Benjamin Razi

Benjamin J. Razi

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5463



  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2000
  • Fordham University, B.A., 1997

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Roger J. Miner, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2000-2001

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Ben Razi is a trial lawyer who represents clients in high-stakes civil litigation and government enforcement matters. A savvy litigator, Mr. Razi specializes in finding -- and then exploiting -- the weak spots in his opponents’ cases. He has applied this approach with great success across a range of different types of litigation, including commercial disputes, “fraud” cases, white collar defense, and torts. As the legal publication Law360 noted in a 2013 profile, Mr. Razi “relishes any chance to turn the tables on overzealous” adversaries and “his tenaciousness has paid off for a slew of corporate clients and their executives since he made partner in 2008."

Representative Matters

High Stakes Civil Litigation

  • Won complete defense verdict for Salix Pharmaceuticals following two-week jury trial in lawsuit brought by collaboration partner Napo Pharmaceuticals relating to Fulyzaq (crofelemer), a first-in-class gastrointestinal drug. Napo had sought over $260 million in damages and the right to terminate the parties’ license agreement. As a result of Covington’s efforts on summary judgment and at trial, Napo recovered nothing. See Law360 article "Salix Wins Jury Verdict In Breach Suit Over Napo Drug" (2/25/2014).
  • Won summary judgment for GSK in qui tam whistleblower retaliation lawsuit brought by Blair Hamrick. United States ex rel. Thorpe, et al. v. GSK, Case 1:03-cv-10641-RWZ (March 6, 2015).
  • Co-lead counsel in successful multi-week jury trial in Maryland state court on behalf of Plaintiff in real estate partnership lawsuit.
  • Won motion to dismiss for Tyco and ADT in False Claims Act suit relating to security contracts with federal judiciary. United States ex rel. Zwirn v. ADT Security Services, Inc., et al., Civil No.: 10-2639 (D. N.J. June 30, 2014).

Honors and Rankings

  • Law360, Rising Star - White Collar (2013)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Rising Star (2015)
  • Legal 500 US, Financial Services Litigation (2013)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Business Litigation "Rising Star" (2013-2015)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Publications and Speeches

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