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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 22, 2018

    Asset Management Group Of The Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP closed private investment funds with more than $64 billion in committed capital over the past year and steered clients like Standard General LP through knotty court battles, earning the firm’s asset management team a slot among Law360’s 2017 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Perkins Coie

    Perkins Coie LLP’s appellate attorneys were undefeated at the U.S. Supreme Court in the last term and delivered major wins in two voting rights cases, earning the firm a spot as one of Law360’s 2017 Appellate Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Fried Frank

    Having steered Jacobs Engineering's $3.3 billion acquisition of CH2M Hill, shot down the U.S. Army's attempt to overturn a $5 billion procurement award and prevailed on behalf of a military supplier at the Tenth Circuit, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP has handily earned its place among Law360's Government Contracts Group of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Health Group Of The Year: Zuckerman Spaeder

    Zuckerman Spaeder LLP won certification of three classes of patients seeking insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment in 2017, furthering the work that went into winning the first-ever class certifications in mental health coverage litigation the year prior and earning it a place on Law360's Health Groups of the Year list.

  • January 22, 2018

    Food & Beverage Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP's food and beverage team demonstrated its prowess in both the transactional and litigation spheres in recent months, landing among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year with accomplishments like guiding a $1 billion secondary public offering for US Foods and securing favorable decisions in labeling suits for giants like Kraft and Kellogg.

  • January 22, 2018

    Employment Group Of The Year: Ogletree Deakins

    Labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has spent the past year defending employers on wide-ranging issues, such as securing an appellate win for C.H. Robinson on its use of an arbitration clause in its incentive bonus agreement, making the firm one of Law360's Employment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Energy Group Of The Year: Bracewell

    Bracewell LLP attorneys in 2017 took the lead in many significant transactions, including representing Great Plains Energy Inc. in a $14 billion merger with the largest electric utility in Kansas, which exemplifies why the firm has been named among Law360's Energy Practice Groups of the Year for the sixth time in eight years.

  • January 22, 2018

    Competition Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    The competition team at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP scored important wins for clients including Uber Technologies and Foxconn in high-stakes antitrust litigation last year, while also helping steer several major mergers through regulatory clearances, earning a place among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Consumer Protection Group Of The Year: ZwillGen

    The regulatory experience of ZwillGen PLLC’s attorneys has helped the firm negotiate creative settlements for clients, including FanDuel’s $1.3 million deal with the Massachusetts attorney general over an investigation into its business practices, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Consumer Protection Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Labaton Sucharow

    Labaton Sucharow LLP helped clients recoup over $300 million from major banks in antitrust litigation over foreign exchange rates and $47 million in a securities suit over a multilevel marketing company’s behavior in China, placing it among Law360’s Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2018

    Hospitality Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig

    Greenberg Traurig LLP's hospitality team showed off its knack for handling complex deals in the United States and abroad in recent months, landing among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year with its work in notable ventures like an ecological resort project in Brazil, Ritz-Carlton's first foray into luxury yachting and Marriott's development of a new corporate headquarters.

  • January 19, 2018

    Insurance Group Of The Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP had another year cranking out big M&A deals within the insurance sector and continuing its litigation work in suits like an investor class action against MetLife, making it a Law360 Insurance Practice Group of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Energy Group Of The Year: Vinson & Elkins

    Vinson & Elkins LLP's attorneys in 2017 handled 74 energy mergers and acquisitions deals valued at more than $104 billion and also notched victories before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of pipeline company Denbury Green and Oncor Electric Delivery Co., earning it a place among Law360's Energy Groups of the Year for the eighth consecutive year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Appellate Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP's Supreme Court and appellate practice group has tallied up an impressive series of wins over the last year, including two victories in the U.S. Supreme Court and circuit court decisions in favor of clients such as Google, Wells Fargo and CitiMortgage, earning it a place among Law360’s 2017 Appellate Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Banking Group Of The Year: Ballard Spahr

    Ballard Spahr LLP led the pack in challenging significant Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations over the past year, including its outsized role in defeating a consumer arbitration regulation, landing it a spot among Law360’s 2017 Banking Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Consumer Protection Group Of The Year: Venable

    Whether advising “influencers” on advertising disclosures or beating back notable Consumer Financial Protection Bureau actions like its suit against debt service providers and its efforts to enforce a civil investigative demand against a college accrediting council, Venable LLP’s consumer protection practice was involved in some of 2017’s biggest defense wins to land it among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP's international trade group advised on acquisitions worth billions, defended Bombardier against allegations it sold aircraft in the U.S. at unfairly low prices, and represented Chinese respondents in a rare price-fixing case at the International Trade Commission, placing it among Law360's 2017 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Employment Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    In 2017, King & Spalding LLP helped secure a settlement for Bass Pro in an EEOC systemic discrimination suit, win a Sixth Circuit appeal for Meritor in retiree health benefits litigation and defend Peabody Energy from an ERISA stock drop suit, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Employment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells in 2017 handled a variety of class actions and multidistrict litigation for big-name clients including Mylan NV and Anthem Insurance Co., securing victories such as a precedential decision for Hormel Food Corp. in a false labeling class action to earn it a spot among Law360’s Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP continued to bolster its reputation as one of the world’s top bankruptcy firms in 2017 with feats that included winning confirmation for SunEdison Inc.’s plan and nailing down the proposed sale in the Takata case, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    The capital markets group at Hogan Lovells hit a voluminous stride in 2017 with debt offerings that totaled more than $62.6 billion and transactions that strengthened its foothold in emerging markets, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s Capital Markets Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Hunton & Williams

    Hunton & Williams LLP represented clients pursuing some of the major challenges to Obama-era environmental policies in 2017, including litigation against climate change regulation and the reconsideration of methane rules, earning it a place among Law360's Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Competition Group Of The Year: Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP’s antitrust attorneys have reeled in a number of trophy-sized victories over the past year, winning dismissal of multidistrict and class action litigation against major corporations like Shell, Uber and Comcast to earn the group a spot among Law360’s Competition Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Food & Beverage Group Of The Year: Faegre Baker Daniels

    Faegre Baker Daniels LLP integrates transactional, regulatory and litigation services into its food and beverage practice — which recently guided Buffalo Wild Wings in its $2.9 billion acquisition by Arby's and defended breakfast cereal client Post Foods in high-profile class actions — winning it a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 19, 2018

    Health Practice Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP's health care group spent 2017 tangling with federal agencies, negotiating with the nation's largest health care plans and molding unique business deals, work that earned its lawyers a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.