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Covington & Burling LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 760
  • Gross Revenues: $657,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $865,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,155,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Covington & Burling is a Washington-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Covington & Burling has 760 attorneys and is the 49th largest firm in the United States.  With $657,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 46th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2012 Global 100 survey, Covington & Burling ranked as the 54th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, London and NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 46 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 46 -1 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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : September 02, 2014

McDermott Will & Emery has added Alysse McLoughlin as a partner, rejoining the firm from Barclays; P.J. Forcino has joined Meyer Suozzi as executive director; and Wilson Sonsini has added Benjamin Hoch; among other moves.


: The National Law Journal : September 01, 2014

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

Navigating the NTSB's Asiana Airlines Crash Investigation

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : September 01, 2014

Covington's Daniel Suleiman talks to NLJ about the challenges of the yearlong federal inquiry.

Global Legal Awards: Global M&A Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 29, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards honor the 10 cross-border deals and disputes of 2013 that best exemplify the challenges of transnational legal practice.

Pro Bono: Covington's Wrongful Conviction Case

Wenxiong Zhang : The American Lawyer : August 27, 2014

The client, a Louisiana man, is seeking compensation after spending 15 years in state prison.

A $50 Billion Payoff: Shearman's Winning Yukos Strategy

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : August 27, 2014

Ten years after Russia seized oil giant Yukos, arbitrators found it liable for a record sum. The inside story of Shearman & Sterling's successful plan.

Cross Pennsylvania Avenue Off The Hot List

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 27, 2014

Law firms, Washington's largest private-sector real estate tenants, have razed tradition to cater more to the city's young intelligentsia when choosing new locations, according to some of the city's law firm and real estate leaders.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 27, 2014

Reynolds American/Lorillard; General Electric/Alstom; Salix/Cosmo Technologies; Nook Spinoff

Decade-Old Battle Over Stoli Trademark Continues

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : August 26, 2014

With its plot twists and sheer length, the decade-old battle for the Stolichnaya vodka trademark is starting to resemble a Russian novel.

Real Estate Roundup: Big Firms Move to Smaller Spaces

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : August 25, 2014

Law firms are trading down in square footage per attorney when they take out new leases, and increasingly are looking for flexible, more economical spaces in line with the corporate clients they serve, commercial real estate experts say.

Four Firms Digging Into BHP Billiton Breakup

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 20, 2014

Cleary Gottlieb, Herbert Smith Freehills, Slaughter and May and ENSafrica are advising on a proposed demerger by BHP Billiton of several noncore assets into a new global metals and mining company, effectively unwinding part of the 2001 megadeal that created the Anglo-Australian minerals and mining giant.

Alibaba's Film Company Draws SEC Scrutiny

Jamille Sutton : The American Lawyer : August 19, 2014

Alibaba Group Holding's initial public offering may be subject to additional scrutiny by the Securities and Exchange Commission after the company said it had discovered questionable accounting activity with its acquired film company, Bloomberg News reports.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : August 18, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

Obama Picks Former Federal Prosecutor to Fill Wilken's Seat

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : August 18, 2014

The nomination of Covington & Burling partner Haywood Gilliam Jr. may battle for attention from a distracted Senate.

Dunked and Cold, But For a Good Cause

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 15, 2014

Venable dedicated an afternoon "ice-bucket challenge" to partner Michael Gollin as they raised money for research for the disease ALS.

The Churn: Bingham Tax Duo Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 15, 2014

Two more Bingham McCutchen partners depart in Washington, D.C., Jones Day loses two in the Midwest, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett hires in New York and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Terror Docket

: The Litigation Daily : August 15, 2014

With trial in now underway in Brooklyn, see our roundup of the other key Anti-Terrorism Act cases unfolding in U.S. courts.

The Churn: Am Law Quartet Eyes New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 12, 2014

Dechert, LeClairRyan, Lowenstein Sandler and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman all announced plans for new offices within the past week, in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Taking on the Big Three Legal Research Providers

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : August 11, 2014

Two startups are targeting the lucrative and highly concentrated online legal research business.

Effort to Recoup Legal Expenses From Estate May Proceed

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : August 06, 2014

A business, run by a man who killed himself under the cloud of a criminal investigation, can proceed against his estate to recoup the money that was advanced for his legal expenses.

The Churn: Troutman Sanders Grows in New York, Plus More Lateral Moves

Alexandra Wilson : The Am Law Daily : August 05, 2014

Troutman Sanders raids Dentons to pick up four commercial bankruptcy and litigation partners; Covington & Burling hires a senior IRS official in D.C.; and DLA Piper snags three attorneys in our latest roundup of lateral moves in The Am Law 200.

Edwards Wildman Moves From West End to Downtown D.C.

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 04, 2014

Edwards Wildman Palmer has moved its 20-lawyer Washington office from Washington's West End to downtown, the firm announced Monday.The move comes at a time when a number of Washington law offices are preparing to swap spaces.

Covington Scores for Roche in Accutane Appeal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : August 04, 2014

After nearly a decade of mass tort litigation in New Jersey, Roche's lawyers won a ruling on Monday that could help the company stamp out claims that it failed to warn the public about side effects associated with its acne treatment Accutane.

Former Marcos Lawyer Stays in the Game Acting for Philippines Elite

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 04, 2014

Estelito Mendoza served 14 years as solicitor general under former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, then thrived after his downfall by representing some of the most infamous associates of his administration. And now, at 84, Mendoza's still one of the top defense lawyers in the country.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : August 04, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : August 04, 2014

The Churn: Quinn Emanuel Partner Heads to Prague, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Alexandra Wilson : The Am Law Daily : August 01, 2014

A little less than three years after joining litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel from Mayer Brown, Andrew Schapiro, a former Harvard Law School classmate of President Barack Obama, has been confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic. The Am Law Daily looks at Schapiro's career shift, along with other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Claims Against Clairol by N.J. Salon Owner Dismissed

Jennifer Genova, Lisa Shuchman and Andrew Ramonas : New Jersey Law Journal : August 01, 2014

U.S. District Judge Jose Linares has granted Clairol's motion to dismiss a personal injury lawsuit lodged against it by a New Jersey salon owner and her customers, but is giving the plaintiffs through August to "correct the pleading deficiencies" in an amended complaint.

D.C. Circuit Rejects Gitmo Access-to-Counsel Challenge

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : August 01, 2014

Requiring detainees held at the U.S. military installation at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to undergo genital searches before meeting with their lawyers is a “reasonable” security precaution, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Friday.

Covington Adds Digital Media Partner

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 31, 2014

Robyn Polashuk joins from Greenberg Traurig's L.A. office.