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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 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

Lawyers Size Up New Players on the Northern District Bench

Ross Todd : The Recorder : December 19, 2014

With four new judges confirmed in 2014, litigators are scrambling for intel.

Morning Wrap: Fights at the Courthouse

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 18, 2014

News on tension at court houses across the country, and the legal industry's reaction to U.S.-Cuban relations: This is a daily round-up from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.

Covington's Gilliam Confirmed to Northern District Bench

Ross Todd : The Recorder : December 17, 2014

Haywood Gilliam Jr., confirmed by a voice vote Tuesday evening, will fill the seat vacated by Chief Judge Claudia Wilken.

Lawyers See Business Opportunity in Obama's Cuba Opening

Andrew Ramonas and Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 17, 2014

The U.S. business community is largely divided on the benefits of rapprochement between the United States and Cuba, with industries including cigar retailers hesitant to embrace President Barack Obama's diplomatic opening.

INADMISSIBLE: 'Radical Change' at New Pillsbury Office

: The National Law Journal : December 15, 2014

The downsizing to a new office building follows a number of Washington firms that have reduced their footprints in recent years. Plus more in this week's column.

Chiquita Asks Court to Shield Records of Pay to Paramilitary

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : December 15, 2014

In a case that tests ­confidentiality provisions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Chiquita Brands International Inc. last week squared off against the agency in a potentially ground-breaking Freedom of Information Act suit before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Lawyers Take Their Place on Year-End Lists of Top Hollywood, Sports Luminaries

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

Lawyers love their lists, and more than a few with Am Law 200 ties appear on annual compilations of dealmakers and powerbrokers by entertainment industry trade publications like The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and SportsBusiness Journal.

Ex-Port Authority Chair Samson Seeks to Block Ethics Probe

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : December 10, 2014

David Samson, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is asking a federal judge to block an investigation by the New Jersey State Ethics Commission into allegations that he used his position to benefit clients of his law firm, Wolff & Samson.

Kirkland Poaches Winston & Strawn's Litigation Chair

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 10, 2014

In yet another high-profile lateral hire, Kirkland & Ellis has lured away trial lawyer James Hurst from Winston & Strawn, his professional home for 25 years.

Pillsbury Lawyers to See 'Radical Change' in New Office

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 08, 2014

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's downsizing to a new office building Monday follows a number of Washington firms that have reduced their footprints in recent years. The new D.C. building feels so small, you can stand near its main reception area to see views out of all four exterior walls.

Covington Office Move Gives DC's Largest Firm Glass Walls, Tech

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 08, 2014

After two years of construction and many more of planning, the 515 Washington lawyers at Covington & Burling are moving to a glassy new building heralded as a transformative block in downtown D.C., CityCenter.

Big Law Fumbles Are Focus at Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 05, 2014

In three cases, attorneys tried to get themselves—and their clients—off the hook after gaffes.

Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 05, 2014

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fenwick Advises on Uber's $1.2 Billion Financing

David Ruiz : The Recorder : December 04, 2014

The Fenwick & West team has counseled Uber through previous venture funding rounds. The latest values the ride-share company at $40 billion.

Litigator of the Week: Robert Wick of Covington & Burling

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : December 04, 2014

Wick twice persuaded the Seventh Circuit to throw out $3.5 billion in price-fixing claims against Asia-based LCD panel manufacturers, winning a decision last week with important implications for other foreign and U.S. companies.

Canadian Skirmish Continues

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : December 01, 2014

Eli Lilly says the country's patent ruling violates NAFTA.

Let's Make a Deal. Maybe.

Jenna Greene : Corporate Counsel : December 01, 2014

It's still unclear how much leniency a new agency is offering violators that self-report wrongdoing.

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

U.S. ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries; Mobil v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; Facebook v. DLA Piper; Masimo v. Philips Electronics

Pay to Play?

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : December 01, 2014

Automakers argue that the audio recording devices in their cars don't violate copyright laws.

December Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : December 01, 2014

Law Firms Help Push For Pardons

Nate Beck : The National Law Journal : December 01, 2014

More than a thousand lawyers at advocacy groups and in private and government service are participating in a first-of-its kind program to secure mass commutations for federal prisoners.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

ZF Friedrichshafen/TRW Automotive; Becton Dickinson/CareFusion; SAP / Concur Technologies; Targa/Atlas Pipeline; Siemens / Dresser-Rand; Silicon Valley Corporate Splits

Microsoft GC Looking Ahead to 2015 in Congress and DOJ

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : November 26, 2014

During a wide-ranging conversation at the Corporate Counsel offices, Microsoft Corp. general counsel Brad Smith said the government should have a "broader conversation about the evolution of the law" with tech companies.

Should Ex-JNC Members Pursue Judgeships?

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : November 21, 2014

In a year that has seen a record number of judicial vacancies in Delaware, two members of the commission charged with filling those positions have resigned to pursue judicial vacancies.

Greenberg Traurig Adds Qatar's World Cup Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 21, 2014

Romi Nayef, an ex-Dentons partner and a lead lawyer for Qatar in its controversial World Cup bid, joins Greenberg Traurig as of counsel in his hometown of Houston; Carlton Fields Jorden Burt hires more Bingham McCutchen refugees; a Hogan Lovells partner returns to Yale; Mintz Levin hires again from Edwards Wildman Palmer; Wiley Rein prepares to absorb a 50-person lobbying group and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Korea's Competitive Legal Market Puts Pressure on Price

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 19, 2014

Since free trade agreements opened the country's legal market to foreign firms in 2012, some 20 U.S. and U.K. firms have planted flags in Seoul, putting pressure on legal fees and ramping up competition between foreign and local firms.

Two Major Firms Finalize Office Moves

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 17, 2014

Covington & Burling and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will move into new office buildings Dec. 8, shifting two large chunks of the Washington legal community into different neighborhoods in one weekend.

Building On Holder's Legacy

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

Loretta Lynch isn't a Washington insider. But her track record as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York shows she's largely been in sync with the Justice Department's priorities under Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr.

Fresh Look At Cameras In High Court

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

The impending rise of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee, may bring new momentum to the long-running campaign to broadcast U.S. Supreme Court proceedings.

Bingham, Edwards Wildman Partners Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Bingham McCutchen lawyers head for the exits; Kirkland & Ellis hires again from Covington & Burling; a quick turnaround for two Quinn Emanuel litigators; government roles beckon some big firm partners and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.