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 29, 2016

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher’s private equity practice steered some of the year’s largest deals and fundraisings, drawing on its financing prowess to champion Dell’s $67 billion EMC buyout and Blackstone’s $15.8 billion real estate fund, landing the firm among Law360’s Practice Groups Of The Year.

  • January 28, 2016

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has notched significant wins over for major client Pfizer in multdisitrict litigation cases over its cholesterol drug Lipitor and its antidepressant Zoloft, successfully targeting the plaintiffs' causation experts in those cases and landing among Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2016

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    From inking industry-changing deals such as DirecTV's $67 billion sale to AT&T to doggedly representing Pandora in a six-week copyright trial, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP worked the gamut of media law in 2015, earning it a spot among Law360’s list of Media & Entertainment Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2016

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig

    Closing a number of record-breaking deals worth billions of dollars, Greenberg Traurig LLP achieved milestones like the highest price per room of any U.S. hotel sale and the second-largest office building transaction ever and secured a spot among Law360's 2015 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter

    Goodwin Procter LLP scored two U.S. Supreme Court victories on cases related to patents and trademarks and prompted the Federal Circuit to rewrite precedent last year, earning a spot among Law360's 2015 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 28, 2016

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP spent the last year ushering billions of dollars' worth of deals across the globe for Thoma Bravo, Sycamore Partners, Bain Capital LP and other private equity clients old and new, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Private Equity Groups of the Year for the fifth consecutive year.

  • January 28, 2016

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Morvillo Abramowitz

    Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC persuaded a jury to acquit Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s former chairman of criminal charges following a grueling, four-month trial, then struck a favorable deferred prosecution deal, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s White Collar Practice Groups of the Year for 2015.

  • January 27, 2016

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Motley Rice

    Motley Rice LLC attorneys seized on their abilities in the courtroom and at the negotiating table to secure some big wins for plaintiffs in 2015, including a $100 million jury verdict against Boston Scientific over pelvic mesh injuries and a $100 million settlement with three major tobacco companies over smoking-related injuries, earning the firm a place among Law360’s Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 27, 2016

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn’s role in multibillion-dollar real estate mergers and massive hotel, entertainment and residential property deals in some of the world’s biggest markets, from Manhattan to New South Wales, Australia, has helped snag the firm a prime location among Law360’s Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • January 27, 2016

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Long established as a major law firm player in the private equity space, Gibson Dunn worked on a pair of billion-dollar deals for Lone Star Funds this past year as the firm continued grabbing work on some of 2015's largest private equity matters and secured a place among Law360’s Private Equity Groups of the Year.

  • January 27, 2016

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Mitchell Silberberg

    Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP's entertainment practice has steered high-profile trademark and copyright cases, including defending director James Cameron against claims he lifted elements of his 2009 blockbuster "Avatar" from lesser-known works, and tackled precedent-setting litigation for major record companies, earning it a spot among Law360's Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 27, 2016

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in 2015 showcased the international and interdisciplinary depth that has made the firm a restructuring powerhouse, pulling off a major auction for A&P and landing the firm among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of the Year for the sixth year in a row.

  • January 27, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: Fish & Richardson

    The intellectual property attorneys at Fish & Richardson PC secured a slew of high stakes appellate and trial patent victories in 2015 for companies like Ion Geophysical Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc., earning the firm a spot among Law360's IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2016

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Fried Frank

    After helping facilitate several multibillion-dollar transactions in the past year, including heavy involvement in the development of New York City’s Hudson Yards and other major purchases across Manhattan, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP has earned a spot among Law360’s Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2016

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Over the last year, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s corporate restructuring team pioneered the use of English law schemes of arrangement for European companies and helped Exide Technologies Inc. restructure more than $1 billion in debt, landing it among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2016

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Lieff Cabraser

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP's product liability group has been an integral part of some of the past year's biggest product liability suits, including a $2.4 billion settlement for patients who developed bladder cancer after taking diabetes drug Actos, landing it among Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

    Securing a win for Snyder's-Lance in a battle over the “Pretzel Crisps” trademark and scoring a copyright victory for Costco in its sale of “gray market” Omega watches have placed Debevoise & Plimpton among Law360’s IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2016

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Decisive copyright victories in 2015, including cases directly representing the rapper Jay Z, helped Jenner & Block LLP once again earn a spot among Law360's Media & Entertainment Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2016

    M&A Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's mergers and acquisitions group brokered several key deals in 2015, including representing Kraft Foods Group Inc. in its $55 billion merger with H.J. Heinz Co., and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in its pending $40.5 billion acquisition of Allergan PLC's generics unit, earning the practice a spot among Law360's M&A Groups of the Year.

  • January 26, 2016

    Private Equity Group Of The Year: Fried Frank

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s private equity group has helped structure some of the past year’s most complicated deals, including Permira Fund’s $925 million acquisition of eBay Enterprise, landing it a spot on Law360's Private Equity Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2016

    M&A Group Of The Year: Skadden

    It was business as usual for the mergers and acquisitions practice at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in 2015, as the firm got its fingerprints on most of the largest deals of the year, advising on a record $1.125 trillion in transactions worldwide and landing the firm once again among Law360’s M&A Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2016

    Employment Group Of The Year: Seyfarth Shaw

    For much of the past year, Seyfarth Shaw LLP has been at the forefront of several high-profile cases involving the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that have set new precedents across a wide swath of labor law, including one instance in which the firm helped Case New Holland Industries Inc. successfully sue the agency to beat back an underlying age bias probe, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2016

    Transportation Group Of The Year: Nossaman

    With its reputation as a go-to adviser for public agencies tackling transportation infrastructure projects, Nossaman LLP has successfully steered and crafted financing plans for key projects such as Maryland's $2.2 billion Purple Line and North Carolina’s $600 million I-77 project, landing the firm among Law360's Transportation Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2016

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP beat a string of multimillion-dollar tobacco injury suits at trial, grabbed a precedential win for a luxury automaker in a multistate class action and went on to lead defense for some of the biggest names in the life sciences, earning its place among Law360's 2015 Product Liability Groups of the Year for the fourth time in five years.

  • January 25, 2016

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Bilzin Sumberg

    After advising on more than $8 billion in transactions over the past 18 months, including transformative redevelopments in North Miami, Miami's Design District and Connecticut, and iconic projects such as Miami's SkyRise entertainment tower, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP has cemented its position on Law360's Real Estate Groups of the Year for 2016.