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Covington & Burling LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 774
  • Gross Revenues: $709,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $915,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,335,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 3

Covington & Burling is a Washington-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 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 43 3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 43 3 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

The Global Lawyer: The Slave Next Door

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

A dozen law firms team up to stop human trafficking, and send Congress a signal.

INADMISSIBLE: Interning for Justice Sonia Sotomayor

: The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

Nick Aquart is starting work this month in the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — but not as a law clerk or full-time staffer. Plus more in this week's column.

Law Firms Eye Global Market Turmoil, China Plunge

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : August 24, 2015

China's stock tumble, with its nerve-rattling aftershocks in the U.S., may cause law firms to further scrutinize their strategy in Asia.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Animators' No-Poach Suit Advances Against Studios

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 21, 2015

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will allow a proposed class action to move forward against DreamWorks, Pixar, The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm.

KBR Sues Defense Department for Records to Fight Tort Claims

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : August 18, 2015

Defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Services alleges in a new lawsuit that the U.S. government is unfairly withholding contract records that the company says it needs to challenge tort allegations tied to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The company, represented by Covington & Burling, filed a public-records complaint Monday in Washington federal district court against the U.S. Department of Defense. "KBR's ability to defend itself adequately against litigation, in both pending suits and suits not yet filed, materially depends on obtaining records in possession of the DoD," the company's lawyers wrote.

Covington, Plaintiffs Lawyers Reprise Roles in Duke 'No-Poach' Case

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 18, 2015

Months after a California federal judge approved a $415 million antitrust class action settlement to resolve Silicon Valley antitrust claims, many of the same lawyers are squaring off in a parallel case involving university medical faculty.

Atlanta Lawyers at Jones Day Help Flowers' Bread Deal Rise

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : August 14, 2015

Atlanta lawyers at three firms, Jones Day, King & Spalding and Alston & Bird, advised clients on several major deals announced this week.

Covington Lawyers Kill on Cross-Exams in Cymbalta Case

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 14, 2015

There's nothing like a devastating cross-examination to clinch a victory in court. Covington & Burling partners Phyllis Jones and Paul Schmidt delivered doozies for Eli Lilly & Co. in Los Angeles federal court, cutting short a bellwether trial over the antidepressant Cymbalta with a directed verdict. How did they do it?

Deal Watch: Google Shakeup Has Its Lawyers Feeling Lucky

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 13, 2015

Google turns to its longtime M&A counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to create a new holding company for the search giant, plus a rundown of this week's other megadeals and the law firms scrambling to keep them on track.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 13, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Roche Wins Reversal of $25M Accutane Verdict

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : August 11, 2015

Citing statute-of-limitations grounds, an appeals court has reversed a $25 million verdict against Hoffman-La Roche Inc. and Roche Laboratories in the case of a man who alleged he developed Crohn's disease after using the company's acne drug Accutane.

Carlyle Group and Others to Purchase Veritas from Symantec for $8 Billion

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : August 11, 2015

Veritas, which provides data storage and server management software, is now under new ownership and will also now have a new CEO and chairman.

Trump Sues Two Celebrity Chefs Who Abandoned Restaurant Plans

Happy Carlock and Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : August 10, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has filed a second lawsuit in Washington that accuses a celebrity chef of breaking a contract to open a restaurant in the new Trump hotel in downtown Washington.

INADMISSIBLE: Trial Lawyer Billy Martin's Next Steps

: The National Law Journal : August 10, 2015

The firms around him have merged, failed and moved, but celebrity trial lawyer William "Billy" Martin hasn't changed his practice. Plus more in this week's column.

Five Things Law Firm Publicists Do Wrong—And What Lawyers Can Do Right

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 04, 2015

From fake "exclusives" to tardy announcements, law firm publicists can drive reporters crazy. Here's how lawyers can make the process better.

Meet the Seyfarth Lawyer in Trump's Restaurant Suits

Happy Carlock : The National Law Journal : August 04, 2015

Rebecca Woods, the Seyfarth Shaw partner in Washington who's suing celebrity chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian on behalf of a Donald Trump hotel development, is a veteran commercial litigator who's accustomed to multimillion-dollar court fights.

The 2015 Legal Times 150 and D.C. 25

: The National Law Journal : August 03, 2015

A by-the-numbers look at law firm head count and revenue in the D.C. area.

Morning Wrap: The Legal Times 150 | Companies Sour on Delaware | Lateral Boom of Older Lawyers

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : August 03, 2015

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Inside Washington's largest law firms, the harsh realities of probation and an increase in lateral hires of older lawyers.

Mergers Shake Up List of Largest D.C. Law Offices

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : August 03, 2015

Covington & Burling, at the top of The National Law Journal's list of Wash­ington's largest firms for the second consecutive year, added about 15 total lawyers last year in a time when elite firms, especially ones that focus on litigation, find the most ability to expand in Washington.

IN BRIEF: Spy Wins Parole

: The National Law Journal : August 03, 2015

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard will be released on parole on Nov. 21, his ­lawyers at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle announced last week. Plus more from and other ALM publications.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : August 01, 2015

Trio of Witnesses Testify About Dewey's Finances, Accounting

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : July 31, 2015

The trial of three former executives of the now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf moved at a faster pace Thursday with three witnesses taking the stand before a 1 p.m. lunch break.

Judge Cites ACA 'Tax' Debate in Refusal to Release Gitmo Detainee

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : July 30, 2015

From the status of the U.S. conflict in Afghanistan to whether the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is a tax or a penalty, the "government may not always say what it means or mean what it says," a federal district judge in Washington said on Thursday.

Three Witnesses Testify to Dewey & LeBoeuf's Financial Practices

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : July 30, 2015

Among those called to the stand in the trial of three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives were an assistant to a former rainmaker, an ex-partner from predecessor Dewey Ballantine and a banker who oversaw HSBC's $10 million loan to the now-defunct firm.

Boies Schiller to Abandon Suburbs for Downtown D.C.

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : July 28, 2015

One of the few Am Law 100 law firms in Washington located far from the central business district is moving. Boies, Schiller & Flexner, whose D.C. lawyers work in a building near the Maryland border, plans to move to New York Avenue and 14th Street downtown in the late summer or fall next year.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

The A-List: The Runners-Up

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

The next tier of firms in our A-List rankings, and what they need to do to step up.

The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : July 23, 2015

The contest attracted 225 strong entries across 30 categories, and honors firms and legal departments involved in the globe's most distinguished deals, disputes and social initiatives.

Meet Monique Pressley, Bill Cosby's Lawyer

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : July 22, 2015

Defending a once-beloved superstar in the court of public opinion has meant sometimes evading questions. Plus, AT&T's outside counsel at Crowell & Moring, Arnold & Porter and Sidley Austin get a second chance.