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 24, 2018

    Health Group Of The Year: McDermott Will & Emery

    The latest successes for McDermott Will & Emery's health group include handling a set of transactions that put Massachusetts-based Steward Health Care in nine more states and helping an addiction treatment center expand across the country, landing the firm among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2018

    Food & Beverage Group Of The Year: Perkins Coie

    Successful defenses for major food companies such as General Mills and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group last year highlighted the efforts of Perkins Coie LLP to help its food and beverage clients navigate a rapidly changing and increasingly litigious marketplace, earning the firm a Law360 Practice Group of the Year selection.

  • January 24, 2018

    Gov't Contracts Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP’s government contracts practice group secured a $6.8 billion procurement for UnitedHealth and its affiliates last year, while also helping a contractor fight off hundreds of class claims, landing it a spot among Law360’s 2017 Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2018

    International Trade Group of the Year: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP landed multiple high-stakes wins on behalf of clients including Philip Morris, the Chinese government and the Chicago Stock Exchange, securing the firm a spot among Law360's 2017 International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Insurance Group Of The Year: McKool Smith

    McKool Smith PC's insurance recovery group scored a series of big wins over the past year that unlocked more than $1 billion worth of coverage for clients, and the cases changed the insurance landscape by setting new precedents in the process, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s capital markets group helped shepherd hundreds of billions of dollars in transactions across the globe last year, including initial public offerings for a swath of biotech and other firms, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s Capital Markets Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Outten & Golden

    Outten & Golden LLP's employment attorneys made an outsized impact on the bankruptcy world this year when Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. — the firm's yearslong case on behalf of thousands of laid-off truck drivers — made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court and struck a blow to the trend of structured dismissals, earning the group a spot among Law360’s 2017 Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Health Group Of The Year: Epstein Becker Green

    Epstein Becker Green demonstrated its versatility of health care offerings in 2017 by counseling companies in transactions, notching antitrust victories and defending against False Claims Act allegations, earning the firm a place on Law360's list of Health Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Asset Management Group Of The Year: Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP flexed the power of its 200-lawyer asset management team to aid the nation’s largest public pension fund structure and form new funds, represent Pioneer Investment Management USA Inc. in its €3.545 billion ($3.7 billion) acquisition by Amundi SA and help clients navigate the new so-called fiduciary rule, landing it among Law360’s 2017 Asset Management Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Pillsbury

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's unusual and successful bid for a restraining order on a U.S. Department of Education student debt collection deal could change the government contracts practice itself. That, and its successes ranging from suspension hearings to contract wins, has earned it a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Employment Group Of The Year: Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP showcased the breadth of its labor and employment practice last year by notching wins in a series of noncompete disputes and a U.S. Supreme Court appeal, earning itself a spot among Law360’s 2017 Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Hospitality Group Of The Year: Holland & Knight

    Holland & Knight LLP's hospitality, resort and timeshare group guided many key matters in 2017, including Marriott's rebranding of the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto as The St. Regis Toronto and the construction and management of three Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection cruise ships, earning the practice its position among Law360's Hospitality Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Drawing on expertise in a range of complex legal arenas — from new technology regulation to intellectual property to environmental work — Sidley Austin LLP won a key case for the telecommunications industry in the D.C. Circuit and helped shape new law on Superfund cleanup liability in the Tenth Circuit, landing the firm among  Law360’s 2017 Appellate Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Kelley Drye & Warren

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP helped initiate half of the 79 anti-dumping and duty investigations launched by the Department of Commerce in 2017. That, and its track record of wins for big companies in the steel and aluminum industries and small American businesses alike earned it a spot among Law360's International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Energy Practice Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s energy group kicked off 2017 with a “groundbreaking” $2.3 billion deal involving 318,000 acres of Texas shale, then spent the rest of the year handling matters including the $9.45 billion sale of Energy Future Holdings and BP’s defense in the Deepwater Horizon litigation, landing the group among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Beveridge & Diamond

    Beveridge & Diamond PC helped a variety of clients at the local and national level last year, including assisting a city in striking down a biosolids ban and helping to monitor Volkswagen’s compliance with its emissions settlement, earning it a spot on Law360’s 2017 Environmental Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Food & Beverage Practice Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown secured wins for big name clients such as Nestle Purina and Campbell Soup Co. in high profile false advertising and Lanham Act cases in the last year, ensuring the firm a place as one of Law360’s Food & Beverage Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Arnold & Porter

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP's international arbitration team scored an $800 million award for a Turkish company in a row with Pakistan over floating power ships, showing it can win big for investors as well as sovereign states and helping it land a spot among Law360's International Arbitration Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells' insurance group scored a win for Blue Cross Blue Shield in antitrust multidistrict litigation and settled a groundbreaking data breach suit against health insurer Anthem Inc., cases that helped it earn a place as one of Law360's 2017 Insurance Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Over the last year, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP showcased its global reach, deep resources and innovative approach to capital markets, re-imagining the IPO for Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings’ $690 million offering and implementing a unique mandatory call feature for notes related to DuPont’s $2 billion offering, earning the firm a spot as one of Law360’s 2017 Capital Markets Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Guiding such major deals as Blackstone Group’s $6.1 billion TeamHealth buyout and winning hard-fought battles before the U.S. International Trade Commission last year earned the international trade and national security practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP a place on Law360's Practice Groups of the Year list.

  • January 22, 2018

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Ten of last year’s largest bankruptcies featured Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in prominent roles, including debtor or restructuring counsel duty in the two largest, one of many factors that helped place Weil among Law360’s 2017 Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Environmental Group Of The Year: BakerHostetler

    The environmental practice group at BakerHostetler has had a highly productive year in which its attorneys successfully defended two major client construction projects and prompted several instances of regulatory change, earning the group a spot as one of Law360's Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Banking Group Of The Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's banking group handled complex anti-money laundering issues for Societe Generale and Pakistan’s largest bank and facilitated Silicon Valley Bank’s investments in Chinese startups over the last year, landing it a spot among Law360’s 2017 Banking Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP convinced courts around the world to enforce a $1.3 billion arbitration award for NTT DoCoMo Inc. in a high-stakes contract dispute last year, landing it a spot on Law360’s International Arbitration Groups of the Year for a second year in a row.