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Covington & Burling LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 738
  • Gross Revenues: $650,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $880,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,265,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Covington & Burling is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm with eight offices worldwide. The firm ranked 45th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms, with $581,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. Covington & Burling has placed in the top 75 of The American Lawyer's annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. With 698 attorneys, the firm is the 51st largest law firm in the United States according to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, Covington & Burling ranked as the 52nd highest grossing law firm in the world. Covington & Burling is a business and corporate law firm. Its practice areas include antitrust, corporate, intellectual property,communications and media, international trade, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to its Washington, D.C. headquarters, the firm has offices in New York, London, San Francisco and Brussels.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 45 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 45 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 53 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 19 1 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 1 3 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 71 -3 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 25 15 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 66 -7 Summer programs

In the News

Ex-CEO Admits Stealing From Influential Charity

: The Associated Press : January 24, 2014

William Rapfogel, the politically connected former CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, admitted Wednesday he helped steal more than $9 million from the organization in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions.

D.C. Federal Judges Honor Law Firm Pro Bono Service

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

Federal judges in Washington gathered Wednesday to honor 30 law firms where at least 40 percent of all lawyers performed at least 50 hours of pro bono service last year.

SEC Takes on Cybersecurity

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 22, 2014

The commission announced how it plans to target broker-dealers in the quest to protect customer information.

The Churn: Patton Boggs Trio Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Three more partners have left struggling Patton Boggs for new endeavors.

Former Top DOJ Lawyer Amy Jeffress Joins Arnold & Porter

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 17, 2014

Amy Jeffress has joined Arnold & Porter as a partner in the white-collar and national security practices after a lengthy career in the federal government.

The Churn: Bingham Hedge Fund Duo Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Two prominent hedge fund partners and a privacy practice cochair have left Bingham McCutchen.

Alibaba Asks Firms to Pick Sides

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2014

The Chinese e-commerce giant, which is expected to have the world's largest IPO since Facebook Inc. later this year, has let it be known that it won't be hiring any firm for transactional work that also advises its major competitors. Though such demands are not uncommon outside of Asia, not least in the U.S. tech sector, lawyers say firms face a more complicated choice in the super-competitive but still-developing China market.

Panel: Change of Prison Doesn't Make Inmate's Case Moot

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 14, 2014

An Atlanta-based appeals court has rejected the federal prison system's eleventh-hour attempt to end a lawsuit brought by an inmate by giving him the safer facility assignment he has long sought.

Animal Rights Groups Oppose $25M Fee Request in Circus Litigation

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Lawyers for animal rights groups that unsuccessfully sued the producer of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus called the producer's petition for $25 million in legal fees "ridiculous" and "unconscionable" in court papers this week.

With Growth in Mind, Dentons, Others Eye Africa

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

Global 100 legal giant Dentons is the latest international firm to bet on Africa's growing economic power, announcing Wednesday its opening of new offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg by joining forces with South African alliance firm KapdiTwala and revealing plans to launch another outpost in Francophone Africa later this year.

Time Dwindles For Patent Litigation Reform Bill

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 08, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee needs to approve a patent reform bill this week—with broad bipartisan support—to give it a good chance of becoming law during this Congress, a former top intellectual property adviser to the committee said.

Fee Tracker: Big Legal Bills for Gibson Dunn

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The Am Law Daily's periodic tabulation of notable fees earned—or owed—to Am Law 200 firms on a variety of engagements starts off with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which is reaping the benefits from its work in New Jersey's Bridgegate scandal. The firm is also representing the Garden State in a sports gambling case and counseling the American Foundation for Equal Rights in a high-profile gay marriage fight in California. And that's not even including what the firm is seeking for advising energy giant Chevron.

International Arbitration Heavyweights Debut Global Boutique

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

Billing itself as the world's first global arbitration boutique, Three Crowns is being launched Monday by a sextet of top international arbitration lawyers from Freshfields, Covington & Burling, Shearman & Sterling and Jones Day.

Court Revives Samsung Antitrust Suit Against Panasonic

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The Ninth Circuit reversed a decision that found Samsung waited too long to file its suit accusing Panasonic of using patents to stomp competitors.

