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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, D.C.-based law firm with eight offices worldwide. The firm ranked 45th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms, with $581,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. Covington & Burling has placed in the top 75 of The American Lawyer's annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. With 698 attorneys, the firm is the 51st largest law firm in the United States according to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, Covington & Burling ranked as the 52nd highest grossing law firm in the world. Covington & Burling is a business and corporate law firm. Its practice areas include antitrust, corporate, intellectual property,communications and media, international trade, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to its Washington, D.C. headquarters, the firm has offices in New York, London, San Francisco and Brussels.

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

Outside Firms Claim Share of D.C. Market

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Law firms built outside Washington continue to muscle into a business landscape once locked down by the old regulatory practices of the Capital City.

Special Report: Inside Washington

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Despite Congressional gridlock on a number of critical national issues, legal work that grows from government relations and federal regulation continues to spell opportunity for lobbyists and lawyers.

GM, Ford Sued Over Music Royalties

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

A music industry group on Friday sued Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and two electronics companies, demanding that the businesses pay artists and record labels royalties allegedly owed under U.S. copyright law.

Former Charity CEO Gets Minimum Term of 40 Months

: The Associated Press : January 24, 2014

The politically connected former CEO of a prominent New York City charity was sentenced to prison Wednesday for helping to steal more than $9 million from the anti-poverty organization.

Appeals Court Derails Massive Chiquita Alien Tort Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

In the latest ruling to address the ever-narrowing scope of the Alien Tort Statute, the Eleventh Circuit dismissed long-standing claims that Chiquita Brands International facilitated war crimes by paramilitary groups in Colombia.

FTC Reaffirms COPPA Policy With New FAQs

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 18, 2014

Federal Trade Commission changes to parental consent under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act reaffirm long-standing policies and procedures.

D.C. Circuit Judge's Trial Court Ties

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Judge Robert Wilkins has donned two robes, figuratively speaking, since his January confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He took on a full appellate caseload after moving from the federal trial court in Washington, where he'd served since 2010, to the D.C. Circuit. But he hasn't left the trial bench altogether.

D.C. Federal District Judge Casey Cooper Takes Oath

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper was sworn in to the federal trial court in Washington on Friday, taking the oath before a courtroom filled with friends and family representing the upper echelons of government and private practice.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The American Lawyer unveils the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Cadwalader Takes Corporate Inversions to Another Level

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft may have found a way to help more U.S. companies use corporate inversions to lower their tax bills. Salix Pharmaceuticals has retained the firm, as well as Covington & Burling and leading Irish shop A&L Goodbody, for its $2.7 billion acquisition of patents to gastrointestinal drugs owned by an Irish unit of Italy's Cosmo Pharmaceuticals.

Skadden Deal Streak Continues for ADM, VGT

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Only a few days after Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom topped the first half M&A league tables for legal advisers, the firm grabbed roles advising Video Gaming Technologies on its $1.3 billion sale to Aussie gambling-machine maker Aristocrat Leisure, as well as the Archer Daniels Midland Company on its $3.1 billion buy of natural ingredient flavoring firm Wild Flavors.

Stamford Bank Settles Bias Claim for $169 Million

CHRISTIAN NOLAN : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 03, 2014

United States v. Synchrony Bank: Stamford-based GE Capital Retail Bank, which changed its name to Synchrony Bank in June, has agreed to pay $169 million to settle claims that it discriminated against Hispanic credit card customers.

With Workload Up, SEC Expands Administrative Law Unit

Jamille Sutton : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The agency brings on two new judges and three additional lawyers.

Stamford Bank Settles Bias Claim for $169 Million

CHRISTIAN NOLAN : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 02, 2014

United States v. Synchrony Bank: Stamford-based GE Capital Retail Bank, which changed its name to Synchrony Bank in June, has agreed to pay $169 million to settle claims that it discriminated against Hispanic credit card customers.

Can't Buy Them Love

Katelyn Polantz : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Washington firms were far behind the richest firms in profits per partner.

On the State Level, Suits Focus on Prison Conditions

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Am Law 200 firms take the lead in cases in Arizona, California and South Carolina.

The A-List: A New Number One

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Paul Hastings reaches the A-List's top spot for the first time, while a pair of Second Hundred firms move onto the list.

