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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 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

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 29, 2015

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Big Suits

David Bario, Scott Flaherty and Rebekah Mintzer : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson; In Re Forex Benchmark Rates and Antitrust Litigation; Harris Country v. International Paper; In re Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities; SimpleAir v. Google

Banks Lose Bid to Escape Forex Antitrust Class Action

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2015

A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday delivered an early-inning win to plaintiffs lawyers at Hausfeld LLP and Scott & Scott in a suit accusing a dozen major banks of widespread manipulation of the $5 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.

The Morning Wrap: Campus Rape Conviction

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 28, 2015

A round up of legal news from ALM publications and across the web: Vanderbilt football players convicted of rape; The New Yorker profiles food safety lawyer Bill Marler; the Mormon Church calls for LGBT protection.

Banks Lose Bid to Escape Forex Antitrust Class Action

Scott Flaherty : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 28, 2015

Less than a month after JPMorgan Chase & Co. reached a settlement in the case, U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield refused to dismiss consolidated class action claims against a group of financial industry giants including Bank of America Corp., Barclays PLC and Citigroup Inc. Schofield held that the plaintiffs plausibly alleged an antitrust conspiracy in which the banks' top forex traders agreed to rig the market for more than a decade.

King & Spalding Keeps Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2015

Five lawyers join King & Spalding, as two others depart; Haynes and Boone heads to Denver; Pillsbury Winthrop adds 10 in Texas; Latham & Watkins lures a well-pedigreed litigator and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fitbit Bites Fitbug in Trademark Fight

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 27, 2015

With just two weeks until trial, Andrew Bridges of Fenwick & West secured judgment in favor of Fitbit.

Human Rights Lawyer Defends Actions in Chiquita War Crimes Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2015

Chiquita's lawyers at Covington & Burling say Terry Collingsworth may have proposed paying former Colombian paramilitaries to give false testimony. Collingswoth maintains that the plaintiffs did nothing wrong, and that Chiquita just wants to postpone a reckoning of its conduct in Colombia's bloody civil war.

NY Bar Groups Show Support for Lynch as Attorney General

Mike Sacks : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2015

Three major New York bar groups Monday weighed in with the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee to support Loretta Lynch's nomination by President Barack Obama as the next U.S. attorney general, all stressing her professional credentials and her personal integrity.

Morning Wrap: Confirmation Clash | White House Drone Fallout

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 27, 2015

Senate Republicans announce the witnesses scheduled to testify at Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearings. A federal appeals court upholds the campaign finance conviction of a prominent Nevada lawyer. A drone's unannounced visit at the White House is causing a few problems. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

INADMISSIBLE: 'Citizens United' Protest Disrupts Court

: The National Law Journal : January 26, 2015

Protesters disrupted a U.S. Supreme Court session last week, rising one after another to shout criticism of the court's campaign finance decision on the occasion of its fifth anniversary. Plus more in this week's column.

Drone Law Practices Are Beginning to Take Flight

Andrew Ramonas and Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2015

Lawyers and lobbyists are recruiting clients for what they hope will prove a lucrative field.

Nominee Isn't Drawing a Crowd

Mike Sacks : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2015

Loretta Lynch hasn't inspired the passions that Eric Holder Jr. did — but that might be by design.

Where Are the Letters For and Against Loretta Lynch?

Mike Sacks : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2015

Since Loretta Lynch's nomination on Nov. 8 for attorney general, the Senate Judiciary Committee has received only nine letters supporting her, a volume that starkly contrasts with the outpouring Eric Holder Jr. inspired six years ago.

Handset Makers Mostly Off the Hook in Carrier IQ Case

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 21, 2015

Judge Edward Chen tossed most of the claims against manufacturers who'd installed tracking software on mobile phones.

Morgan Lewis Makes Former Bingham Partner Cohead of D.C. Office

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 20, 2015

Elizabeth Baird, formerly of Bingham McCutchen, will join Grace Speights in sharing the top job at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' D.C. office. The promotion is among the combined firm's first public moves in Washington to integrate recently acquired Bingham lawyers.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 20, 2015

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

Weyerhaeuser Co.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

The legal department at Weyer­haeuser Co. has spent much of the past two years helping the forest products powerhouse cut multibillion-dollar deals.

Expedia Inc.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

Expedia Inc.'s legal department has struck the right combination of in-house expertise and outside talent to help make the Internet travel company a top competitor in a fast-paced industry.

Microsoft Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

The innovative approach that Microsoft Corp.'s legal department takes when working with outside counsel and its success in promoting diversity, juggling massive deals, handling litigation and assisting in product development place it in the top spot among Seattle's in-house legal departments.

BAR-ometer: Cooley's London Coup

: The Recorder : January 16, 2015

Leading 2014 M&A Transactions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

The leading M&As of 2014, where the target or acquirer was based in NJ.

New Jersey M&A Market Finally Rebounds in 2014

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

It proved to be a strong rebound year in 2014 for mergers and acquisitions in the U.S., and dealmaking involving New Jersey corporations was no exception. It's a long-awaited development M&A lawyers chalked up largely to a return of confidence to the marketplace.

U.S. Attorney Shuffles Staff, Taps New White-Collar Chief

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 14, 2015

Melinda Haag has selected veteran prosecutor Kyle Waldinger to lead the Northern District of California's white-collar and securities unit.

Judge Refers Hygiene Wipes Class Action to State Court

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2015

Procter & Gamble Co. has failed to dispose of a proposed class action alleging the company misrepresents its hygiene wipes as flushable, courtesy of a California federal judge who gave the plaintiffs alternative routes to press their case.

Agreement Reached On Conditions for Mentally Ill Inmates

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2015

The Department of Corrections has agreed to reform its conditions for inmates who suffer from mental illness.

Financial Litigation Hiring Heats Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2015

Paul Hastings, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Debevoise & Plimpton and Boies, Schiller & Flexner make high-profile litigation hires; an Akin project finance head goes in-house; Kelley Drye & Warren adds a Bingham McCutchen refugee but loses its private equity chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

INADMISSIBLE: McDonnell Sentenced, Eyes on the Appeal

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2015

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's lawyers are wasting no time taking his public corruption conviction to a federal appeals court. Plus more in this week's column.

Dreamworks Makes Arbitration Push in New 'No-Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 12, 2015

Lawyers for several California animation studios accused of fixing wages say the claims must be resolved outside of a public courtroom.

Big Firms Hire in Bulk, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Davis Wright Tremaine and Dentons absorb two small shops; Cadwalader adds a seven-strong team from Latham & Watkins; a former senator signs on at DLA Piper; McDermott's European antitrust head goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.