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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 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 $742,500,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 44th on The American Lawyer's 2016 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 44 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 44 -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


: The National Law Journal : May 30, 2016

Lateral moves, new arrivals, and a new practice group in this week's column.

Morning Wrap: Midsize Hot List | Tom Brady Will Appeal | Covington Snags Former Swedish PM

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : May 23, 2016

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: outstanding midsize law firms, Tom Brady's lawyers will challenge 'Deflategate' decision, and the former prime minister of Sweden joins Covington & Burling as a senior policy advisor.

Hitting the FCPA Jackpot

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Corruption cases are throwing off plenty of lucrative work for law firms.

Five Keys to a Company Compliance Plan

Staff : The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

A new report offers specifics for companies and their general counsel. Plus, other short articles about what your clients are talking about.

INADMISSIBLE: Sotomayor Pushes Mandatory Pro Bono

: The National Law Journal : May 23, 2016

"I believe in forced labor" when it comes to improving access to justice for the poor, she said during an appearance at the American Law Institute's annual meeting in Washington. Plus more in this week's column.

Texas Judge Wasn't the First to Dress Down Washington Lawyers

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : May 20, 2016

The Texas judge who ordered ethics training for a Washington class of U.S. Justice Department lawyers on Thursday joined a small group of judges who have expressly blasted D.C.-based Main Justice attorneys. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen spent the bulk of his 28-page ruling excoriating Main Justice attorneys for perceived shortcomings in Texas' immigration case. On the last page, he expressly noted his ire was only directed to Main Justice, not the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas.

Texas Judge Blasts Justice Department Lawyers for Conduct in Immigration Case

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : May 19, 2016

A federal district judge on Thursday excoriated U.S. Department of Justice lawyers who are defending the Obama administration's immigration plan, issuing an extraordinary order that questioned the department's policing of attorney ethics and ordered certain government lawyers to take an annual ethics class.

Eric Holder Joins Board of 'Storied' Civil Rights Group

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : May 19, 2016

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., the first African-American leader of the U.S. Justice Department, is joining the national board of directors of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. "Those who make it unnecessarily difficult for some of their fellow citizens to cast a ballot are on the wrong side of history and will be considered harshly by it," Holder recently told a graduating law school class in Wisconsin.

Kirkland, Weil Divvy Up Latest Batch of Energy Bankruptcies

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 17, 2016

The restructuring practices at the two top Am Law 100 firms are advising on two more Chapter 11 cases filed Monday by Breitburn Energy Partners LP and SandRidge Energy Inc.

Morgan Lewis Straddles the Trump-Hillary Divide

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 16, 2016

The billionaire reality television star and the former secretary of state don't agree on much, but they've both found reasons to turn to ex-candidate Ted Cruz's former law firm.

Deal Watch: Mylan Taps Cravath Again for Dermatology Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2016

Three months after Mylan NV once again turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle another multibillion-dollar deal, the firm is at it again for the acquisitive generic drug giant.

Commencement Ceremonies for Law Schools in New York

: New York Law Journal : May 13, 2016

Vice President Joseph Biden is the featured speaker Friday at the commencement ceremony of his alma mater, Syracuse University College of Law, where he obtained his J.D. in 1968. But Syracuse is only one of several New York law schools inviting alumni to speak to this year's graduates.

In-House Patent Lawyer Tapped for PTO Posting

Scott Graham : The Recorder : May 11, 2016

David Ruschke, Medtronic's chief patent counsel, will be the second permanent chief judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Morning Wrap: Why Merrick Garland Recuses | Staples-Office Depot Deal Abandoned

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : May 11, 2016

Merrick Garland lists his most important cases, and he identifies dozens of cases in which he recused for financial and other reasons. Staples and Office Depot abandon their merger plan after a Washington judge finds the deal would "substantially" hurt competition. And starting in December, the federal rules of appellate procedure will change—and that means lawyers have a new, reduced word count. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

A Smooth Landing for Air Cargo Suit

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : May 11, 2016

After $1.2 billion in settlements and a decade of litigation that swept in antitrust lawyers from more than 50 firms (seriously, did anyone NOT work on this case?), the massive air cargo price fixing litigation is coming in for a landing.