Big Suits

David Bario, Ross Todd, and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

ATP Tour v. Deutscher Tennis Bund; Shell Oil v. U.S; U.S. v. Jiang; In re BofA AIG; In re Neurontin; In re Pradaxa

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Lateral moves, new arrivals and promotions in this week's column.

Suspect in Benghazi Attacks Pleads Not Guilty in D.C.

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

A suspect in the September 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, pleaded not guilty Saturday in Washington federal district court, where he is charged with conspiracy to provide support and resources to terrorists.

The Real Elephant in the Courtroom: Technology

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 27, 2014

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS decisions and more

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

Supreme Court decisions on technology, presidential power and abortion clinic restrictions; Eric Holder's career retrospective; and lawsuits in lower courts: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.

INADMISSIBLE: Akin Lands Amazon Drone Lobbying

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Akin Gump is the first outside firm to lobby for Amazon Inc.'s drone delivery service, Prime Air, which chief executive officer Jeff Bezos unveiled in December.

NFL Players Union Scores Reversal in Pay Cap Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

The Eighth Circuit gave the NFL Players Association an opening to revive its $3 billion lawsuit accusing league owners of colluding to secretly cap salaries for the 2010 season. But the union's lawyers at Winston & Strawn and Latham & Watkins still face a long road to recovering any damages.

Microsoft Settles Cyber Case Against Chinese Electronics Company

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 20, 2014

Microsoft Corp. recently reached a settlement with a Chinese electronics company accused of using stolen product activation keys to gain unauthorized access to Microsoft servers and software.

GE Capital to Pay Record $225M Fine for Credit Card Marketing

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

In the federal government's largest credit card discrimination settlement in history, GE Capital Retail Bank, now known as Synchrony Bank, will pay $225 million to credit card customers harmed by deceptive marketing or discrimination.

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

Report Shows Uptick in Diversity but Progress Is Slow

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Although more than 80 New York law firms pledged to promote and track diversity a decade ago, a new report reveals disappointing results on key issues such as retaining minority and women attorneys and elevating them to senior leadership.

Eleventh Circuit Says Cell Site Location Information Protected by Fourth Amendment

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 17, 2014

Cellphone location information can only be obtained by a warrant, says the Eleventh Circuit.

Compromised Plaintiff Was the Elephant in the Courtroom

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

Ringling Bros. defense team describes how it dissected animal-abuse claims.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Heads to Alaska, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Holland & Knight, a firm with Florida roots, is heading to Anchorage after recruiting a team of lawyers from Patton Boggs, plus more moves from across The Am Law 200.

Apple, HP Chase Fees From Serial Patent Plaintiff

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Linex knew it had a weak case but continued to litigate in hopes of extracting a settlement, lawyers for the companies argue.

Apple, HP Chase Fees From Serial Patent Plaintiff

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Linex knew it had a weak case but continued to litigate in hopes of extracting a settlement, lawyers for the companies argue.

Correction

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Newly Released Clinton Papers Dish on Ginsburg, Breyer

Tony Mauro and Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The latest papers from the Clinton White House, released Friday, show the intense preparations for the 1993 confirmation hearing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court—including the involvement by several top law firms. Other highlights of other work of lawyers are documented in the release of 2,000 pages.

State AGs Strike $105 Million Settlement With Glaxo

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

California will receive $7 million from the deal, which resolves claims that GlaxoSmithKline promoted asthma and depression medications for off-label uses.

The Churn: Akin Gump, Buchanan Ingersoll Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Akin Gump adds more Patton Boggs refugees, Buchanan Ingersoll becomes the latest firm to head for the Rockies and more lateral hires from across the Am Law 200.

The Diversity Crisis: Pioneering Partners Say Hurdles Remain

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

What black trailblazers of Big Law say about its future.

The 2014 IP Hot List: Life on the Cutting Edge

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

The NLJ received dozens of nominations for our annual list of the hottest IP firms, and many of our chosen 20 rank among the most venerable in the country.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 02, 2014

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

Covington & Burling

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Suit Alleging Lab Gave Kickbacks for Referrals Gets U.S. Court Go-Ahead

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 02, 2014

A federal judge in New Jersey gives a green light to a False Claims Act suit alleging that Quest Diagnostics illegally gives doctors inducements to use its laboratory services.

