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Leader in Diversity

Lawyers of diverse backgrounds have succeeded and prospered at Covington for decades. We were leaders among larger law firms in electing our first woman partner (in 1974), first African American partner (1975), first Hispanic partner (1985), first openly gay partner (1989), and first Asian American partner (1995). We have continued this tradition through the years, recruiting and promoting lawyers of all backgrounds. We are committed to cultivating a diverse partnership from within our own ranks.

Our firm governance also reflects our commitment to diversity. Women and minority partners have served on our Management Committee, which is elected by the full partnership and is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the firm. In addition, our women, minority, and openly LGBT lawyers:

  • Play senior leadership roles in 25 individual practice and industry groups within the firm.
  • Play senior roles on firm committees, including our Associate Advisory, Diversity, Evaluation, Hiring, and Legal Personnel, and Management Committees. 

While we are proud of the steps we already have taken, we understand that the job of promoting diversity is never complete. We strive not just to keep pace with our peers, but rather to lead by example and continue raising the bar for our entire profession. As such, we are constantly examining our progress, improving our efforts, and searching for new and challenging ways to create a more diverse work environment.

Recent Firm Accolades

  • The Human Rights Campaign Foundation "Corporate Equality Index Survey" (2009-2019)—Ranked 100% on this survey that provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.
  • The American Lawyer (2008-2012; 2014; 2016-2019)—The A-List—Ranked in this listing of 20 elite U.S. law firms based on financial performance, pro bono activity, associate satisfaction, and diversity.  
  • The John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles "Law Firm Diversity of the Year" (2019)—The firm received the award for its continued commitment to diversity.
  • Law360 (2018)—Ranked sixth among “The Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys” and ranked seventh among “The Best Law Firms for Minority Partners” for firms with more than 600 lawyers.
  • The Diversity Lab "Mansfield Rule Certification Plus" (2018-2019)—The certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women and lawyers of color for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, and senior lateral positions. To achieve the “Plus” certification, firms also had to reach at least 30 percent women and minority lawyer representation in current leadership roles and committees.
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group—“Americas Women in Business Law Awards” (2015)—The awards honor firms that set the standard for female-friendly work practices.  We have been recognized in the following categories: “Best Firm in the U.S. West Region" (2012-2015), Best International Law Firm Latin America Practice (2014-2015), and Best Firm in the U.S. Northeast Region.
  • Law360 (2015)—Ranked Covington eighth on its list of “Top 25 Best Law Firms For Black Attorneys."
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum—Gold Standard Certification Award (2011-2014)—Covington was ranked as one of the best law firms for integrating women into the equity partnership and top firm leadership positions.

