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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 2014 Global 100 survey, Covington & Burling ranked as the 51st 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

Latham Adds Hong Kong Corporate Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 05, 2015

The Los Angeles-based firm has recruited former Goldman Sachs executive director and senior in-house counsel Yilong Du.

On the Move

: The Recorder : October 05, 2015

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

Shout-Out: Covington Saves Small Company From FCPA Peril

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : October 01, 2015

When a small oil exploration company came under investigation for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, it could have been the end. Instead, a team from Covington & Burling saved the day.

OAD to Present Gould Award to Halligan and Naftalis

Melissa Hoffmann : New York Law Journal : September 30, 2015

The Office of the Appellate Defender will host the 22nd annual First Monday in October fundraising event on Oct. 5 at the NYU School of Law. Caitlin Halligan of Gibson Dunn and Gary Naftalis of Kramer Levin will present arguments based on 'Evenwel v. Abbott', a voting rights case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Big Suits

Scott Flaherty, Scott Graham and Jenna Greene : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Amarin Pharma v. U.S. Food & Drug Administration; Hexum v. Eli Lilly; ZeniMax Media v. Oculus VR; Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell Technology Group

Big Deals

Patience Haggin, Jennifer Henderson and David Ruiz : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Google Reorganization; Berkshire Hathaway / Precision Castparts Fidelity National / SunGard General Electric Asset Sale Symantec Asset Sale Sumitomo Life / Symetra Financial Terex / Konecranes CF Industries / OCI NV Nokia Asset Sale Allergan Asset Sale Solvay / Cytec Industries Honeywell /Melrose Industries/ Elster Group Industrial Income Trust Asset Sale Anthem / Cigna Nikkei / FT Group Sikorsky Aircraft Asset Sale Pinnacle Entertainment Asset Sale Blackstone / Corsair / First Eagle St. Jude Medical / Thoratec

Judge Gilliam Hits the Bench Running

Ross Todd : The Recorder : September 28, 2015

Handling three trials in his first eight months on Northern California's federal court has been a test of "efficiency and diligence," says the former Big Law partner.

Covington Bolsters New LA Office, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The co-head of a Los Angeles-based litigation boutique decamped for Covington & Burling, which opened in the city earlier this year; comings-and-goings at Ballard Spahr and White & Case; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global Citizenship Awards

: The American Lawyer : September 25, 2015

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Awards honor global matters dedicated to the spirit of pro bono and social responsibility.

Big Deals: European Company to Pay $17.7B for Long Island Cable Operator

: New York Law Journal : September 24, 2015

European telecommunications and cable company Altice has agreed to buy New York cable operator Cablevision for $17.7 billion, including debt, as it pursues its aggressive expansion in the U.S.

The Legal Olympics Behind L.A.'s Bid for 2024 Games

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : September 23, 2015

Three decades after Latham & Watkins helped bring the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, the city's organizing committee for 2024 has turned to Proskauer Rose.

Judge Slashes Fees for Gibson Dunn in Voting Rights Case

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : September 22, 2015

Citing excessive hourly charges and imprecise descriptions of the services rendered, a judge has slashed the fees requested by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for its successful work on a minority voting rights case in Albany County to just under $1.2 million from the $6.3 million the firm requested.

INADMISSIBLE: Marshall's Legacy: THE LDF Ties That Bind

: The National Law Journal : September 21, 2015

While GOP presidential hopefuls invoked the legacy of Ronald Reagan on a California debate stage on Sept. 16, a group of high-powered lawyers and judges met in New York to honor another storied American: Thurgood Marshall. Plus more in this week's column.

What's In a Word? Maybe Clout, In Veteran Advocates' Briefs

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : September 21, 2015

On at least one measure of influence, veteran U.S. Supreme Court advocates and their firms appear to have the advantage over newcomers to the court: the language in their briefs appears more often in high court opinions.

Winners Announced for China Law & Practice Awards 2015

Katherine Jo : The Asian Lawyer : September 21, 2015

On Sept. 17, nearly 200 leading legal professionals attended the 9th annual China Law & Practice Awards at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing—our first awards since joining the ALM Media network in August.

Fried Frank Partner Joins PCAOB, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 20, 2015

David Hardison, co-head of Fried Frank's professional services defense and counseling practice, decamps in Washington, D.C.; Boies Schiller brings back a former partner and adds an employee benefits head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Magic Circle, Hogan Lovells on Tap for Big Beer Tie-Up Talks

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : September 17, 2015

At least two London-based legal giants and one leading Am Law 100 firm have taken the lead for Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller as they prepare to toast a potential combination.

Disney Adds Muscle to 'No-Poach' Defense

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : September 16, 2015

After losing a motion to dismiss, the company tapped John Keker and Robert Van Nest to join its team.

On the Rise 2015: Jessica Gabel Cino | 36

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : September 16, 2015

Unfinished Work at Covington's New Office Sparks Litigation

Katelyn Polantz : : September 16, 2015

Covington & Burling's offices at CityCenterDC are in the middle of two spats over payment between a general contractor and subcontracting construction firms—and not all finishing touches in the new building are done.

Study: Veteran Advocates Influence the Language of High Court Rulings

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : September 16, 2015

New evidence of the clout of veteran U.S. Supreme Court advocates and their law firms is revealed in a study showing that the language in their briefs appears in court opinions more often than that of newcomers to the court.

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: The National Law Journal : September 14, 2015

Uber Taps Covington for Lobbying Lift

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : September 11, 2015

Partner Howard Berman, a former congressman, registered to help the company with its legislative agenda.

Bird & Bird Adds One Asia Partner, Loses Another

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 10, 2015

Former DLA Piper Asia Pacific employment head Pattie Walsh joins the firm in Hong Kong while Singapore partner Sheena Jacob leaves for local firm.

Baker & Hostetler Bags Dewey Defector, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 09, 2015

The demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf bankrupted Geoffrey Coll, but the securities litigator has found a new home at Baker & Hostetler; Greenberg Traurig brings on Ted Kennedy's widow; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

United Resignations Touch on the Legal Department

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : September 09, 2015

United Continental Holdings Inc. CEO Jeffery Smisek walked away with nearly $5 million in cash, millions more in stock options and rewards, plus lifetime perks, as he and two other executives left the company Tuesday amid a federal corruption investigation.

NFL On Defensive End of Suits Over Televised Games

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : September 09, 2015

The National Football League is playing defense against several class actions alleging antitrust violations over its Sunday Ticket package, which allows fans to watch games broadcast outside their local television market.

Ex-Vinson Partner Resigns as Airline CEO Amid Federal Probe

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

Jeffery Smisek, a former Vinson & Elkins partner serving as CEO of United Continental Holdings, stepped down as head of United Airlines' parent company in connection with an investigation that involves high-powered New Jersey lawyer David Samson.

Deal Watch: Energy, Pharma Deals Usher in Labor Day M&A

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : September 03, 2015

Amid a slow week for billion-dollar transactional announcements, one big-money deal remains on the table, likely keeping more than a few Am Law 100 lawyers busy before the holiday weekend.

Shout-Out: Covington & Burling

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : September 02, 2015

Covington & Burling lawyers won their third trial in four weeks on behalf of Eli Lilly and Co. for allegedly failing to warn about the risks of withdrawing from the antidepressant Cymbalta.