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs Fallout, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Four Firms Score With Record-Setting Clippers Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Covington & Burling, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, Kirkland & Ellis and Proskauer Rose are advising on what could prove to be the most lucrative sale of a professional sports team in U.S. history in former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's proposed $2 billion bid to acquire the National Basketball League's Los Angeles Clippers. But a mammoth antitrust suit looms.

Former S.F. Antitrust Chief Joins Covington

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

Phillip Warren ran the Antitrust Division's San Francisco field office from 2002 to 2014.

Hispanic Students Who Aspire to IP Careers Convene in DC

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 29, 2014

A select group of Hispanic law students will get a first-hand look at what it means to be an intellectual property lawyer next week in Washington.

Boehringer Inks $650M Deal to Escape Blood Thinner Cases

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

The German drug company and its lawyers at Covington & Burling were facing their first trial in September over claims that the drug thinner Pradaxa caused patients to bleed out.

Korea Backs LCD Makers in Test of U.S. Antitrust Laws

Jan Wofe : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

The governments of South Korea and the United States are clashing over whether an appeals court should resurrect Motorola Mobility's price-fixing case against the world's liquid crystal display manufacturers.

In D.C., A Changing Law Firm Map

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

Moves by Law Firms Could Shift Profession's Center of Gravity

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

As leases draw to a close and the industry shrinks, fresh real estate frontiers open.

Dozen Firms Tune In for AT&T's $48.5 Billion DirecTV Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

In a deal likely to face major regulatory scrutiny, a telecommunications giant aims to absorb the nation's largest satellite television operator.

INADMISSIBLE: Animal Rights Groups, Circus Settle

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

The final act of a nearly 14-year legal fight between animal rights groups and the producer of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: a settlement. Plus more in this week's column.

Does a Mobile Internet Demand a New Regulatory Scheme?

Patricia Kutza : Law Technology News : January 19, 2014

Handling security and privacy rights are the new Internet brand differentiators.

The Shifting D.C. Law Firm Scene

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Planned office moves by Washington firms will change the local lawyer landscape.

Proskauer Helps MLS Ink Key $720 Million Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Major League Soccer took a big step in its quest to reach the upper echelon of pro sports this week, tapping Proskauer Rose to advise on an eight-year, $720 million media rights deal with ESPN, FOX and Univision.

Leslie Caldwell Confirmed to Lead DOJ Criminal Division

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 15, 2014

White-collar defender Leslie Caldwell was confirmed Thursday to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Animal Rights Groups Pay $15.75M to Settle Circus Litigation

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Animal rights groups that unsuccessfully sued the producer of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will pay $15.75 million to settle the case and a separate racketeering lawsuit brought by the producer.

Animal Rights Groups Pay $15.75M to Settle Circus Litigation

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2014

That's enough to fully reimburse Ringling Bros. producer Feld Entertainment for its legal fees in a 14-year-old case over the treatment of elephants, according to lead attorney John Simpson of Norton Rose Fulbright.

DOJ's Quiet Concession

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice has quietly given a defendant-friendly makeover to the federal law that helped send Martha Stewart, Bernard Madoff and Rod Blagojevich to jail.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 12, 2014

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

The Score: Ex-Patterson Belknap Partner Parsons to Head Clippers

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

As NBA Commissioner Adam Silver pushes Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the drama swirling around the team adds new players with ties to Patterson Belknap and Kaye Scholer.

New Deals

Brian Baxter and The Associated Press : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

In the latest large M&A deal in the pharmaceutical sector, at least eight firms are advising on the $14.2 billion sale of Merck & Co.'s consumer care business to German drug giant Bayer AG.

Fenwick & West to Open Shanghai Office

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Eva Wang, who came from Covington last year, will lead effort with five U.S.-licensed Chinese lawyers.

The Churn: Winston Bulks Up in IP and Asia, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Despite a recent round of layoffs, Winston & Strawn has hired a four-strong corporate team in Hong Kong and a three-partner IP team in San Francisco.

Four Firms Lead on Bayer's Big Merck Carve-Out

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

In the latest large pharmaceutical industry deal, Covington, Fried Frank, Morgan Lewis and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on a $14.2 billion transaction between Merck and German drug giant Bayer.

