 17, 2012

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Wiley Rein LLP helped a family law attorney insured by CNA Insurance Co. escape a Nobel Prize winner's malpractice claims and convinced courts that certain directors and officers policies do not cover the costs of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, earning it a place among Law360's Insurance Groups of 2011.

  • January 13, 2012

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP’s defense verdicts in a bellwether case in the New York multidistrict litigation over Merck & Co. osteoporosis drug Fosamax and in a Florida Engle progeny suit against Big Tobacco clients were among some of the against-all-odds victories that vaulted the firm into a spot among Law360’s Product Liability Groups of 2011.

  • January 13, 2012

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Although the sudden collapse of MF Global Holdings Ltd. grabbed the headlines, it's been Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's work redefining restructuring laws with its service for Centro Properties Group and orchestrating an innovative auction for Dish Network Corp. that catapulted the firm onto Law360's Bankruptcy Groups of 2011.

  • January 13, 2012

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP aided private equity giant The Blackstone Group LP in its $9.4 billion acquisition of Centro Properties Group's massive U.S. mall portfolio — the biggest real estate deal since the financial crisis — helping it earn a place on Law360's list of Real Estate Groups of 2011.

  • January 13, 2012

    Antitrust Group Of The Year: Skadden

    The antitrust practice at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP played a key role in several of the most important competition matters of the year, from leading Sprint Nextel Corp.'s challenge to AT&T Inc.'s merger with T-Mobile USA Inc. to securing dismissal of litigation over Southwest Airlines Co.'s acquisition of AirTran Airways, earning it a spot on Law360's list of Antitrust Groups of 2011.

  • January 13, 2012

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Skadden Arps

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP guided HealthSpring Inc. through its planned $3.8 billion acquisition by Cigna Corp. and won an appeals battle for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., revealing its broad insurance expertise and earning it a place among Law360's Insurance Groups of 2011.

  • January 13, 2012

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    When EchoStar Satellite LLC accused a group of  Walt Disney Co. networks of breach of contract, it was Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's grasp on the complex technology at issue that saved the day, preserving $56 million for the broadcasters and earning Weil a place among Law360's Media and Entertainment Groups of 2011.

  • January 12, 2012

    Bankruptcy Group of the Year: Sidley Austin

    After electricity producer Dynegy Holdings LLC filed for Chapter 11 protection in November, shadowed by bondholders' doubts about the validity of its filing, its attorneys from Sidley Austin LLP were soon able to resolve the dispute and keep the case on track, helping the firm earn a place among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of 2011.

  • January 12, 2012

    Competition Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP scored a win in one of the highest-profile antitrust jury trials of last year when a California jury cleared Micron Technology Inc. in Rambus Inc.’s $12 billion case alleging Micron took part in a conspiracy to push it out of the dynamic random access memory chip market, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Competition Groups of 2011.

  • January 12, 2012

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Pryor Cashman

    Pryor Cashman LLP drew on years of experience in the entertainment business to help guide titans of the industry through several high-profile disputes in the past year, from resolving copyright feuds for several artists and record labels to assisting EMI Group through its ongoing battle over digital music storage services, earning the firm a place on Law360's list of Media & Entertainment Groups of 2011.

  • January 12, 2012

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Bolstered by a series of high-profile additions, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's real estate group advised Anglo Irish Bank Corp. on the blockbuster sale of its $9.5 billion U.S. real estate portfolio and repeatedly closed complex equity deals in a handful of days, earning it a place among Law360's Real Estate Groups of 2011.

  • January 12, 2012

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Kasowitz

    Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP attorneys persuaded the Second Circuit that MBIA Inc.'s directors and officers policies covered costs stemming from special litigation committees and government probes into alleged accounting fraud — clearing up a murky area of insurance law and earning the firm a spot among Law360's Insurance Groups of 2011.

  • January 12, 2012

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day earned a spot on Law360’s list of Product Liability Groups of 2011 by going big: It successfully defended big companies like Yamaha Motor Corp., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and The Sherwin-Williams Co. in product liability cases that were part of big, multidistrict litigation.