This year, The National Law Journal honors eight 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. Three outstanding firms share top honors, including two that scored wins in more than one category. For more about their work, read on. —Sarah Tincher

GENERAL LITIGATION WINNER

O’MELVENY & MYERS

O’Melveny & Myers once again proved its mettle as a litigation machine in 2018, as the firm scored clean wins for top-billing clients in cases that could shape the business industry.

GENERAL LITIGATION WINNER

GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has long had a knack for taking on fights that will shape the law. This year proved no exception, as the litigation powerhouse scored wins in an unprecedented press pass dispute with the Trump administration and a major challenge to how the Securities and Exchange Commission appointed its in-house administrative law judges.

GENERAL LITIGATION WINNER

COVINGTON & BURLING

In a string of victories In 2018, Covington & Burling litigators solidified the firm’s reputation as an inside-the-Beltway litigation powerhouse.

GENERAL LITIGATION FINALIST

LATHAM & WATKINS

Latham & Watkins’ hot year in 2018 was marked by a series of wins for clients in cases where policy met the law, including a high-stakes challenge to a compelled warning label in California and an orphan-drug exclusivity case that firm leaders said brought a regulatory agency back into compliance with federal statute.

GENERAL LITIGATION FINALIST

HOGAN LOVELLS

Last year, Hogan Lovells’ Neal Katyal had to solve what he calls “a classic law school problem.” In Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Katyal’s team had to make sense of two seemingly conflicting federal statutes in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Impacting an estimated 25 million employee contracts, the case was one of two litigations from the firm’s Washington, D.C., outfit that would fortify the future of arbitration agreements.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WINNER

FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER

When E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. opened a new plant last spring in Illinois to produce sustainably sourced biomaterials, they faced an obstacle…. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner partner Michael Flibbert unlocked the courthouse door and won the plant some freedom to operate.

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT WINNER

GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher signed on about four years ago to represent Uber Technologies Inc. in class action lawsuits alleging the company misclassified drivers as independent contractors. At the time, Uber was facing a certified class, a looming trial date and tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars in potential back pay and benefits, had drivers been found to be employees.

WHITE COLLAR WINNER

WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR

In Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Ronald Machen’s mind, the best offense is a good defense. The former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and white collar defense litigator abided by this axiom while representing Panasonic Corp. during an investigation into the company’s business practices by federal agencies.

INSURANCE WINNER

STEPTOE & JOHNSON

Once again, Steptoe & Johnson’s formidable insurance litigation operation has grabbed the National Law Journal’s award of excellence in Washington, D.C., following up on last year’s win with another slate of impressive victories for its roster of major insurers.

PRODUCT LIABILITY/MASS TORTS WINNER

COVINGTON & BURLING

Covington & Burling partner Paul Schmidt had to convince the New Jersey Supreme Court last year to side with his client, Hoffmann-La Roche, in two groundbreaking legal decisions in New Jersey on the same day. He got unanimous decisions in both, while also changing the law.