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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

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.

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.