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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 30, 2018

    Privacy Group of the Year: Gibson Dunn

    The privacy team at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP swatted away a massive data breach suit against a government background check contractor while helping longtime clients Uber and Facebook fend off data security disputes, remaining a go-to firm for tech giants in behind-the-scenes cybersecurity matters and landing it a spot on Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP in the past year obtained a $13.15 million jury verdict for John Steinbeck’s stepdaughter in a case over rights to the late author’s works and secured reversal of a ruling that would have let certain websites stream Fox Television Station’s copyrighted programming, landing among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Native American Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    In the past year alone, WilmerHale's attorneys have struck favorable settlements for five bands of Mission Indians, the Tohono O'odham Nation and the Jicarilla Apache Nation in water, land and natural resources disputes, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    A year spent steering Walgreens’ nearly $5.2 billion bid to buy 2,186 Rite Aid stores and Blackstone’s $6.5 billion sale of a Hilton Worldwide stake, as well as other multibillion-dollar deals, has once again earned Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP a spot among Law360's Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP led a business group’s $18 billion acquisition of Toshiba Corp.’s semiconductor business, showcasing its ability to create an intricate international deal on an epic scale, while also striking a series of other nine- and 10-figure deals notable in their own right, placing the firm among Law360’s Private Equity Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Privacy Group of the Year: Cooley

    When the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Niantic and the Golden State Warriors faced privacy suits in 2017, they relied on attorneys at Cooley LLP to solve complex issues posed by the handling of sensitive information, resulting in innovative legal solutions and the firm being named among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Native American Group Of The Year: Holland & Knight

    Whether drafting tribal constitutions, fighting for millions in funding for Seneca Nation members' medical needs or securing gaming rights for tribes, Holland & Knight LLP was at the forefront of tribal legal battles last year, landing it among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter

    In two of the biggest intellectual property cases of 2017, Goodwin Procter LLP first convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that Varsity Brands could copyright its cheerleading uniforms, then helped Otto Trucking escape a bitter trade secrets dispute between Waymo and Uber over self-driving car technology, securing its spot among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: White & Case

    White & Case LLP expanded the definition of its infrastructure practice and its geographic boundaries in 2017, making AU$190 million in project financing and off-take arrangements for a wind farm in South Australia and advising on a $1.4 billion loan for a pipeline in the Ohio River system, landing the firm a spot among Law360’s Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Life Sciences Group Of The Year: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP convinced the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate a major patent covering AbbVie's $16 billion biologic Humira and uphold four patents covering an Acorda Therapeutics Inc. multiple sclerosis drug, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2017 Life Sciences Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Davis Wright

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in 2017 successfully expanded protections for reporters against revealing sources and quashed a libel claim lobbed by billionaire Sheldon Adelson against a reporter who labeled him “foul-mouthed” in a story, earning a spot among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    For its success in steering big-ticket, complex transactions, such as the tie-up between the oil and gas division of General Electric Co. and Baker Hughes Inc. as well as the largest acquisition by a Chinese company of a foreign company ever completed, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s mergers and acquisitions team seized a spot as one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year for the fifth year in a row.

  • January 29, 2018

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Bowman And Brooke

    Bowman and Brooke LLP’s representation of clients in high-profile multidistrict litigation in 2017, such as the cases against Honda over Takata’s exploding airbags and lawsuits against Riddell over head trauma in football players, helped earn the firm a place on Law360's list of Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • 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.