At Covington, we recognize the differences among us as an asset and a source of strength.  We believe that excellence in the practice of law knows no racial, ethnic, gender, religious, sexual orientation, or other boundaries.  Covington lawyers bring a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences to our practice.  By recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting a diverse group of lawyers, we advance the interests of our clients, our practice, and our entire profession.

 Diversity Update


Firm Honors

  • The Human Rights Campaign Foundation "Corporate Equality Index Survey" (2009-2016) -- Awarded the top rating of 100% on this survey that provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large US employers and their policies and practices pertinent to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. Covington has achieved a perfect score of 100 percent for eight consecutive years.
  • Law360 "Top 25 Best Law Firms For Black Attorneys" (2015) -- The list highlights firms that have significantly more black attorneys than the industry average, particularly at the partner level.
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group “Best Firm in the U.S. West" (2012-2013) and "Best Firm for Minority Women Lawyers" (2012) -- The firm was honored for its ability to support the development of women in the legal profession and provide work-life programs that enable women to pursue legal careers.
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum -- Gold Standard Certification Award (2011-2014) -- WILEF, for the fourth year, ranked Covington as one of the best law firms for integrating women into the equity partnership and top firm leadership positions.”
  • The American Lawyer (2008-2012, 2014) -- The A-List -- Ranked in this listing of twenty elite US law firms based on financial performance, pro bono activity, associate satisfaction, and diversity. 
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association -- Thomas L. Sager Award (2011) --Honored the firm for demonstrated sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of minority and woman attorneys. 
  • Yale Law Women (2007-2009, 2011) -- Top Family-Friendly Firms --Ranked in the Top 10 nationally for family-friendly firms based on a number of factors, including maternity/paternity leave, emergency and on-site child care, alternative work arrangements and the ratio of women partners and associates.
  • Working Mother (2006-2012) -- 100 Best Companies -- Ranked as one of the top companies nationally for working mothers based on a survey of all areas of work life, including company culture, family-friendly policies, and compensation. 
  • Working Mother (2007-2009, 2011) -- Best Law Firms for Women -- Ranked as one of the best law firms for women nationally based on a survey measuring work/life and women-friendly policies, including flex-time, child care and women-focused mentoring, and leadership and networking programs. 
  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (2009) -- Covington received an Outstanding Achievement Award for work the firm has done for the Equal Employment Opportunity Project.
  • Multicultural Law (2007) -- Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity -- Recognized as a top law firm for diversity efforts and programs.
  • Washingtonian "Great Places to Work" (2009) -- Recognized by the magazine as one of the 50 "great places to work" in the Washington area.
  • Human Rights Campaign (2010) -- National Ally of Justice Award -- Recognized with this award for a legal ally that has made significant contributions to the HRC's work.
  • Presumed Equal (2006) -- What America's Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms -- Ranked seventh nationally in this listing of more than 100 law firms based on training and advancement opportunities, work-life balance priorities, mentoring, diversity, and firm culture and leadership.

Individual Honors

  • The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) named former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as the recipient of its Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his lifelong efforts to advance civil rights.
  • The National Law Journal named Phyllis Jones and Daniel Suleiman among its “D.C’s Rising Stars.” The list recognizes Washington, D.C.’s “40 most promising lawyers age 40 and under.”
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group in its Women in Business Law awards named Dianne Coffino "Best in Insolvency & Restructuring" (2015) and Andrea Reister "Best in Patents" (2015); Catherine Dargan “Best in Mergers & Acquisitions” (2014); Deborah Garza "Best in Antitrust & Competition" (2013); Lisa Peets "Best in Copyright" (2011-2014); and Hillary Prescott "Best in Investment Funds" (2013).

  • Daily Journal recognized Robyn Polashuk (2015), Emily Johnson Henn (2015), Amy Toro (2013) and Sonya Winner (2012-2013) “Top Women Lawyers."
  • The National Law Journal named Catherine Dargan among its "Outstanding Women Lawyers" (2015).
  • Latinvex named Tammy Albarrán (2015) and Nicole Duclos (2014-2015) as "Latin America's Top 50 Female Lawyers."
  • Multichannel News (2015) named Robyn Polashuk a "Top Cable Deal Lawyer."
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2015) named Nicole Duclos a "Rising Star."
  • Savoy Magazine (2015) named Keir Gumbs to its list of "Most Influential Black Lawyers."
  • The BTI Consulting Group named Jeannie Perron (2015) and Henriette Tielemans (2013) to its "Client Service All-Stars" list.
  • Asia Legal Business (2014) named Shaoyu Chen one of the “Client Choice Top 20 Lawyers in China.”
  • Springboard Enterprises honored Ellen Corenswet at its annual Winners’ Circle awards dinner (2014).  Springboard is a national organization that fosters venture capital investments in women-led high growth companies.
  • Business Insurance named Marialuisa Gallozzi (2014) and Anna Engh (2012) as among the "25 Women to Watch," an annual recognition to business leaders and influential executives doing outstanding work in insurance-related fields.
  • Law360 (2014) named Shara Aranoff as one of the “Most Influential Women in IP Law."
  • Managing IP (2014) named Andrea Reister one of the “Top 250 Women in IP.”
  • The National Law Journal (2014) named Keir Gumbs a “D.C. Rising Star.”
  • The Washington Business Journal (2014) named Mythili Raman a “Legal Champion.”
  • Latinvex (2014) named Gabriel Mesa on its list of Latin America’s "Top 100 Lawyers."
  • California Lawyer (2014) magazine named Stanley Young a “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year.”
  • Northern California Super Lawyers recognized Tammy Albarrán (2014) and Anita Stork (2011) on its “Top 50 Women” list.
  • The National Law Journal (2013) named Catherine Dargan one of “D.C. Deal Makers of the Year.”
  • Law360 recognized Phyllis Jones (2014) as a Product Liability "Rising Star" and Marney Cheek (2012) as an International Trade “Rising Star.”
  • Fordham University School of Law Black Law Students Association's (2014) honored Loretta Shaw-Lorello Ruth Whitehead Whaley “Trailblazing Alumnus” Award.
  • The Recorder (2013) named Ingrid Rechtin (2012) to its list of “50 Lawyers on the Fast Track.”
  • Am Law Litigation Daily recognized as Jean Veta as “Litigator of the Week” (12/20/2012) for her successful defense of the former CEO of IndyMac Bank.
  • The National Association of Corporate Directors (2012) named Keir Gumbs to its "People to Watch" list in recognition of his exemplary leadership for a second straight year.
  • Chambers “Women in Law Awards” (2012) named Heather Haberl as “Up & Coming Real Estate Lawyer of the Year.” 
  • The National Law Journal named Tammy Albarran to its 2011 “Minority 40 Under 40” list.  The list honors lawyers who belong to an ethnic minority group who have wielded national influence in their practice areas and beyond over the past five years.  Tammy’s practice involves defending clients in securities fraud investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC and private class action securities lawsuits.
  • D.C. Bar (2011) elected Tom Williamson as its next president.  Tom will serve as president-elect during 2011-2012 and as Bar president from 2012-2013.
  • The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management (2011) honored Keir Gumbs with its Rising Star of Corporate Governance Award, which recognizes global corporate professionals under the age of 40 who are making their mark as outstanding analysts, experts, directors, managers or advocates.
  • The National Law Journal (2008) recognized Tom Williamson and our former partner and former Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, as two of “the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.”
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Michael Imbroscio
Co-Chair of Diversity Initiatives
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Tammy Albarrán
Co-Chair of Diversity Initiatives
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