Elaine Stone

Elaine W. Stone


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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5596



  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1978
    • with Honors
    • Order of the Coif
    • New York University Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Barnard College, B.A., 1975
    • summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Frank M. Coffin, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1978-1979

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Elaine Stone is a partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.  Her recent matters include lead roles in advising the Board of a major national healthcare company with respect to transforming its culture into one of compliance; in conducting sensitive and high-profile investigations on behalf of Special Committees of Boards of Directors, including those of HP and Adelphia Communications Corporation; and in assisting the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity with respect to allegations of corruption in a major African aid program.

Prior to joining Covington, Ms. Stone served as Counsel to the Impeachment Trial Committee of the United States Senate; as Associate Counsel to the AEI-Brookings Project on the Independent Counsel Project, headed by former Senate leaders George Mitchell and Bob Dole; and as an Assistant District Attorney in Nueces County, Texas.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of the Special Committee of the Board of Directors, HP, in its investigation of the use of “pretexting” by private investigators.
  • Representation of the Special Committee of the Board of Directors, Adelphia Communications Corporation, in its internal investigation of wrongdoing by members of the Rigas family.
  • Board monitor for a national health care company under criminal and civil investigation; representation included full review of compliance policies and practices, internal investigations of alleged misconduct by executives, and recommendations as to corrective actions.
  • Representation of an international telecommunications carrier in a criminal antitrust investigation, which was closed by the Justice Department.

Previous Experience

  • AEI-Brookings Project on the Independent Counsel Statute, headed by former Senate leaders George Mitchell and Bob Dole, Associate Counsel (1998-1999)
  • Impeachment Trial Committee on the Articles Against Judge Alcee L. Hastings, United States Senate, Counsel (1989)
  • Assistant District Attorney, Corpus Christi, Texas (1984-1985) 

Honors and Rankings

  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2014)

Pro Bono

  • Representation of individual convicted of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole in West Virginia state habeas proceedings.

Publications and Speeches

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