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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 7, 2013

    Environmental Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP's work defending Chevron Corp. and other clients against potentially costly public nuisance claims tied to greenhouse gas emissions and delivering the energy giant a favorable verdict in a key groundwater contamination trial have earned the law firm's expanding environmental practice a spot on Law360's list of 2012 practice groups of the year.

  • January 4, 2013

    IP Group of the Year: Jones Day

    By securing key wins that included reversing a controversial intervening rights ruling, upholding the patentability of human genes and paring down SAP AG's massive damages payment to Oracle Corp., Jones Day proved a formidable force in intellectual property litigation last year, earning the firm a place on Law360's list of IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 4, 2013

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Hunton & Williams

    For its lead role in defeating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's cross-state air pollution rule to its innovative work developing a cap-and-trade program for nutrients entering the Ohio River, Hunton & Williams LLP has earned a place on Law360's list of Environmental Groups of 2012.

  • January 4, 2013

    M&A Group of the Year: Latham & Watkins

    A series of multibillion dollar deals in 2012 and a leading position as transactional counsel for the U.S. energy and life sciences industries have earned Latham & Watkins LLP a spot on Law360's M&A Practice Groups of 2012.

  • January 4, 2013

    Securities Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's successful U.S. Supreme Court attack on the Ninth Circuit's holding that a two-year statute of limitations on insider trading claims was tolled until insiders disclosed trades put the wrap on potentially costly new claims against underwriters and, along with the firm's other work with A-list corporate clientele, won it a spot on Law360's list of Securities Groups of 2012.

  • January 4, 2013

    Energy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Helping some of the energy industry's biggest players — including Kinder Morgan Inc. and General Electric Co. — sew up billion-dollar deals and win high-stakes litigation in 2012 earned Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP a second straight spot on Law360's list of Energy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 3, 2013

    IP Group Of The Year: Fish & Richardson

    Fish & Richardson PC secured a landmark victory for Mayo Collaborative Services at the U.S. Supreme Court in the highest-profile patent ruling of the year and handled cases that established new law on willfulness and declaratory judgment, earning the firm a place on Law360's list of top IP Groups of 2012.

  • January 3, 2013

    M&A Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    In 2012, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures team saw Google Inc. through its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and guided Sony Corp. in the $1.5 billion dissolution of its mobile device joint venture, just two examples of more than a dozen creative deals that secured the group a spot on Law360's list of M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 3, 2013

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Baker Botts

    A wide range of achievements across the environmental spectrum, including the successful challenge of a federal cross-state air pollution rule and the licensing of pioneering radioactive waste disposal and carbon capture projects, has earned attorneys from Baker Botts LLP a place on Law360's list of Environmental Groups of 2012.

  • January 3, 2013

    Energy Group Of The Year: Hunton & Williams

    With growth in its transactional and regulatory practice, continued expansion of its reach in Africa and other parts of the developing world and the addition of a team of experienced attorneys to deepen its bench, 2012 was big enough for Hunton & Williams LLP to be named one of Law360's Energy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 2, 2013

    Energy Group Of The Year: Bracewell & Giuliani

    Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented energy companies in market-moving transactions throughout 2012, including one $38 billion deal that created North America's largest midstream energy company, making the firm's energy practice one of Law360's Energy Groups of 2012.

  • January 2, 2013

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Arnold & Porter

    Arnold & Porter LLP lawyers overturned unprecedented numeric standards for nutrient levels in Florida, scored a ruling that the Clean Air Act preempts state law tort claims over federal emissions violations and helped BP PLC resolve a plethora of environmental issues lingering from the Deepwater Horizon spill, earning them a spot on Law360's list of Environmental Groups of 2012.

  • January 2, 2013

    M&A Group Of The Year: Cravath

    In a year with few megadeals and cautious corporate growth, Cravath closed four deals over $10 billion, including the biggest acquisition in Johnson & Johnson's 125-year history and a $20 billion merger that created a global beer titan, earning a spot among Law360's top five M&A groups of 2012.

  • January 2, 2013

    IP Group Of The Year: Finnegan

    From winning a key precedent on joint patent infringement to helping AOL Inc. score a $1 billion patent deal, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP has used its range of expertise to notch victories for clients over the past year, earning the firm a place on Law360's list of IP Groups of 2012.

  • January 1, 2013

    Law360 Selects Top Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Practice Groups of the Year award.

  • January 31, 2012

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Taking on high-profile cases for the U.S. solar industry that target imports from China, Wiley Rein LLP last year launched the first anti-dumping and countervailing duty litigation in the renewable energy sector, earning the law firm a spot among Law360’s International Trade Groups of 2011.

  • January 31, 2012

    Energy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP had a banner year for energy deals in 2011, capped by its advisement of Kinder Morgan Inc. in the energy pipeline company's groundbreaking $37.8 billion purchase of El Paso Corp. in October, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of Energy Groups of 2011.

  • January 31, 2012

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Wiley Rein LLP guided The Boeing Co. through a high-profile procurement battle that won the aerospace giant a $35 billion contract for aerial tankers, earning the firm the respect of major contractors and a place among Law360's Government Contracts Groups of 2011.

  • January 31, 2012

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Skadden

    When Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. faced a Second Circuit appeal in a class action alleging inadequate disclosures related to the collapse of the $330 billion auction rate securities market, the investment bank turned to attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, who won affirmation of the dismissal over the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's objections — one of many high-profile representations that earned the firm a spot among Law360’s Class Action Groups of 2011.

  • January 30, 2012

    IT Group of the Year: Steptoe

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP kept busy in 2011 helping the Korean government ink its free trade agreement with the U.S. and leading China to a victory over the U.S. in its first-ever World Trade Organization appeal, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of international trade groups of the year.

  • January 30, 2012

    Class Action Group of the Year: Sidley Austin

    In the past year, Sidley Austin LLP attorneys successfully defended AT&T Corp. in one of the largest class actions ever certified and persuaded plaintiffs questioning the integrity of Taco Bell Corp.'s seasoned beef products to drop their suit — just a few examples of why Sidley Austin's class action team is named one of Law360's Class Action Groups of 2011.

  • January 30, 2012

    Energy Group Of The Year: Vinson & Elkins

    Boasting one of the largest energy practice groups in the world and continually taking the lead on some of the biggest power and energy deals in the U.S., the sterling work of Vinson & Elkins LLP's energy team has earned it a place among Law360's Energy Groups of 2011.

  • January 30, 2012

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Vorys Sater

    Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP's government contracts group ensured that Lockheed Martin Corp. exited a qui tam suit over an $87 billion military contract without paying a cent of the billions of dollars sought in damages, making it one of Law360's Government Contracts Groups of 2011.

  • January 27, 2012

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Whether advising the government of South Korea on the U.S. free trade agreement President Barack Obama signed into law in October or winning a rare European Union General Court reversal of anti-dumping measures for LG Electronics, Sidley Austin LLP’s international trade attorneys had a hand in some of the highest profile matters of the year, earning the group a spot among Law360’s International Trade Groups of 2011.

  • January 27, 2012

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a game-changing decision in favor of AT&T Mobility LLC in a closely watched case over class action waivers in arbitration agreements and got a nationwide class decertified in a case against American Honda Motor Co. — just two of several cases that landed Mayer Brown a place among Law360’s Class Action Groups of 2011.