John Hall

John E. Hall

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Covington & Burling LLP
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1405
Tel: +1 212 841 1218


Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5104



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1983
    • magna cum laude
  • Harvard University, A.B., 1979
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Eugene F. Lynch, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1984-1985

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • Missouri

John Hall is chair of the firm's global Litigation Practice and past chair of the firm's Trials Group. 

Mr. Hall has a wide-ranging civil trial practice involving complex commercial disputes, insurance coverage, class actions, business torts, and unfair competition.  A former Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Hall also represents individuals and companies in white collar criminal defense and investigations.  He has particular experience in high-stakes litigation matters with attendant public relations risks.

Publications and Speeches

  • Oral Advocacy, CLE program for corporate law departments
  • "Back to Basics: Effective Opening Statements," ABA Litigation Section Meeting (2012)
  • "In the Trenches: Preparing for Your First Trial," ABA Litigation Section Meeting (2008)
  • "Ethical Issues for the Trial Lawyer," ABA Trial Practice Journal (Summer 2007)
  • "Persuading Reluctant Jurors Through a Well-Crafted Closing Argument," ACI Drug and Medical Device on Trial Seminar (2007)
  • "Trial of a Patent Case," ALI-ABA Seminar (2005)
  • Trial Practice Editor, Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys (3d ed. 2006)
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