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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 Highest Stakes in the 2015 Arbitration Scorecard

Michael D. Goldhaber : Focus Europe : July 01, 2015

The 10 biggest disputes from our 2015 survey, ranked by the amount in controversy.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Global Lawyer News : July 01, 2015

In the largest recent M&A deals across Europe, which law firms got the work?

Survey: Pro Bono Hours Dip Slightly at Am Law 200 Firms

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

Jenner & Block takes the top spot in our annual pro bono survey; Arnold & Porter is second.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

David Samson Retains Veteran White-Collar Lawyer

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : June 29, 2015

David Samson, the embattled former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has added veteran litigator Justin Walder to his defense team.

Covington & Burling

Mike Sacks : The National Law Journal : June 29, 2015

Covington & Burling's move in 2014 to a modern, glass-walled ­building in Washington's CityCenter reduced the firm's office space, but its lawyers kept the big wins coming. The firm, founded in Washing­ton almost a century ago, has more than 500 attorneys on cases touching all areas and levels of litigation across the country.

The Global Lawyer: A Lack of Judgment

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

For 10 years, politics has kept America from ratifying the one treaty every lawyer agrees on. That has consequences.

The 2015 Washington Litigation Departments of the Year

: The National Law Journal : June 29, 2015

In this special report, The National Law Journal takes the measure of litigation ­departments in our nation's capital.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : June 29, 2015

The Justice Gap: How Big Law Is Failing Legal Aid

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

At best, the nation's biggest and wealthiest firms donate 0.1 percent of revenue to legal aid, an institution in crisis. Isn't it time for more of them to pledge serious money?

People in the News - June 23, 2015 - DRN Nominated for Award

: The Legal Intelligencer : June 23, 2015

The attorneys representing Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania in were nominated as a finalist for the Public Justice Foundation's 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

Announcing the Annual LT 150 Survey

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : June 23, 2015

We're hard at work on the LT 150, our annual survey of the largest law offices in the D.C. metro area. This market has several well-known national and international firms leading the pack, yet we realize there are many smaller regional outlets that have concentrated efforts here, too. If your firm is around 30 lawyers, we may need data from you. Our full report on the legal industry in and around Washington, D.C., will publish in the National Law Journal on Aug. 3.

Competition Heats Up in Brussels

Tania Karas : Global Lawyer News : June 23, 2015

A new Competition Commissioner and a surge in M&A are keeping antitrust lawyers busy in the European Union's capital.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 18, 2015

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

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Flock to Pharma, as Kirkland and Skadden Snag China Work

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

Nearly a dozen billion-dollar deals were announced over the past week, ranging from homebuilders and retail buys to the privatization of a U.S.-listed Chinese technology company. At the same time, Am Law 100 firms had to look no further than the active pharmaceutical arena to add a few notable M&A engagements to their transactional ledger.

Loretta Lynch 'Hit the Ground Running,' Obama Says at Ceremony

Mike Sacks : The National Law Journal : June 17, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch appeared on stage at a downtown Washington theater on Wednesday, where President Barack Obama and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave Lynch a grand debut as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

On the Move

: The Recorder : June 15, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

O'Melveny and Pillsbury Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 14, 2015

Willkie Farr, Winston & Strawn and Sheppard Mullin make hires from two struggling firms with California roots; Blank Rome bolts on an IP boutique in Houston; Fried Frank loses its last partner in Asia; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Holder Rips 'Disconnected' Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights

Mike Sacks : Legal Times : June 11, 2015

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Thursday night lambasted the U.S. Supreme Court as he called for voting rights protections during his first major speech since leaving the Justice Department in late April.

McKenna Long Departures Mount, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 10, 2015

Ahead of its proposed combination with Dentons, more partners have left McKenna Long & Aldridge, even as the latter makes a hire of its own; Latham & Watkins lands another O'Melveny & Myers rainmaker; Nelson Mullins and Barnes & Thornburg open new offices; Delta Air Lines taps Dorsey & Whitney for a new legal chief; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

What Dentons Gets From McKenna Merger After Departures

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : June 09, 2015

Skeptics accuse global megafirm Dentons of growing for growth's sake, especially after its January combination with a 4,000-lawyer Chinese firm, Dacheng. That move made Dentons the largest firm in the world with 6,500 lawyers.

Downsizing at Some Firms, Intentional or Not

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : June 08, 2015

Numbers sank at a few shops that shed underperformers or lost lawyers to the competition.

Texas' Top Deals of 2014

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : June 04, 2015

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2014. Sources include Texas Lawyer, The Am Law Daily, Thomson Reuters and corporate press releases.

Brian Hauck, Top Tort Lawyer at Main Justice, Returns to Jenner

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : June 04, 2015

Former associate attorney general Thomas Perrelli has brought his top adviser back to Jenner & Block. Brian Hauck, who most recently served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Division, will return as a partner to the firm he left in 2009.

Contractors, Insurers Dodge $2B Wartime Benefits Class Action

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : June 03, 2015

Workers injured while supporting the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered a courtroom defeat this week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit stamped out a proposed $2 billion class action against their employers and insurers.

A Bevy of New Hires at McDermott, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 03, 2015

McDermott Will & Emery adds 17 lawyers from K&L Gates and a Chicago-based IP boutique; three firms make additions through mergers; more McKenna Long & Aldridge partners peel away ahead of the latter's deal with Dentons; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cuba's Risks or Rewards?

Carlos Harrison : Daily Business Review : June 02, 2015

Experts warn the foreign investors will be looking for a functional legal system and a willingness to take disputes to international arbitration before they will invest big dollars in Cuba.

Orrick and Perkins Coie Snag Corporate Partners

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 01, 2015

Peter Lamb joins Orrick from Davis Polk. Meanwhile Perkins Coie adds a duo heavy on IPO experience.

D.C. Bar Members Elect President in Closest Vote Ever

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : June 01, 2015

In an election separated by a mere 35 votes, Annamaria Steward, a law school associate dean, won the District of Columbia Bar presidency over media lawyer Laura Possessky, the bar said Monday. "It absolutely is the closest race in our history," D.C. Bar spokeswoman Cynthia Kuhn said.

Donald Verrilli: 'Justice' Includes Access to Health Care

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : May 29, 2015

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. said lawyers on the "fortunate side" of the income gap have an obligation to make legal services more affordable for middle- and low-income Americans.