The 2014 Litigation Power Rankings

The American Lawyer Litigation Contest has a new practice mix this year—with securities and antitrust replacing employment and products liability—and that gives our Power Rankings a new look. New York firms like securities winner Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and antitrust winner Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett are climbing. Employment stalwarts like Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker are starting to lose ground. IP powerhouses like Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, which has made the finals in that category 5 of 6 times, are still doing fine. And so are the all-arounders—notably Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and O'Melveny & Myers, which have at least made the General Litigation finals in three straight contests. Alas, there's no draft lottery for firms that wish to dethrone them. Only the long, hard slog of winning cases, and telling us about it when they do.Michael D. Goldhaber.  
 
Score Firm General Winner General Finalist Practice Area Winner Practice Area Finalist Honorable Mention*
26 Gibson, Dunn 2010, 2012 2002, 2014 Labor & Employment 2012 Labor & Employment 2010, Antitrust 2014 2004, 2006, 2008
22 Kirkland & Ellis 2008 2002, 2004, 2010   Intellectual Property 2004, 2006, 2008 2012, 2014
19 Jones Day 2002 2004 Labor & Employment 2008, Product Liability 2004 Product Liability 2006 2006, 2010, 2012
17 Wilmer     Intellectual Property 2008, 2014 Intellectual Property 2004, 2006, 2012 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
16 O'Melveny 2004 2010, 2012, 2014     2006, 2008
13 Paul, Weiss 2006 2010 Securities 2014   2012, 2014
13 Weil, Gotshal   2004, 2010   Intellectual Property 2006, 2010 2006, 2008, 2012
11 Morgan, Lewis     Labor & Employment 2006 Labor & Employment 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012  
11 Quinn Emanuel   2010 Intellectual Property 2010 Intellectual Property 2012 2006, 2008, 2012
11 Simpson Thacher   2002, 2006 Antitrust 2014   2008, 2010
10 Paul Hastings     Labor & Employment 2004, 2010 Labor & Employment 2006, 2008  
10 Skadden   2008, 2014   Product Liability 2012 2004, 2010
10 Winston & Strawn   2004   Intellectual Property 2010, 2014 2006, 2010, 2014
9 Latham & Watkins   2004, 2006     2008, 2010, 2014
8 Shook, Hardy     Product Liability 2008, 2012 Product Liability 2010  
7 Covington   2008, 2014     2010
7 Munger, Tolles   2006     2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
7 Reed Smith     Product Liability 2010 Product Liability 2006, 2008  
7 Sidley Austin   2012     2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
7 Williams & Connolly   2002, 2008     2010
6 Akin Gump   2008, 2014      
6 Davis Polk       Securities 2014 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014
6 Finnegan, Henderson     Intellectual Property 2006, 2012    
6 King & Spalding       Product Liability 2004, 2012 2008, 2010
6 Sullivan & Cromwell       Securities 2014  2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
 
 
SCORING KEY
General Winner: 5 points
General Finalist: 3 points
Practice Area Winner: 3 points
Practice Area Finalist: 2 points
Honorable Mention (*general litigation category only): 1
 
Click here for a look at Litigation Department of the Year winners and finalists through the years.