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Chambers USA Awards 2018

The Chambers USA Awards 2018 ceremony and dinner took place on Thursday, May 24th at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York.

The awards were based on our research for the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and reflect a law firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

 

 

Shortlist and Winners

Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession

Winner: Kathleen M. Sullivan - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Antitrust

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
White & Case LLP 

Winner: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

A well-established group, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer wins our Antitrust award after an impressive year in the field. Its growing practice is well placed to handle the full spectrum of work in this space, including high-value transactions, complex government investigations and high-profile litigation. It serves as a fine choice for leading multinationals and is regularly called upon by prominent oil and gas, telecommunications and agribusiness companies, among others.

Bankruptcy

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 

Winner: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 

Weil Gotshall is a highly regarded firm with a strong track record in bankruptcy and restructuring work. Its experienced practitioners offer expert counsel on matters such as complex chapter 11 proceedings, intricate reorganizations and multi-jurisdictional insolvencies, representing high-profile debtors across industries, in addition to creditors.   

Construction

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Jones Day
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
Pepper Hamilton LLP 

Winner: Pepper Hamilton LLP 

Pepper Hamilton caps off a strong year by winning the Construction award. Its national and international client base turns to the firm for its proficiency in challenging disputes, while the expanding team enhances its offering with additional capabilities in matters such as high-profile infrastructure, public works and transportation projects.

Construction Client Service Award

Winner: Jones Day

Corporate Crime & Government Investigations

Covington & Burling LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Jones Day
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 

Winner: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson Dunn remains a top-tier corporate crime practice that expertly helps clients navigate government investigations and enforcement actions. Its cross-border capabilities, deep bench of talented attorneys and extensive regulatory expertise means it is the first port of call for preeminent names in industries such pharmaceuticals, healthcare and energy.

Corporate/M&A

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Winner: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

A powerhouse practice, Skadden continues to be a go-to name for the most complex of transactional matters. With numerous ranked offices on both coasts and a strong international offering, the firm is a sought after name by blue-chip clients from an exhaustive list of industries for the full spectrum of deal work.

Corporate/M&A Client Service Award

Winner: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Groom Law Group
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 

Winner: Groom Law Group

The D.C. based boutique Groom Law Group is a go-to firm for comprehensive advice on the complex regulatory landscape of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation law. The large team of dedicated benefits specialists is able to handle the full range of work including plan design and implementation as well as fiduciary compliance for major clients nationwide.

Energy/Projects: Oil & Gas

Baker Botts LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP 

Winner: Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins is home to one of the USA's premier Oil & Gas practices, offering market leading expertise in transactional matters to multinational clients and acting for both sponsors and issuers on the largest oil and natural gas projects. The recent development of a strong regulatory practice cements Latham's position as a top-tier full-service practice for Oil & Gas industry clients.

Energy/Projects: Oil & Gas Client Service Award

Winner: Baker Botts LLP

Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP 

Winner: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis & Bockius offers a full-service practice to energy clients in the electricity space including utilities, power marketers, developers and investors. The firm has developed an excellent reputation for handling high-stakes FERC investigations and administrative litigation as well as wider regulatory compliance for well known energy clients. The firm maintains a strong renewable energy practice while also handling significant project financing and development work for traditional power generation projects across the USA.

Environment (including Climate Change)

Beveridge & Diamond PC
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Winner: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius's Environment practice has gone from strength to strength; the firm has recently handled some of the nation's most significant Environmental litigation including high-profile environmental disaster, Superfund and fracking related disputes. The team also manages transactional support and compliance work for large clients in the energy, transportation and construction sectors.

Finance (including Capital Markets)

Allen & Overy LLP
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 

Winner: Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis has established itself as the market-leading firm for large borrowers in need of representation on the most complex of financing transactions. Kirkland is also recognized for its high-level representation of direct lenders. Particularly well known for its private equity expertise the firm's deep bench of practitioners also deftly handle sophisticated capital markets work.

Finance (including Capital Markets) Client Service Award

Winner: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Healthcare

Crowell & Moring LLP
Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC
King & Spalding LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Polsinelli PC
Ropes & Gray LLP 

Winner: King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding is increasingly being recognized as a market-leading healthcare offering and following a strong year, which has seen the firm expand its bench and engage major new clients, it was elevated to the top tier of our nationwide Healthcare rankings. With its recent efforts to expand its West Coast offering, the team offers expansive geographic reach as well as strong capabilities in regulatory, transactional and contentious healthcare matters.

Insurance

Covington & Burling LLP
McKool Smith
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP 

Policy Holder Winner: Covington & Burling LLP

Unmatched in its bench strength and the breadth of its expertise, Covington & Burling maintains its position as the gold standard for the representation of policyholders. The team is often the first port of call for companies engaged in novel insurance coverage disputes, both at the trial and appellate levels, and has recently been at the forefront of litigation arising out of major natural disasters.

