Daniel Spiegel

Daniel L. Spiegel

Senior Of Counsel

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5347



  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1979
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.A., 1969
  • Washington University, B.A., 1967
    • magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia


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Ambassador Daniel Spiegel was instrumental in the recent opening of the firm’s Seoul office where he spent a significant amount of time and remains deeply involved in Covington’s Korea practice.

He regularly counsels multinational corporations on complex market entry strategies in Asia and other regions.

Mr. Spiegel's international policy practice enables him to provide domestic and foreign clients with a broad range of legal services, strategic advice, and representation in their relations with both government and multilateral organizations such as the United Nations, IMF, and the OECD.  He has also represented sovereign governments from Europe, Latin America, and the Persian Gulf on trade, investment, environmental, and foreign policy matters.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a broad range of food and non-alcoholic beverage companies before a UN agency setting health standards on obesity.
  • Advised a Persian Gulf government on a number of policy matters central to its relations with the United States.
  • Provided strategic advice to a Fortune 10 company to protect its intellectual property in key developing country markets.
  • Represented a Chinese energy company in its attempt to acquire a US energy firm.
  • Represented a global vaccine manufacturer in its effort to introduce lifesaving products into innovative global programs designed to provide advanced vaccines to poor nations in Africa and Latin America.

Previous Experience

  • United States Permanent Representative to the European Office of the United Nations, Geneva (1993-1996)
  • Department of State, Member, Policy Planning Staff (1979-1980)
  • Department of State, Special Assistant to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance (1977-1978)
  • U.S. Senate, Legislative Assistant for Foreign Policy to Senator Hubert H. Humphrey (1971-1976)

Honors and Rankings

  • Legal 500 US, Government Relations (2015)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Council on Foreign Relations

Publications and Speeches

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