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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 18, 2019

    IP Group Of The Year: McKool Smith

    McKool Smith PC's intellectual property attorneys notched key wins at the U.S. International Trade Commission and the federal courts, including a $110 million verdict awarded to Ericsson Inc. and favorable rulings against Apple and Comcast, landing them among Law360's Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2019

    IP Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    The intellectual property team at Jones Day achieved a slew of victories in 2018 but perhaps none more significant than a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board must decide the validity of every challenged patent claim when it agrees to institute America Invents Act review, cementing the firm's spot among Law360's IP Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2019

    IP Group Of The Year: Kirkland

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP scored a victory on behalf of Fox News in a closely watched copyright case against a television search engine, and also secured a $93 million patent win for Schlumberger Ltd. unit WesternGeco, landing it a spot as one of Law360's IP Groups of the Year.

  • January 15, 2019

    IP Group Of The Year: Fish & Richardson

    Fish & Richardson PC successfully overturned two major jury verdicts — including the largest patent infringement award in U.S. history — for its client Gilead Sciences Inc., while also notching victories for companies such as Altair Engineering Inc. and Velcro USA Inc., earning the firm a spot among Law360's Intellectual Property Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 14, 2019

    IP Group Of The Year: Desmarais

    Desmarais LLP netted a $400 million settlement for Cisco Systems Inc. against network equipment rival Arista Networks Inc. and secured an $82.5 million verdict for IBM Corp. as the technology giant cruised through its first jury trial as a plaintiff in a patent infringement case, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 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.

  • February 5, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP’s intellectual property group litigated on behalf of the world’s biggest tech giants over the last year, including Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car company Waymo in the pending Waymo v. Uber case, securing them a spot among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Archer Law

    Archer Law achieved a massive victory this year when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a Federal Circuit decision holding that the trademark of an Asian dance-rock band was protected by the First Amendment’s free speech clause, landing it among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day secured a record $2.5 billion patent infringement jury award for Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board can't choose which challenged patent claims it may review, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 31, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP secured a victory in the Supreme Court decision Impression Products v. Lexmark International, a major win for Impression and companies in the secondary market for patented products, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2017 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Finnegan

    Finnegan Henderson Garrett & Dunner LLP obtained a $168 million award for LG in a case accusing numerous companies of selling counterfeit wireless headphones and secured a game-changing ruling from the Federal Circuit that makes it easier to amend patents in America Invents Act reviews, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    IP Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter

    In two of the biggest intellectual property cases of 2017, Goodwin Procter LLP first convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that Varsity Brands could copyright its cheerleading uniforms, then helped Otto Trucking escape a bitter trade secrets dispute between Waymo and Uber over self-driving car technology, securing its spot among Law360’s Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • 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 12, 2018

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    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.

  • January 12, 2018

    The Firms That Dominated In 2017

    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.

  • January 26, 2017

    IP Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP won a U.S. Supreme Court victory for Samsung in its long-running smartphone patent dispute with Apple, a decision that could shift the law on design patent damages and that earned the firm a place among Law360's 2016 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 25, 2017

    IP Group Of The Year: Keker & Van Nest

    Keker & Van Nest LLP secured victory at trial for Google Inc. in a closely watched, multibillion-dollar case where Oracle Corp. accused the Android operating system of copyright infringement, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2016 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2017

    IP Group Of The Year: Irell & Manella

    Irell & Manella LLP guided the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to a $234 million patent infringement verdict against Apple and helped get a Converse sneaker trademark asserted against Skechers invalidated at the U.S. International Trade Commission, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2016 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2017

    IP Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter

    Goodwin Procter LLP has taken a central role in the so-called cheerleader uniform case at the U.S. Supreme Court and also helped convince the Federal Circuit that inter partes reviews are constitutional, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2016 IP Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 20, 2017

    IP Group Of The Year: Fish & Richardson

    Fish & Richardson PC helped win a U.S. Supreme Court decision that reshaped a key aspect of patent law, and also secured major litigation victories for companies such as Gilead Sciences Inc. and Power Integrations Inc., landing the firm among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 9, 2017

    The Firms That Dominated In 2016

    Law360's Firms of the Year rose above the competition in 2016 by earning a combined 20 Practice Group of the Year awards on the strength of work that helped their clients attain game-changing judgments and close record deals.

  • January 9, 2017

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2016 Practice Group of the Year awards, the law firms that racked up victories in litigation and closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry.

  • February 8, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    Securing several huge wins on behalf of Apple in patent litigation and a complete victory for GoDaddy.com against a $29 million claim in a cybersquatting suit from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has earned WilmerHale a spot among Law360’s 2015 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 5, 2016

    IP Group Of The Year: Sheppard Mullin

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP last year was on the winning side of the first substantive trademark case before the U.S. Supreme Court in more than a decade, successfully representing Hana Bank in a dispute involving the use of its name, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2015 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.