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Earlier this year, as part of NYLJ’s Professional Excellence Awards recognition event, we reached out to law firms across the state to tell us what makes their litigation departments the best. We sought submissions for the top department in general litigation, as well as top specialty litigation practice groups. We asked to hear about firms’ big victories and important cases that demonstrate why clients choose them when litigation is on the table—and we were not disappointed.

A group of editors on NYLJ’s staff discussed and debated the impressive submissions before ultimately selecting the winners.

Each of the winning departments will be featured in a special supplement and honored at a dinner on October 17 at Tribeca Rooftop. For more information, contact Andre Sutton at asutton@alm.com or 757-721-9020.

Thank you to all that submitted their work for consideration, and congratulations to the following winning firms:

Sullivan & Cromwell, General Litigation

Kirkland & Ellis, Intellectual Property

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Finance

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Class Action

McKool Smith, Insurance

Jones Day, Labor & Employment

Honorees in other categories, including Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Leaders, Rising Stars, GC Impact and In-House Legal Departments of the Year were previously announced on nylj.com.