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 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.

  • January 11, 2012

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig

    Greenberg Traurig LLP’s decision to test the waters on a recently issued U.S. Supreme Court ruling over the summer helped the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation practice win a swift dismissal of a product liability suit against Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Product Liability Groups of 2011.

  • January 11, 2012

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s restructuring group recently sealed a landmark environmental settlement in the reorganization of Tronox Inc. and solidified its strong reputation in real estate bankruptcies by shepherding the sale of Innkeepers USA Trust and adjusting to difficult circumstances on the fly, earning it a place among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of 2011.

  • January 11, 2012

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig

    Greenberg Traurig LLP started 2011 with the year's biggest single-asset real estate deal – the sale of a 2.9 million-square-foot New York building to Google Inc. — and closed it with a flurry of activity that promises to reshape skylines from Manhattan to Mexico, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Real Estate Practice Groups of 2011.

  • January 11, 2012

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Munger Tolles

    Attorneys from Munger Tolles & Olson LLP helped entertainment industry players through many of their highest stakes matters in 2011 — from enforcing copyrights for major record companies and movie studios to guiding Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. through its headline-grabbing dispute with Charlie Sheen — earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of Media & Entertainment Groups of 2011.

  • January 11, 2012

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP's insurance practice group helped Tyson Foods Inc. score coverage for $30 million in defense costs tied to environmental litigation and struck favorable settlement deals for investor clients and Duke University, making it one of Law360's Insurance Groups of 2011.

  • January 11, 2012

    Competition Group Of The Year: O'Melveny & Myers

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP's litigators convinced a jury to nix antitrust conspiracy claims against Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and scored major appellate wins for eBay Inc. and Asiana Airlines Inc. in 2011, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of Competition Groups of 2011.

  • January 10, 2012

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Dewey & LeBoeuf

    Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP attorneys guided Los Angeles Dodgers LLC through its July Chapter 11 filing, helped insurer Ambac Financial Group Inc. through its restructuring and were tapped to represent unsecured creditors in the massive MF Global Holdings Ltd. bankruptcy, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of 2011.

  • January 10, 2012

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Attorneys at Jenner & Block LLP were involved in some of the biggest cases that promised to revolutionize the media and entertainment industry this past year — including the U.S. Supreme Court case that held violence in video games was protected by the First Amendment — securing the firm a spot on Law360’s Media & Entertainment Groups of 2011.