Transactional Insurer Winner: Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson has continued to solidify its position as the go-to firm for contentious insurance matters, with an enviable track record of handling high-stakes coverage litigation on behalf of leading insurance companies. A deep bench and wide-ranging expertise mean the firm is well-placed to handle the full range of insurance coverage disputes, including property damage, product liability and environmental contamination cases.

Intellectual Property (including Patent, Copyright & Trademark)

Baker McKenzie
Fish & Richardson PC
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP 

Winner: Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins has a thriving intellectual property practice, which sees its regularly handling high-stakes intellectual property disputes on behalf of blue-chip clients in the technology and life sciences sectors, among others. The firm has continued to expand its nationwide capabilities, with recent efforts to cultivate its Chicago and Boston-based offerings complementing its well-established DC and California practices.

International Trade

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Hogan Lovells
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Wiley Rein LLP
WilmerHale 

Winner: Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin remains a market-leading firm for customs and trade remedies and policy matters, with a deep bench of practitioners and an enviable client base featuring major corporations and governments. Its wide-ranging international trade practice also includes experience with export controls and economic sanctions matters, as well as expertise in CFIUS issues.

Investment Funds

Cooley LLP
Goodwin
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Shartsis Friese LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP 

Winner: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

The Investment Funds practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is particularly well-regarded for the breadth of expertise which it offers. A longstanding leader in the Private Equity Fund Formation space, the team is increasingly highly praised by commentators in the Regstered Funds and REITs markets.

Labor & Employment

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Jones Day
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP

Winner: Jones Day

Jones Day's first-rate Labor & Employment department continues to be a  go-to destination for high-profile clients, including major blue-chip companies. The team's excellence in wage and hour disputes and sex and age discrimination cases is noted by clients and other market sources.

Privacy & Data Security

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Cooley LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Hogan Lovells
WilmerHale
ZwillGen PLLC

Winner: Cooley LLP

With an enviable client base of cutting-edge businesses in the tech sector, Cooley gains wide recognition for its innovative Privacy and Data Security practice. The team is particularly well-regarded for cybersecurity and internet privacy litigation.

Product Liability

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
Jones Day
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Reed Smith LLP 

Winner: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The firm’s recent merger sees two strong product liability practices joining forces to wide acclaim from clients and peers alike. Key mandates of late have included high-profile defense work for blue-chip companies in the pharmaceutical sector.

Real Estate

Bilzin Sumberg
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 

Winner: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig offers top-tier Real Estate advice on a truly nationwide basis, handling high-profile work from offices in California, DC, Florida and New York. The firm continues to excel in commercial and residential development work, real estate finance and land use matters.

Real Estate Clients Service Award

Winner: Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Securities and Financial Services Regulation

Buckley Sandler LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
WilmerHale

Winner: Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton earns this award for its increasing dominance in the securities enforcement space. Following the return of  Mary Jo White and Andrew Ceresney to the firm in early 2017, the team has truly excelled in some of the highest stakes investigations and enforcement actions brought by the SEC and DOJ, among other agencies.

Tax

Baker McKenzie
Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
Dechert LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Kostelanetz & Fink LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 

Winner: Kostelanetz & Fink LLP

Kostelanetz & Fink wins our tax award following a hugely impressive year which has seen it expand its offering by opening a new office in Washington, DC and hiring some top level new talent. The firm's forte is very much in the tax controversy sphere, and it is particularly highly regarded for its work on criminal tax cases.

Litigation: Business Trial Lawyers (individuals)

Elizabeth J. Cabraser - Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Christy D.  Jones - Butler Snow LLP
Jay B. Kasner - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
W. Mark Lanier - The Lanier Law Firm
Daniel M. Petrocelli – O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Andrew J. Pincus - Mayer Brown LLP
Beth Wilkinson - Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz
Bart H. Williams - Proskauer Rose LLP 

Winner: Beth Wilkinson - Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz

In the two years since she became a founding partner at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovist, trial lawyer extraordinaire Beth Wilkinson has truly taken her place at the very top table of America's business litigation Bar, having scored a tremendous run of success in bet-the-company cases across the country. Her notable victories have included major product liability cases, securities class actions and antitrust disputes.

Litigation: White Collar Crime & Gov't Investigations (individuals)

Antonia M. Apps - Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Barry H. Berke - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Susan E. Brune - Brune Law P.C.
Alice S. Fisher - Latham & Watkins LLP
Helen Gredd - Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP
Abbe David Lowell - Norton Rose Fulbright
Robert D. Luskin - Paul Hastings LLP
Michael S. Schachter - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Reid H. Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Debra Wong Yang - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Winner: Michael S. Schachter - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Michael Schachter of Willkie Farr & Gallagher wins our award in the White Collar criminal defense space following his superb victory on behalf of the first defendant charged with LIBOR manipulation in the United States. In winning dismissal of all charges against his clients, Schachter also won the  widespread admiration of his peers in the market.

 

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