- Management Committee Chair: Timothy C Hester
- Number of partners worldwide: 242
- Number of other lawyers worldwide: 612
- International Offices: The firm also has offices in London, Brussels, Beijing, Seoul and Shanghai.
From its offices in Beijing, Brussels, London, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Washington, Covington practices as one firm, holding closely to core values: a deep commitment to its clients and the high quality of its work on their behalf. The firm emphasizes teamwork among its lawyers and other professionals and believes in the obligation of lawyers to make legal services available to all who need them.
Main Areas of Practice:
Covington was ranked among the top 25 firms nationally by corporate directors and general counsel in Corporate Board Member’s America’s Best Corporate Law Firms. With more than 200 lawyers practicing in the corporate, securities, finance, venture capital, bankruptcy, real estate, tax, and employee benefits areas, Covington provides a full range of transactional and advisory services from offices in the US, UK, EU, and Asia.
Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
Covington handles all facets of bankruptcy and restructuring practice, from non-judicial consensual restructurings to contentious bankruptcy proceedings. The firm represents debtors, financial creditors, trade creditors, indenture trustees, and official committees in Chapter 11 cases.
The additions in January of 2011 of the most recent US Comptroller of the Currency and the long-time head of the American Bankers Association have significantly strengthened this Chambers top-rated practice.
In the past few years, the firm has advised on more than 200 mergers and acquisitions,with an aggregate value of more than $300 billion. The firm’s clients include Global 100 companies, private equity firms, and investment banks as well as venture backed companies who depend on the firm’s industry knowledge to support their formative transactions.
Co-headed by a former Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Covington’s Securities Practice integrates transactional skills and understanding of corporate financing techniques and practices with a deep understanding of securities and related business laws. Covington’s attorneys have handled significant public and private offerings of equity, debt and derivative securities, representing issuers, financial institutions, and investors.
Recognized as one of the top litigation firms by The American Lawyer magazine in its Litigation Department of the Year awards, Covington’s Litigation Practice of more than 450 attorneys covers virtually every important area of civil and criminal law. The firm handles important and high-stakes legal disputes in federal and state courts, arbitral tribunals, and administrative agencies throughout the US, as well as in international forums and selected European courts.
Co-chaired by the two recent heads of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division,Covington attorneys play leading roles in the fields of antitrust and consumer litigation. The firm represents clients in both private antitrust litigation and before the FTC and the DOJ, and has been named to Global Competition Review’s Global Elite, a listing of top 20 competition practices worldwide.
Chambers recognized Covington as the world’s pre-eminent Insurance Coverage Practice by presenting the group with the first ever Award of Excellence for Insurance in 2007, an award the group received again in 2009 and 2010. Covington’s International Insurance Practice focuses on the representation of corporate policyholders globally and has helped clients recover more than $15 billion.
Covington’s IP practice has been recognized for excellence by Managing Intellectual Property, Best Lawyers in America, and WORLDLeaders International IP Awards. Covington handles a wide range of intellectual property matters across the US and internationally, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, privacy, and antipiracy disputes.
Recognized by Chambers for the ability to “present extremely complicated matters lucidly and persuasively,”Covington’s lawyers have handled matters in virtually all major arbitral bodies operating in the world today. Covington’s practice in arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution covers the field from complex international disputes that span the globe to domestic matters in specific industries conducted under specialized rules.
Recognized by Chambers, Legal 500, and others,Covington’s White-Collar Practice is lauded not only for litigating and winning high profile criminal cases, but also for devising creative legal strategies to resolve cases long before they draw public scrutiny. The firm has a long-standing record of excellence in the areas of regulatory enforcement, internal investigations, and ethics inquiries.
Covington’s 150+ regulatory lawyers are recognized as experts in their fields and regularly combine their talents on behalf of the world’s top energy, financial services, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, telecommunications and technology companies, utilities, railroads, sports leagues, and consumer goods companies, among others.
Foreign Trade & Controls:
Recipient of the 2011 Chambers Award of Excellence for International Trade, the firm has broad expertise handling advisory and enforcement matters involving foreign trade controls, including export controls, economic sanctions, antiboycott requirements, and anti-bribery prohibitions. The firm also represents international and domestic clients before CFIUS agencies often involving high stakes commercial investments.
Ranked 1st in PLC’s Life Sciences Regulatory Super Leagues for four years running, Covington’s Life Sciences Practice is a crossdisciplinary and cross-border powerhouse. The firm provides a full range of litigation, regulatory, and transactional services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology,medical device, veterinary, and agricultural companies in the US and abroad.