Richard A. Hertling

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Covington & Burling LLP
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2401
Tel: 202.662.5669





  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1985
  • Brown University, B.A., 1982
    • magna cum laude
    • with honors
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Henry A. Politz, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1985-1986

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • French

Richard Hertling advises clients in the technology, defense and other industries on regulatory and legislative matters involving intellectual property, cyber-security, financial services and immigration.  His experience includes work related to the expected overhaul of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Internet sales tax, patent reform, and music licensing.

Mr. Hertling is the former staff director and chief counsel on the House Judiciary Committee.  He has more than 25 years of public policy experience from serving in leadership roles on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Justice Department, in addition to the House Judiciary panel. He is widely respected for his ability to build strategic alliances on both sides of the aisle to move legislation forward.

From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Hertling served a variety of leadership roles at the Justice Department, including acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legislative Affairs and principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy.  He was the domestic and legal policy advisor to Senator Fred Thompson's presidential campaign before returning to Capitol Hill in 2008 to serve on the House Judiciary Committee first as the minority deputy chief of staff then deputy chief of staff and finally as the staff director and chief counsel.

After earning his law degree, Mr. Hertling served as a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Division for three years before joining the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Over the course of seven years on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Hertling served as chief counsel and staff director for three subcommittees.  His tenure on Capitol Hill included two stints on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee where he served as minority staff director for Senator Fred Thompson and as senior counsel during the campaign fundraising investigation of the 1996 presidential election.  He also served as chief of staff to former Senator Peter Fitzgerald of Illinois.

Honors and Rankings

  • Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award
  • Legal 500 US, Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory and Transactional (2014)

Publications and Speeches

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