Wilmer Partner Nominated to D.C. Federal Trial Bench

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 04, 2014

Randolph Moss, head of the regulatory and government affairs practice at Wilmer Cuter Pickering Hale and Dorr, is President Barack Obama's newest nominee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Appeals Court Revives Samsung Digital Memory Suit Against Panasonic

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

A decision by Ninth Circuit Judge Ronald Gould reverses a district court ruling that the suit accusing Panasonic of using patents to stomp competitors had been filed too late.

MoFo CMO Is Moving On

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

Carrier IQ Plaintiffs Defeat Arbitration Push by Phone Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

A federal judge in San Francisco rejected a motion to compel arbitration based on contracts consumers had signed with their carriers.

Carrier IQ Plaintiffs Defeat Arbitration Push by Phone Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen rejected a motion to compel arbitration based on contracts consumers had signed with their carriers.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Privately-held Swiss trading house Mercuria Energy Group has agreed to buy JPMorgan Chase's physical commodities trading unit in a deal worth $3.5 billion. Also, Media General announced Friday that it has agreed to acquire LIN Media LLC in a $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal that, if completed, will create the second-largest local television broadcasting company in the country.

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Senate Confirms Christopher Cooper to D.C. Court

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Senate Confirms Christopher Cooper to D.C. Court

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Gay-Friendly Policies Can Help Law Firms, Advocates Say

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A work environment that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers is not only fundamentally fair, it can boost the bottom line. That was the message of Out in Law, a daylong event at New York University School of Law this month.

Am Law Quartet Tune In for Big Local TV Deal

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

Media General has turned to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for counsel on its proposed acquisition of LIN Media LLC, which has retained Covington & Burling and Weil, Gotshal & Manges to advise on the $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal. Paul Hastings, meanwhile, is working on arranging the financing for the transaction, which will create the nation's second-largest local television broadcasting company.

ExxonMobil-Insurer Settlements Prompt Disclosure Demand

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 20, 2014

The content of settlements ExxonMobil has reached with a dozen insurance companies over denied coverage of thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits should be turned over, certain insurers have argued to a Manhattan Supreme Court judge.

JNC Seeks, Sends Chancellor Finalists to Markell

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 19, 2014

The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted both Andre G. Bouchard and David C. McBride to Gov. Jack Markell for consideration to become the next Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor, according to sources familiar with the process. Bouchard and McBride are the only individuals who applied for the position despite the fact that the JNC had solicited additional candidates to seek the judicial vacancy.

Sources Say JNC Recruited Applicants for Chancery Opening

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 18, 2014

Members of Delaware's Judicial Nominating Commission actively recruited attorneys who were viewed as potential candidates for the Delaware Court of Chancery's vacant chancellor position and asked them to apply for the opening, according to sources familiar with the process.

Cheers to Antitrust Work in Contested Glass Company Merger

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

With less than a month before trial, two glass makers and the Federal Trade Commission are on the verge of settling the agency's suit challenging the companies' pending $1.7 billion merger—a transaction that's involved dozens of antitrust lawyers from more than 20 firms.

Senate Moves for Votes on More Judicial Nominees

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 17, 2014

Senate Democrats have moved to extend a recent streak of votes on judicial nominations, including a possible vote next week for Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper for a slot on Washington's federal trial court.

Senate Moves for Votes on More Judicial Nominees

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 17, 2014

Senate Democrats have moved to extend a recent streak of votes on judicial nominations, including a possible vote next week for Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper for a slot on Washington's federal trial court.

The Score: March Madness Edition

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

With the field set for the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament, others can agonize over their brackets. The Am Law Daily's focus is on the lawyers and law firms with ties to the NCAA and the nation's top college sports conferences.

Freshfields Names New U.S. Regional Managing Partner

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer named New York litigation partner Adam Siegel as its next U.S. regional managing partner, overseeing the firm's New York and Washington, D.C., offices.

Feds Give Advice on Right Way to Do Background Checks

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2014

Apply the same standard to every prospective employee, and give a heads-up if you hire outside help.

Attorney Fee Award in Patent Case Doesn't Extend to Appeal

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

After winning $6 million in fees from a trial judge, Becton Dickinson loses bid to collect more on appeal.

New Vacancy on D.C. Federal Bench

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle will take senior status in June, opening up a new seat on Washington's federal trial court.

Gleacher Taps Covington, Delaware Firm for Dissolution

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Covington & Burling and Delaware's Potter Anderson & Corroon are advising Gleacher & Company on its planned liquidation, which the boutique financial services firm announced Thursday after failing to find a buyer.

