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 13, 2011

    White Collar Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP garnered favorable resolutions in high-profile criminal investigations for clients such as Bank of America Corp. and Allergan Inc., including the highest settlement of the year in a False Claims Act case, making it one of Law360's White Collar Groups of 2010.

  • January 13, 2011

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Nelson Mullins

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's product liability practice overturned two verdicts against Ford Motor Co. worth nearly $50 million and won a bellwether trial against a woman who accused Wyeth of concealing cancer risks associated with menopause drug Prempro, making it one of Law360’s Product Liability Groups of 2010.

  • January 13, 2011

    Corporate Finance Group Of The Year: Cravath

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP's hat trick in September — thwarting attempted hostile takeovers of its clients Barnes & Noble Inc. and Casey's General Stores Inc. and pushing through a proxy takeover of Airgas Inc. for its client Air Products and Chemicals Inc. — and its work on some of the year's biggest deals earned the firm laurels as one of Law360's Corporate Finance Groups of 2010.

  • January 12, 2011

    Corporate Finance Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    From its role in American International Group Inc.'s divestment efforts to advising BHP Billiton Ltd. in its $39 billion bid for Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has been at the center of some of the most widely observed transactions of the year, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Corporate Finance Groups of 2010.

  • January 12, 2011

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter

    Goodwin Procter LLP has evinced an ability to face down even the most potentially explosive white collar cases, such as the first-ever insider trading case involving credit default swaps, earning the firm a spot among Law360's White Collar Groups of 2010.

  • January 12, 2011

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Bowman & Brooke

    In one of the most closely watched product liability trials of 2010, Bowman and Brooke LLP secured a win for Yamaha Motor Corp. in the first of 174 consolidated personal injury cases over the company's Rhino all-terrain vehicle, one of several reasons the firm earned a place among Law360’s Product Liability Groups of 2010.

  • January 12, 2011

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Brown Rudnick

    A landmark ruling in favor of tort claimants finding that Pfizer Inc. engineered subsidiary Quigley Co. Inc.'s bankruptcy to limit asbestos liability and a $450 million settlement for unsecured creditors in the LyondellBasell Industries NV case are among the victories that have earned Brown Rudnick LLP a spot among Law360's Bankruptcy Groups of 2010.

  • January 11, 2011

    Law360's Bankruptcy Groups Of The Year

    Good bankruptcy lawyering remained a prized skill in the recession-afflicted landscape of 2010, and several firms distinguished themselves with huge wins for huge clients, earning them a spot among Law360's Bankruptcy Groups of 2010.

  • January 11, 2011

    Law360's Corporate Finance Groups Of The Year

    In spite of an overall tame year for mergers and acquisitions, several firms’ corporate finance practices set themselves apart for their role in some of 2010’s most closely watched, complex and innovative transactions, earning them the distinction of being named Law360’s Corporate Finance Groups of 2010.

  • January 11, 2011

    Law360's White Collar Groups Of The Year

    White collar litigation is hotter than ever in light of the massive legislative overhaul of the financial system, but only some firms have secured favorable rulings and resolutions for high-profile clients while maintaining a competitive edge in terms of quality service, earning them a spot among Law360's White Collar Groups of 2010.

  • January 11, 2011

    Law360's Product Liability Groups Of The Year

    In a year marked by high-profile recalls of everything from automobiles to eggs, five firms rose to the top by capitalizing on long-running relationships and trial savvy to shield top-tier clients from potentially crippling losses, placing them among Law360's Product Liability Groups of 2010.

  • January 10, 2011

    Securities Group Of The Year: Paul Weiss

    After the financial crisis hit, Citigroup Inc. faced a mountain of litigation so, as the bank usually does, it turned for help to Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, which won outright victories in some of those cases and negotiated favorable settlements in others, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Securities Groups of 2010.

