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 25, 2016

    Bankruptcy Group of the Year: Proskauer

    Last year, drugmaker PharmAthene Inc. won a nearly $200 million judgment against rival SIGA Technologies Inc. and was dragged along as SIGA scrambled into bankruptcy. When PharmAthene brought in Proskauer Rose LLP, the firm crafted an unusual deal that pushed SIGA towards a bankruptcy exit and helped earn Proskauer a spot among Law360’s 2015 Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2016

    Sports Group Of The Year: Winston & Strawn

    Winston & Strawn LLP's sports attorneys scored key victories in a number of player-versus-league dramas in the past year, including the disciplinary measure that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady faced after the Deflategate scandal, earning the group a spot on Law360's Sports Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2016

    M&A Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's mergers and acquisitions attorneys put their cutting-edge tactics and extensive experience to work on some of 2015's biggest and most complex transactions, including Dell Inc.'s record-breaking $67 billion deal to buy data storage company EMC Corp., garnering the team a spot on Law360's M&A Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2016

    Sports Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Helping negotiate a settlement for the National Hockey League in June to end three-years of antitrust litigation over broadcasting out-of-market hockey games, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP proved once again why it has become a premier firm in the sports world, placing it as one of Law360’s Sports Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2016

    Transportation Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Among the firms leading the nation in supporting new infrastructure, Mayer Brown LLP attorneys advised on hundreds of millions of dollars in projects in 2015, ranging from a new toll highway in Texas to a rail build-out in Florida, landing the firm among Law360's Transportation Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2016

    Employment Group Of The Year: Orrick

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP continued to establish itself as a leader in the employment sector last year by helping guide clients like Kleiner Perkins to decisive court victories in the much-watched Pao gender bias suit and helping Sephora defeat a wage-and-hour class action, making it one of Law360's Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2016

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Allen Matkins

    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP has landed a spot among Law360’s Real Estate Groups of the Year for 2015 after handling a string of major deals including the $215 million acquisition of the DreamWorks headquarters by Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT Inc.

  • January 22, 2016

    Product Liability Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP’s product liability practice is home to some of the best in the business, ranking as one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year by notching back-to-back-to-back jury wins for Eli Lilly & Co. and snuffing thousands of claims against Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. and Chiquita Brands International Inc.

  • January 22, 2016

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: O'Melveny & Myers

    From representing the iconic gunmaker Colt Defense LLC to guiding a top creditor in the sprawling Energy Future Holdings bankruptcy, the restructuring attorneys at O'Melveny & Myers LLP spent 2015 hammering out deals under difficult circumstances, earning a place among Law360's Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2016

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP last year upheld its reputation as a restructuring heavyweight, between taking on the mammoth Chapter 11 filing of Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. to turning around Patriot Coal Corp. from a near loss to a going concern, earning it a spot on Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2016

    Employment Group of the Year: Ogletree Deakins

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC handled some of the biggest labor matters of the year, including the Browning Ferris and Banner Health cases before the NLRB and the Mach Mining case before the Supreme Court, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2016

    Transportation Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn’s recent efforts across a variety of transportation industry matters, including Matson’s complex $610 million acquisition of Horizon Lines and successful challenges to federal railroad regulations, have earned it a spot on Law360’s list of Transportation Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2016

    M&A Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    The mergers and acquisitions team at Latham & Watkins LLP posted yet another strong year that was boosted by a $40.5 billion deal to sell Allergan's generic drugs business and a $38 billion takeover of The Williams Cos., landing the firm among Law360's M&A Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2016

    Project Finance Group of the Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has built a well-earned reputation as a go-to firm for energy and other companies that need creative financing to get big projects done, and its work developing new financing mechanisms for energy firms around the country earned it a place among Law360’s Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2016

    Sports Group Of The Year: McGuireWoods

    McGuireWoods LLP attorneys helped the suspended president of FIFA play defense amid corruption allegations and guided major sports deals from NASCAR to British soccer in 2015, earning a place among Law360's Sports Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2016

    Privacy Group of the Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP returned to Law360’s Privacy Groups of the Year for the fourth time in five years by making key hires that bolstered the compliance side of the practice and by securing Wyndham Hotels and Resorts a settlement in a rare contest against the Federal Trade Commission over data security.

  • January 21, 2016

    Product Liability Group of the Year: Bowman & Brooke

    Bowman & Brooke LLP helped Yamaha beat a nearly $17 million claim regarding alleged defects in its Rhino off-road vehicle while also convincing a judge to reject class claims against Honda in litigation accusing the automaker of selling cars with defective power windows, landing the firm among Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2016

    Energy Group Of The Year: Vinson & Elkins

    Energy law mainstay Vinson & Elkins LLP’s practices combined forces in another trying year for the industry, winning a place among Law360’s Energy Groups of the Year by helping clients through a flurry of deals topping $1 billion and in overcoming a class certification, a shareholder merger challenge and other legal obstacles.

  • January 20, 2016

    Privacy Group Of The Year: Munger Tolles & Olson

    Munger Tolles & Olson LLP’s privacy and data security team defended ESPN and Disney Interactive from claims their apps violated user privacy, secured the end to class action suits against LinkedIn and wiped out privacy claims against a smartphone manufacturer, making it one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2016

    Project Finance Group Of The Year: Orrick

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has helped secure more than $13 billion in infrastructure, transportation and energy deals across four continents, many of which pushed the industry’s boundaries, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2016

    M&A Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's mergers and acquisitions team spent 2015 not just closing massive deals like H.J. Heinz's $55 billion merger with Kraft Foods, but wading into complex, contested deals, landing the firm among Law360's M&A Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2016

    Employment Group Of The Year: Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP was involved in not one, but two unanimous victories for employers last year at the U.S. Supreme Court on the issues of health benefits and employee pay, earning the group a spot on Law360's list of Employment Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2016

    Telecom Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Steeped in a strong communications industry background, attorneys at Wiley Rein LLP spent 2015 looking forward to new technology, never before done auctions and new clients around the world, earning a spot among Law360’s Telecom Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2016

    Food & Beverage Group Of The Year: Winston & Strawn

    In 2015, Winston & Strawn LLP's food and beverage practice group notched key victories for some of the industry's largest leaders, including consumer labeling class action wins for liquor giant Beam Suntory, landing it a spot on Law360's Food & Beverage Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2016

    Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    With significant successful cases in 2015, including NII Holdings Inc. and RadioShack, and major ones like American Apparel and Alpha Natural Resources pending in 2016, Jones Day has continued to distinguish itself as one of the premier bankruptcy firms and merited mention among Law360’s Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.