Phone Makers Sued Over Carrier IQ Fight for Arbitration of Privacy Claims

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen must decide whether plaintiffs are bound by ADR agreements in their phone service contracts, which would knock the class action out of federal court.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

Phone Makers Hope Carriers' ADR Clause Can Protect Them Too

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen will decide if privacy claims over tracking software are governed by a third-party arbitration agreement.

Leslie Caldwell Wins Committee Approval to Lead Criminal Division

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nomination of veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Leslie Caldwell Wins Committee Approval to Lead Criminal Division

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nomination of veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Chhabria Narrowly Wins Senate Approval

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

After nine years as a San Francisco deputy city attorney, Vince Chhabria becomes the first federal judge of South Asian ancestry in California.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2014

The oil giant embraced a settlement that resolved billions of dollars worth of oil spill claims—and then turned against it. Why?

Complaint Alleges Conflict of Interest in Port Authority Chief's Law Practice

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 05, 2014

A formal complaint lodged with the N.J. State Ethics Commission alleges Port Authority Chairman David Samson violated the state Conflicts of Interest Law by using his Port Authority position to benefit clients of his law firm.

Covington's Profits Per Partner Dip

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

Covington & Burling's annual financial numbers for 2013 show a mix of growth—in both revenue and number of lawyers—and a decline in profits. Gross revenue for the firm grew by 1 percent, or $7 million to $657 million.

INADMISSIBLE: Tanya Chutkan Breezes Through Hearing

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner Tanya Chutkan sailed through her Feb. 25 confirmation hearing, setting her up for a spot on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plus more in this week's column.

NFL Tax Filings Show Big Fees for Three Firms

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

The latest tax filings by the National Football League and its collective bargaining arm show that it paid out nearly $25 million to Akin Gump, Covington & Burling and Paul Weiss, the latter a newcomer to the NFL's stable of top outside legal advisers.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Suntory/Beam; Google/Nest Labs; Lenovo/IBM low-power server business/Motorola Mobility

Documents Dish on Clinton-Era Lawyers

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

A group of previously secret documents from the Clinton White House—released today by The National Archives—contain the names of some Washington lawyers and some interesting legal tidbits. Here are some of the high points from the correspondence between Bill and Hillary Clinton and their aides.

Unrest in Ukraine Ripples Through Global 100 Firms

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

Baker & McKenzie, Chadbourne & Parke, Clifford Chance, Dentons, DLA Piper and Squire Sanders have all seen business at their offices in Kiev grind to a halt this month amid clashes between opposition forces and security services loyal to former president Viktor Yanukovych.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

: The oil giant embraced a settlement that resolved billions of dollars worth of oil spill claims—and then turned against it. Why?

Acting Head of DOJ Criminal Division to Step Down

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

Mythili Raman, the acting head of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, will step down in March, the department announced today.

Covington Scores for Salix in Pharma Contracts Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 25, 2014

Napo Pharmaceuticals claimed that Salix never delivered on a promise to promote a potentially lucrative Napo drug, but a state court jury in Manhattan told Napo to pin the blame elsewhere.

How Latham Cracked the Houston Market

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2014

When the firm decided to beef up its oil and gas practice, it recruited heavily from the city's Big Three.

It's Game, Set, Match for Comcast in Tennis Channel Fight

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

With the Supreme Court declining to intervene, Gibson Dunn's Miguel Estrada cemented last year's victory for Comcast in a case that was widely viewed as a check on the Federal Communications Commission's power to regulate the cable industry.

Lawyers Spar Over Discovery Rules

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Another major front in the war between plaintiffs and corporate defendants over the high costs of litigation has opened up in an obscure corner of judicial bureaucracy: proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Lawyers Spar Over Discovery Rules

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Another major front in the war between plaintiffs and corporate defendants over the high costs of litigation has opened up in an obscure corner of judicial bureaucracy: proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

The Growing Impact of Global Economic Crime

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that global economic crime poses a growing legal and financial threat to businesses.

Hotels, Travel Sites Beat Price-Fixing Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that hotel chains and online travel companies conspired to fix the price of rooms booked online, handing a big win to a brigade of defense firms.

Is Threat of Surveillance New Reality for Law Firms?

Sara Randazzo and Andrew Ramonas : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

For many lawyers who represent foreign governments, the recent revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency's Australian ally has been privy to communications between an American law firm and its international client comes as no surprise.

