Stephanie W. Bignon

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5393
Fax: +1 202 778 5393




  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2011
    • summa cum laude
    • Maryland Law Review, Executive Notes and Comments Editor
    • Recipient of the Elizabeth Maxwell Carroll Chesnut and William Strobel Thomas graduation awards
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., 2005
    • Highest Honors
    • President’s Undergraduate Research Award Recipient

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Deborah K. Chasanow, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2011-2012

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia


  • French

Stephanie W. Bignon is a corporate associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office.  Her practice focuses on advising public companies with respect to securities law matters, including, for example, capital markets transactions and securities disclosure and compliance issues.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Eli Lilly and Company in a $1.0 billion registered offering of notes, consisting of $600.0 million of 1.950% notes due 2019 and $400.0 million of 4.650% notes due 2044.
  • Represented Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. in its $750 million offering of 6.00% senior notes due 2021 in connection with its $2.6 billion acquisition of Santarus, Inc.
  • Represented the National Football League in connection with various league and stadium financings and ownership transactions, including its G-4 stadium funding program.
  • Assists Fortune 500 and other public companies in the preparation of periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and on other securities law compliance matters, including under the Dodd-Frank Act.

Previous Experience

  • Senior External Reporting Analyst in the External Financial Reporting group at Delta Air Lines (2007-2008).
  • Assurance Associate (2005-2007) and Senior Assurance Associate (2007) at Grant Thornton LLP.

Pro Bono

  • Drafted corporate organizational and governing documents for a non-profit organization and advised on corporate governance issues.
  • Represented a client in connection with a petition by the probation office to revoke supervised release.

Publications and Speeches

  • "Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans: Avoiding the Heat," Bloomberg BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report (3/11/2013), Co-Author
  • "Giles v. California: Forfeiting Justice Instead of Confrontation Rights in the Court’s Most Recent Forfeiture by Wrongdoing Jurisprudence," 69 Md. L. Rev. 390 (2010), Author
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