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 31, 2017

    Health Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells helped Anthem Inc. handle the after-effects of a massive data breach, fought an antitrust challenge to a hospital merger in Illinois and advised Vanderbilt University as it spun off its medical center last year, making the firm one of Law360’s 2016 Health Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2017

    International Trade Group of the Year: Kelley Drye & Warren

    With a string of recent victories in anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases and a Federal Circuit appellate decision validating a key standard for imports that try to skirt anti-dumping orders, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has earned a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2017

    M&A Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

    By steering deals such as the largest ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese company and the third largest tech deal ever, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's mergers and acquisitions attorneys earned a spot among Law360's M&A Groups of the Year list for the second year in a row.

  • January 30, 2017

    Banking Group Of The Year: Kasowitz

    With a win at the Second Circuit for collateralized debt obligation investors and another at the Ninth Circuit defending European bank UniCredit against fraud claims over illegal tax shelters, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP has cemented its spot as a go-to litigation firm in the banking industry and earned a place among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2017

    Health Group Of The Year: Bass Berry

    With its combined expertise in mergers and acquisitions and health care regulations, Bass Berry & Sims PLC guided AmSurg Corp. last year in its $15 billion merger with Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc., earning the firm a spot as one of Law360’s Health Care Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2017

    Privacy Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    Combining a team-based approach with technical know-how, King & Spalding LLP’s privacy lawyers were able to successfully resolve dozens of proposed data breach class actions filed against retailers Home Depot and Sears Holdings last year, earning it a spot among Law360’s 2016 Privacy Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2017

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Efforts on behalf of both debtors and creditors in a series of high-profile reorganizations, including work that dramatically strengthened the positions of second priority noteholders in the Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. bankruptcy, landed Jones Day among Law360’s bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year for the fifth straight time in 2016.

  • January 30, 2017

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring LLP's international trade group continued to shore up its offerings in its core areas of customs, trade remedy and export controls and sanctions work in 2016, landing it a spot on Law360's Practice Groups of the Year list for the second year in a row.

  • January 30, 2017

    M&A Group Of The Year: Morrison & Foerster

    Mergers and acquisitions experts Morrison & Foerster LLP staked a claim for continued dominance among M&A practices last year when the law firm worked on one of the biggest deals in 2016 by representing Ducera Securities LLC as financial adviser to agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto Co. in its proposed all-cash $66 billion sale to pharmaceutical-chemical multinational Bayer AG, earning the practice a spot on Law360's M&A Groups of the Year.

  • January 27, 2017

    Privacy Group of the Year: Cooley

    Cooley LLP appears to be a darling of the giants of Silicon Valley, and its wins this year for Facebook, Twitter and Google in privacy actions make it one of Law 360's 2016 Privacy Groups of the Year.

  • January 27, 2017

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP had a busy year handling complex restructurings, including helping Nortel Networks settle a lengthy international dispute over the distribution of $7.3 billion in asset sale proceeds, earning its bankruptcy team a spot among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 27, 2017

    Health Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    For its work representing hundreds of hospitals in a successful challenge to a rule reducing the Medicare payment rate for inpatient services, among other cases, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's health team has landed a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 27, 2017

    Banking Practice Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    A year ago, GE Capital was burdened by its designation as a nonbank systemically important financial institution, but Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's banking team helped the company shed that label, a victory that earned the firm a spot among Law360's Banking Groups of the Year for the fourth time straight.

  • January 27, 2017

    M&A Group Of The Year: Davis Polk & Wardwell

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP continued to leverage its geographic reach in 2016 to ink some of the year's biggest cross-border deals, making the firm's mergers and acquisitions team one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year for the fourth year running.

  • January 27, 2017

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP’s international trade group guided clients from across the world through billions of dollars worth of transactions, tough Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations and highly sensitive national security trade reviews, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2017

    Employment Group Of The Year: Seyfarth Shaw

    Trimming what was left of a once-150,000-strong class suit against Wells Fargo down to just a handful of individuals and scoring a $3 billion jury verdict victory for HP in a contract case won Seyfarth Shaw's employment litigators a spot among Law360's 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2017

    Trials Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal & Manges

    Led by attorneys skilled in breaking down complicated matters for juries, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP notched victories for Morgan Stanley at an insider trading trial and for Philip Morris USA in a medical-monitoring case, earning it a spot among Law360's 2016 Trials Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2017

    M&E Practice Group Of the Year: O’Melveny & Myers

    A fierce player in the entertainment sector, O’Melveny & Myers LLP last year advised a major Chinese film company on a deal with a Steven Spielberg production outfit, represented Warner Bros. on Harry Potter theme park attractions and secured a significant win for SiriusXM over older recordings, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2017

    Competition Group Of The Year: Wilson Sonsini

    For obtaining key wins in antitrust litigation, including an international comity case before the Second Circuit, and seeing major mergers to completion, such as Altera Corp.'s $16.7 billion purchase by Intel Corp., the competition team at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2017

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Susman Godfrey

    During a year marked by millions in settlements for auto part customers, rock stars and animators, Susman Godfrey LLP’s success in a series of complex — and wildly different — class actions earned it a place among Law360’s Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2017

    Securities Group Of The Year: Williams & Connolly

    Williams & Connolly LLP scored defining victories in 2016 surrounding the financial crisis eight years earlier, such as the Second Circuit’s reversal of a roughly $1.3 billion penalty against Bank of America Corp. regarding a mortgage program, securing a spot as one of Law360's Securities Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2017

    Energy Group Of The Year: Vinson & Elkins

    Energy law giant Vinson & Elkins navigated billion-dollar deals and used its global and varied resources to remain a central force in the sector’s IPO space, which accelerated at the end of 2016 after a long drought, and helped a major client that wanted to back out of a merger over tax concerns defend itself, winning a spot among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year for the seventh straight year.

  • January 26, 2017

    IP Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP won a U.S. Supreme Court victory for Samsung in its long-running smartphone patent dispute with Apple, a decision that could shift the law on design patent damages and that earned the firm a place among Law360's 2016 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2017

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Its successful efforts to defend clients across a broad range of industries, headlined by its winning defense work in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landscape-shifting Spokeo case, have earned Mayer Brown LLP’s class action practice a spot in Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2017

    Competition Group Of The Year: White & Case

    White & Case LLP's competition team led the defense of the $54 billion merger between Anthem and Cigna and secured judgment in favor of a U.S. drywall manufacturer accused of price-fixing in a billion-dollar class action, placing it for the sixth consecutive year among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.