2016 Law Firm of the Year Winners by Practice Area
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Summary: View the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” awards and a brief summary of each law firm.

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Native American Law – Holland & Knight was established nearly 50 years ago and has nearly 1000 attorneys in over 20 offices.


Advertising Law – Reed Smith was established nearly 150 years ago. They have over 800 attorneys and 23 offices.

Antitrust Law, Appellate Practice – Gibson Dunn, a leading international law firm has around 20 offices and over 1050 attorneys.

Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has around 1000 attorneys in over 20 offices that serve clients in over 40 areas of practice.

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Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Antitrust – Jones Day prides itself on not being an LLP or LLC law firm. They have over 30 offices and nearly 1500 attorneys.

Biotechnology Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law – Ropes & Gray has strategically placed their offices in key international cities. They have nearly 1,200 attorneys.

Communications Law, Litigation – First Amendment – Davis Wright Tremaine has grown substantially in the last 20 years to have over 500 attorneys serving clients in a range of areas of practice.

Construction Law – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a full service international firm, which counsels clients on litigation, corporate, and global regulatory matters.

Copyright Law – Thompson Coburn is a relatively new firm, founded in 1996, that has 370 attorneys in 5 offices that serve clients in 50 practice areas.

Corporate Law – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison is an 800 attorney strong firm that has an unwavering dedication to pro bono and other efforts to help those in need.

Derivatives and Futures Law – Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is one of the oldest law firms in the country and is the oldest continuing Wall Street law practice. They have over 1,200 attorneys, with a strong hold in the New York office.

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation – Environmental – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius was founded in Philadelphia with their longest running client being the United Gas Improvement Company. They have over 1,400 lawyers that work from 26 offices worldwide.

Employment Law – Management – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart focuses on the employers, of all sizes and industries, and their labor and employment matters.

Energy Law – Vinson & Elkins provides clients with innovative business solutions. The firm was founded in Houston and now has over 700 attorneys and 16 offices.

Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television – Loeb & Loeb was founded in Los Angeles over 100 years ago. They started out playing a major role in the entertainment industry and still do.

Entertainment Law – Music – Manatt, Phelps & Phillips offers their clients a wide range of services from their seven offices. The firm emphasizes diversity and has been awarded for their efforts by American Lawyer.

Environmental Law – Greenberg Traurig is based in Miami with around 1800 attorneys and 35 offices throughout the world. They are an international full-service law firm with strengths in corporate, entertainment, litigation, and real estate.

Equipment Finance Law, International Arbitration – Commercial – White & Case is a global law firm that works closely with well-established banks and businesses in addition to startups, governments, and state-owned entities.

FDA Law – King & Spalding works with half of the Fortune Global 100 companies. They have over 800 attorneys in 17 offices across the globe.

Financial Services Regulation Law – Covington & Burling has over 400 attorneys in over 10 offices, with their Washington D.C. office being the largest.

Franchise Law – DLA Piper is a global law firm and is one of the largest in the world with over 4,200 attorneys on almost every continent.

Health Care Law – Nixon Peabody has nearly 900 attorneys in 17 offices that work with clients in a variety of practice areas.

Immigration Law – Maggio Kattar Nahajzer + Alexander are immigration, naturalization, and citizenship experts.

Information Technology Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law – Mayer Brown is one of the largest law firms by number of lawyers and revenue in the world with around 1,800 attorneys.

Insurance Law – Locke Lord is a full-service international law firm with a strong reputation in transactional, regulatory, and complex litigation.

International Arbitration – Governmental – Hughes Hubbard & Reed has nearly 400 attorneys in around 10 offices that provides service to clients in a variety of areas.

International Trade and Finance Law – Sullivan & Cromwell has over 130 years of experience and strives to remain a leader in their core practice areas and geographic markets.

Labor Law – Management – Fisher & Phillips’ largest office is in Atlanta and they have over 330 attorneys in 31 offices.

Land Use & Zoning Law, Venture Capital Law – Latham & Watkins is another large firm with nearly 2,000 attorneys and over 30 offices throughout the world.

Litigation – Banking & Finance – McGuireWoods has over 1,000 attorneys in 21 offices. Their attorneys are able to speak over 35 languages.

Litigation – Bankruptcy – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld was founded over 60 years ago. They have developed into a firm with over 900 attorneys and 21 offices.

Litigation – Construction – Peckar & Abramson is known for their leadership and innovation when it comes to construction law.

Litigation – ERISA – Alston & Bird is a national AmLaw 50 firm with nearly 10 offices and over 800 attorneys.

Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law – Fish & Richardson prides itself on winning cases worth billions, often by making new laws for their clients.

Litigation – Labor & Employment – Littler Mendelson is the largest global employment and labor law practice with over 1,000 attorneys and 60 offices.

Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions – Cravath, Swaine & Moore does not want to be the biggest law firm. Instead, they want to be the firm of choice for clients.

Litigation – Patent – Kirkland & Ellis has been around for over 100 years, providing service in complex litigation, intellectual property, corporate and tax, counseling, and restructuring matters.

Litigation – Real Estate – Katten Muchin Rosenman started out with 24 attorneys and now has over 650 and 11 offices, including London and Shanghai.

Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law – Sidley Austin is a global law firm with over 1,700 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide.

Litigation – Securities, Tax – Morrison & Foerster is a leader throughout the world in providing cutting-edge legal advice to clients.

Mass Tort Litigation /Class Actions – Defendants – Winston & Strawn has over 1,000 attorneys in 15 offices across the globe. They are considered one of the 50 best law firms in the U.S.

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs – Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein has around 60 attorneys in four offices that only represent plaintiffs.

Media Law – Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz is experienced in libel, privacy, and defamation law.

Mergers & Acquisitions Law – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a leading law firm that has over 850 attorneys in ten major cities across the world.

Mining Law – Dinsmore & Shohl was started over 100 years ago and has grown into a firm with over 400 attorneys and ten offices.

Mutual Funds Law – Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is headquartered just feet away from the White House. They have over 1,000 attorneys in offices around the world.

Natural Resources Law – Baker Botts started out representing cotton merchants, brokers, and railroads and has grown into a full-service international firm with over 170 years of experience.

Oil & Gas Law – Liskow & Lewis has three offices and over 140 attorneys as they focus on energy and oil and gas industries.

Project Finance Law – Chadbourne & Parke is ruled by a five-partner committee that is elected by the partnership. Their largest office is in New York City and they have around 400 attorneys in 11 other offices.

Public Finance Law – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe focuses on the technology, energy, and financial sectors in their 25 offices.

Railroad Law – Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz has grown to have nearly 20 offices and 550 attorneys.

Real Estate Law – Ballard Spahr started out in the 1800’s as two guys and has grown to have nearly 500 attorneys and 14 offices.

Securities / Capital Markets Law, Technology Law – Cooley specializes in transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation with their 850 attorneys and 12 offices.

Securities Regulation – K&L Gates is a large firm with over 2,000 attorneys on all five continents.

Sports Law – Weil, Gotshal & Manges specializes in corporate, litigation, business finance and restructuring, pro bono, and tax services.

Tax Law – McDermott Will & Emery has a diverse business practice with over 1,100 attorneys on multiple continents.

Timber Law, Trademark Law – Perkins Coie works with companies from startups to Fortune 50’s, with many awards and recognitions for their excellence.

Transportation Law – Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff is a business law firm with seven offices across the globe. They work hard at knowing their clients on a personal level.

Trusts & Estates Law – Baker & Hostetler works with clients all over the world. They have over 900 attorneys to serve their clients.





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