Hogan Lovells named a Law360 Firm of the Year following six winners of Practice Group of the Year

Hogan Lovells named a Law360 Firm of the Year following six winners of Practice Group of the Year

Awards & rankings | 24 January 2024

Washington, D.C., 24 January, 2024 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells has been named among Law360’s Firms of the Year after receiving six Practice Group of the Year awards. 

Law360 named its Firms of the Year for the first time. The firm was selected having been named among its Practice Group of the Year winners in the Appellate, Competition & Antitrust, Government Contracts, Healthcare, Real Estate, and Sports categories.  

Law360’s Practice Group of the Year series recognizes the most prominent practice groups throughout the legal profession, honoring “teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.” Winners were picked from more than 800 entries.

Hogan Lovells CEO Miguel Zaldivar commented: “Our success across our practices reflects a laser focus on our strategy - we shine when we represent clients in highly regulated sectors in their most complex matters, often across multiple jurisdictions. The practices in which we are recognized reflect this work. Other factors contributing to our success include our dedication to attracting top talent in all of our markets, and consistently delivering high-quality service to our clients. We organize our teams around our clients and their needs, we speak with our clients regularly, and we prioritize innovation to ensure we are anticipating clients’ evolving needs.”

Our Appellate practice was selected after a banner 2023 which saw the team argue a number of high profile cases at the nation’s highest courts, including at the U.S. Supreme Court where our lawyers earned significant victories in voting rights (Moore v. Harper and Allen v. Milligan) and the Court’s first-ever cryptocurrency case (Coinbase v. Bielski). The team already achieved a rare success with Law360, as partners Neal Katyal and Jessica Ellsworth were both recognized among its Appellate MVPs for 2023.

In Competition & Antitrust, our practice group built on its success in recent years by again prevailing over government agencies in high-stakes court cases. Its wins included successfully representing ASSA ABLOY in a Department of Justice challenge to its US$4.3 billion acquisition of Spectrum Brands’ hardware and home improvement business, and Meta’s US$1 billion acquisition of Within Unlimited, this time challenged by the Federal Trade Commission.

Our Government Contracts practice won a number of hard fought, high value wins for clients, resulting in them securing transformative opportunities on large federal contracts. These included a successful bid protest on behalf of Oasis Systems resulting in a US$2.4 billion Federal Aviation Administration contract, and  Tactical Air Support, Inc. in a bid protest challenging an Air Force award for Adversary Air training services for the Eglin and Luke Air Force Base locations. 

The firm continued to be a major national force in Health Care law, with headline-making transactional and litigation success. This included guiding Kaiser Permanente on the creation of Risant Health, an innovative new subsidiary to which Kaiser expects to commit US$35-50 billion in the next five years. We also successfully defended  Louisiana Children’s Medical Center in precedent-setting and high-profile litigation over the authority of federal antitrust enforcers and states in regulating healthcare providers.  

Our Real Estate practice was recognized for the third year in succession, highlighting its consistent performance and position among the nation’s leaders in one of the most competitive categories. This year the team earned recognition for, among others, leading Life Storage in rejecting a hostile offer then agreeing to a US$12.7 billion merger offer from Extra Space Storage. Additionally, the team guided Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. in a definitive merger agreement with Regency Centers, by which Regency will acquire Urstadt Biddle in an all-stock transaction creating a new company with an enterprise value of approximately US$16 billion. 

Finally, in Sports our team was included in Practice Groups of the Year for the fourth time in the last five years, an incredible achievement in an increasingly sophisticated and competitive category. The win came following another year when the group played leading roles in some of the most high profile business of sports developments of the year – including the sale of the NFL’s Washington Commanders for a reported US$6.05 billion, the largest sports franchise transaction in U.S. history, and advising MLS’s Inter Miami on the signing of soccer legend Lionel Messi.

The full list of Practice Groups of the Year can be found here.

The Law Firm of the Year feature is here