Newly Elected Partners

Lindsey Barnhart

Lindsey focuses on complex class actions and commercial litigation. She has handled matters involving a range of issues, such as consumer protection, breach of contract, warranty, fraud, and intellectual property claims, and works with clients in the technology, sports, consumer brands, and financial services industries. Lindsey received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Winsome Cheung

Winsome focuses on assisting life sciences and technology companies in the development and commercialization of their intellectual property assets. As a former scientist, she combines her knowledge of biochemistry with her legal and commercial experience to help companies – from start-ups and venture capital investors to global pharmaceutical companies – build value and monetize their intellectual property assets.

Rujul Desai

Leveraging his experience across the biopharma, PBM, and specialty pharmacy industries, Rujul counsels clients on health care regulatory, compliance, and contracting issues that affect drug pricing, market access, reimbursement, and digital health solutions for drugs, biologicals, devices, and diagnostics. He received his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and his J.D. from University of Houston Law Center.

Sinead McLaughlin

Sinead has a broad commercial disputes practice, with a particular focus on crisis management and class actions, across a number of sectors, including advising major banks and financial institutions and technology companies. She often conducts internal investigations, advising clients in relation to investigations by regulators and other authorities, and acting in any subsequent disputes or litigation which may arise, particularly in relation to data and privacy matters, and competition. Sinead co-Chairs the firm's Women’s Forum in the London office and is also a member of Covington’s EMEA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Monique O’Donoghue

Monique advises and represents clients in complex commercial disputes, serving as counsel in commercial arbitrations, including in both ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules, and institutional arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, the LCIA, and the DIAC. Monique’s practice covers a range of geographic regions, including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, and she has advised and represented international clients in complex commercial disputes in a range of industries and sectors, including technology, consumer brands, and oil and gas.

Ursula Owczarkowski

Ursula represents energy clients, government and parastatal entities, and lenders in the development, acquisition, financing and restructuring of projects with a particular emphasis on renewable projects in Africa and in the Middle East. Some of her recent work includes advising ACWA Power in relation to the world's largest green hydrogen project, and representing a sponsor consortium in relation to development and financing of the world's most ambitious regenerative tourism project to date, the $1.5 billion Red Sea Gigacity.

Lauren Pignataro Rakitin

Lauren specializes in transactional matters in the life sciences industry, with a particular focus on complex strategic collaborations and licensing arrangements. She regularly represents pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as they navigate the life cycles of their products, from discovery and development to commercialization and generic/biosimilar entry. Lauren received her B.S. from Cornell University, and her J.D. and LL.M. from New York University School of Law.

Christen Sewell

Christen counsels private and public companies and executives on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, with a particular focus on benefits issues for start-ups and emerging growth companies. Christen received her B.A. from Wake Forest University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Veronica Yepez

Veronica is an experienced white-collar defense lawyer who regularly conducts cross-border investigations, represents corporate and individual clients before U.S. criminal and civil enforcement authorities, and advises on FCPA compliance. A tri-lingual lawyer, she draws upon her deep understanding of local business culture in Latin America and her on-the-ground experience to help clients operating in the region navigate complex cross-border compliance issues.