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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 2013 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

INADMISSIBLE: Roberts Once Considered Repping Clinton

: The National Law Journal : October 20, 2014

Documents released by the Clinton Presidential Library led to a startling revelation: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., then in private practice, actually considered representing President Bill Clinton before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997 in the legal battle over Paula Jones' allegations of sexual harassment. Plus more in this week's column.

Brokers Report Real Estate Traffic Jam for D.C. Firms

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 20, 2014

Washington's ocean of law firm square footage has decreased in size in recent years, but the city has one of the tightest office building markets in the country, according to a new study to be published Tuesday.

Agency Sets High Expectations For Cooperation

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : October 20, 2014

For lawyers defending companies under scrutiny by federal agencies, the real question is whether to self-report wrongdoing.

Knowles Evens Score in IP Fight With Chinese Rival

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : October 19, 2014

Amid claims that its client was unfairly bullied by protectionist Chinese courts, team from Covington won a key victory at the U.S. International Trade Commission in an intercontinental patent feud involving mobile device technology.

Edwards Wildman's Tech Cochair Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 18, 2014

Another Edwards Wildman Palmer partner departs ahead of the firm's proposed merger later this year with Locke Lord; a Bingham partner heads to the FCC; Fried Frank and Kirkland & Ellis add a pair of new partners; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Obama Order May Break Stalemate on Card Security

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : October 17, 2014

Chip-and-PIN card legislation had died in state Legislature.

Two Covington Lawyers on BP Matters Leave for Kirkland

Nate Beck : Legal Times : October 16, 2014

Two Covington lawyers who have long defended energy companies and drugmakers have left the Washington firm for Kirkland.

Deal of the Week: $7.8 Billion Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : October 16, 2014

Targa Resources Corp. and Targa Resources Partners to acquire Atlas Energy and Atlas Pipeline Partners.

Covington Gets Qualcomm Call, Loses Two Litigators

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 16, 2014

Wireless technology company Qualcomm tapped Covington & Burling to advise on its proposed $2.5 billion acquisition of CSR, a British chipmaker known for its Bluetooth technology. At the same time, the firm saw two top litigators handling Deepwater Horizon-related oil spill work for BP depart its Beltway base for Kirkland & Ellis.

Judge: Deal Didn't Resolve Tribe's Claims Against Glaxo

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : October 16, 2014

A Boston federal judge has ruled that GlaxoSmithKline PLC's $3 billion settlement of misbranding charges involving its diabetes drug Avandia and other pharmaceuticals did not resolve claims the Cherokee Nation filed in its Oklahoma tribal court.

Circuit Denies Request for New Stop-and-Frisk Panel

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : October 15, 2014

Over the objection of plaintiffs' lawyers in New York City's stop-and-frisk litigation, circuit judges Jose Cabranes, Barrington Parker and John Walker—the panel who had blocked Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin's liability and remedial rulings last year—will hear arguments on Wednesday.

We Don't Owe You Anything, Say Automakers to Big Music

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : October 14, 2014

Music companies are demanding royalties for car entertainment systems that allow drivers to store their recordings.

Ford, GM Argue They Don't Owe Any Music Royalties

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : October 13, 2014

Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and two electronics companies are refuting claims that they owe recording artists and record labels royalties, arguing in federal court that certain audio devices in vehicles don't violate U.S. copyright law.

INADMISSIBLE: Lawyers Line Up To Fight Trial Subpoenas

: The National Law Journal : October 13, 2014

Lawyers are lining up to fight subpoenas requiring them to testify remotely via video in a Boston antitrust trial, but the battle is over for Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester. Plus more in this week's column.

Former Class Action King Takes Control of NHL's Coyotes

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 11, 2014

A hat trick of firms—Blank Rome, Oslers and Shearman & Sterling—are advising on the $155 million sale of a 51 percent stake in the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes to Andrew Barroway, a high-flying plaintiffs lawyer-turned-hedge fund executive.

BAR-ometer: Dumbing It Down for SCOTUS?

: The Recorder : October 10, 2014

Ordered To Pay Exxon $2B, Venezuela Claims Victory

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : October 10, 2014

Although an international arbitration panel ordered Venezuela to pay more than $2 billion to subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil Corp., Venezuela's lead lawyer at Curtis is crowing about the victory.

Blank Rome Whistleblower Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 10, 2014

One of the few whistleblower practices at an Am Law 100 firm is heading out on its own; fast-growing Parker Ibrahim & Berg raids Edwards Wildman Palmer to branch out in Boston; Ballard Spahr's mortgage banking head goes in-house; and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Covington Chairman Defeats Antitrust Trial Subpoena

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 09, 2014

A federal judge in Boston on Thursday agreed to block a subpoena that would have forced Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester to be on call for an unspecified number of days to testify via video in an antitrust trial.

In Ninth Circuit Sequel, Wells Fargo Resists $203 Million Judgment

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : October 08, 2014

It was a repeat performance for lawyers at Covington and Lieff Cabraser in a case challenging Wells Fargo's handling of overdraft charges.

D.C. Lawyers Line Up to Fight Subpoenas in Antitrust Case

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 08, 2014

Two weeks after Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester filed court papers opposing a subpoena for live video testimony in an antitrust trial, two more lawyers in Washington have joined the fight.

In-House at Large Public Companies

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Chart tracking In-House Counsel at Large Public Companies.

Covington, In-House Teams Get an Assist on NBA's TV Mega-Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 06, 2014

Only days after helping the National Football League negotiate an eight-year, $12 billion contract extension with DirecTV, Covington & Burling assisted the National Basketball Association on its nine-year, $24 billion broadcast rights agreement with ESPN and Turner Broadcasting System.

Holder Celebrates D.C. Legal Services Group's 50th Anniversary

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 03, 2014

Marking the 50th anniversary of Washington's Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Thursday reaffirmed the U.S. Department of Justice's push to expand legal representation for low-income individuals.

2014 Pro Hac Vice Ineligible List

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 03, 2014

Notice to the bar.

NFL's DirecTV Deal Yields Gridiron Roles for Covington, Gibson Dunn

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 02, 2014

Covington & Burling is counseling the National Football League on an eight-year, $12 billion extension of its Sunday Ticket television deal with DirecTV, a key component of the satellite broadcaster's pending $48.5 billion sale to AT&T.

Where Does Holder Go From Here?

Katelyn Polantz and Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

When Eric Holder Jr., the country's first black attorney general, said he would resign after nearly six years at the Jus­tice Department, the announcement revved up the next question: Would the former litigator turned controversial political figure return to Big Law?

Covington Chair Fights Subpoena

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

When you run Washington's largest law firm, being stuck in a courtroom for days waiting to testify via video in a trial in Boston is an unpleasant ­proposition. That's the situation facing Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester.

On the Move

: The Recorder : September 29, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Eric Holder in Quotes: Race, Big Banks and Asparagus

Zoe Tillman and Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : September 26, 2014

Over the past five years, Eric Holder, who announced Thursday that he will step down, has spoken and responded to questions on nearly every major issue facing the country—from civil rights battles to the name of Washington's NFL team.We've collected some of his most memorable quotes.