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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

Ready for the 'L' Word

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : March 01, 2015

Former lawmakers and staffers are starting their new careers.

March Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : March 01, 2015

Covington Boasts 16 Percent PPP Growth But Thinks Long-Term

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : February 27, 2015

Covington & Burling added a fourth year to its growth streak, again posting record gross revenue during fiscal year 2014. “By no means do I think that means the job is done," firm chair Tim Hester said.

Holder Bids Adieu as Aretha Franklin Sings His Praises

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : February 27, 2015

Attorney General Eric Holder bid a ceremonial farewell to the U.S. Department of Justice during the unveiling of his official portrait on Friday afternoon.

Hulu Lawyers Land Punch in Privacy Suit

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 26, 2015

U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler seems ready to side with Hulu and end a long-running video privacy suit.

Surge in Sports Megadeals a Boon to Proskauer, Others

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Sports law may be a niche, but with today's deals worth billions of dollars, it's March Madness out there.

Judge Bars Expert Testimony Linking Accutane to Crohn's

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : February 23, 2015

In a ruling likely to impact thousands of pending cases, a New Jersey judge has barred Accutane plaintiffs from presenting expert testimony that the drug causes Crohn's disease.

Roche Ruling Puts Thousands of Accutane Cases in Jeopardy

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : February 23, 2015

Twelve years into sprawling litigation over its blockbuster acne drug, Hoffmann-La Roche and its lawyers at Covington & Burling convinced a New Jersey judge that plaintiffs had "cherry-picked" scientific research to suggest that Accutane use can cause Crohn's Disease.

Hulu Lawyers Go for Knockout in Privacy Suit

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 20, 2015

The company's defense team of Covington & Burling and O'Melveny & Myers is making another run at ending a case that's proven difficult to defeat.

Changes Ahead as FDA Awaits New Leadership

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015

The creation of a new food-safety agency and increased testing oversight are possibilities.

Akin, Covington, Paul Weiss Score Big Fees for NFL Work

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

Two weeks after the Super Bowl, the National Football League released its most recent tax filing, which shows that Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Covington & Burling and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison are reaping the benefits from their off-the-field gridiron efforts.

Canada Lashes Out at Eli Lilly Patent Practices

: Corporate Counsel : February 13, 2015

The Canadian government responded to a $500 million lawsuit filed by Eli Lilly & Co. with a blistering attack on the intellectual property practices of the pharmaceutical company.

Accused Art Thief Captured After Giving His Attorney the Slip

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 11, 2015

Luke Brugnara, a disgraced real estate mogul with two prior convictions, was captured Wednesday after exploiting an unusual furlough to escape from the SF federal courthouse last week.

Holland & Knight Heads to Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Fresh off successful financial years in 2014, Holland & Knight opens a Denver office with six lawyers from Lathrop & Gage; Akin plucks a practice leader from Paul Hastings; Covington & Burling adds a former federal prosecutor; a handful of departures from Dickstein Shapiro; Kirkland & Ellis grows in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Orrick Hires Valley IP Litigator

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : February 09, 2015

Amy Van Zant, who comes from Covington & Burling, represents cloud procurement software maker Ariba Inc.

A Tale of Two Spragues: One Lands at Covington, the Other in Prison

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 09, 2015

Former federal prosecutor Douglas Sprague joined Covington & Burling as a white-collar defense and investigations partner in San Francisco. In one of his more memorable cases, Sprague prosecuted Leigh Sprague, a former Coudert Brothers and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae associate who embezzled $10 million from a prominent Russian oligarch he worked for in Moscow.

Squire Patton Boggs Health Care Leaders Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2015

Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morning Wrap: A Silk Road Conviction

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : February 05, 2015

From Dread Pirate Roberts to a federal probe of the investment bank UBS: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country.

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.