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Covington & Burling LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 774
  • Gross Revenues: $709,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $915,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,335,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 3

Covington & Burling is a Washington-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Covington & Burling has 774 attorneys and is the 44th largest firm in the United States.  With $709,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 43rd on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Covington & Burling ranked as the 51st highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC and NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 43 3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 43 3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 49 3 Lawyer head count
The A-List 20 4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 10 -2 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 57 14 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 25 15 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 66 -7 Summer programs

In the News

The Price of Influence: Law Firms Go Beyond Lobbying

Katelyn Polantz : The American Lawyer : November 30, 2015

What Big Law earns from lobbying—and from less traditional public policy work.

Q&A: Bottom Line on Law Firm Real Estate

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : November 30, 2015

It's well-known how many Washington law firms have renovated or built new offices in recent years. But Sherry Cushman of Cushman & Wakefield is sometimes still surprised how little lawyers — in offices in flux — know about the real estate projects and their costs.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : November 30, 2015

How To Be A Better Partner

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : November 30, 2015

In the age of the mega-firm, it's more crucial than ever for partners to take an active role in overseeing the business they own.

Merger Mania? Not For Many of D.C.'s Biggest Law Firms

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : November 30, 2015

A handful of law firm leaders with Washington roots have dug deeper this year, claiming that no matter how frequently mergers creep across the industry, their law firms won't join other firms.

The Client's View: News and Trends Affecting Inside Counsel

ALM Staff : The American Lawyer : November 30, 2015

Short reports: The SEC and general counsel; AIG to help companies slash outside legal spending; how to deal with regulators.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : November 23, 2015

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Holder Awarded Fordham-Stein Prize

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : November 19, 2015

Fordham University School of Law presented the Fordham-Stein Prize, awarded annually to a member of the legal profession whose work embodies the highest standards in areas such as professional conduct, the advancement of justice, and contributions to society and democracy, to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. Tuesday.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for Emerging Markets Awards 2015

: The Asian Lawyer : November 18, 2015

Both regional and international firms alike took home trophies for their work on the most innovative and creative deals and disputes in Southeast Asia and India. Here's the full list of winners.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : November 17, 2015

Six firms announce new hires, and Kenyon & Kenyon partner John Kenny has been named an administrative patent judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

The 2015 Appellate Hot List: Winning Big Cases, Changing the Law

: The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

The 20 firms on these pages represent appellate advocacy at its strongest.

Covington & Burling

Michael Moline : The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

Covington & Burling's appellate leader Robert Long believes in a liberal admissions policy. The practice includes 31 partners and 11 counsel. It boasts former federal judges such as Michael Chertoff, veterans of the U.S. Solicitor General's Office and 17 former U.S. Supreme Court clerks.

Justice Department Rebuts Judge Kozinski's Criticism of Prosecutors

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

In a rare public war of words, top officials at the U.S. Department of Justice are pushing back against recent criticism about prosecutors' ethics from Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Tobacco Companies Want Judge to Recuse Over Law Firm Ties

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 12, 2015

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta's law firm ties have prompted calls for him to recuse in a court fight in Washington between tobacco companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Their concern: Mehta's former law firm, Zuckerman Spaeder, worked for anti-tobacco groups while the judge was a partner.

Deal Watch: Amid Sidecar Sale, Dozen Firms Toast Beer Megamerger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 12, 2015

Lawyers from a dozen Global 100 firms are advising on a $106 billion megamerger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, one that moved forward this week as SABMiller agreed to the $12 billion sale of its 58 percent stake in joint venture MillerCoors.

Wilson Elser Expands in Texas, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 11, 2015

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker is the latest big firm to bet on the Lone Star State with an 11-lawyer team from Lewis Brisbois; Shearman & Sterling snags an IP trio from Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : November 09, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Barclays Sued Again Over Dewey & LeBoeuf Capital Loan

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : November 07, 2015

Kenneth Freeling, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf litigation partner now of counsel at Covington & Burling, is suing Barclays, the British banking giant that financed capital contributions for partners at the now-defunct firm.

Eric Holder Urges 'Bold' Action on Sentencing Reform

C. Ryan Barber : Legal Times : November 05, 2015

Former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Thursday pressed for action on criminal justice reform during a lecture in Washington, telling an audience here that Congress should seize on rare bipartisan consensus to change sentencing laws. The Covington & Burling partner delivered the seventh annual Judge Thomas A. Flannery Lecture.

Federal Circuit Splinters Over Patent Board's Picky Ways

Scott Graham : The Recorder : November 04, 2015

Decisions to take up some claims but not others has made patent system "worse than it was before," Judge Pauline Newman said Tuesday.

Fee Tracker: As NHL Season Begins, Skadden Leads Among Legal Billers

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 04, 2015

The National Hockey League's 2015-2016 season is underway, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has checked some of its competitors vying for the league's legal work over the board; plus other notable bills from big law.

Wade Henderson, Longtime Civil Rights Strategist, to Step Down

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : November 04, 2015

Wade Henderson, one of Washington's leading civil rights advocates and strategists, is retiring next year after 20 years as president and chief executive officer of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Covington & Burling

Sherry Karabin : The National Law Journal : November 02, 2015

Covington & Burling partner Paul Schmidt relies on a simple formula to score major victories for pharmaceutical companies facing high-stakes litigation.

The Guantánamo Roster

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

Firms involved in detainee representation.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

Final Appeal: The Race to Close Guantánamo

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

A decade after lawyers gained access to the Guantánamo prison, the detainees' legal status remains grim—and time is running out.

The Guantánamo Bar: David Remes

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

A Covington partner went all in on detainee defense, at the cost of his partnership.

Top Litigators Share Winning Strategies

: The National Law Journal : October 30, 2015

"I just show up in court and wing it," said no Winning Litigator—ever. But the lawyers in our special report bring more to the table than just meticulous preparation.

Morning Wrap: Eric Holder Questions Connecticut's New Gaming Law

C. Ryan Barber : Legal Times : October 30, 2015

Covington partner Eric Holder Jr. has concerns about Connecticut's new gaming law. Lawyers question whether Dennis Hastert, the former Dickstein lobbyist and House speaker, got a sweetheart deal. And the Fourth Circuit Court grants the government's petition to rehear a case on whether and how the Fourth Amendment applies to the collection of cell-site records. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Self-Confessed Adrenaline Junkie Litigator Leaves GE for Covington

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : October 29, 2015

Richard Rainey loved being the executive counsel for global intellectual property litigation at General Electric Co. But after nearly four years, Rainey says, “I am just a litigator who missed litigation.”