Following a successful career spanning more than 27 years of federal government service, Richard Hertling joined Covington in 2013. Widely respected for his ability to build strategic alliances on both sides of the aisle in both houses of Congress, and to develop successful tactical approaches to move legislation forward, he provides informed regulatory and legislative guidance to a diverse set of clients in the technology, manufacturing, retail, and defense industries. He skillfully navigates clients through their most complex Capitol Hill and federal agency challenges and has prepared witnesses for various congressional hearings.
While holding senior positions on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Justice, Mr. Hertling handled intellectual property (including patents, copyrights, music licensing, and trade secrets), technology policy, cybersecurity, taxation, antitrust, immigration, communications, administrative and regulatory law and procedure, civil justice reform, and criminal justice issues. He led numerous oversight efforts, both as an investigator in Congress and in responding to oversight requests when at the Justice Department. He also played a key staff role in the enactment of dozens of significant laws.
Specifically, Mr. Hertling served as staff director and chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee, minority staff director of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and as chief of staff to former Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL). At the Justice Department, he served as acting assistant attorney general for legislative affairs and as principal deputy assistant attorney general for legal policy. Mr. Hertling also advised the presidential campaign of former Senator Fred Thompson on domestic and legal policy during the 2008 election cycle. The combination of his experiences enables him to bring to any policy challenge the perspective of both the policy-maker and the lawyer.