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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 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 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 Unlikely Insurance Lawyer Behind the Release of U.S. Prisoners in Iran and Cuba

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : February 03, 2016

Scott Gilbert made his name as a star insurance litigator who has helped clients recover more than $50 billion in claims. But he's also the lawyer behind the releases of Amir Hekmati in Iran and Alan Gross in Cuba. It's all about the ability to broker a settlement.

Holland & Knight Hires in Connecticut, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2016

The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morning Wrap: Eric Holder's Apple Watch | More Dickstein Defections | Harvard Sued Over Worker Classification

C. Ryan Barber : Legal Times : January 29, 2016

Two more Dickstein Shapiro lawyers leave the firm as its future remains ever more cloudy. Former AG Eric Holder Jr. sits down to talk about Covington, the Yates memo and, among other things, his new Apple watch. A massage therapist sues Harvard University over her classification as a contractor. Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticizes the work of enforcement agencies in a New York Times op-ed. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Eric Holder, in SF, Talks Big Law, Obama and the Future of Fraud

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 28, 2016

On a swing through California, the former attorney general discusses his return to Covington & Burling, pressures on large law firms, and his concerns about the Yates Memo (which he also helped initiate).

Arizona Revives Long-Failed Push to Split the Ninth Circuit

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2016

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and members of the state's congressional delegation are teaming up to introduce legislation to split up the Ninth Circuit. Similar efforts in the past have failed to gain traction, but Ducey's office says the time is ripe to revisit the issue.

Phone Makers Settle Carrier IQ Privacy Suits

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 25, 2016

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen must approve the $9 million deal, which provides for just 11 cents per class member.

INADMISSIBLE: Beth Wilkinson to Open Trial Boutique

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2016

Beth Wilkinson, a star litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, has left the firm to launch a new firm along with high-profile litigators from Kirkland & Ellis and Covington & Burling. Plus more in this week's column.

While Blizzard Bears Down on Washington, Lawyers Forge On

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 22, 2016

Several large Washington law offices closed early Friday, around noon or 1 p.m., and encouraged staff members to stay off the roads in anticipation of a city-crippling blizzard. But many lawyers had different plans in mind. A true "snow day" may be out of the question when you've got hours to bill. "There's a lot going on. It doesn't stop because of the snow," Steptoe & Johnson LLP chairman Phil West said.

For Lobbyists, a Busy Congress Means a Boom Year, But Squire Patton Sees Revenue Drop

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2016

The lobbying numbers are in, and the fears of Squire Patton Boggs are confirmed. Although every other law firm lobbying group among the largest in Washington saw their revenues rise in 2015, the legacy firm of the late Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. did not. Its year-end total dropped 20 percent. Squire Patton Boggs—whose Washington lobbying department has faced dozens of departures since 2013—is now the third-largest lobbying organization in Washington, behind Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Wilkinson's New Firm Aims to Train Younger Trial Lawyers

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2016

All six partners at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz—the trial boutique formed this week by star Paul Weiss litigator Beth Wilkinson—are under age 54. The goal, she said, is to give younger lawyers the kind of trial experience that can be hard to come by at a larger firm.

Greenberg Traurig Goes Beyond Rudy, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2016

Besides allying with Rudy Giuliani in an election year, Greenberg Traurig has hired several other notable partners this month; Orrick opens in Houston; Paul Weiss litigators start their own boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Paul Weiss' Wilkinson Launches New Firm With Kirkland, Covington Litigators

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2016

Star Paul Weiss litigator Beth Wilkinson has left the firm to launch a new litigation boutique along with high-profile hires from Kirkland & Ellis and Covington & Burling.

DOJ Can't Shield 'Fast and Furious' Docs From House Oversight Committee

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice must turn over to Congress internal records about how the department responded to a congressional inquiry into the botched gun-walking program known as Operation Fast and Furious.

INADMISSIBLE: Court Warns Against 'Judge-Shopping'

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2016

A federal district judge in Washington won't recuse from a regulatory fight between tobacco companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Plus more in this week's column.

