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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 27, 2012

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Morrison & Foerster LLP's government contracts group successfully defended DynCorp International LLC's award of a $1 billion U.S. Army contract and helped Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. protect its confidential contract information last year, making it one of Law360's Government Contracts Groups of 2011.

  • January 27, 2012

    Energy Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    A new Houston office, where about a dozen attorneys are winning market share from deep-rooted Texas oil and gas law firms, is the highlight of a strong 2011 for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, one of Law360's Energy Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2012

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's skilled trial attorneys beat back large, long-running class actions against clients Raytheon Co., The Dow Chemical Co. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., earning them a spot among Law360's Class Action Practice Groups of 2011.

  • January 26, 2012

    International Trade Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP attorneys have scored victories for U.S. aluminum extrusions producers in one of the largest trade remedy investigations of Chinese imports ever conducted and helped California cement makers lobby for changes to the state's cap-and-trade regime — just two of many achievements that sealed King & Spalding's place among Law360's International Trade Groups of 2011.

  • January 26, 2012

    Energy Group Of The Year: Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP’s energy team pioneered landmark transactions like BHP Billiton’s $15 billion buyout of Petrohawk Energy Corp. as well as new regulations for the nuclear industry, making it one of Law360’s Energy Groups of 2011.

  • January 26, 2012

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    When General Dynamics Corp. needed a win in the U.S. Supreme Court to resuscitate its 21-year-and-counting case over the termination of a stealth aircraft development contract for the U.S. Navy, it turned to Jenner & Block LLP, which delivered with the deep bench and decades-long relationships that earned it a spot on Law360's Government Contracts Practice Groups of 2011.

  • January 25, 2012

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Crowell

    Crowell & Moring LLP racked up an impressive range of victories for government contractors in the past year, such as helping Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. retain a $3 billion military dental contract and winning a complete jury verdict in a potentially billion-dollar False Claims Act suit, earning the firm a place among Law360's Government Contracts Groups of 2011.

  • January 25, 2012

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Being on the winning team in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes ruling would have been enough to secure Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s position among last year’s elite law firms, but it was just one of many decisive victories that earned the firm a place among Law360’s Class Action Groups of 2011.

  • January 25, 2012

    Energy Group Of The Year: Bracewell & Giuliani

    Bracewell & Giuliani LLP attorneys helped energy transportation giant Kinder Morgan Inc. negotiate a $38 billion deal to buy El Paso Corp. and create the country’s largest pipeline network, one of several successes that earned the firm a spot among Law360’s Energy Groups of 2011.

  • January 25, 2012

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    The international trade team at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP scored a victory for the Japanese steel industry in anti-dumping proceedings over hot-rolled steel, and secured an Office of Foreign Assets Control general license unblocking a state-owned Libyan shipping company's funds, two of the achievements that won Gibson Dunn a place among Law360's International Trade Groups of 2011.

  • January 24, 2012

    Health Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal & Manges

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP represented French drug maker Sanofi SA in its pursuit of Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Genzyme Corp., using an unusual strategy to win over shareholders and turning what began as a hostile bid into a friendly $20.1 billion takeover, landing the firm a place among Law360’s Health Groups of 2011.

  • January 24, 2012

    Appellate Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    Among the cases WilmerHale argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last year included its appellate attorneys persuading justices that patent invalidity must be proved by clear and convincing evidence in a closely watched case involving Microsoft Corp. and that the Bayh-Dole Act doesn't automatically vest patent rights to federal contractors, earning the firm a spot on Law360’s Appellate Groups of 2011.

  • January 24, 2012

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: White & Case

    The project finance team at White & Case LLP handled more than $25 billion worth of transactions in the oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical, power and renewable energy fields in 2011, including a $20 billion joint venture in Saudi Arabia, earning it a spot among Law360's Project Finance Groups of 2011.

  • January 24, 2012

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Steptoe

    With high-profile trial wins, such as the acquittal of GlaxoSmithKline PLC's counsel Lauren Stevens in a federal obstruction case, and successful closed-door negotiations, including the one secured for indicted tax attorney Evan H. Snapper, Steptoe & Johnson LLP continued to bolster its industry reputation last year, earning it a spot on Law360's White Collar Groups of 2011.

  • January 24, 2012

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Willkie Farr

    While megadeals captivated much of the private equity world in 2011's rebound, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP put together an unparalleled resume of mid-market transactions, earning the firm a growing roster of diverse clientele and a nod as one of Law360's practice groups of the year.

  • January 23, 2012

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP had plenty to celebrate in 2011 as the firm's white collar team amassed a long list of wins and favorable settlements in marquee cases like the Abramoff lobbying scandal and the acquittal of embroiled GlaxoSmithKline PLC attorney Lauren Stevens, earning the group a spot on Law360's White Collar Practice Groups of 2011.

  • January 23, 2012

    Health Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP earned a spot on Law360's list of Health Groups of 2011 not because of its work in the courtroom, but in the boardroom, helping to broker a trio of billion-dollar transactions, topped by biotechnology company Genzyme Corp.'s $20.1 billion sale to French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis SA.

  • January 23, 2012

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP ranged across the deal market in 2011, working with private equity firms of every order on transactions that included The Blackstone Group LP’s $1 billion sale of its theme park interests and Trimaran Capital Partners LLC’s $340 million sale of Standard Steel LLC, making it one of Law360’s Private Equity Groups of 2011.

  • January 23, 2012

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has helped secure financing for several major infrastructure and energy projects over the past 12 months, including $350 million for the largest residential solar photovoltaic endeavor in American history, earning it a spot among Law360's Project Finance Groups of 2011.

  • January 23, 2012

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP’s appellate attorneys convinced the U.S. Supreme Court last year to keep courts from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, to overturn a $3 billion dollar award against government contractors and to let railroads sue over a state tax, earning the firm a spot on Law360’s Appellate Groups of 2011.

  • January 20, 2012

    Health Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Attorneys from Covington & Burling LLP’s life sciences group helped Eli Lilly & Co. unravel a long-standing marketing partnership with Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. in an arrangement that could net Eli Lilly some $1.6 billion, one of several victories that earned the firm a spot among Law360’s Health Groups of 2011.

  • January 20, 2012

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's 2011 resume includes the year's biggest leveraged buyout of a U.S.-based company and five multibillion-dollar fund closings, a one-two punch that continues to earn the firm business from the sector's biggest names, along with a nod as one of Law360's Private Equity Practice Groups of 2011.

  • January 20, 2012

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP appellate attorneys successfully convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that federal law preempted state vaccine design defect suits, broke new ground in arbitration battles and effectively defended major media companies, victories that earned the firm a place among Law360’s Appellate Groups of 2011.

  • January 20, 2012

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells' investigations, white collar and fraud practice group scored several high-profile victories in 2011, from the resolution of a years-old international meat dispute to the successful appeal of a health care executive’s conviction, earning the team a spot among Law360's White Collar Groups of 2011.

  • January 20, 2012

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Orrick

    The project finance team at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP secured billions of dollars in public and private financing for clients over the past 12 months, including $2.2 billion for BrightSource Energy Inc. to pay for a landmark solar energy project in California's Mojave Desert, earning it a spot among Law360's Project Finance Groups of 2011.