  • January 10, 2011

    Competition Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    The close-knit relationship between WilmerHale's competition attorneys and its intellectual property lawyers has helped the firm land some huge clients — including Apple Inc., Intel Corp., Cisco Systems Inc. and Cephalon Inc. — caught up in controversial and cutting-edge cases, earning the firm’s antitrust and competition practice group a spot on Law360's Competition Groups of 2010.

  • January 10, 2011

    IP Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    In one of the most important patent cases of 2010, WilmerHale convinced a federal appeals court that Philips Corp.'s joint efforts to develop standard technology for recordable compact discs with Sony Corp. did not amount to patent misuse, just one of the reasons the firm earned a spot among Law360's Intellectual Property Groups of 2010.

  • January 10, 2011

    Employment Group Of The Year: Sanford Wittels

    Sanford Wittels & Heisler LLP won the largest jury verdict in a sex bias employment class action in history in 2010 against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., one of several victories that distinguished the 26-attorney boutique class action firm as one of Law360's Employment Groups of 2010.

  • January 7, 2011

    IP Group Of The Year: Orrick

    From its successful challenge to a court order requiring MGA Entertainment Inc. to abandon its line of Bratz dolls to helping Microsoft Corp. shut down a network of e-mail spammers based in China, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's victories in the past year have earned it a spot among Law360’s IP Groups of 2010.

  • January 7, 2011

    Employment Group of the Year: Morgan Lewis

    In a case with wide implications in the retail industry, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP convinced a federal appeals court in September that NutriSystem Inc.'s sales commissions need not be based on percentages for employees to be exempt from federal overtime law, one of many reasons it has earned a spot among Law360's Employment Groups of 2010.

  • January 7, 2011

    Securities Groups Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP protected its clients last year by landing a high court ruling that ensured the interests of the mutual fund industry and shielding the largest U.S. children's clothing marketer from a regulatory crackdown with a novel nonprosecution agreement, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Securities Groups of 2010.

  • January 7, 2011

    Competition Group Of The Year: Latham

    Through its careful counsel on major mergers and landmark courtroom wins in cases such as Lundbeck Inc.'s defeat of the Federal Trade Commission, Latham & Watkins LLP demonstrated the kind of success and versatility that are hallmarks of Law360's Competition Firms of 2010.

  • January 6, 2011

    IP Group Of The Year: Howrey

    Despite being called upon late in the game to represent DuPont Air Products NanoMaterials LLC in its complex and long-running patent infringement suit against Cabot Microelectronics Corp., Howrey LLP secured a sweeping victory in its client’s favor last year, helping to earn it a spot among Law360’s IP Groups of 2010.

  • January 6, 2011

    Competition Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    With courtroom victories including the dismissal of Redbox Automated Retail LLC's trade restraint lawsuit against Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and the defeat of landmark litigation against Barr Laboratories Inc. over the antibiotic ciprofloxacin, Kirkland & Ellis LLP has earned a spot among Law360's Competition Firms of 2010.

  • January 6, 2011

    Securities Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    In a practice area where trials are rare, the willingness of King & Spalding LLP's securities group to take cases to a jury has netted the firm big wins in 2010 — including one for former Vivendi CEO Jean-Marie Messier — and earned it a place among Law360's Securities Groups of 2010.

  • January 6, 2011

    Employment Group Of The Year: Littler

    Littler Mendelson PC scored a pair of wins in 2010 from the U.S. Supreme Court that helped further define the scope of employment arbitration authority, two of the victories that distinguished it as one of Law360's Employment Groups of 2010.

  • January 5, 2011

    Employment Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    When the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hit Bloomberg LP with a well-publicized pregnancy discrimination suit, the company turned to Jones Day for help, and the firm delivered — including winning the dismissal of all retaliation claims in the case — one of the reasons it earned a spot among Law360's Employment Groups of 2010.

  • January 5, 2011

    Securities Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP kicked off 2010 with a groundbreaking triumph in multidistrict litigation over the market timing of mutual funds, and the strength of the firm's securities litigation victories only grew from there, earning it a spot as one of Law360's Securities Groups of 2010.