This year, The National Law Journal honors six top firms in our nation’s capital for excellence in six categories: general litigation, labor and employment, insurance, intellectual property, products liability/mass torts and white collar. As always, competition was fierce. Two stellar firms share top honors and three score wins in more than one category. For more about their work, read on. — Lisa Helem 

GENERAL LITIGATION WINNER
GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s winning streak in 2017 was marked by cases that may prove instructive for future litigation, including those that took down an Obama-era regulation, enabled a controversial $4 billion oil pipeline project to move forward and squashed class actions directed at wide-reaching cyberattacks and claims of mislabeled snack food.

GENERAL LITIGATION WINNER
LATHAM & WATKINS
In 2017, Latham & Watkins’ litigators successfully navigated a high-stakes landscape with cases that featured both a breadth and depth of practice areas and some novel legal issues.

GENERAL LITIGATION FINALIST
COVINGTON & BURLING

In 2017 Covington & Burling appeared at the center of Washington’s hottest controversies perhaps more frequently than any other D.C. firm.

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT WINNER
MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS

#MeToo has driven long-overdue reforms in workplaces toxic to women, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’ labor and employment department has been on the front lines of some headline-grabbing cases.

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT WINNER
GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER

One of the greatest strengths of the D.C. labor and employment practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is blending its expertise with that of lawyers across the firm’s disciplines.

INSURANCE WINNER
STEPTOE & JOHNSON

A major asbestos-related insurance coverage dispute ruling at the Fourth Circuit will have lasting significance not only as Maryland law, but likely will be followed in other circuits around the country.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WINNER
LATHAM & WATKINS

Latham & Watkins’ IP department gets the nod for a series of major appellate victories in 2017, demonstrating the strength of a well-rounded practice that has been years in the making.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WINNER
FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER

A Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner team convinced the en banc Federal Circuit that patent owners deserve a better shot to amend claims during adversary proceedings at the Patent Office.

PRODUCT LIABILITY/MASS TORTS WINNER
GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER

Known for its long history of obtaining favorable outcomes for clients, the firm’s mass tort practice is often called upon to take over the most serious cases.

WHITE COLLAR WINNER
STEPTOE & JOHNSON

It might not be pretty, but it’s not bribery. That was essentially the argument advanced in defense of client Richard Ireland, who was accused of 79 counts of bribery and money laundering in a major political corruption case in Pennsylvania.