INADMISSIBLE: Holder Presses Voting Rights for Felons

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. last week urged state and federal lawmakers to restore voting rights to felons who are no longer under supervision, calling restrictions in place now "profoundly outdated." Plus more in this week's column.

3M Co.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

The general counsel at 3M Co. has implemented a five-year strategy since joining the St. Paul company in 2012.

DOJ Criminal Division Nominee Outlines Enforcement Priorities

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell told Congress last week she would apply criminal laws with equal force if confirmed as the next head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

Network Privacy Notices Due Soon

Isobel Markham : Corporate Counsel : January 12, 2014

Telecom carriers have to certify that they meet customer privacy requirements.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Up For Prosecutor Job

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Leslie Caldwell spent the last decade defending Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in criminal matters. On Tuesday, the Senate takes up her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, where she'd be on the other side of the courtroom.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Up For Prosecutor Job

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Leslie Caldwell spent the last decade defending Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in criminal matters. On Tuesday, the Senate takes up her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, where she'd be on the other side of the courtroom.

Inadmissible

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Short takes on lawyes, firms and judges.

He'll Take Game Shows for $126,000

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

In the Washington world, where handshakes shared with major power players often turn into photos on an office wall, Thomas Cubbage III of Covington & Burling shows off only one vintage side-by-side shot with a famous person: Alex Trebek.

DLA's New Coleader Discusses Firm's Leadership Change

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

A little more than two years after DLA Piper hired former Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel, the esteemed law firm leader is poised to step down as global cochair of the world's largest firm by gross revenue and head count. During Angel's time at the top of DLA, the legal services giant restructured its U.K. operations and absorbed an Australian alliance partner. Roger Meltzer, the cohead of DLA's Americas arm who will take the leadership helm with Nigel Knowles in 2015, spoke with The Am Law Daily about the succession plan and DLA's future initiatives.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Law firm personnel changes in metropolitan Washington D.C.

Covington Snags DLA Piper's D.C. Managing Partner

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The managing partner of DLA Piper's Washington office, Frank "Rusty" Conner III, has jumped ship to Covington & Burling along with financial institutions M&A specialist Michael Reed.

INADMISSIBLE: Tech Companies Reach Deal in Data Fight

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and other technology giants scored a victory last week in their quest to reveal more information about the government's demands for customer information. Plus more in this week's column.

Name-Dropping To Impress Client Gets Criminal Lawyer Suspended

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A lawyer has drawn a three-month suspension for telling a client in a 2007 criminal case that an alleged connection to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff could help win a better deal.

Relentless, Focused, Choosy

George Erb : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Dallas boutique Bickel & Brewer harbors Texas-size ambitions about the cases it wants. It has a penchant for matters with a lot of money and business at stake, groundbreaking legal issues or big public policy questions. And it gets what it wants.

Covington Snags DLA Piper's D.C. Managing Partner

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The managing partner of DLA Piper's Washington office, Frank "Rusty" Conner III, has jumped ship to Covington & Burling, along with financial institutions M&A specialist Michael Reed.

Litigators of the Week: Robert Wick of Covington & Burling and Kenneth Gallo of Paul Weiss

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

Even in the megalitigation over price-fixing in the LCD industry, Motorola's $3.5 billion case against Samsung and other LCD manufacturers was a biggie. Not so much anymore.

Fee Tracker: Super Bowl, Patent Battles and More

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

In our latest installment of the Fee Tracker, The Am Law Daily looks at the legal fees paid by several leading nonprofit organizations in the news, such as the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Bidding Committee, the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research and the UJA-Federation of New York, which recently hired a top Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner as its new leader.

In-House Counsel Profile: Erin Lewin, senior vice presidentand general counsel for Avnet Inc.

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Erin Lewin heads a legal department of 114 people, including 23 lawyers and 60 contract managers. Roughly half the attorneys are located outside the United States.

DOJ, Tech Companies Reach Deal on Disclosure of Surveillance Data

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced an agreement that will allow tech and social media companies to publicly report more detailed information about government demands for customer information.

Snowden: 'No Doubt' NSA Engages in Industrial Spying

: Bloomberg : January 27, 2014

There is "no doubt" the U.S. engages in industrial espionage, Edward Snowden said in an interview in which he also asserted that he worked alone in disclosing mass surveillance by the National Security Agency.

