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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

D.C. Firms by 2014 Financial Results: Emoji Edition

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 26, 2015

So far this year, the NLJ has covered several financial announcements from D.C.'s largest firms. Why not corral them and a few other firms of interest into one helpful post? 😎

Crash Leaves Lufthansa Wide Open to U.S. Litigation

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : March 26, 2015

Lufthansa could face wrongful death claims in the United States by the families of the three Americans reported killed in the Germanwings jetliner crash in the French Alps on Tuesday, according to aviation attorneys tracking developments.

Squire Patton Boggs Shows Stable Revenue Per Lawyer After Merger

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : March 25, 2015

Squire Patton Boggs held on to about the same revenue per lawyer and profits per partner its legacy firms had yielded the year before, with some growth. The firm said its revenue per lawyer was $640,000 in 2014 and profits per partner were $840,000, an increase from the previous year's $810,000 for Squire Sanders partners and $720,000 for Patton Boggs partners.

Consumer Who Now Shuns Wipes Can Seek Injunction

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : March 24, 2015

A plaintiff who has stopped using the product that prompted his lawsuit may still pursue an injunction to stop alleged false advertising under state consumer protection statutes, a federal judge has ruled.

On the Move

: The Recorder : March 23, 2015

Johnson & Johnson Stamps Out Patent Suit Over ADHD Drug

Ross Todd : The Recorder : March 23, 2015

A UC-Irvine professor didn't come up with the ideas behind the blockbuster drug Concerta, a federal judge ruled.

King & Spalding Snags Pair of McDermott Litigators

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

Bobby Burchfield, a management committee member and head of the complex litigation group at McDermott Will & Emery, has left the firm with partner Matthew Leland for King & Spalding. Burchfield joins the firm nearly four years after the departure of former top litigator Paul Clement. His departure from McDermott comes on the heels of a pair of IP partners defecting for Paul Hastings and as McDermott seeks to ramp up its private client practice.

Amid Defections, McDermott Adds Practice Head, Eyeing Future Growth

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Nearly four years to the day after McDermott Will & Emery took on the entire private client practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the former has hired Holland & Knight's international private client practice leader Leigh-Alexandra Basha in Washington, D.C. The move comes as many Am Law 200 firms have reevaluated their private client and trusts and estates practices, and as McDermott braces for some other partner departures.

Eastern District Marks 150 Years of Keeping 'Court's Doors Open'

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : March 18, 2015

The Eastern District of New York commemorated its transformation from a small court created to ease burdensome admiralty caseloads to one at the center of the nation's hot-button legal issues during a 150th anniversary ceremony Monday.

Covington Cites 'Alice,' Babe Ruth to Crush Pricing Patent

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : March 18, 2015

In a quartet of lawsuits filed last year, plaintiff accused AOL, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn of infringing two patents related to online price auctions. But after a victory this week for AOL's lawyers at Covington & Burling, it looks like all four suits could soon be history.

Apple, HP Settle Fee Fight Over Deja-Vu Patent Suits

Scott Graham : The Recorder : March 16, 2015

The Silicon Valley companies went after Linex Technologies for initiating litigation in California after losing similar suits elsewhere.

Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 15, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart because of conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

UBS Is Latest to Settle Foreign Exchange Rigging Suit

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 15, 2015

Lawyers at Hausfeld LLP and Scott & Scott announced the $135 million settlement on Friday. Ten other major banks remain in the plaintiffs' sights for allegedly manipulating the $5 trillion-a-day forex market.

'Captain's Table' Reception Raises $60K for Community FoodBank of NJ

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 13, 2015

"Let Us Eat, Please" and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey hosted a Captain's Table Reception at the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show on Feb. 5 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Help Wanted: New Law Librarian of Congress

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : March 12, 2015

If you like researching the law better than practicing it, here's a job for you: Law Librarian of Congress. The Library of Congress recently posted a job notice for the position, which pays between $121,956 and $168,700 annually.

Former DAG James Cole Joins Sidley Austin

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 12, 2015

James Cole, formerly the second-highest-ranking lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, has found his next home at Sidley Austin.

Morning Wrap: Federal Reserve Says Big U.S. Banks Pass Regulatory Test

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 12, 2015

Banks learn they're safeguarded from financial disaster, fallout from the "Blurred Lines" verdict, and the U.S. Olympic Committee comes to town: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Winston Poaches 11-Partner Team From Pillsbury

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 11, 2015

Less than a week after Winston & Strawn hired Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's structured products practice head, it is poised to pick up another 10 corporate, finance and private equity partners from the same firm.

Littler Goes to Guatemala, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Littler Mendelson's Swiss verein enters Guatemala, as the global labor and employment firm loses a six-lawyer team in Atlanta; Covington & Burling opens in Los Angeles; Paul Hastings' hiring spree extends to Brazil; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: O'Melveny Down, But Eyes Rebound

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 07, 2015

O'Melveny & Myers saw gross revenue, profits per partner, revenue per lawyer and attorney head count all fall in 2014 as the firm sought to refill a pipeline of high-end litigation work. Bradley Butwin, chairman of the firm, spoke with The Am Law Daily about O'Melveny's performance and its outlook for the future.

Covington Opens In L.A. With IP Group From SoCal, Two Litigation Laterals

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 06, 2015

Covington & Burling will open an office in Los Angeles after poaching two partners from West Coast firms, closing its San Diego office and relocating lawyers, the firm said. Covington says it will place about 15 lawyers in Los Angeles.

Morning Wrap: Two Court Arguments and a Hillary Clinton Tweet

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 05, 2015

Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court, Boston bombing on trial and continued fallout regarding Hillary Clinton's use of personal email while at the State Department: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Arnold & Porter's Modest Growth Still Made for Strong Year

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 04, 2015

Arnold & Porter posted its second-best business year ever in 2014. Still, growth was modest, whether to profitability or revenue.“In a very competitive market, we had a strong year," firm chairman Thomas Milch said.

Goldman, JPMorgan Beat Aluminum Price-Fixing Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 04, 2015

Lawyers for Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, the London Metal Exchange and other defendants drove another stake through claims that the companies conspired to stockpile aluminum in warehouses and drive up prices.

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.