In another year of hotly contested class actions, a handful of firms stood out for their ability to score results that not only protected their clients but also put them in stronger, more defensible positions for future litigation, earning those firms a spot among Law360's Class Action Groups of 2010.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has broken new ground by counseling General Growth Properties Inc. on a recapitalization that allowed it to relist its stock while still bankrupt and advising General Electric Co. on a deal that could reshape the media landscape, making it one of Law360's Corporate Finance Groups of 2010.
Guiding shopping mall owner and operator General Growth Properties Inc., hotel owner Extended Stay Inc. and Texas Rangers Baseball Properties through the rocky shoals of Chapter 11, among other notable accomplishments, has helped earn Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's restructuring team a place among Law360's Bankruptcy Groups of 2010.
With the media clamoring for charges against former American International Group Inc. CEO Joseph Cassano, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP ignored the talking heads and helped Cassano avoid prosecution, one of several high-profile wins that earned the firm a spot as one of Law360's White Collar Groups of 2010.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP helped score the reversal of a $20.5 million verdict against Lincoln Electric Co. and other defendants in a bellwether personal injury case, just one of many victories that made it one of Law360's Product Liability Groups of 2010.
A series of high-profile victories for clients hailing from companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Dell Inc., Broadcom, Citigroup Inc. and more has won perennial powerhouse Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP a spot among Law360’s White Collar Groups of 2010.
Skilled in coming up with innovative solutions for its clients, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP helped Alcon Inc.’s independent director committee set up a litigation trust to put pressure on Novartis AG to pay more for the remaining public interest in the eye care company in a three-stage acquisition transaction valued at a total of $51.4 billion, garnering it a spot among Law360's Corporate Finance Groups of 2010.
Sidley Austin LLP’s reorganization group efficiently guided clients such as R.H. Donnelley Corp. and Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. through the reduction and elimination of billions of dollars in debt, making it one of Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of 2010.
Last year, Sidley Austin LLP helped AstraZeneca PLC win dismissal of a putative class action over heartburn drug Nexium and shielded Bayer Corp. from third-party payors in a multidistrict litigation over its birth control products, earning the firm a place among Law360's Product Liability Groups of 2010.
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP won a string of six consecutive trial verdicts for Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. in 2010, stemming the tide of plaintiff wins in a group of Florida cases and helping to earn the firm a spot as one of Law360’s Product Liability Groups of 2010.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP achieved successes in a number of high-profile criminal cases last year — including for an NBA star accused of keeping guns in his locker and a Broadcom Corp. executive charged with backdating stock options — garnering it a place among Law360's White Collar Groups of 2010.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP's restructuring group counseled several clients reorganizing massive debt loads toward successful emergence from bankruptcy in 2010, including hundreds of General Growth Properties Inc. affiliates holding $15 billion in debt, earning the firm a place among Law360's Bankruptcy Groups of 2010.
The mergers and acquisitions team at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP shepherded clients through many of the year's biggest deals, including XTO Energy Inc.'s $41 billion sale to Exxon Mobil Corp. and The Coca-Cola Co.'s absorption of its North American bottling operations, earning it a spot among Law360's Corporate Finance Groups of 2010.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP’s restructuring group worked in 2010 to steer the U.S. government’s ongoing reorganization of General Motors and Chrysler and oversee the $23 billion restructuring of LyondellBasell Industries NV, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Bankruptcy Groups of 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.