Vaping Company Sues FDA Over New Regulations

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

Covington & Burling, representing Nicopure Labs LLC, on Tuesday sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over new vaping rules, which were published today. The company, which sells the devices and manufactures the "e-liquid" used, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Washington claiming the agency overstepped its authority.

INADMISSIBLE: No Regrets on Return to Big Law, Says Holder

: The National Law Journal : May 09, 2016

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said on April 29 "I am not ashamed" to have returned to private practice after resigning last year, asserting he will continue to advance the justice reform issues he espoused in office as a private attorney. Plus more in this week's column.

Firms Cash In on Anti-Bribery Expertise Amid Litigation Slowdown

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : May 09, 2016

Big-ticket litigations involving scores of lawyers may be thinner on the ground these days, but a surge in global anti-corruption probes appears to be making up for it at a number of firms.

Hulu Turns to Latham in Patent Fight

Scott Graham : The Recorder : May 07, 2016

Partner Julie Holloway will defend infringement claims from OpenTV, which has launched similar campaigns against Netflix, Apple and others.

New Recruits at Kirkland, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 05, 2016

More comings-and-goings at Kirkland & Ellis; cybersecurity hiring stays hot at Cooley and Covington; Latham & Watkins snags another lateral in Germany; Paul Weiss restocks its litigation group; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 05, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Dentons Cyber Group Chair Jumps to Cooley

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 04, 2016

Cooley is poised to hire Andy Roth, head of the global privacy and cybersecurity group at Dentons, as a partner for its privacy and data protection practice in New York.

Paul Weiss Hires High-Profile Product Liability Litigator

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : May 03, 2016

David Bernick, a former general counsel of tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc., has left Dechert for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which restocked its litigation group after a notable departure in January.

Eric Holder: No Apologies for Return to Big Law

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : April 29, 2016

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said Friday "I am not ashamed" to have returned to private practice after resigning last year, asserting he will continue to advance the justice reform issues he espoused in office as a private attorney. "You can be a public interest lawyer wherever you are," Holder told students at Georgetown University Law Center at a public discussion with National Public Radio's Michel Martin. "I hope you will be a public interest lawyer wherever you are."

Deal Watch: A Pharmaceutical Frenzy for a Half-Dozen Firms

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2016

Abbott Labs seeks to buy St. Jude Medical for $25 billion; Sanofi makes a $9.3 billion bid for Medivation; AbbVie offers $5.8 billion for Stemcentrx; and a look at the big firms behind those proposed megadeals.

Too Few Women in Court

Mary Ellen Egan : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Female trial lawyers are still a minority in the nation's courtrooms. What will it take to change that disparity?

What All Good Compliance Programs Have in Common

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : April 25, 2016

A first-of-its-kind report released April 25 offers a road map for creating high-quality compliance programs, no matter the company's size.

Vera Institute Gala Turns 10

: New York Law Journal : April 25, 2016

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith, Los Angeles attorney and "Hot Bench" television show judge Tanya Acker, and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a partner at Covington & Burling, attended the Vera Institute of Justice's 10th annual gala Thursday.

Garland, Mum on Nomination, Urges Lawyers to Close Justice Gap

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : April 21, 2016

In a rare public speech since his nomination to the U.S. Supreme was announced, Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit delivered remarks at the court's annual pro bono recognition breakfast. He urged lawyers to do more to close the access-to-justice gap.

Microsoft to Fund New Pilot Project to Improve Legal Aid

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2016

The Legal Services Corp. is expected to announce a $1 million gift from the technology giant at the White House on Tuesday. The group will also name a new leadership council whose members range from Eric Holder to University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.