The Recorder is pleased to introduce the winners and finalists of its first-ever Litigation Department of the Year awards. Editors scored dozens of entrants in the overall category and five practice specialties, combing through extensive nomination materials, interviewing lawyers who handled specific cases and clients on whose behalf the lawyers worked. We considered matters resolved in the year ending in July and focused on those where the client had a lot to win or lose. We looked for evidence of strategic planning and tactical precision and moments of pure lawyering genius. We considered the breadth and depth of each practice. The choices were often difficult, and certainly subjective. But we think you’ll agree that these California practices are worthy of recognition as the Litigation Departments of the Year.
Litigation Department of the Year
Winner: Orrick
Finalist: Lieff Cabraser
Finalist: Gibson Dunn
Honorable Mention: Morrison & Foerster
Honorable Mention: Munger Tolles & Olson
Intellectual Property
Winner: Irell & Manella
Finalist: Orrick
Labor & Employment
Winner: Orrick
Finalist: Morgan Lewis
Finalist: Sheppard Mullin
Securities
Winner: Fenwick & West
Finalist: Gibson Dunn
Finalist: Wilson Sonsini
Antitrust
Finalist: Lieff Cabraser
Finalist: Gibson Dunn
Product Liability
Finalist: Gibson Dunn
Finalist: Reed Smith