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Covington & Burling LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 793
  • Gross Revenues: $742,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $935,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,275,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Covington & Burling is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Covington & Burling has 793 attorneys and is the 45th largest firm in the United States.  With $742,500,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 44th on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2015 Global 100 survey, Covington & Burling ranked as the 54th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, NY and VA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 44 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 44 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 44 5 Lawyer head count
The A-List 26 -6 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 16 -6 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 31 18 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 25 15 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 66 -7 Summer programs

In the News

Two Partners Join Jones Day, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 11, 2016

Jones Day recruits two new partners on opposite coasts after a top restructuring duo departs; Milbank makes a rare lateral hire; Paul Hastings makes some high-profile additions; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

AstraZeneca Draws DOJ Rebuke for Push to Shield Crestor from Competition

Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : July 07, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday urged a Washington judge to reject AstraZeneca's effort to block regulators from approving generic versions of the cholesterol-treatment drug Crestor, saying agency officials haven't yet made a final decision on a lower-cost alternative to the brand medication.

Leadership Moves Mark an Uncommon Year for Williams & Connolly

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : July 07, 2016

While the spotlight has been on its work for Hillary Clinton, Williams & Connolly has undergone a quiet shift at the top, including the end of Bob Barnett's tenure as executive committee chair this month.

D.C. Circuit Serves Tennis Channel Second Loss to Comcast

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : July 05, 2016

A federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday refused to revive Tennis Channel Inc.'s claims that Comcast Cable Communications' video programming distribution discriminates against the sports network.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : July 01, 2016

The law firms with roles in the largest recent M&A deals across Europe.

Court Tosses MGM Resorts' Suit Over New Connecticut Casino Law

Megan Spicer : The Connecticut Law Tribune : June 30, 2016

A federal judge has dismissed MGM Resorts International's suit claiming a new Connecticut law unconstitutionally discriminated against the Native American tribe with which MGM is building a casino rivaling ones in Connecticut.

Justices Will Review Housing Bias Dispute Between Miami, Banks

Tony Mauro : Daily Business Review : June 29, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal brought by Wells Fargo and Bank of America against the city of Miami in a dispute over alleged predatory lending practices that discriminated against minorities.

June Laterals: Firms Snap Up Ex-Government and White Collar Litigators

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 29, 2016

Many of June's most notable lateral hires involved litigators exiting the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Other significant moves featured lawyers who specialize in being adverse to the government. Thanks, Uncle Sam.

Former GCs Draw Interest From Bay Area Firms

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 28, 2016

Some industry observers question whether the money firms are spending on former GCs would be better spent luring a rainmaker that's on the lateral market.

Justices Will Referee Housing Bias Dispute Between Major Banks and Cities

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : June 28, 2016

Banks say cities are misusing civil rights laws to recover taxes lost during recession.

Could President Obama Find a Post-Presidential Job in Silicon Valley?

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : June 28, 2016

There has been some recent speculation that Obama could have some connection with companies in Silicon Valley after he leaves the White House, but one Presidential expert is skeptical.

Former GCs Draw Interest From Bay Area Firms

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 28, 2016

In an industry where books of business are paramount, some industry observers question whether the money firms spend on these former GCs would be better spent on nabbing a rainmaker on the lateral market. But the firms say the former GCs have unique qualities that are worth paying for.

Washington Lawyers' Committee Leader Steps Down After 45 Years

Suzanne Monyak : The National Law Journal : June 27, 2016

Even after nearly half a century of service for the Washington Lawyers' Committee, Rod Boggs isn't quite ready to retire. The departing executive director of 45 years described the job as his “calling” from the start.

DC Firm Pushes Back On Associate Raises

Katelyn Polantz : The Am Law Daily : June 27, 2016

Washington, D.C.-based BuckleySander told its associates that the firm's salary scale won't change, but midyear bonuses will boost most first-years' pay above $180,000.

Deal Watch: London Falls, But M&A Must Carry On

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 27, 2016

While Friday's Brexit vote has likely cast a potential shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union.

E-Cigarette Advocates Say FDA's New Rules Are Unlawful

Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : June 21, 2016

National and state trade associations representing the electronic cigarette industry on Monday sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over new regulations that the advocates contend will push innovative products out of the market.

Covington, Slaughter and May on Tencent's $8.6B Gaming Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 21, 2016

The Shenzhen-based technology company is leading a consortium to buy an 84.3 percent stake in game developer Supercell from Japan's SoftBank and the game maker's employees. The deal, Tencent's largest-ever acquisition, values Supercell at $10.2 billion.

An ITC Fight Like You've Never Seen Before

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 21, 2016

Leave it to lawyers from Quinn Emanuel to come up with a new way to litigate a decades-old grievance--and to use a statute that's synonymous with patent disputes in a totally unexpected way.

After Orlando, Firms Offer Pro Bono Help On Gun Control

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 17, 2016

Since 49 people were gunned down at Orlando's Pulse nightclub last weekend, law firms have offered to ramp up their support for gun control efforts.

Hogan Lovells Sets New Salary High for D.C.'s 'Big Four'

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : June 13, 2016

The firm on Monday became the first of Washington's traditional “Big Four” legal giants to announce that it will hike its base associate salaries to $180,000.

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 13, 2016

Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Arbitration a Hot Topic at ACS Convention

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : June 10, 2016

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia and action by the Consumer Financial Protection Board were on the minds of lawyers discussing arbitration and jury trials.

Southern District Assistants Leaving for Private Practice

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : June 09, 2016

It's routine for top prosecutors to leave an office near the end of a presidential administration, but attorneys knowledgeable about the so-called Sovereign District—a nod to the office's prominence—point to a natural wave of attrition occurring now.