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Washington, DC

Covington & Burling LLP - Washington, DC
  • 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004-2401
  • Tel:202 662 6000
  • Fax:202 662 6291
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  • Management Committee Partner: Timothy C Hester
  • Number of partners: 260
  • Number of lawyers: 860

Firm Overview: Covington & Burling LLP is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, representing multinationals on many of their most significant transactional, litigation, regulatory, and public policy matters. The firm has long emphasised the strength and focus its corporate and litigation practices draw from the firm’s industry expertise, which in turn is enhanced by the firm’s broad range regulatory practices. The firm’s New York office has strong ties to the corporate and financial communities and is highly regarded for its work in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, securities, and corporate finance, as well as white-collar, securities, and general commercial litigation. Covington’s London and Brussels practices include top-ranking global life sciences and pharmaceutical regulatory, corporate and securities law, intellectual property, communications and technology issues, taxation, employment, litigation and arbitration, competition, and trade. The firm’s San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and San Diego offices focus on meeting clients’ litigation, corporate, and regulatory needs in a broad range of subject areas with special emphasis on software, technology, life sciences, financial services, and insurance. The firm’s lawyers in Beijing and Shanghai assist US and European companies in Asia in a wide range of areas, including market entry, inbound investment, creation, production, and distribution of media content, and licensing of technology and other intellectual property rights. Covington’s practice in Seoul includes strategic policy, trade, and regulatory capabilities aimed at assisting Korean and non-Korean businesses with their needs internationally.

Main Areas of Practice:  

■ Covington’s Litigation Practice covers virtually every important area of civil and criminal law. Covington prosecutes and defends cases before juries and judges in state and federal courts nationwide, before arbitration panels convened by US and international arbitral organisations, before all major federal agencies, and in the courts of selected foreign jurisdictions
■ The subject matters of the firm’s Civil Litigation and Arbitration Practice cover the range of high stakes commercial disputes, but focus heavily on antitrust, insurance coverage, international arbitration, intellectual property, and product liability
■ The firm’s Criminal Practice covers all areas of white-collar criminal representation, on behalf of both corporate and individual clients, and the related areas of regulatory enforcement, internal and government investigations, and ethics inquiries
■ Covington is widely recognised as the pre-eminent Insurance Practice representing policyholders, and has recovered more than $15 billion for its clients

Corporate, Financial Institutions, Tax & Benefits:
■ With more than 200 lawyers actively practicing in the corporate, M&A, securities and capital markets, private equity and venture capital, finance, bankruptcy, real estate, tax, and employee benefits areas, Covington provides a full range of transactional and advisory services
■ The firm’s corporate and securities lawyers draw on the firm’s deep regulatory expertise in areas such as food and drug law, energy, financial institutions, communications, defence, transportation, environmental regulation, antitrust, and international trade
■ The firm’s substantial intellectual property and information technology practices provide an important additional resource in handling clients’ multidisciplinary transactional needs efficiently and comprehensively
■ Led by the most recent US Comptroller of the Currency, Covington’s financial institutions practice is a leader in advising banks, thrifts, bank and thrift holding companies, and other financial services companies on a full range of legal, regulatory, and compliance issues

Antitrust & International Trade:
■ The firm handles mergers and acquisitions, complex civil and criminal antitrust, cartel, and consumer protection matters, nationwide class actions, investigations and cross-border transactions
■ The firm’s trade expertise ranges from policy and regulatory advice to trade disputes and international arbitration and draws on the resources of all of the firm’s offices. The firm appears on behalf of clients, including governments, in disputes arising under the WTO Agreements, NAFTA, and other US and European trade laws and international agreements
■ The firm’s practice is led by two former heads of the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice and includes other senior former DOJ and FTC officials. Covington’s International Trade and Finance Practice features five former Ambassadors and includes others who have held significant positions at the Office of the USTR, the Departments of State and Commerce, and the UK Department of Trade and Industry

Life Sciences:
■ Covington’s Life Sciences Industry Group consists of lawyers from multiple disciplines who have deep industry expertise and collaborate across the firm’s offices in the US, Europe, and Asia to service life sciences clients
■ The firm provides a full range of transactional, regulatory, and dispute resolution services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, veterinary, healthcare, and agricultural companies globally
■ Clients include many of the major national and multinational pharmaceutical companies as well as a wide array of biotechnology, diagnostic, and medical device companies, ranging from start-up ventures to industry leaders and trade associations
■ The group includes members of the firm’s food and drug, healthcare, corporate, litigation, white-collar defence and investigations, intellectual property, competition, and trade practices, and includes two former chief counsel of the US Food & Drug Administration

Technology & Media:
■ Covington’s Technology Practice covers the full range of issues confronting companies engaged in technology, supported by lawyers who are authorities on such subjects as internet intellectual property and anticounterfeiting, electronic payment systems, encryption, and data privacy
■ The firm advises clients on all aspects of technology and software industry, combining experience in internet intellectual property, telecommunications, and other cutting-edge fields with traditional strength in such important areas as antitrust, securities and finance, and tax. Covington assists companies around the world in the creation, acquisition, protection, and exploitation of intellectual property rights and has been at the forefront of international efforts to strengthen software copyright protection
■ Covington is also well known for its experience in broadcasting, mass media, telecommunications, multichannel video distribution, satellite, PCS/cellular, international, programming, newsgathering, and the first amendment

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust & International Trade
  • Corporate, Financial Institutions, Tax & Benefits
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation
  • Technology & Media


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