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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 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.

  • 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.