Always ready to face its clients' regulatory and litigation challenges head-on, Howrey LLP won clearance for oil field service giant Smith International Inc.'s $11 billion sale in one of the largest deals of last year and successfully defended Merck & Co. Inc. against an onslaught of reverse payment cases, earning it a spot among Law360's Competition Groups of 2010.
Helping Barnes & Noble Inc. secure a win in a bitter proxy fight, working at the forefront of transnational securities fraud litigation and winning a case with implications for third-party liability were among the successes last year that earned Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP a place among Law360's Securities Groups of 2010.
During the past year, the intellectual property practice group at Bingham McCutchen LLP played a vital role in scoring the largest known copyright infringement award in history for its client Oracle Corp., just one of the accomplishments that has landed the firm a spot among Law360's IP Groups of 2010.
With victories under its belt for clients like Verizon Communications Inc. and Xerox Corp. that shaped precedent for litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Covington & Burling LLP has nabbed a spot as one of Law360's Employment Groups of 2010.
In a year packed with major intellectual property rulings, five law firms distinguished themselves from the pack not only for their wins in bet-the-company disputes but also for their work on cases that led to much-needed clarity in murky areas of the law, earning them a spot among Law360's IP Groups of 2010.
Faced with a quiet U.S. antitrust enforcement regime, several law firms' competition practices stood out in 2010 by steering controversial transactions through merger reviews and recording big wins for major corporations in civil antitrust suits, earning them a spot among Law360's Competition Groups Of 2010.
Many law firms posted impressive and precedential employment wins in 2010, but only a few notched achievements on the scale of a landmark sex discrimination victory or the resolution of an epic benefits dispute, earning those firms a spot among Law360's Employment Groups of 2010.
In a year of big decisions and even bigger settlements in the securities arena, a handful of firms stood out for their ability to score results that not only protected their clients but also influenced the future of the law, earning them a spot among Law360's Securities Groups of 2010.