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 25, 2017

    Securities Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s securities litigation team pulled off landmark victories this year both at trial and in appellate courts at the state and federal levels, including a Second Circuit win that broadened the U.S. Supreme Court’s Omnicare decision, landing it among Law360's 2016 Securities Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2017

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP's entertainment, sports and media group aided in Legendary Entertainment's $3.5 billion purchase by a Chinese conglomerate and won key rulings for Live Nation and Ticketmaster in a high-profile antitrust suit brought by Songkick, winning a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2017

    Trials Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Adding to its long history of success in high-stakes trials, Latham & Watkins locked down some unexpected and come-from-behind victories over the past year for Emirates Bank, chipmaker Nvidia and Philip Morris, earning it a spot among Law360's 2016 Trials Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2017

    Employment Group Of The Year: Sanford Heisler

    Sanford Heisler LLP in 2016 secured more than $3 million under a Title IX suit for the retaliatory termination of a female college basketball coach and struck a $19.5 million settlement with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. over discrimination allegations concerning thousands of female employees, securing it a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2017

    Energy Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    From guiding Tengizchevroil LLP through its $16 billion project financing for the $42.5 billion expansion and modification of upstream operations at a super-giant oilfield in Kazakhstan to advising Pepco Holdings on its $6.6 billion acquisition by Exelon Corp., Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s work in 2016 earned its energy team a spot among Law360’s 2016 Energy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2017

    IP Group Of The Year: Keker & Van Nest

    Keker & Van Nest LLP secured victory at trial for Google Inc. in a closely watched, multibillion-dollar case where Oracle Corp. accused the Android operating system of copyright infringement, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2016 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2017

    Competition Group Of The Year: Cravath

    For its wins on behalf of high-profile clients in groundbreaking antitrust litigation, including the Second Circuit’s reversal of the U.S. Department of Justice's win against American Express, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP’s competition team has earned a place among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2017

    Energy Group Of The Year: Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP helped to defeat a widely publicized class action concerning nuclear power and represented Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in connection with Deepwater Horizon disaster-related litigation, underscoring the law firm’s ability to counsel across the energy industry and securing a place among Law360's Energy Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2017

    Securities Group of 2016: Robbins Geller

    Record-breaking wins by Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP's securities team in the past year — including a $1.575 billion payout from HSBC Finance Corp. for defrauding shareholders as well as the largest shareholder class recovery ever in Tennessee — have earned the firm a place among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2017

    Employment Group Of The Year: Outten & Golden

    It’s not every year a firm settles a suit involving a class of nearly a half-million people. Outten & Golden LLP’s class action practice did just that, resolving a massive disparate impact suit last year against the U.S. Census Bureau and easily earning itself a nod as one of Law360's Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2017

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Labaton Sucharow

    Leveraging its laser focus on class action litigation and a hard-hitting investigations unit, Labaton Sucharow LLP scored multiple influential and high-dollar awards in securities, antitrust and derivative shareholder lawsuits, earning the firm a place among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2017

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP notched a major victory in 2016 with the reinstatement of a $48 million jury verdict it secured for Capitol Records and other music companies and obtained the dismissal of a copyright infringement suit against Jay Z, placing among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2017

    Trials Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s litigators proved that they’re a force to be reckoned with over the past year, guiding Samsung to victory in a hard-fought patent battle and helping Abbott Laboratories dodge a False Claims Act suit seeking more than $1 billion to land among Law360’s Trials Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2017

    IP Group Of The Year: Irell & Manella

    Irell & Manella LLP guided the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to a $234 million patent infringement verdict against Apple and helped get a Converse sneaker trademark asserted against Skechers invalidated at the U.S. International Trade Commission, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2016 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2017

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    By helping big-name clients like Uber, Toyota and PepsiCo either clip class action suits, limit their exposure to class claims or reach favorable group settlements, Gibson Dunn has once again earned a spot on Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2017

    Trials Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day’s work securing for Idenix Pharmaceuticals the largest patent-infringement verdict in U.S. history, after a federal jury took less than two hours to award the company a multibillion-dollar royalty share of Gilead Sciences Inc.'s profits from two blockbuster hepatitis C drugs, makes the firm’s trials team one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2017

    Competition Group Of The Year: Cohen Milstein

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC inked an $835 million deal with Dow in a class action over price fixing and saw the Second Circuit uphold its $450 million settlement with Apple for conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices, placing it on Law360’s 2016 list of Competition Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2017

    Employment Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn scored a major victory for Uber Technologies Inc. when the Ninth Circuit in September said drivers fighting background checks the company ran must arbitrate their cases and cannot act as a class, helping the firm’s employment group once again earn a spot as one of Law360’s Employment Practice Groups of 2016.

  • January 23, 2017

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Irell & Manella

    Irell & Manella LLP delivered important litigation victories for CBS, Hulu and other clients and helped to ink major deals like Wanda Group’s $3.5 billion acquisition of Legendary, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Media & Entertainment Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2017

    Securities Group Of The Year: Paul Weiss

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP’s year defending electronics security company ADT Corp. in litigation over a $450 million buyback and Citigroup from cases over losses due to the 2008 financial crisis and over subprime-related asset exposure has won the firm a spot as one of Law360's Securities Groups of the Year for the third consecutive year.

  • January 23, 2017

    IP Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter

    Goodwin Procter LLP has taken a central role in the so-called cheerleader uniform case at the U.S. Supreme Court and also helped convince the Federal Circuit that inter partes reviews are constitutional, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2016 IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Davis Wright

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP defended Rolling Stone in highly publicized cases concerning the magazine’s discredited article about an alleged gang rape — getting one suit tossed and damages slashed in another — and beat back a libel claim by a woman who alleged a fictional character was based on her, earning its media team a spot among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    Energy Group Of The Year: Baker Botts

    From guiding Schlumberger Ltd. through its $14.8 billion acquisition of Cameron International Corp. to helping the owners of a coal-fired power plant in Montana trim and then settle a Clean Air Act suit, Baker Botts’ energy team has earned itself a spot among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    Trials Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    For proof that Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s trial team belongs among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year, look no further than the astronomical $3 billion verdict it landed for HP against Oracle in June, though if you did, you’d find a number of additional high-profile victories with enormous sums as well.

  • January 20, 2017

    Securities Group Of The Year: Bernstein Litowitz

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP’s securities team brokered blockbuster settlements with powerhouses like General Motors and Merck, including a $1.06 billion deal pegged as the largest securities recovery ever achieved against a pharmaceutical company, landing it among Law360's 2016 Securities Groups of the Year.