The nominations were plentiful and the competition fierce. After weeks of judging and debate, The American Lawyer is pleased to announce our editors’ picks for finalists in our Litigation Department of the Year Awards.

Over the past several weeks, editors from around the country have read through details on hundreds of cases, learned about the philosophy of firms’ litigation departments and strategy, and generally amassed a deeper sense of the tremendous work being done on behalf of clients around the globe. Our finalists below represent firms we feel are at the core of industry-changing matters, leading the charge on their clients’ most important cases and operating at a level that sets them apart from their peers. They show prowess now and demonstrate a staying power that will keep clients coming back.