White House Out With Big Report on Big Data

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 05, 2014

Obama administration recommendations on big data include a national data notification breach law.

INADMISSIBLE: Calculating Loss, Feinberg Turns to GM

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Overseeing compensation funds for victims of deadly mass tragedies has made Kenneth Feinberg a national Mediator in Chief — part therapist, judge and healer. Plus more in this week's column.

Lawyers Group Sides with D.C. Council in Budget Fight

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 05, 2014

A group of Washington lawyers, including attorneys at some of the city's biggest firms, are supporting the D.C. Council in its court fight against the mayor over management of the budget.

D.C. Law Firms Lag Behind the 'Super Rich' from New York

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

The top Washington law firms remained clustered far behind the nation's richest firms last year, according to The American Lawyer.

(The Belgians Wanna Take Their) Red Shoes

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 02, 2014

A Belgian court voided the trademark on Christian Louboutin's shoes with their distinctive red soles.

The Churn: Covington Adds EU Competition Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Covington hires Clifford Chance partner Johan Ysewyn in Brussels to head its European competition practice while another partner returns to the fold.

Plaintiffs Move to Reinstate Claims in 9/11 Detention Case

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

An attorney for Arab, South Asian and Muslim men swept up in the post-9/11 dragnet and held at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center pressed a federal appeals court Thursday to reinstate claims against John Ashcroft and Robert Mueller.

Amid Sterling Row, Skadden Waits in Wings

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

The firm is preparing for a potential court battle with Los Angeles Clippers owner and attorney Donald Sterling.

Kirkland, Skadden Tapped for Exelon/Pepco Deal

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Exelon Corp. turned to Kirkland & Ellis for its $6.8 billion purchase of and Pepco Holdings Inc., and the two companies have tapped Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to secure potentially tricky regulatory approval. Sullivan & Cromwell and Covington & Burling served as legal counsel to Pepco.

Covington Wins Another Shot to Beat 3M Disqualification Bid

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

With an eye on both its reputation and its wallet, Covington & Burling has spent two years fighting a judge's ruling that the firm betrayed a former client, 3M Company, by suing it on behalf of the Minnesota attorney general.

After Sterling's NBA Ban, More Legal Hoops Ahead

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 30, 2014

General counsel Richard Buchanan is suiting up for what is likely going to be a major legal battle with Donald Sterling, the LA Clippers owner who was banned for life by the NBA.

Am Law 100 Firms Lead on Pepco Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Kirkland is advising utility operator Exelon on its $6.8 billion purchase of Pepco, which has turned to S&C and Covington.

Hulu Can't Shake Video Privacy Class Action

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

The video streaming company may be liable for transmitting personal user information to Facebook, U.S Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler ruled.

From Smartphones With Love: Devices Aid Corporate Espionage

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 29, 2014

Today's corporate spies are licensed to use laptops, tablets and smartphones for taking sensitive company data.

The Churn: SDNY Prosecutors Join Am Law Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

Brown Rudnick and Ropes & Gray both announce additions of prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office for New York's Southern District.

No Washington Firms Rank Among the 'Super Rich'

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 29, 2014

The top Washington law firms found themselves clustered far behind the nation's richest firms last year, according to a financial survey released by NLJ affiliate The American Lawyer released on Monday. None of the 12 Washington-based firms qualified as one of the “Super Rich firms” that pulled in average profits per partner of more than $2 million, the magazine reported. Most of those were based in New York and posted profits per partner closer to $3 million.

Warrant Backed for Microsoft Emails on Server in Ireland

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2014

Dealing a win to federal prosecutors, Magistrate Judge James Francis IV rejected the computer giant's claim that the warrant is an extraterritorial search and seizure outside of the jurisdiction of the U.S. courts and therefore should be quashed.

Hulu Can't Shake Video Privacy Class Action

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

The video streaming company may be liable for transmitting personal user information to Facebook, a magistrate judge ruled.

Covington Associate Plays Surprise Role in Affirmative Action Case

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 28, 2014

A Covington & Burling associate was surprised to learn last week that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor cited an article he wrote 14 years ago in her lengthy dissent in the Michigan affirmative action case.

