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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 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 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

Challenges For Lynch at Main Justice

Mike Sacks : The National Law Journal : April 27, 2015

Loretta Lynch, the first black woman to serve as attorney general, will take control of the U.S. Department of Justice on April 27 amid escalating tension between law enforcement and black communities across the country.

Taking a Page From Their Lives: When Lawyers Write Fiction

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 27, 2015

Lawyers' hobbies are varied and lavish, from collecting art to scuba diving with sharks. Some corporate attorneys prefer to translate their flush lives into fiction.

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Year's Hottest Markets

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

Most Am Law 100 firms had solid results in 2014, but some sector bets paid off especially well.

McKenna Long Tax Chief Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 26, 2015

The head of McKenna Long & Aldridge's national tax group leaves ahead of a merger with global legal giant Dentons; Arnold & Porter and Cozen O'Connor both make bulk hires from smaller firms; a Jones Day bankruptcy baron returns; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

McKenna's Revenue, Profit Dive From Lawyer Losses in Year Before Dentons Merger

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 24, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge lost a lot of lawyers last year, which markedly reduced revenue and profit. The departures followed McKenna's last-minute decision in November 2013 not to merge with global megafirm Dentons—a deal that was revived and then approved earlier this month.

Litigation Department of the Year, Labor and Employment: Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : April 24, 2015

Across a wide range of litigation, Lieff secured payouts for workers who said they were underpaid or discriminated against.

Family Ties: S&C Partner Helps Private Equity Exec Buy NBA Team

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 23, 2015

Sullivan & Cromwell's Alison Ressler is advising her brother-in-law Antony Ressler, founder of buyout giant Ares Management, on his $850 million acquisition of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks. Ressler's familial relations also came up this week in leaked Sony emails.

After Long Delay, Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General

Mike Sacks : The National Law Journal : April 23, 2015

The Senate on Thursday afternoon confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to hold the post. Lynch takes over the department at a time of growing tension between law enforcement and black communities across the country. Republican leaders in the Senate say Lynch has a "mess" to clean up at the department.

Litigation Department of the Year, Antitrust: Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 23, 2015

They scored big wins -- including a $26.1 million verdict -- playing both offense and defense.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : April 20, 2015

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

INADMISSIBLE: Women of Supreme Court Honor the First

: The National Law Journal : April 20, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court's three female justices came together in Washington on April 15 to pay tribute to retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and her legacy in the law, her work with women judges and her push to improve civic education. Plus more in this week's column.

EPA Strikes Deal Over Renewable Fuel Standard

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : April 20, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tried to avoid adding fuel to the fire in connection with a lawsuit filed against it in March by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute.

High Court Rejects Human Rights Claims Against Chiquita

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : April 20, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday put an end to litigation against Chiquita Brands International that sought damages for its role in funding a U.S.-designated terrorist group accused of killing more than 4,000 people in Colombia.

New Hires Beget New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2015

Goodwin Procter launches a London private equity practice; Dentons arrives in Budapest; Fox Rothschild opens in Chicago; Polsinelli puts down stakes in Nashville; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 16, 2015

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

Another Forex Milestone as BofA Settles Class Action

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 16, 2015

Bank of America, represented by Shearman & Sterling, is the third bank to settle of the dozen targeted in antitrust litigation alleging widespread manipulation in the $5 trillion-per-day foreign exchange market.

Introducing The National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers

: The National Law Journal : April 15, 2015

The National Law Journal presents 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.

Covington Sues SeaWorld Over Orca Claims

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : April 14, 2015

Latest legal attack against the park hinges on a false-advertising theory.

Tobacco Companies Bring New Fight with Feds Over Labels

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : April 14, 2015

Tobacco companies have long fought with the feds over what they can—and must—say on cigarette packages and other product labels. In the latest case, filed Tuesday, tobacco makers are challenging a new directive from the Food and Drug Administration that the companies claim unlawfully requires pre-approval for label changes.

EPA Strikes Deal With Oil Industry Groups Over Renewable Fuel Standard

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : April 14, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tried to avoid adding fuel to the fire in connection with a lawsuit filed against it in March by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute.

Looming Indictments Could Hurt Christie's Presidential Hopes

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : April 09, 2015

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie and his administration may soon be facing what they had least hoped would happen: indictments by a federal grand jury of some former staffers and a close friend and ally on charges that have their roots in the abrupt closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September 2013.

Litigators of the Week: Paul Schmidt and Michael Imbroscio of Covington & Burling

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 09, 2015

After 12 years of litigation, plaintiffs in the Accutane mass tort can no longer claim the upper hand.

On the Move

: The American Lawyer : April 08, 2015

Moves involving Akin Gump, Cahill Gordon, Ashurst, Covington & Burling, Kramer Levin and Fitzpatrick Cella.

Two Top Prosecutors Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and Morrison & Foerster tap the U.S. Department of Justice for two notable hires; Kramer Levin adds a life sciences practice head; Nixon Peabody nabs a Jones Day band leader and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Three Am Law 100 Firms Tap Transactional Trio for M&A Expertise

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2015

With deal volume up during the first quarter, O'Melveny & Myers, Shearman & Sterling and Covington & Burling made notable additions Monday to bolster their M&A ranks in New York.

Judge Rejects 'No-Poach' Suit Against Animation Studios

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : April 06, 2015

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that a suit accusing major studios of capping workers' salaries is barred by a a four-year statute of limitations.

On the Move

: The Recorder : April 06, 2015

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

Accutane Cases in Danger After Warnings Held Adequate

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : April 03, 2015

Hundreds of products liability suits over the acne drug Accutane face dismissal in the wake of an April 2 decision that the warnings provided to prescribing doctors after April 10, 2002, were adequate as a matter of law.

Wilmer Hires US Attorney Ronald Machen in Competition for DOJ Brass

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 02, 2015

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, not to be left out among the scramble to hire exiting U.S. Justice Department brass, has re-hired Ronald Machen Jr., formerly the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, the firm announced Thursday.

Subcontractor Files Suit Over Work on Covington Office

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 01, 2015

A construction subcontractor that worked on building drywall and ceilings in Covington & Burling's new D.C. offices is suing for almost $2.4 million it says it's owed.