DOJ, Tech Companies Reach Deal on Disclosure of Surveillance Data

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced an agreement that will allow tech and social media companies to publicly report more detailed information about government demands for customer information.

Covington Guts Motorola Claims in LCD Antitrust Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

A judge slashed more than $3 billion in potential damages from a price-fixing lawsuit brought by Motorola against eight Asian liquid crystal display manufacturers, including Samsung and Sharp.

Cravath, Cleary Advise as Lenovo Buys IBM Server Unit

Brian Baxter : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

Longtime Cravath, Swaine & Moore client IBM announced Thursday that it has agreed to sell its low-end server unit to Beijing-based Lenovo Group, the world's largest personal computer maker, for $2.3 billion.

Patton Boggs Hired in Bridgegate by Christie Campaign, New Jersey GOP

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 23, 2014

The latest subpoenaed parties to lawyer up in the fast-moving investigation into George Washington Bridge lane closures last fall are Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee, who on Thursday retained Patton Boggs.

Cravath, Cleary Advise as Lenovo Buys IBM Server Unit

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Longtime Cravath, Swaine & Moore client IBM announced Thursday that it has agreed to sell its low-end server unit to Beijing-based Lenovo Group, the world's largest personal computer maker, for $2.3 billion.

The Morning Wrap

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM publication and news outlets around the country: Former Sen. Jon Kyl supports proposed changes to the federal discovery rules, a federal appeals court judge's retirement ends travel cost investigation, and a town starts a kindness campaign.

Microsoft Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Judge Blocks Generic Version of Actavis Drug

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 17, 2014

A judge has denied a bid by Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Lupin Ltd. to launch a generic version of the Actavis oral contraceptive Lo Loestrin. The ruling is a big-dollar win for Covington & Burling; Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto; and McCarter & English.

Privacy Bills to Watch in 2014

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 16, 2014

From drones to video programming, there's a lot going on when it comes to privacy in Congress.

Senate Committee Advances 29 Judicial Nominees

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced 29 judicial nominees to the full Senate in a meeting devoid of the partisanship that accompanied the confirmation process in recent months.The five circuit court and 24 district court nominees included Covington & Burling partner Christopher “Casey” Cooper for a spot on the federal trial court in Washington, and Munger, Tolles & Olson partners John Owens and Michelle Friedland for spots on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Georgia Tech Prof Advises White House on Balancing Privacy and Security

Jonathan Ringel : Daily Report : January 14, 2014

A law professor at Georgia Tech's business school is playing a key role in how President Barack Obama may balance government intelligence gathering and privacy.

Obama's Federal Circuit Picks Poised to Shake Up Patent Law

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

Six judges are set to steer a course on patent reform, topple precedent and just maybe fall in line with the Supreme Court.

Wilson Sonsini, Skadden Advise as Singer Makes Moves

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

Elliott Management, the hedge fund founded by billionaire Harvard Law School graduate Paul Singer, has mounted a $3.1 billion takeover bid for Riverbed Technology. Elliott, an activist investor advised by Paul Weiss and New York's Kleinberg Kaplan, has also agreed to drop its opposition to the $8.3 billion sale of Celesio and reached an agreement with Compuware on the removal of a Dickinson Wright chairman emeritus and Honigman Miller partner from its board of directors.

Senate Rules Experts Join Fight Over Recess Appointments

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 08, 2014

Dilemma of Self-Reporting: The FCPA Experience

Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan Sack : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

In their White-Collar Crime column, Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan Sack, members of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello, write: As a practical matter, the decision about self-reporting commonly boils down to whether the client is obligated to report the misconduct; the likelihood of exposure; and the possible benefit of self-reporting or risk of additional sanction from failing to self-report. Because those assessments are often made with little hard information, the judgments and analysis are sometimes very difficult.

Winner, General Litigation Department of the Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The 43 litigation partners at Debevoise produced two $25 billion results, a pair of trial defense wins worth $3.5 billion apiece, and the biggest investor-state award in arbitration history. No other firm can match their record for our contest.

Fighting to End NYPD's 'Stop-and-Frisk' Policy

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Adem Koyuncu joins Covington & Burling's life sciences practice as partner. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Looking for a Lobbyist? Here are 250 New Candidates

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 03, 2014

Companies looking for a former member of Congress or an ex-congressional staffer to lobby on Capitol Hill have a new list of hundreds of potential candidates to review.

