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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 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 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

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Citi Settles Private Forex Case for $394 Million

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : May 20, 2015

Citi is the fourth bank to settle with private antitrust plaintiffs, bringing the collective settlements above $800 million.

Schumer Nominates Longtime Prosecutor to Replace Lynch

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : May 15, 2015

Robert Capers, a longtime federal prosecutor with deep law enforcement roots, has been recommended by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer as the next Eastern District U.S. Attorney.

Dealmaker of the Week: Frederick Green of Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2015

Frederick Green, co-chair of Weil, Gotshal & Manges' transactions practice, took the lead for Verizon Communications on its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL.

Baker & Hostetler Lands McKenna's Atlanta Health Care Team

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : May 14, 2015

A 25-lawyer group of health care lawyers led by Jim Rawls is leaving McKenna Long & Aldridge for Baker & Hostetler on June 1, ahead of McKenna's impending merger with global megafirm Dentons.

Morning Wrap: The Shortlist for Future SEC Commissioners | Full Coverage of Amtrak Crash

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : May 14, 2015

Defense and plaintiffs lawyers are going public for their clients after the Amtrak derailment Tuesday, and in the Freddie Gray case against Baltimore police officers. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Deal Watch: Weil, Wachtell Dial Up for Verizon's $4.4 Billion AOL Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 14, 2015

Verizon Communication Inc. cites AOL Inc.'s market success in digital content and advertising platforms as reasons behind the purchase. Also in this week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more: Williams' acquisition of its master limited partnership Williams Partners in an all-stock deal valued at $13.8 billion, led by Gibson Dunn and Baker Botts.

Morgan Lewis, Winston & Strawn Enter NFL's Deflategate Drama

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

The fiasco surrounding underinflated footballs in a key National Football League playoff game earlier this year continues to draw more high-powered Am Law 100 lawyers, including a pair of litigators from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Winston & Strawn that previously worked at now-defunct firms, in the aftermath of a controversial investigative report released last week by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Partners Say McKenna Dangled Exit Deals to Win 'Yes' Votes on Dentons Merger

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : May 12, 2015

McKenna Long chairman Jeffrey Haidet said there was no "vote buying" and the firm negotiated partner departures on a case-by-case basis.

Legaltech People on the Move

Sean Doherty : Legaltech News : May 08, 2015

A round-up of career moves from DSi, DTI, kCura, Epiq Systems, Everlaw, kCura and Kroll Ontrack.

Baker & Hostetler Picks Up Two McKenna Corporate Partners

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : May 08, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge has lost two corporate partners, David Brown and Clayton Coley, to Baker & Hostetler.

Uber Legal Goes From Zero to 70 in Three Years

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 08, 2015

GC Salle Yoo has had to quickly assemble an in-house army to fend off a widening array of global regulatory and litigation challenges.

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Year's Hottest Markets

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : May 08, 2015

Most Am Law 100 firms had solid results in 2014, but some sector bets paid off especially well.

Veteran Prosecutor to Lead DOJ's Public Integrity Section

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : May 07, 2015

Raymond Hulser was named Thursday as the chief of the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section. Hulser, acting chief since the departure of Jack Smith earlier this year, first joined Public Integrity in 1990 as a trial attorney.

Pillsbury Takes Four Partners from McKenna in L.A.

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : May 07, 2015

The government-contracts lawyers were expected to leave ahead of McKenna's merger with Dentons.

McKenna Litigator Jumps to Kilpatrick

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : May 06, 2015

Raymond Aghaian, a former federal prosecutor, specializes in white-collar defense and cybersecurity.

K&L Gates Absorbs Austin Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 05, 2015

Despite a recent spate of departures, K&L Gates absorbed three-partner Moltz Morton & Glenn in Austin, Texas; Cozen O'Connor brings on a 10-lawyer state attorneys general group from Dickstein Shapiro; White & Case raids Clifford Chance in the Middle East; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

D.C. Moves: Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : May 04, 2015

Our roundup of law firm promotions and laterals: Covington & Burling; Jones Day; Kelly Drye & Warren; Locke Lord; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

McKenna Defections Mount Ahead of Merger, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 02, 2015

Covington & Burling and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman pick up partners from McKenna Long & Aldridge as the latter prepares to merge with Dentons; Kirkland & Ellis and Mayer Brown make European antitrust hires; a Sidley Austin litigator flies solo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Spurning Dentons Merger, McKenna Government Contracts Team Goes to Covington

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : May 01, 2015

Covington & Burling has scooped up 19 lawyers, including five partners, from McKenna Long & Aldridge's marquee Washington government contracts group, The National Law Journal reports.

Covington Picks Up Heart of McKenna's Government Contracts Group

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : May 01, 2015

Covington & Burling has picked up the heart of McKenna Long & Aldridge's government contracts practice in an acquisition of 19 lawyers, including five partners, the firm announced Friday.

Arent Fox Adds Real Estate Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2015

Another batch of lawyers departs McKenna Long & Aldridge ahead of its merger with Dentons; several Edwards Wildman Palmer legacy partners find new homes; Boies, Schiller & Flexner brings on a Justice Department veteran; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Mayer Brown JSM Adds Capital Markets Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : April 27, 2015

Thomas Kollar joins the firm's Hong Kong office from Clifford Chance.

Challenges For Lynch at Main Justice

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

Loretta Lynch, the first black woman to serve as attorney general, will take control of the U.S. Department of Justice on April 27 amid escalating tension between law enforcement and black communities across the country.

Taking a Page From Their Lives: When Lawyers Write Fiction

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 27, 2015

Lawyers' hobbies are varied and lavish, from collecting art to scuba diving with sharks. Some corporate attorneys prefer to translate their flush lives into fiction.

McKenna Long Tax Chief Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 26, 2015

The head of McKenna Long & Aldridge's national tax group leaves ahead of a merger with global legal giant Dentons; Arnold & Porter and Cozen O'Connor both make bulk hires from smaller firms; a Jones Day bankruptcy baron returns; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

McKenna's Revenue, Profit Dive From Lawyer Losses in Year Before Dentons Merger

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 24, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge lost a lot of lawyers last year, which markedly reduced revenue and profit. The departures followed McKenna's last-minute decision in November 2013 not to merge with global megafirm Dentons—a deal that was revived and then approved earlier this month.

Litigation Department of the Year, Labor and Employment: Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : April 24, 2015

Across a wide range of litigation, Lieff secured payouts for workers who said they were underpaid or discriminated against.

Family Ties: S&C Partner Helps Private Equity Exec Buy NBA Team

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 23, 2015

Sullivan & Cromwell's Alison Ressler is advising her brother-in-law Antony Ressler, founder of buyout giant Ares Management, on his $850 million acquisition of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks. Ressler's familial relations also came up this week in leaked Sony emails.

After Long Delay, Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General

Mike Sacks : The National Law Journal : April 23, 2015

The Senate on Thursday afternoon confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to hold the post. Lynch takes over the department at a time of growing tension between law enforcement and black communities across the country. Republican leaders in the Senate say Lynch has a "mess" to clean up at the department.