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Covington & Burling LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 793
  • Gross Revenues: $742,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $935,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,275,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Covington & Burling is a Washington, D.C.-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 44 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 44 -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

Eric Holder: No Apologies for Return to Big Law

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : April 29, 2016

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said Friday "I am not ashamed" to have returned to private practice after resigning last year, asserting he will continue to advance the justice reform issues he espoused in office as a private attorney. "You can be a public interest lawyer wherever you are," Holder told students at Georgetown University Law Center at a public discussion with National Public Radio's Michel Martin. "I hope you will be a public interest lawyer wherever you are."

Deal Watch: A Pharmaceutical Frenzy for a Half-Dozen Firms

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2016

Abbott Labs seeks to buy St. Jude Medical for $25 billion; Sanofi makes a $9.3 billion bid for Medivation; AbbVie offers $5.8 billion for Stemcentrx; and a look at the big firms behind those proposed megadeals.

Vera Institute Gala Turns 10

: New York Law Journal : April 25, 2016

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith, Los Angeles attorney and "Hot Bench" television show judge Tanya Acker, and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a partner at Covington & Burling, attended the Vera Institute of Justice's 10th annual gala Thursday.

Too Few Women in Court

Mary Ellen Egan : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Female trial lawyers are still a minority in the nation's courtrooms. What will it take to change that disparity?

What All Good Compliance Programs Have in Common

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : April 25, 2016

A first-of-its-kind report released April 25 offers a road map for creating high-quality compliance programs, no matter the company's size.

Garland, Mum on Nomination, Urges Lawyers to Close Justice Gap

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : April 21, 2016

In a rare public speech since his nomination to the U.S. Supreme was announced, Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit delivered remarks at the court's annual pro bono recognition breakfast. He urged lawyers to do more to close the access-to-justice gap.

Microsoft to Fund New Pilot Project to Improve Legal Aid

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2016

The Legal Services Corp. is expected to announce a $1 million gift from the technology giant at the White House on Tuesday. The group will also name a new leadership council whose members range from Eric Holder to University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.

Morrison & Foerster Expands Government-Contracts Practice With Eight-Partner Team from Jenner

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 18, 2016

Jenner & Block waved goodbye to the bulk of its government-contracts and procurement practice this week, when eight partners in Washington and Northern Virginia announced they would join Morrison & Foerster.

INADMISSIBLE: CFPB'S Power Structure Faces Criticism

: The National Law Journal : April 18, 2016

A federal appeals panel in Washington last week appeared ready to disrupt the organizational structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which vests power in the hands of a single director. Plus more in this week's column.

Anti-Laundering: The ABCs of Federal GTOs

Carla Vianna : Daily Business Review : April 13, 2016

In the fight against money laundering, the federal government favors geographic targeting orders. Panelists at an anti-money laundering conference explain why.

Covington Sends Off First Fellow From Africa

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 12, 2016

Covington & Burling's fellowship program allows the firm to dip a toe into the corporate investments in Africa that international law firms like Dentons, Hogan Lovells and DLA Piper have pursued for legal work. Many firms already have their own offices in South Africa or partnerships with firms in Africa. Now, Covington houses an African lawyer for three months, building connections through him or her to firms and lawyers in Africa and gaining another strategic counseling voice to present to clients.


: New Jersey Law Journal : April 12, 2016

Jersey Central Power & Light has been hit with a suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey claiming its employee drug test program violates federal laws concerning persons with "shy bladder."

Lawyers Ready to Reap Work From Federal Trade Secrets Act

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : April 08, 2016

Putting trade secrets on the same playing field as patents, trademarks and copyrights makes sense to Valley lawyers like James Pooley. But some say seizure provisions set the stage for "trade secrets trolls."

DOJ Sweetens Rewards for FCPA Cooperation

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 06, 2016

At the same time, fraud section chief Andrew Weissman announced plans to hire 10 new prosecutors and more FBI agents to focus on corruption cases.

Ropes and Sidley Snag Weil Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2016

A pair of PE partners leave Weil; a rare hire by Wachtell; big firms raid Cadwalader and Reed Smith; Jenner & Block, Jones Day and Schiff Hardin rotate practice leaders; Goodwin Procter goes to Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Report: Merger-Minded Law Firms Running Out of Low-Hanging Fruit

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 05, 2016

Law firm mergers have continued at a high pace in 2016, but the legal consultancy Altman Weil says it's getting harder for large firms to find a good boutique to bolt on.

Spring Forward: What Top Litigator Lateral Moves Tell Us About the Market

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : April 05, 2016

Demand for litigators seems to be lagging behind corporate, regulatory and transactional specialists--consistent with predictions by some consultants earlier this year. So what do recent lateral moves tell us about the market for litigators?

In-House Counsel Profile: Darcy Manning

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : April 04, 2016

Darcy Manning was hired in 2006 as DHC USA's first in-house attorney, and she remains its sole legal counsel.

Pixar Fends Off Bid to Expose GC's Emails

Vanessa Blum : The Recorder : March 30, 2016

A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that plaintiffs lawyers in an antitrust class action haven't shown that Pixar's alleged 'no-poach' pacts would trigger the crime-fraud exception.

Morning Wrap: More Republicans Open to Meeting Garland | RBG to Make Cameo in 'Merchant of Venice'

Mike Sacks : Legal Times : March 29, 2016

More Senate Republicans are open to meeting with—if not actually voting on—Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, NBC News reports. The Justice Department drops its request for an order forcing Apple to break into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. And Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make a cameo appearance in "Merchant of Venice." This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Big Fees for the NFL's First-String Law Firms

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : March 28, 2016

The sports league paid a total of more than $20 million to three Am Law 100 firms last year, tax filings show.

Supreme Court's Style Manual is Private No More

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : March 28, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court Style Manual, viewed by the justices as an internal document for helping law clerks and justices draft opinions in proper form, is going public for the first time, without the court's approval.

Dealmakers of the Year: David Fagan and Mark Plotkin, Covington & Burling

Scott Flaherty : The American Lawyer : March 28, 2016

The pair obtained CFIUS approval without congressional objection for Global Foundries' acquisition of IBM's semiconductor business.

K&L Gates Advises Bill Gates on Florida Mansion Deal

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 28, 2016

Bill Gates turned to the firm that bears his father's name to buy a multimillion-dollar property in a Florida equestrian's paradise.

3M Fails to Get Covington Bumped from Suit

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : March 28, 2016

A judge finds that the firm has a conflict, but refuses to disqualify it from opposing 3M.

Deals, Deals, Deals

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : March 28, 2016

The American Lawyer recognizes the best-of-the-best transactional lawyers during a record year.

Dealmakers and Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : March 28, 2016

It was a cherry of a year for corporate transactions. Meet the lawyers behind the best work.

Emails From Ex-Pixar GC at Play in 'No-Poach' Case

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 24, 2016

A federal judge has ordered the company to turn over privileged communications involving Lois Scali for in-camera review.

Brussels Blasts Disrupt Big Law Business

Chris Johnson, Julie Triedman and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 22, 2016

Brussels, the seat of the European Union and a hub for U.S. and international firms, was in lockdown Tuesday after a series of explosions rocked the city's airport and a central subway station. At least 34 have been killed in the terrorist attacks.

INADMISSIBLE: Scholars Urge Senate Action on SCOTUS

: The National Law Journal : March 14, 2016

More than 350 legal scholars last week called on the Senate to fulfill its constitutional obligation to consider President Barack Obama's upcoming U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Plus more in this week's column.