At Covington, we recognize the differences among us as an asset and a source of strength. We believe that excellence in the practice of law knows no racial, ethnic, gender, religious, sexual orientation, or other boundaries. Covington lawyers bring a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences to our practice. By recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting a diverse group of lawyers, we advance the interests of our clients, our practice, and our entire profession.
Diversity Update Winter 2012/2013
Covington's Diversity Plan
- Euromoney Legal Media Group (2012) “Best Firm for Minority Women Lawyers” and “Best Firm in the U.S. West" -- The firm was honored for its ability to support the development of women in the legal profession and provide work-life programs that enable women to pursue legal careers.
- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation "Corporate Equality Index Survey" (2009-2013) -- Ranked 100% on this survey that provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large US employers and their policies and practices pertinent to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.
- Women in Law Empowerment Forum -- Gold Standard Certification Award (2011-2012) -- WILEF, for the second year, ranked Covington as one of the best law firms for integrating women into the equity partnership and top firm leadership positions.
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association -- Thomas L. Sager Award (2011) -- Honored the firm for demonstrated sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of minority and woman attorneys.
- The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management (2011) honored Keir Gumbs with its Rising Star of Corporate Governance Award, which recognizes global corporate professionals under the age of 40 who are making their mark as outstanding analysts, experts, directors, managers or advocates.
- Yale Law Women (2007-2009, 2011) -- Top Family-Friendly Firms -- Ranked in the Top 10 nationally for family-friendly firms based on a number of factors, including maternity/paternity leave, emergency and on-site child care, alternative work arrangements and the ratio of women partners and associates.
- Working Mother (2006-2012) -- 100 Best Companies -- Ranked as one of the top companies nationally for working mothers based on a survey of all areas of work life, including company culture, family-friendly policies, and compensation.
- The American Lawyer (2008-2012) -- The A-List -- Ranked in this listing of twenty elite US law firms based on financial performance, pro bono activity, associate satisfaction, and diversity.
- Working Mother (2007-2009, 2011) -- Best Law Firms for Women -- Ranked as one of the best law firms for women nationally based on a survey measuring work/life and women-friendly policies, including flex-time, child care and women-focused mentoring, and leadership and networking programs.
- Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (2009) -- Covington received an Outstanding Achievement Award for work the firm has done for the Equal Employment Opportunity Project.
- Multicultural Law (2007) -- Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity -- Recognized as a top law firm for diversity efforts and programs.
- Washingtonian "Great Places to Work" (2009) -- Recognized by the magazine as one of the 50 "great places to work" in the Washington area.
- Human Rights Campaign (2010) -- National Ally of Justice Award -- Recognized with this award for a legal ally that has made significant contributions to the HRC's work.
- Presumed Equal (2006) -- What America's Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms -- Ranked seventh nationally in this listing of more than 100 law firms based on training and advancement opportunities, work-life balance priorities, mentoring, diversity, and firm culture and leadership.
- Am Law Litigation Daily recognized as Jean Veta as “Litigator of the Week” (12/20/2012) for her successful defense of the former CEO of IndyMac Bank.
- The National Association of Corporate Directors (2012) named Keir Gumbs to its "People to Watch" list in recognition of his exemplary leadership for a second straight year.
- Chambers “Women in Law Awards” (2012) named Heather Haberl as “Up & Coming Real Estate Lawyer of the Year.”
- The Recorder (2012) has named Ingrid Rechtin to its list of “50 Lawyers on the Fast Track.”
- Law360 (2012) recognized Marney Cheek as an International Trade “Rising Star.”
- Euromoney Legal Media Group (2011-2012) in its Women in Business Law awards named Lisa Peets “Best in Copyright.” The individual awards recognize women leading the field in their practice group.
- The National Law Journal named Tammy Albarran to its 2011 “Minority 40 Under 40” list. The list honors lawyers who belong to an ethnic minority group who have wielded national influence in their practice areas and beyond over the past five years. Tammy’s practice involves defending clients in securities fraud investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC and private class action securities lawsuits.
- Northern California Super Lawyers (2011) recognized Anita Stork on its “Top 50 Women” list.
- Daily Journal recognized Emily Leonard (2011) and Sonya Winner (2012) as “Top Women Lawyers." Bruce Deming was also listed as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in California for 2012.
- D.C. Bar (2011) elected Tom Williamson as its next president. Tom will serve as president-elect during 2011-2012 and as Bar president from 2012-2013.
- Lambda Legal (2011) elected Bruce Deming a co-chair of its national board of directors. Lambda Legal is the oldest national organization pursuing high-impact litigation, public education, and advocacy on behalf of equality and civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people with HIV.
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (2009) recognized senior of counsel Paul Tagliabue and his wife Chandler with its Spotlight Award.
- The National Law Journal (2008) recognized Tom Williamson and our former partner and current Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, as two of “the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.”
- Wiley Branton Award for Lifetime Commitment to Equal Justice (2007) -- presented to Tom Williamson by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.