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

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.

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
  • Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs
  • 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

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