Richard Hertling

Richard A. Hertling

Of Counsel
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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 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 provides regulatory and legislative advice and guidance and lobbying to a diverse set of clients in a range of industries. He joined the firm after more than 27 years of federal government service that included senior positions in both Houses of Congress and the Justice Department, during which he was respected for developing strategic and tactical approaches to advance legislation. He brings those same skills to bear for clients with complex policy challenges.

Representative Matters

  • Represents the Protect Trade Secrets Coalition in seeking to establish a federal civil remedy for misappropriation of trade secrets. Testified on the bill to House Judiciary Committee and helped secure the committee’s approval of the bill just months after its introduction. The bill was recently reintroduced in both Houses of Congress.
  • Represented the American Council on Education in successfully enacting legislation to renew and extend an expiring antitrust exemption permitting a selected group of colleges to collaborate on issues involving need-based aid.

Previous Experience

  • Chief Counsel, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA)
  • Chief of Staff, Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald (R-IL)
  • Minority Staff Director, Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
  • Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Staff Director and Chief Counsel, House Committee on the Judiciary

Honors and Rankings

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

Publications and Speeches

  • Author of weekly Law360 column “This Week in Congress.”
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