Former Head of DOJ Criminal Division Joins Covington

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

Covington & Burling has nabbed another high-level U.S. Department of Justice lawyer from Attorney General Eric Holder's ranks. Mythili Raman, who left her post as acting head of Criminal Division in March, is now an equity partner at the Washington firm and will focus on litigation and white-collar defense.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Albertsons / Safeway; Men's Wearhouse / Jos. A. Bank; Media General / LIN; Energy XXI / EPL Oil & Gas

Five Am Law Firms Advise on Forest Labs M&A Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Forest Laboratories is paying $1.46 billion for Furiex Pharmaceuticals while also selling Furiex's royalties on two products to Royalty Pharma for $415 million.

Pom Takes Mattel Path

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Pom Wonderful LLC has made litigation an integral part of its business strategy, filing more than 20 federal suits since 2005 to protect its trademarks and attack its rivals' marketing.

Ex-CEO Admits Stealing From Influential Charity

: The Associated Press : January 24, 2014

William Rapfogel, the politically connected former CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, admitted Wednesday he helped steal more than $9 million from the organization in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions.

D.C. Federal Judges Honor Law Firm Pro Bono Service

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

Federal judges in Washington gathered Wednesday to honor 30 law firms where at least 40 percent of all lawyers performed at least 50 hours of pro bono service last year.

SEC Takes on Cybersecurity

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : January 22, 2014

The commission announced how it plans to target broker-dealers in the quest to protect customer information.

The Churn: Patton Boggs Trio Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Three more partners have left struggling Patton Boggs for new endeavors.

Former Top DOJ Lawyer Amy Jeffress Joins Arnold & Porter

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 17, 2014

Amy Jeffress has joined Arnold & Porter as a partner in the white-collar and national security practices after a lengthy career in the federal government.

The Churn: Bingham Hedge Fund Duo Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Two prominent hedge fund partners and a privacy practice cochair have left Bingham McCutchen.

Alibaba Asks Firms to Pick Sides

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2014

The Chinese e-commerce giant, which is expected to have the world's largest IPO since Facebook Inc. later this year, has let it be known that it won't be hiring any firm for transactional work that also advises its major competitors. Though such demands are not uncommon outside of Asia, not least in the U.S. tech sector, lawyers say firms face a more complicated choice in the super-competitive but still-developing China market.

Panel: Change of Prison Doesn't Make Inmate's Case Moot

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 14, 2014

An Atlanta-based appeals court has rejected the federal prison system's eleventh-hour attempt to end a lawsuit brought by an inmate by giving him the safer facility assignment he has long sought.

Animal Rights Groups Oppose $25M Fee Request in Circus Litigation

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Lawyers for animal rights groups that unsuccessfully sued the producer of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus called the producer's petition for $25 million in legal fees "ridiculous" and "unconscionable" in court papers this week.

With Growth in Mind, Dentons, Others Eye Africa

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Global 100 legal giant Dentons is the latest international firm to bet on Africa's growing economic power, announcing Wednesday its opening of new offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg by joining forces with South African alliance firm KapdiTwala and revealing plans to launch another outpost in Francophone Africa later this year.

Time Dwindles For Patent Litigation Reform Bill

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 08, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee needs to approve a patent reform bill this week—with broad bipartisan support—to give it a good chance of becoming law during this Congress, a former top intellectual property adviser to the committee said.

Fee Tracker: Big Legal Bills for Gibson Dunn

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The Am Law Daily's periodic tabulation of notable fees earned—or owed—to Am Law 200 firms on a variety of engagements starts off with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which is reaping the benefits from its work in New Jersey's Bridgegate scandal. The firm is also representing the Garden State in a sports gambling case and counseling the American Foundation for Equal Rights in a high-profile gay marriage fight in California. And that's not even including what the firm is seeking for advising energy giant Chevron.

International Arbitration Heavyweights Debut Global Boutique

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

Billing itself as the world's first global arbitration boutique, Three Crowns is being launched Monday by a sextet of top international arbitration lawyers from Freshfields, Covington & Burling, Shearman & Sterling and Jones Day.

Court Revives Samsung Antitrust Suit Against Panasonic

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The Ninth Circuit reversed a decision that found Samsung waited too long to file its suit accusing Panasonic of using patents to stomp competitors.

