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 2, 2014

    Environmental Group Of The Year: DLA Piper

    DLA Piper's environmental group toppled a staggering $1 billion punitive damages award against Exxon Mobil Corp. in landmark litigation over a major gas leak before Maryland's highest court, securing its place among Law360's Environmental Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 2, 2014

    Energy Group Of The Year: Bracewell & Giuliani

    Guiding billion-dollar deals for energy giants such as Kinder Morgan Inc. helped earn Bracewell & Giuliani LLP a spot on Law360’s list of Energy Practice Groups of the Year for the second time in a row, but it’s the firm’s all-in approach to the energy industry that makes that deal-making possible.

  • January 2, 2014

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn broke barriers in 2013 as it guided Bahrain-based Arcapita Bank BSC through the first U.S. reorganization that complies with Islamic financial law, landing itself a spot among Law360's Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 2, 2014

    M&A Group Of The Year: Cravath

    Attorneys at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP tapped into long-standing client relationships to seal some of the past year's most notable and transformative deals, including over a dozen worth more than $1 billion, outpacing rivals and landing among Law360's M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 1, 2014

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 is pleased to announce the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards, given to firms that excelled at getting the job done for clients in litigation and deals in 2013.

  • January 31, 2013

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: McKenna Long

    McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP's government contracts group crafted winning arguments in a multimillion-dollar “contractor on the battlefield” case involving Kellogg Brown & Root LLC and represented the Boeing Co. in the largest termination for default case in history, earning itself a spot among Law360’s Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2013

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Helping U.S. solar and wind tower manufacturers score approvals for stiff countervailing and anti-dumping duties on imported renewable energy products from China are among the wins that have earned Wiley Rein LLP a place among Law360's International Trade Groups of 2012.

  • January 30, 2013

    Class Action Practice Group of the Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP secured major class action victories in 2012 on behalf of both plaintiffs, in antitrust litigation against the nation's largest railroad companies, and defendants, in a data disclosure suit against IBM Corp., making the firm's team one of Law360's Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2013

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Over the past year, Wiley Rein LLP’s insurance experts have scored significant wins in a diverse range of coverage matters, including multimillion-dollar securities litigation involving Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and a notorious juvenile detention center bribery scandal, earning the firm its second consecutive appearance on Law360's list of Insurance Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2013

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Paul Weiss

    Helping Warner Music Group Cprp. navigate intellectual property challenges presented by its $3.3 billion sale to Access Industries Inc. and defending the National Football League as it faces a wave of lawsuits over former players' head injuries are just two of the high-profile representations that earned Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP a spot among Law360's Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2013

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Despite a dampened deal market in 2012, attorneys at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP harnessed the diversity of their client roster to land more than a dozen billion-dollar deals, including a record-setter in China, earning a spot among Law360's Private Equity Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2013

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP helped BAE Systems PLC win an $800 million ammunition manufacturing contract from an incumbent with decades of experience, while scoring victories in two high-profile cases involving organizational conflicts of interest, earning it a place among Law360's Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2013

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Labaton Sucharow

    Labaton Sucharow LLP secured more than $2.3 billion in class action settlements for plaintiffs in high-stakes securities and antitrust matters in 2012, including a $725 million deal in litigation against American International Group Inc. and a $295 million pact with The Bear Stearns Cos. Inc., earning it a place among Law360's Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2013

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Standing behind some of 2012's largest fundraisings and more complex private equity deals, such as the $6.7 billion stake sale of a European pharmacy operator to Walgreen Co., is a well-oiled Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP team that has earned a spot on Law360's Private Equity Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2013

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: O'Melveny

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP landed the creators of "Call of Duty" a "life-changing" settlement to end their dispute with Activision Blizzard Inc., helped Warner Bros. Entertainment maintain control of its "Superman" rights and assisted in Lions Gate Entertainment's emergence as an industry heavyweight, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2013

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP's international trade attorneys helped LG Electronics beat anti-dumping and countervailing duties in an important U.S. International Trade Commission ruling and secured a major victory in Louis Vuitton Malletier SA's counterfeiting battle, earning them a spot among Law360's International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2013

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's insurance practice defeated on appeal two long-running asbestos cases worth $1 billion against longtime client Travelers Indemnity Co. and its affiliates, solidifying its position among Law360's Insurance Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2013

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    The government contracts group at Hogan Lovells had a banner year in 2012, securing back-to-back wins for Lockheed Martin Corp. in deftly fending off a pair of bid protests to contract awards worth hundreds of millions of dollars, landing the team among Law360's Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2013

    Insurance Group Of The Year: O'Melveny & Myers

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP's ability to win insurers a say in a reorganization plan in one bankruptcy and to outsmart a state intent on saddling its client with almost $70 million in workers' compensation costs in another is what makes the firm's insurance team a Law360 Insurance Practice Group of the Year.

  • January 28, 2013

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring LLP's tenacity for its government contracts clients, from fending off more than a dozen challenges to a $220 million military health care award to finally scoring a client $10 billion worldwide criminal justice development contract after three rounds of protests, has earned the firm a spot among Law360's Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2013

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP led two of the world's largest private equity firms — Bain Capital LLC and TPG Capital — in several multibillion-dollar, cross-border transactions in the last year while maintaining a global presence in middle-market private equity deals, earning a spot on Law360's Private Equity Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2013

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Munger Tolles

    Entertainment attorneys from Munger Tolles & Olson LLP tackled legal challenges ranging from securing approval for Universal Music Group Inc.'s $1.9 billion purchase of EMI Group Ltd. to fending off reality television copyright accusations for ABC Inc., earning themselves a spot on Law360's list of Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2013

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP helped BP PLC ink an estimated $7.8 billion in class action settlements last year covering economic and property damages and medical claims in multidistrict litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, work that helped place the firm among Law360's Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2013

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP's attorneys successfully represented Japan in disputes over the United States' use of a controversial method of calculating anti-dumping duties and secured major victories for aviation giant Airbus SAS in its epic dispute over European Union subsidies, earning them a spot among Law360's International Trade Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2013

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Lawyers with Latham & Watkins LLP's insurance group scored big in 2012, recovering hundreds of millions for clients and advancing novel legal arguments that could eliminate a long-standing defense used in California by insurers to avoid payouts, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Insurance Practice Groups of the Year.