In Xbox Class Action, Justices Confront a Plaintiffs Tactic

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court added another class action case to its argument docket on Friday, agreeing to determine the fate of an "end run" tactic used by plaintiffs to appeal the denial of class certification. The court granted certiorari in Microsoft v. Baker, a dispute over a class action brought by Xbox 360 purchasers who blame the company for scratched discs.

D.C. Judge Says Recusal in Tobacco Case Would Encourage 'Judge-Shopping'

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2016

A federal district judge in Washington won't recuse from a regulatory fight between tobacco companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The judge ruled on Wednesday that work his former law firm did for an anti-tobacco group was "too attenuated" from the case to disqualify him.

Litigators of the Week: Richard Pepperman II of Sullivan & Cromwell and Covington's Robert Wick

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2016

Facing a skeptical judge, the pair scored a welcome defense victory for Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in a closely watched antitrust case over zinc prices.

Morning Wrap: Tea Party Class Certified in IRS Suit | GM Trial Opens

Michael A. Scarcella : Legal Times : January 13, 2016

A federal judge in Ohio certifies a class of Tea Party groups in a suit against the IRS. The justices prepare to hear a dispute over using Iranian bank assets to compensate terror victims. And the GM trial's underway in New York. This is a legal news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Five Am Law 100 Firms Handling NFL's LA Relocation Drama

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2016

Arnold & Porter, Covington & Burling, Dentons, Latham & Watkins and Munger, Tolles & Olson have landed roles on a deal that will return the National Football League to Los Angeles after a 21-year hiatus.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2016

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

'Guantánamo Bar' Keeps Up Pressure Amid New Detainee Transfers

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2016

The Obama administration has launched a renewed effort to winnow the remaining detainee population at Guantánamo Naval Base, according to lawyers who have long represented them.

Dickstein's LA Leader Leaves Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2016

An L.A. boutique adds four from Dickstein Shapiro; Barclays bags a Jenner & Block partner; Latham & Watkins lands a chief judge; Locke Lord hires from Volkswagen; Louis Freeh leaves Pepper Hamilton; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Covington, DLA Piper, Mintz Levin Land Practice Leaders

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2016

Three Am Law 100 firms each poached practice heads from rivals this week. Covington & Burling brought on Wilmer's CFPB co-chair, DLA Piper picked up Jenner & Block's antitrust chair and Mintz Levin landed Locke Lord's retail industry and consumer products chair.

Circuit Faults 'Affront' to Russian Sovereignty in Trademark Case

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2016

Trademark rights assigned by the Russian government to Stolichnaya vodka must be respected by courts in the United States, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

FTC Cracks Down on Lumosity Ad Claims

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 04, 2016

The S.F.-based company promoted its "brain-training program" without scientific backing, the agency alleges.

Barclays Dodges Fraud Claims Over Dewey & LeBoeuf Loans

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2016

Another former Dewey partner has stumbled in a lawsuit against Barclays related to capital contribution loans provided to partners at the now-defunct firm.

For Clients, Lawyers Oppose D.C.'s Paid-Leave Proposal

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 04, 2016

In early December, Washington attorney Charles Miller told the District of Columbia Council he opposed a proposal that would require employers to give 16 weeks of paid time off to workers who have babies or need to care for a family member.

Lawyers Look for Patent Tide to Turn in 2016

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 31, 2015

Patent owners could make gains on key issues after several years of reform favoring accused infringers.

Bridging Partisan Divides in Congress

Mike Sacks : The National Law Journal : December 28, 2015

Congress served up plenty of political drama in 2015, but it wasn't all gridlock and grandstanding.

Lobbying, Litigators and Laterals: The Year in Legal Business

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 26, 2015

With sustained and modest fiscal stability across the legal industry last year, 2015 created a clean palette for many of D.C.'s largest law firms. Some redesigned their Washington-focused practices like lobbying and white-collar law, many added or lost groups of lawyers, and a few considered or closed on mergers. We look at the 10 top trends and business decisions that created buzz in Washington Big Law this year, from Dentons to Dennis Hastert.