Wilmer Partner Nominated to D.C. Federal Trial Bench

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 04, 2014

Randolph Moss, head of the regulatory and government affairs practice at Wilmer Cuter Pickering Hale and Dorr, is President Barack Obama's newest nominee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Appeals Court Revives Samsung Digital Memory Suit Against Panasonic

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

A decision by Ninth Circuit Judge Ronald Gould reverses a district court ruling that the suit accusing Panasonic of using patents to stomp competitors had been filed too late.

MoFo CMO Is Moving On

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

Carrier IQ Plaintiffs Defeat Arbitration Push by Phone Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

A federal judge in San Francisco rejected a motion to compel arbitration based on contracts consumers had signed with their carriers.

Carrier IQ Plaintiffs Defeat Arbitration Push by Phone Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen rejected a motion to compel arbitration based on contracts consumers had signed with their carriers.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Privately-held Swiss trading house Mercuria Energy Group has agreed to buy JPMorgan Chase's physical commodities trading unit in a deal worth $3.5 billion. Also, Media General announced Friday that it has agreed to acquire LIN Media LLC in a $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal that, if completed, will create the second-largest local television broadcasting company in the country.

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Senate Confirms Christopher Cooper to D.C. Court

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Senate Confirms Christopher Cooper to D.C. Court

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Gay-Friendly Policies Can Help Law Firms, Advocates Say

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A work environment that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers is not only fundamentally fair, it can boost the bottom line. That was the message of Out in Law, a daylong event at New York University School of Law this month.

Am Law Quartet Tune In for Big Local TV Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Media General has turned to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for counsel on its proposed acquisition of LIN Media LLC, which has retained Covington & Burling and Weil, Gotshal & Manges to advise on the $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal. Paul Hastings, meanwhile, is working on arranging the financing for the transaction, which will create the nation's second-largest local television broadcasting company.

ExxonMobil-Insurer Settlements Prompt Disclosure Demand

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 20, 2014

The content of settlements ExxonMobil has reached with a dozen insurance companies over denied coverage of thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits should be turned over, certain insurers have argued to a Manhattan Supreme Court judge.

JNC Seeks, Sends Chancellor Finalists to Markell

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 19, 2014

The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted both Andre G. Bouchard and David C. McBride to Gov. Jack Markell for consideration to become the next Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor, according to sources familiar with the process. Bouchard and McBride are the only individuals who applied for the position despite the fact that the JNC had solicited additional candidates to seek the judicial vacancy.

Sources Say JNC Recruited Applicants for Chancery Opening

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 18, 2014

Members of Delaware's Judicial Nominating Commission actively recruited attorneys who were viewed as potential candidates for the Delaware Court of Chancery's vacant chancellor position and asked them to apply for the opening, according to sources familiar with the process.

Cheers to Antitrust Work in Contested Glass Company Merger

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

With less than a month before trial, two glass makers and the Federal Trade Commission are on the verge of settling the agency's suit challenging the companies' pending $1.7 billion merger—a transaction that's involved dozens of antitrust lawyers from more than 20 firms.

Senate Moves for Votes on More Judicial Nominees

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 17, 2014

Senate Democrats have moved to extend a recent streak of votes on judicial nominations, including a possible vote next week for Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper for a slot on Washington's federal trial court.

Senate Moves for Votes on More Judicial Nominees

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 17, 2014

Senate Democrats have moved to extend a recent streak of votes on judicial nominations, including a possible vote next week for Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper for a slot on Washington's federal trial court.

The Score: March Madness Edition

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

With the field set for the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament, others can agonize over their brackets. The Am Law Daily's focus is on the lawyers and law firms with ties to the NCAA and the nation's top college sports conferences.

Freshfields Names New U.S. Regional Managing Partner

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer named New York litigation partner Adam Siegel as its next U.S. regional managing partner, overseeing the firm's New York and Washington, D.C., offices.

Feds Give Advice on Right Way to Do Background Checks

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2014

Apply the same standard to every prospective employee, and give a heads-up if you hire outside help.

Attorney Fee Award in Patent Case Doesn't Extend to Appeal

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

After winning $6 million in fees from a trial judge, Becton Dickinson loses bid to collect more on appeal.

