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 29, 2018

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP advised major investment companies in high-value consortium deals — including a $2.2 billion acquisition of power plants by longtime client ArcLight Capital Partners in a joint venture with Blackstone Group — landing a spot among Law360's Private Equity Practice Groups of The Year.

  • January 26, 2018

    Product Liability Group of the Year: Beasley Allen

    Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC’s efforts on behalf of women who developed ovarian cancer after using talc products, highlighted by two verdicts against Johnson & Johnson totaling $180 million, have landed the firm among Law360’s Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2018

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Norton Rose

    Norton Rose Fulbright's July 2017 merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP promised to create a powerhouse project finance practice, and the results did not disappoint. The team earned a selection as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year with 103 deals closed — the most of any firm — representing a collective value of $33.7 billion.

  • January 26, 2018

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Cohen Milstein

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC last year carved out new legal ground in brokering a record-setting $115 million deal to end litigation over a massive 2015 data breach at the nation's second-largest health insurer, enough to earn the firm a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2018

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP continued its private equity reign in 2017 by advising longtime client Bain Capital, along with Cinven, in its $6.3 billion public takeover offer for Stada Arzneimittel AG while also aiding flourishing clients such as Blackstone in its $6.1 billion acquisition of TeamHealth Holdings, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Private Equity Groups of the Year for the seventh year in a row.

  • January 26, 2018

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Fish & Richardson

    Fish & Richardson PC led Coherus BioScience in invalidating three Humira patents, won GlaxoSmithKline $235 million in a post-market infringement challenge and scored $14 million in attorneys’ fees in the roller coaster aftermath of a $200 million infringement verdict, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2017 Life Sciences Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2018

    Native American Group Of The Year: Dentons

    Dentons US LLP's Native American law and policy group's impressive work has recently included successfully defending the federal government's decision to take land into trust for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe against an attempted U.S. Supreme Court challenge, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Hughes Hubbard

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP scored a win for TC Heartland LLC this year in a major patent case that overturned 30 years of established precedent and marked an integral landmark in patent litigation history, landing the firm a spot among Law360’s 2017 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2018

    Asset Management Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP’s work on both sides of the negotiating table for big names in hedge funds, private investment funds and mutual funds, including Angelo Gordon & Co., DoubleLine Funds and Cove Hill Partners, helped it stand out from other firms and land a spot among Law360’s 2017 Asset Management Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2018

    M&E Practice Group Of The Year: Ballard Spahr

    In a year filled with criticism of the media, Ballard Spahr LLP’s lawyers helped The New York Times escape a high-profile defamation suit brought by Sarah Palin and assisted numerous other news organizations fighting for important government documents, earning their spot on Law360’s 2017 Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2018

    Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Cravath

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in the past year advised on more than $587 billion in mergers & acquisitions transactions for big-name clients across a wide variety of sectors and industries, including British American Tobacco plc in its $97 billion merger with Reynolds American Inc., earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2017 M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2018

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Nossaman

    Nossaman LLP’s environmental work, including representing Arizona in its efforts to build a $1.8 billion highway and representing the Kern County Water Agency on an $18 billion water project in California, helped its clients move forward with major developments and protected them during litigation, earning it a spot among Law360’s Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2018

    Energy Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Energy attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP had a bustling 2017, negotiating complex transactions and helping Barclays PLC broker a settlement ending a market manipulation suit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Energy Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2018

    Asset Management Group Of The Year: Stradley Ronon

    One of the first law firms to develop a mutual fund in the 1920s, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP continued its innovative tradition in 2017, helping Franklin Templeton launch country-based exchange traded funds and representing Invesco in its acquisition of Guggenheim Investments, securing the firm a spot among Law360’s Asset Management Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2018

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    With its representation of clients like Russian aluminum company United Co. Rusal, TransCanada and others in arbitrations where hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, Sidley Austin LLP is a leader in the international arbitration field, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2018

    Insurance Group of the Year: Skadden

    The insurance mergers and acquisitions practice at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP had a busy 2017, shepherding clients through $17.8 billion in deals — including some groundbreaking international transactions — to earn its spot as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2018

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Getting a suit against engineering giant AECOM tossed on state secrets grounds last year and securing Energy Department indemnification for Dow Chemical Co. and a Boeing unit to settle nuclear waste exposure claims earned Wiley Rein LLP a place among Law360’s Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2018

    Food & Beverage Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP worked on some of the biggest blockbuster deals in the food industry in 2017, like the Amazon.com purchase of Whole Foods Market and JAB Holdings' acquisition of Panera Bread Co., landing the firm a spot among Law360's Food and Beverage Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2018

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Wiley Rein LLP secured a diverse range of wins in 2017, from securing tariffs in one of the largest U.S. Department of Commerce investigations in a decade to successfully arguing the first safeguards case in 16 years, landing the firm its eighth consecutive appearance among Law360's International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2018

    Insurance Group of the Year: Reed Smith

    Reed Smith LLP's insurance recovery practice had a splashy year, with a huge bad faith finding in Pennsylvania and a significant ruling expanding coverage for private equity firms, landing it among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2018

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's reputation for being a go-to firm for high-stakes environmental litigation continued in 2017, as the firm represented Southern California Gas Co. in coordinating a response to a natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon and succeeded in beating back claims that fracking by Range Resources Corp. led to the contamination of a Pennsylvania water supply, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2018

    Energy Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP attorneys advised on some $299.5 billion in energy-related transactions over the last year, including acquisitions of natural gas power plants and battery-based energy storage, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s 2017 Energy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2018

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    While some capital markets groups develop an expertise advising borrowers or banks on some specific security, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s work on a broad spectrum of offerings for both sides of the market, including for the likes of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Hilton Worldwide and KKR & Co., has landed it among Law360’s 2017 Capital Markets Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2018

    Asset Management Group Of The Year: Proskauer

    Proskauer Rose LLP advised on more than 100 fund formations last year, including two funds worth a combined £3.1 billion for HgCapital and a $1.25 billion fund for Spectrum Equity, earning it a spot among Law360’s 2017 Asset Management Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2018

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Freshfields

    The international arbitration practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP enjoyed a banner year in 2017, securing more than a half-dozen major victories — collectively worth more than $2.5 billion — to earn recognition as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.