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The American Lawyer's Editor In Chief explains who won the Litigation Department of the Year competition and why.

New Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Pharmaceutical M&A got a late-year shot in the arm, with nearly $10 billion in deals being announced involving major industry players like AstraZeneca and Bayer as 2013 came to a close.

Finalist, General Litigation Department of the Year: Covington

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

In the six years since Covington last appeared as a finalist in this contest, its litigation group has grown a whopping 40 percent. Most importantly, it shed its image as a cerebral firm that won't climb into the trenches.

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

While the U.S. economy struggled to return to health over the last two years, big-ticket litigation was clearly a countercyclical buffer. And these litigators at The Am Law 200 were front and center.

The Year in Quotes: Action Shifts To the Agencies

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Firms See Notable Mergers And Changes in Leadership

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

2013 was marked by a record number of law firm combinations, but some deals were star-crossed; John Edwards returns to the practice.

Cold Remedy: Am Law 100 Firms Load Up on Pharma M&A

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2013

Pharmaceutical M&A got a late-year shot in the arm, with nearly $10 billion in deals involving major industry players like AstraZeneca and Bayer as 2013 came to a close. A bevy of Am Law 100 firms led by Covington, Kirkland, Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, and Weil have grabbed lead roles on the transactions.

The Churn: Fox Rothschild Bulks Up in Bay Area, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Fox Rothschild absorbs a seven-lawyer firm in Northern California; Covington & Burling hires a partner and associate from Mayer Brown in Europe; and a Locke Lord senior counsel is tapped to be the next Texas Secretary of State.

House Introduces Cybersecurity Bill

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 17, 2013

House bill on cybersecurity focuses on information sharing and the authorities of Homeland Security.

Dewey Awards Presented

: New York Law Journal : January 16, 2013

The New York City Bar hosted the Ninth Annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal ceremony on Thursday at its 44th Street headquarters.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Mandatory Minimums: Time for a Change?

Alan Vinegrad and Jason Levine : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2013

In their Sentencing Guidelines column, Covington & Burling's Alan Vinegrad and Jason Levine write: Mandatory minimum sentences have, for years, been the subject of complaints from the bench, the defense bar and academics. But this year, these criticisms are taking hold—and all three branches of the federal government are getting into the fray.

The Churn: Nixon Lands Bulger Prosecutor, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2013

Nixon Peabody hires the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger; a top lawyer with the White House Council on Environmental Quality joins Covington & Burling; and the head of Cozen O'Connor's real estate practice becomes general counsel of a real estate investment trust.

White House Environment Group GC Leaves for Covington

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 09, 2013

Gary Guzy's departure comes only a week after the White House Council on Environmental Quality chair said she's leaving, too.

Jailed U.S. Contractor in Cuba Presses White House to Intervene

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

For the past four years, U.S. Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross has wasted away in a Cuban prison, serving a 15-year sentence for providing Internet access to the island's small Jewish community. He's counting on lawyer Scott Gilbert to win his freedom and bring him home to Washington.

The Churn: In and Out at Kaye Scholer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Kaye Scholer loses a partner on each coast while hiring senior attorneys in its Chicago and Frankfurt offices; the former director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition returns to Boies, Schiller & Flexner; and Gardere Wynne Sewell expands by three in Dallas..

Magic Circle Firms Lead on Global Chemical Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance have grabbed lead roles on a pair of large chemical industry mergers, while Covington & Burling, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and leading Australian firm Allens are advising on several other notable transactions in the same sector.

Firms That Hired Dewey Partners Can't Block Subpoenas

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2013

Over the objections of more than two dozen law firms, the federal bankruptcy judge overseeing Dewey & LeBoeuf's Chapter 11 case ruled Tuesday that those firms must turn over information about how much work they inherited in taking on former Dewey partners ahead of its collapse last year.

Dueling Bills Take Aim At 'Patent Trolls'

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

In the battle against "patent trolls," two competing bills on Capitol Hill have emerged as the leading solutions to curb abusive patent litigation.

Lawyers Fight Over Counsel Access at Guantanamo Bay

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Lawyers for detainees held at Guan­tánamo Bay, Cuba, say a new search policy adopted earlier this year put their clients in an impossible situation: submit to religiously and culturally offensive groin-area frisks, or forgo meeting with attorneys.

Still Shrinking, But More Slowly

Matthew Huisman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Washington law offices made progress—especially compared to 2011.