New Vacancy on D.C. Federal Bench

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle will take senior status in June, opening up a new seat on Washington's federal trial court.

Gleacher Taps Covington, Delaware Firm for Dissolution

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Covington & Burling and Delaware's Potter Anderson & Corroon are advising Gleacher & Company on its planned liquidation, which the boutique financial services firm announced Thursday after failing to find a buyer.

Phone Makers Sued Over Carrier IQ Fight for Arbitration of Privacy Claims

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen must decide whether plaintiffs are bound by ADR agreements in their phone service contracts, which would knock the class action out of federal court.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

Phone Makers Hope Carriers' ADR Clause Can Protect Them Too

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen will decide if privacy claims over tracking software are governed by a third-party arbitration agreement.

Leslie Caldwell Wins Committee Approval to Lead Criminal Division

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nomination of veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Leslie Caldwell Wins Committee Approval to Lead Criminal Division

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 06, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nomination of veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Chhabria Narrowly Wins Senate Approval

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

After nine years as a San Francisco deputy city attorney, Vince Chhabria becomes the first federal judge of South Asian ancestry in California.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2014

The oil giant embraced a settlement that resolved billions of dollars worth of oil spill claims—and then turned against it. Why?

Complaint Alleges Conflict of Interest in Port Authority Chief's Law Practice

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 05, 2014

A formal complaint lodged with the N.J. State Ethics Commission alleges Port Authority Chairman David Samson violated the state Conflicts of Interest Law by using his Port Authority position to benefit clients of his law firm.

Covington's Profits Per Partner Dip

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

Covington & Burling's annual financial numbers for 2013 show a mix of growth—in both revenue and number of lawyers—and a decline in profits. Gross revenue for the firm grew by 1 percent, or $7 million to $657 million.

INADMISSIBLE: Tanya Chutkan Breezes Through Hearing

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner Tanya Chutkan sailed through her Feb. 25 confirmation hearing, setting her up for a spot on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plus more in this week's column.

NFL Tax Filings Show Big Fees for Three Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

The latest tax filings by the National Football League and its collective bargaining arm show that it paid out nearly $25 million to Akin Gump, Covington & Burling and Paul Weiss, the latter a newcomer to the NFL's stable of top outside legal advisers.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Suntory/Beam; Google/Nest Labs; Lenovo/IBM low-power server business/Motorola Mobility

Documents Dish on Clinton-Era Lawyers

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

A group of previously secret documents from the Clinton White House—released today by The National Archives—contain the names of some Washington lawyers and some interesting legal tidbits. Here are some of the high points from the correspondence between Bill and Hillary Clinton and their aides.

Unrest in Ukraine Ripples Through Global 100 Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Baker & McKenzie, Chadbourne & Parke, Clifford Chance, Dentons, DLA Piper and Squire Sanders have all seen business at their offices in Kiev grind to a halt this month amid clashes between opposition forces and security services loyal to former president Viktor Yanukovych.

How BP Decided to Fight the Deepwater Settlement

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

: The oil giant embraced a settlement that resolved billions of dollars worth of oil spill claims—and then turned against it. Why?

Acting Head of DOJ Criminal Division to Step Down

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

Mythili Raman, the acting head of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, will step down in March, the department announced today.

Covington Scores for Salix in Pharma Contracts Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 25, 2014

Napo Pharmaceuticals claimed that Salix never delivered on a promise to promote a potentially lucrative Napo drug, but a state court jury in Manhattan told Napo to pin the blame elsewhere.

How Latham Cracked the Houston Market

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2014

When the firm decided to beef up its oil and gas practice, it recruited heavily from the city's Big Three.

It's Game, Set, Match for Comcast in Tennis Channel Fight

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

With the Supreme Court declining to intervene, Gibson Dunn's Miguel Estrada cemented last year's victory for Comcast in a case that was widely viewed as a check on the Federal Communications Commission's power to regulate the cable industry.

Lawyers Spar Over Discovery Rules

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Another major front in the war between plaintiffs and corporate defendants over the high costs of litigation has opened up in an obscure corner of judicial bureaucracy: proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Lawyers Spar Over Discovery Rules

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Another major front in the war between plaintiffs and corporate defendants over the high costs of litigation has opened up in an obscure corner of judicial bureaucracy: proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

The Growing Impact of Global Economic Crime

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that global economic crime poses a growing legal and financial threat to businesses.

