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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

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.

Freshfields Helps Hachette Strike Deal With Amazon

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 14, 2014

After months of sparring, Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com agreed Thursday to let the New York-based publisher set its own prices for e-books. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer represented Hachette, while Amazon handled the matter in-house.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

In Loss, Lawyers See Vehicle for Class Action Reform

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : November 12, 2014

A $203 million judgment affirmed against Wells Fargo runs afoul of federal restrictions on class actions, say the bank's lawyers at Covington & Burling.

As Judiciary Chair, Grassley Likely to Push for Cameras in Supreme Court

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : November 12, 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.

Tech Companies Gear Up for Round Two of No-Poach Litigation

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : November 11, 2014

Microsoft wants a suit over alleged don't-hire pacts moved to the Western District of Washington.

Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2014

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Week: Sullivan & Cromwell's Krishna Veeraraghavan

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 07, 2014

The firm's partner and cohead of technology finance and mergers and acquisitions led the legal team advising on diagnostic testing company Laboratory Corporation of America's buy of clinical trial research company Covance Inc. for $6.1 billion in cash and stock.

Judicial Nominations Face Uphill Battle After GOP Win

Mike Sacks and Zoe TilLman : New York Law Journal : November 07, 2014

The republican-controlled Senate could force a stalemate on judicial nominations, leaving dozens of seats vacant, or compel the Obama administration to propose judges who might appeal to conservatives. And this is all without a Supreme Court opening in sight.

Carrier IQ Agrees to Settle Privacy Suits Over Tracking Software

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 04, 2014

The company's legal team, led by Fenwick & West partner Rodger Cole, informed the court it has reached a deal with plaintiffs lawyers.

Election Upends Obama's Calculus

Mike Sacks and Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 04, 2014

The Republican-controlled Senate could force a stalemate on judicial nominations, leaving dozens of seats vacant, or compel the Obama administration to propose judges who might appeal to conservatives. And this is all without a Supreme Court opening in sight.

Futures Industry Group GC Steps Down After 20 Years

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : November 03, 2014

The Futures Industry Association, the main advocacy group in Washington, D.C., for futures commission merchants, is losing its general counsel, Barbara Wierzynski.

Eli Lilly: Canada Patent Ruling Violates NAFTA

Lisa Shuchman : Texas Lawyer : November 03, 2014

From Don Julio to Medical Research, It's All M&A to Cravath and S&C

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 03, 2014

Monday was a three-deal day for the corporate lawyers at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Sullivan & Cromwell, as the two leading Am Law 100 firms each advised clients on a trio of notable transactions. Covington & Burling, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Kirkland, Davis Polk and Wachtell also had key roles on five separate deals.

DLA Piper, Proskauer, S&C in Big Lights as NBA Season Begins

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 29, 2014

As the 2014-15 National Basketball season tips off this week, several Am Law 100 firms are getting in on some off-the-court legal action. DLA Piper has been retained to advise on a sale of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, Sullivan & Cromwell is counseling the owner of the New York Knicks on a potential split of his company's operations and Proskauer Rose its representing the league itself on a landmark deal in Brazil. The NBA players union also filed its annual operating report, which details legal fees paid to Paul Weiss, Orrick, Steptoe, Weil and Winston & Strawn.

Big Suits

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Linde v. Arab Bank; VirnetX v. Apple; Williams v. BASF; E.U. v. MasterCard; United States v. BP

Wells Fargo Can't Escape $203 Million Overdraft Judgment

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : October 29, 2014

Ruling on the case a second time, Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown upheld a restitution award against the bank for misleading customers about debit card purchases.

Judge Shuts Door on Hotel Price-Fixing Class Action

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : October 28, 2014

Eight months after Hagens Berman got a second chance to press claims that top Internet booking sites and the country's biggest hotel chains conspired to fix room prices, on Tuesday a federal judge in Dallas dismissed the case for good.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Edwards Wildman Trio Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2014

Three more Edwards Wildman Palmer partners head elsewhere amid the firm's looming merger vote with Locke Lord; Kirkland's latest lateral raid targets Skadden; a Bingham McCutchen restructuring partner heads in-house; Tom Daschle joins forces with Baker Donelson; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Terror Victims Lose Bid to Recover Funds From No. Korea

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : October 27, 2014

North Korea's removal from a list of state sponsors of terrorism while a case claiming it provided the weapons used in a 1972 attack was pending has led the Second Circuit to refuse to allow the attachment of $378 million in funds recovered in a default judgment.

Candidates Face Off in First-Ever D.C. Attorney General Race

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : October 27, 2014

When District of Columbia voters head to the polls Nov. 4 to vote for an attorney general — the first-ever election for the post — they'll choose from five candidates who represent a broad swath of the legal community.

With New Tools, Leadership, SEC Touts Toughness

Ross Todd : The Recorder : October 24, 2014

When it comes to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, executives in Silicon Valley are on heightened alert.

Eli Lilly Says Canada Patent Ruling Violates NAFTA

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : October 23, 2014

Eli Lilly & Co. told an international trade body that Canada violated international law when it invalidated two of its key patents.

Covington Fends Off Contraceptive IP Challenge for Actavis

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : October 22, 2014

In a big win for Actavis plc, the Federal Circuit on Wednesday reaffirmed a lower court decision that Actavis' patent for the popular low-estrogen birth control pill Lo Loestrin is valid and enforceable.