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 25, 2013

    Class Action Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP rescued several companies from costly class actions in 2012, protecting The Home Depot Inc. from a $400 million class action over its employee retirement plan and resolving a years-long battle over GlaxoSmithKline PLC's antidepressant Paxil — which earned it a spot as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2013

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Paul Weiss

    A dedication to pursuing sophisticated private equity fundraisings and transactions for the industry's largest clients led to several blockbuster deals for the private equity group of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, earning it a spot on Law360's PE Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2013

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Katten Muchin

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP's media and entertainment attorneys ended 2012 with a trail of trial victories and successful deals for high-profile clients, including Michael Jackson's estate and the distributor of the hit film "Drive," earning themselves a spot among Law360's Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2013

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Curtis

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP’s newly launched international trade practice started with a splash, as a landmark victory overturning the U.S. Department of Commerce’s imposition of countervailing duties against nonmarket economies including China helped place it among Law360's International Trade Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2013

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Arnold & Porter

    The government contracts pros at Arnold & Porter LLP had the Beltway buzzing in 2012, notching precedential wins against Uncle Sam that protected the rights of clients such as Systems Application & Technologies Inc. and Raytheon Co., established rights for contractors in general and helped earn the firm a place among Law360's Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2013

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    With nearly 350 attorneys and almost as many clients, Kirkland & Ellis LLP boasts what is likely Big Law's biggest and broadest private equity practice. In 2012, it proved it was one of its most capable, too, tackling a dozen billion-dollar buyouts from large-cap investors and covering the middle market from Chicago to Shanghai.

  • January 24, 2013

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Anderson Kill

    Anderson Kill & Olick PC’s insurance recovery attorneys compelled insurers to cough up coverage for the Stringfellow Acid Pits Superfund cleanup and helped to create Ohio law surrounding insurance coverage for retail computer hacking incidents, landing the firm a spot among Law360’s Insurance Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2013

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP won a landmark decision for independent television networks when it convinced the Federal Communications Commission that Comcast Cable Communications LLC discriminated against Tennis Channel Inc. by placing the channel on a more expensive cable-sports package, helping the firm earn a spot on Law360's Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2013

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Playing a key role in opening up China’s auto insurance market to international players and preventing Samsung Electronics Co. from facing hundreds of millions of dollars in anti-dumping duties were just two of the major achievements landing Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP among Law360’s International Trade Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2013

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Securing a groundbreaking early dismissal of an all-natural labeling suit against PepsiCo Inc. was among the recent notable achievements for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP attorneys that landed the firm among Law360's Class Action Practice Groups of the Year for the third consecutive time.

  • January 23, 2013

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: White & Case

    White & Case LLP has advised sponsors of the world's biggest petrochemical plant, guided lenders in financing Brazilian drill ships and offshore wind, and put together the first post-2008 syndicated loan to cover construction risk, earning it a place among Law360's Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2013

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Winston & Strawn

    Winston & Strawn LLP's white collar team added to its already deep stable of former federal prosecutors in 2012, while shepherding high-profile defendants like Illinois political insider William Cellini and Spectranetics Corp. CEO John Schulte past the heftiest charges against them at trial, earning the team a place among Law360’s White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2013

    Employment Group Of The Year: Seyfarth Shaw

    With an innovative approach that helped it secure a first-of-a-kind dismissal of discrimination claims against Family Dollar Stores Inc. and decertify class in a wage-and-hour suit against Allstate Insurance Co., Seyfarth Shaw LLP had a year worthy of a spot among Law360's Employment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2013

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP's innovative work on high-stakes data breach cases involving Sony Corp. and Heartland Payment Systems Inc. and several pioneering data security cases in 2012 landed the firm on Law360's list of top Privacy and Consumer Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2013

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    From its work on a number of multibillion-dollar deals to its success in high-stakes litigation and luring over a number of top attorneys, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's versatility has helped to earn it a spot on Law360's Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2013

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Orrick

    When the country’s largest power provider, the Tennessee Valley Authority, sought financing for its cleaner energy goals in an unyielding climate of federal budget constraints, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP worked to devise an unusual lease purchase structure to help secure a $1 billion financing deal, landing it among Law360’s Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2013

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP's white collar practice combines the tight-knit feel of a boutique law shop with the backing and resources a larger firm affords, earning the group an impressive roster of clients like Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s Lloyd Blankfein, along with a place on Law360's list of White Collar Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2013

    Privacy & CP Group Of The Year: Perkins Coie

    Perkins Coie LLP's full-service approach to providing companies with coordinated expertise from top litigation, regulatory and counseling attorneys has landed the firm an impressive roster of high-profile clients like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. and secured it a place on Law360's list of Consumer Protection and Privacy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2013

    Employment Group Of The Year: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP's labor and employment lawyers won a blockbuster overtime case at the U.S. Supreme Court for drug company GlaxoSmithKline and helped bankrupt American Airlines Inc. make crucial moves to cut labor costs, two of the achievements that earned them a place among Law360's Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2013

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    When GlaxoSmithKline PLC found itself snared in a colossal fraud investigation, Sidley Austin LLP helped the pharmaceutical giant avoid being booted from Medicare and Medicaid, one of many triumphs that earned the firm a place among Law360's Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2013

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP inked a creative deal to end a civil forfeiture case against online poker company PokerStars and helped a key witness in the Raj Rajaratnam trial bag a noncustodial sentence for his own crimes this past year, work that helped place the firm among Law360's White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2013

    Employment Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Employment attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP notched many notable wins last year, but in finally settling the lingering question of whether California employers are required to ensure that meal breaks are taken, the firm easily earned itself a spot on Law360's Employment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2013

    Privacy Group of the Year: Morrison & Foerster

    For not only helping defend clients against several major data security class actions but also for its work staying on top of legal and technological trends to help avoid litigation, Morrison Foerster has earned a spot among Law360’s top privacy and Consumer Protection Practice Groups of The Year.

  • January 18, 2013

    Project Finance Group of the Year: Nossaman

    Nossaman LLP represented the Virginia Department of Transportation in arranging financing for the $2.1 billion Midtown Tunnel project in Hampton Roads, the largest transportation project undertaken in nearly 30 years, helping it earn a spot on Law360's Project Finance Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2013

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Skadden

    A year chock-full of pharmaceutical tie-ups, including the $29.1 billion megamerger between Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc., earned Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP a place on Law360's list of Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.