Hotels, Travel Sites Beat Price-Fixing Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that hotel chains and online travel companies conspired to fix the price of rooms booked online, handing a big win to a brigade of defense firms.

Is Threat of Surveillance New Reality for Law Firms?

Sara Randazzo and Andrew Ramonas : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

For many lawyers who represent foreign governments, the recent revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency's Australian ally has been privy to communications between an American law firm and its international client comes as no surprise.

INADMISSIBLE: Holder Presses Voting Rights for Felons

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. last week urged state and federal lawmakers to restore voting rights to felons who are no longer under supervision, calling restrictions in place now "profoundly outdated." Plus more in this week's column.

3M Co.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

The general counsel at 3M Co. has implemented a five-year strategy since joining the St. Paul company in 2012.

DOJ Criminal Division Nominee Outlines Enforcement Priorities

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell told Congress last week she would apply criminal laws with equal force if confirmed as the next head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

Network Privacy Notices Due Soon

Isobel Markham : Corporate Counsel : January 12, 2014

Telecom carriers have to certify that they meet customer privacy requirements.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Up For Prosecutor Job

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Leslie Caldwell spent the last decade defending Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in criminal matters. On Tuesday, the Senate takes up her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, where she'd be on the other side of the courtroom.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Up For Prosecutor Job

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Leslie Caldwell spent the last decade defending Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in criminal matters. On Tuesday, the Senate takes up her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, where she'd be on the other side of the courtroom.

Inadmissible

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Short takes on lawyes, firms and judges.

He'll Take Game Shows for $126,000

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

In the Washington world, where handshakes shared with major power players often turn into photos on an office wall, Thomas Cubbage III of Covington & Burling shows off only one vintage side-by-side shot with a famous person: Alex Trebek.

DLA's New Coleader Discusses Firm's Leadership Change

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

A little more than two years after DLA Piper hired former Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel, the esteemed law firm leader is poised to step down as global cochair of the world's largest firm by gross revenue and head count. During Angel's time at the top of DLA, the legal services giant restructured its U.K. operations and absorbed an Australian alliance partner. Roger Meltzer, the cohead of DLA's Americas arm who will take the leadership helm with Nigel Knowles in 2015, spoke with The Am Law Daily about the succession plan and DLA's future initiatives.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Law firm personnel changes in metropolitan Washington D.C.

Covington Snags DLA Piper's D.C. Managing Partner

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The managing partner of DLA Piper's Washington office, Frank "Rusty" Conner III, has jumped ship to Covington & Burling along with financial institutions M&A specialist Michael Reed.

INADMISSIBLE: Tech Companies Reach Deal in Data Fight

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and other technology giants scored a victory last week in their quest to reveal more information about the government's demands for customer information. Plus more in this week's column.

Name-Dropping To Impress Client Gets Criminal Lawyer Suspended

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A lawyer has drawn a three-month suspension for telling a client in a 2007 criminal case that an alleged connection to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff could help win a better deal.

Relentless, Focused, Choosy

George Erb : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Dallas boutique Bickel & Brewer harbors Texas-size ambitions about the cases it wants. It has a penchant for matters with a lot of money and business at stake, groundbreaking legal issues or big public policy questions. And it gets what it wants.

Covington Snags DLA Piper's D.C. Managing Partner

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The managing partner of DLA Piper's Washington office, Frank "Rusty" Conner III, has jumped ship to Covington & Burling, along with financial institutions M&A specialist Michael Reed.

Litigators of the Week: Robert Wick of Covington & Burling and Kenneth Gallo of Paul Weiss

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

Even in the megalitigation over price-fixing in the LCD industry, Motorola's $3.5 billion case against Samsung and other LCD manufacturers was a biggie. Not so much anymore.

Fee Tracker: Super Bowl, Patent Battles and More

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

In our latest installment of the Fee Tracker, The Am Law Daily looks at the legal fees paid by several leading nonprofit organizations in the news, such as the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Bidding Committee, the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research and the UJA-Federation of New York, which recently hired a top Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner as its new leader.