NHL Taps Covington for TV Deal, Concussion Suit Looms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

The National Hockey League turned to Covington & Burling as its lead outside counsel on a 12-year, $4.9 billion Canadian television rights deal announced on the league's 96th birthday and a day after 10 retired NHL players sued the league over what they claim are the debilitating effects of concussions suffered during their playing days.

INADMISSIBLE: Brush Up on the Solicitor General's Style

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

The office of the U.S. solicitor general sometimes takes controversial positions, but most practitioners agree that the quality of its legal briefs is high. Some of the office's style secrets are now available for lawyers to emulate — or, in some instances, avoid. Plus more in this week's column.

Thompson Taps Broad Expertise for Transition Team

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Kenneth Thompson has announced a 32-member transition team of prominent private attorneys, community leaders and criminal justice experts who are tasked with recruiting high-caliber legal talent to the office.

Pretended Ties to Homeland Secretary Get Defense Lawyer in Ethics Trouble

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2013

A New Jersey lawyer is facing a three-month suspension of his license for pledging in 2007 to use a concocted connection to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff to get lenient treatment for a client in a criminal case.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Now Everybody Can Write Like the Solicitor General

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

The office of the U.S. solicitor general sometimes takes controversial positions, but most practitioners agree that the quality of its legal briefs is high. Some of the office's style secrets are now available for lawyers to emulate or, in some instances, avoid.

With Knives Out, Lawyers Circle Da Vinci Robot Maker

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 15, 2013

Sunnyvale's Intuitive Surgical is under siege from product liability claims, securities litigation and now a rescission demand.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Plaintiffs Say Stop-and-Frisk Panel Should Be Replaced

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2013

In filings asking for en banc review of the decision removing Judge Scheindlin from the stop-and-frisk litigation because of comments and interviews she gave and her alleged abuse of the related-case rule, plaintiffs' lawyers say the three Second Circuit judges undermined the appearance of justice themselves.

Morgan Lewis, Magic Circle Help Ukraine Find Energy Freedom

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2013

In a deal that could have huge geopolitical implications, Chevron has signed a $10 billion shale gas exploration and production-sharing agreement with the Ukrainian government, which hopes to end its dependence on natural gas imported from Russia. Morgan Lewis and leading Ukrainian firm Asters have landed roles advising the country's government, while Clifford Chance is representing Chevron.

Covington, Latham Advise on $2.6 Billion Pharma Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2013

The Am Law 100 firms are advising on the proposed $2.6 billion sale of specialty pharmaceutical company Santarus and its portfolio of gastrointestinal drugs to Salix Pharmaceuticals.

Be Cool When Drafting a Celebrity Endorsement Contract

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2013

There are some key terms that in-house lawyers must be aware of when drafting, revising or reviewing a celebrity endorsement contract.

Ex-Dow Lohnes Partners Find New Homes, But Not at Cooley

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Left behind after Cooley announced last month it would pick up 54 lawyers from Dow Lohnes, some partners from the soon-to-be-defunct firm are headed to new Am Law 100 firms in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Among them are Christopher Meazell, who has joined Covington & Burling as special counsel, and Peter Coffman, now a partner at Thompson Hine. The moves come as Dow Lohnes' lobbying unit has put itself up for auction and the remaining lawyers in the firm's Atlanta office evaluate opportunities elsewhere.

Host Hotels GC ID'd Boies Schiller Conflict Early On

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 04, 2013

Hell hath no fury like a general counsel scorned by her outside counsel. And Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. GC Elizabeth Abdoo made sure Boies, Schiller & Flexner felt the depth of that fury.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Verizon/Vodafone; Amgen/Onyx; Microsoft/Nokia

N.Y. Senate GOP Committee Fights Moreland Subpoena

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2013

The motion to quash a Moreland Commission subpoena seeking information on the committee's donors and housekeeping account alleges that the subpoena is overbroad, unconstitutional and "tainted by impermissible partisan bias." It is the first direct legal challenge to the panel's authority, but it is unlikely to be the last.

The Experts

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The New York Law Journal thanks our legal columnists who have been contributing to the Law Journal from the 1960s to the present day.

INADMISSIBLE: Legal Fee Fight is Next Act in Circus Suit

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Norton Rose Fulbright's hourly rates are the latest sideshow to litigation over how Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus treats its elephants. Plus more in this week's column.