Learn what makes these firms and legal teams stand out in the 2017 Legal and Litigation Departments of the Year magazine.

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Editor’s Note: W e consider ourselves very fortunate to garner such a consistently enthusiastic response to our Litigation Departments of the Year and Legal Departments of the Year honors. Read more


Litigatin Departments of the Year:

General Litigation (Large Firms)
Winner: Fox Rothschild: F ox Rothschild’s victories stemmed from litigating on both sides of the courtroom aisle. Read more
 
General Litigation (Midsize Firms)
Winner: Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young:
Nearly a third of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young’s litigation clients have been with the firm for more than 10 years and nearly 200 litigation client relationships have endured for more than 20 years. Read more
 
Appellate
Winner: Morgan Lewis & Bockius: Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ appellate group scored victories for clients in no fewer than eight federal circuits, in addition to state appeals court, last year. In the process, the firm’s litigators helped to shape the law going forward, such as in the unanimous Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that dismissed a securities fraud suit against Morgan Lewis client General Cable Corp., while also clarifying the law on corporate scienter. Read more
 
Class Action
Winner: Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check:
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check specializes solely in litigation on behalf of investors and consumers. Read more
 
Insurance
Winner: Reed Smith: For Reed Smith, 2016 was a banner year for the Pennsylvania attorneys in the insurance recovery group. Read more
 
Intellectual Property
Winner: Dechert: Dechert’s intellectual property litigation team regularly represents major industry players and brands that are household names on a regional and national level. The team tries cases where hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars are at stake and get results across the entire spectrum of IP disputes. Read more
 
Professional Liability
Winner: Swartz Campbell:
Swartz Campbell’s professional liability group found itself in the spotlight more than once in 2016. The firm successfully defended attorneys Dolores M. Troiani and Bebe H. Kivitz, who represented Andrea Constand in her civil suit against Bill Cosby, when they were hit with a subsequent lawsuit in which the comedian alleged they violated confidentiality provisions of a settlement agreement. Read more

Legal Departments of the Year:

General Excellence
WInner: InterDigital: InterDigital is a research and development company that provides wireless technologies for mobile devices, networks and services all over the globe. Read more

In-House Legal Work
Winner: JLT Re: Throughout 2016, JLT Re (North America) Inc.’s law department continued to encounter developments that speak to the core of the necessity and existence of a corporate law department. Of singular importance, however, was JLT Re’s completion of two major acquisitions in 2016, both occurring simultaneously during the month of December. Read more

Corporate Compliance
Winner: United States Steel: In recent years, United States Steel’s legal department has led notable efforts to level the playing field for U.S. companies—and the steel industry in particular—by initiating actions to address unfairly traded imports, with an eye toward making lasting changes that will help the steel industry and the American economy remain strong. Read more

GC Impact Winners:

Mark A. Hershey, Armstrong World Industries Read more
Debbie Lofton, Qlik Read more