Many pieces of Obama-era labor and employment policy fell in 2017, and no private group of lawyers did more on that front than Littler Mendelson PC, earning the workplace-focused superboutique a spot among Law360's Labor and Employment Groups of the Year.
Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.
Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
In a year of slowing deal flow for much of the sector, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's private equity group turned in a busy 2016, advising more than 130 private equity transactions valued at nearly $100 billion, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.
After helping to steer a string of headline-grabbing deals around the globe, including a one-day triple listing by Japan Post Holdings Co. as the state-owned enterprise embarked on a major privatization, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has earned a spot among Law360’s Capital Markets Groups of the Year for 2016.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP's insurance and reinsurance group notched impressive wins in challenging venues over the last year, including victories for an AIG unit in the Fifth Circuit and Travelers Indemnity Co. in West Virginia's highest court, winning it a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.
White & Case LLP’s global pharmaceuticals and health care group scored major victories defending clients in reverse payment and product-hopping cases, including a Third Circuit ruling that affirmed the dismissal of an antitrust suit over the acne medication Doryx, securing a place among Law360’s Life Sciences Groups of the Year.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP represented some of the largest transportation entities in high-stakes litigation covering the aviation and rail sectors last year, including winning dismissal of a putative class action alleging airlines had conspired to charge passengers a tourism tax, earning it a spot among Law360's 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.
With its recent work on a range of multibillion-dollar private equity transactions, including several Blackstone Group deals and efforts to close out Dell Inc. and Silver Lake Partners’ massive $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corp., Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has earned a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s capital markets practice maintained an edge in a challenging year as it advised clients on the largest U.S. initial public offering, the largest debt issuance by a foreign bank into the U.S. and dozens of other significant deals, earning it a spot as one of Law360’s Capital Markets Groups of the Year.
With a focus on corporate policyholders, the insurance group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP had its work cut out for it over the last year, but scored favorable settlements for big clients facing property damage, construction defects and interrupted business, landing it among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.
Mayer Brown LLP's life sciences team pulled off a string of courtroom victories in 2016 that included notable intellectual property decisions, while navigating big-budget transactions, settling tax controversies for top-level clients and landing on Law360’s list of Life Sciences Groups of the Year.
O’Melveny & Myers used its long-held expertise in the transportation space to help clients facilitate airline mergers and win major airport redevelopment contracts in addition to leveraging its litigation practice to dismiss claims made in a putative class action against a carmaker, winning a spot among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.
Nossaman LLP maintained its reputation as a top adviser for public agencies undertaking major transportation infrastructure projects in 2016, with its efforts on behalf of Maryland's $2 billion Purple Line and Arizona’s $1 billion South Mountain Freeway placing the firm among Law360's Transportation Groups of the Year for the second year in a row.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's capital markets group last year counseled some of the largest corporate debt offerings and initial public offerings in the U.S., earning the firm a return to the list of Law360's capital markets Practice Groups of the Year.
McKool Smith PC's new insurance recovery practice is off to a fast start, coming out ahead in closely watched cases focused on excess coverage triggers and other key policy issues, landing it among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.
The expertise of Paul Hastings LLP's hospitality practice can be seen in its guidance last year of legendary boutique hotel entrepreneur Ian Schrager and private equity firm Ares Management LP in the restructuring and $265 million construction financing of a Manhattan hotel and residential project at 160 Leroy St., just one of the deals that landed the firm among Law360’s Hospitality Groups of the Year.
Latham & Watkins LLP’s private equity group helped guide private equity firms, both large and small, on some of 2016’s most complex cross-border deals, including Energy Capital Partners’ $3.3 billion purchase of a portfolio of power plants, landing it a spot among Law360’s 2016 Private Equity Groups of the Year.
King & Spalding LLP won the mid-trial dismissal of a suit claiming GlaxoSmithKline’s antidepressant Paxil causes birth defects, successfully challenged FDA guidance for R.J. Reynolds and led small biotech companies in major transactions, earning the firm a spot as one of Law360’s 2016 Groups of the Year.
Hogan Lovells scored a major win for Chubb subsidiary Federal Insurance Co. in a landmark cyber-liability case stemming from a data breach and helped health insurer Anthem Inc. escape the remaining claims in sprawling multidistrict litigation over a reimbursement dispute, earning the firm’s insurance team a place among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.
The broad footprint of Mayer Brown LLP’s transportation team was on display once again in 2016, with its lawyers arranging an innovative public-private partnership for a Texas highway project, scoring litigation wins for industry heavyweights and continuing the firm’s work for the iconic Panama Canal Authority, earning it a place among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.
The global capital markets team at Davis Polk kept busy on important debt and equity transactions last year, including work on some of the largest energy offerings in 2016 and a pair of major privatizations in Europe, landing it a spot among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP has spent the last year advising The Blackstone Group, KKR & Co. LP and other leading private equity firms on complex acquisitions and transactions involving billions of dollars, earning it a spot among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.
Goodwin Procter LLP’s life sciences team in 2016 continued to build its reputation as a top choice for high-profile pharmaceutical clients, particularly in licensing deals, mergers and acquisitions, and initial public offerings, earning a spot on Law360’s list of Life Sciences Groups of the Year.
O’Melveny & Myers LLP guided its large hospitality company clients through multibillion-dollar transactions and wage-and-hour litigation, including handling several major hotel transactions and winning a trial for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. LLC over tips to banquet staff, landing the firm among Law360's 2016 Practice Groups of the Year.