Recent Individual Accolades

  • National Black Lawyers (2019) named Priscilla Fasoro, Fatmata Kabia, and Kendra Mells to the "Top 40 Under 40 class of 2019."
  • The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) (2019) recognized Nooree Lee with its "Best Under 40 Award."
  • The National Law Journal (2019) named Anne Lee a “DC Rising Star.”
  • Daily Journal named Lindsey Tonsager (2019) as one of its "Top Artificial Intelligence Lawyers."
  • The Metropolitan Black Bar Association (2019) named Amy Wollensack as its "Private Practitioner of the Year."
  • Daily Journal named Carolyn Kubota (2018-2019), Robyn Polashuk (2015-2019), Sonya Winner (2007-2010, 2012-2013, 2016-2019), Clara Shin (2017), Emily Johnson Henn (2015-2016), Amy Toro (2013) to their California list of 100 “Top Women Lawyers.”
  • Daily Journal (2019) has named Robyn Polashuk, Clara Shin, and Sonya Winner to its “Top Women Lawyers
  • Latinvex named Nicole Duclos (2016-2019), Veronica Yepez (2019), Mary Hernandez (2019), and Ashley Sprague (2019) to its “Top 100 Female Lawyers” list specializing in Latin America.
  • Samantha Clark received The Department of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award (2019). 
  • The American Lawyer has recognized Holly Fechner among its 2019 "Dealmakers of the Year."
  • The National Law Journal (2019) named Shara Aranoff to its list of "Intellectual Property Trailblazers." 
  • Her Justice (2019) presented Laura Torre with the John K. Geiger Award. She was honored for her work on several Her Justice pro bono matters in which she has assisted domestic violence survivors in filing VAWA and U-visa immigration petitions.
  • Latinvex named Nicole Duclos (2017-2019), Miguel López Forastier (2019), Rubén Kraiem (2019), and Gabriel Mesa (2016-2019) to its Latin America’s “Top 100 Lawyers” list.  
  • The American Lawyer recognized Eric Holder in its 2018 “Lifetime Achiever” series, which honors lawyers who have reached the highest levels of the public and private spheres—and left an indelible mark every step of the way.
  • The Hill (2017-2018) named Holly Fechner to its "Top Lobbyists” list. 
  • Global Arbitration Review and Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2018) named Nicole Duclos as one of its "Future Leaders," a ranking of "the most eminent lawyers in the field under 45."
  • Global Arbitration Review and Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2018) named Miguel López Forastier among the leading lawyers worldwide in the field of arbitration.
  • Forbes (2018) named Lauren Moxley to its “30 Under 30” list for law and policy.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation (2018) named Rick Longton its "TrustLaw Lawyer of the Year."  
  • China Law & Practice (2018) named Ruixue Ran as "Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year."
  • The Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (2018) awarded Catharina Min its inaugural "Trailblazer Award."
  • The National Law Journal (2018) named Michael Nonaka to is inaugural list of "Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, & Fintech Trailblazers."  
  • Global Data Review named Yan Luo to its "40 Under 40" list.
  • Law360 named Michael Nonaka and Ursula Owczarkowsk (2018); Elizabeth Canter and Shankar Duraiswamy (2017) to its list of "Rising Stars."
  • The Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) (2018) honored Eric Holder with the "Pioneer for Justice Award."
  • New York Law Journal named Christopher Y. L. Yeung as the 2018 "Rising Stars."
  • Global Investigations Review (2018) named Sarah Crowder to its "Women in Investigations" list.
  • The Washington Business Journal (2018) honored Jean Veta with the "LGBTQ Business Leader Award."
  • The International Association of Privacy Professionals (2018) honored Henriette Tielemans with the "Privacy Vanguard Award."
  • Daily Journal (2018) recognized Laura Muschamp as "California Lawyer Attorney of the Year."
  • Los Angeles Business Journal named Wade Ackerman (2018) and Aaron Lewis (2016; 2018) to its "Most Influential Diverse Lawyers" in Los Angeles list.
  • Multichannel News (2018) named Robyn Polashuk to its “Women to Watch” list.
  • The BTI Consulting Group (2017-2018) named Clara Shin to its "Client Service All-Stars" list.  
  • Politico named Miranda Cole to its "2017 Women Who Shape Brussels." 
  • GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) honored Eric Holder with the 2017 Spirit of Justice Award.
  • The Recorder (2017) named Ingrid Rechtin to its list of "Women Leaders in Tech Law."  
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honored Eric Holder with the Nathaniel R. Jones Award for Exceptional Public Service Award.
  • The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs honored Eric Holder with the 2017 Wiley A. Branton Award.
  • The Recorder (2017) named Clara Shin as a "Game Changer."
  • The National Law Journal (2017) named Shankar Duraiswamy a "D.C. Rising Star."
  • Daily Journal named Gretchen Hoff Varner (2017) one of its "Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in California.
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal (2017) named Emily Henn to its annual “Women of Influence” list.
  • The Los Angeles Business Journal (2017) named Robyn Polashuk one of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers” in Los Angeles.
  • China Business Law Journal (2016) named Weishi Li to its “A-List” of the top 100 private practice lawyers in China.
  • Asian Legal Business (2016) named Ruixue Ran as one of its fifteen “Top IP Lawyers” in China. 
  • Global Competition Review (2016) named Miranda Cole and Deborah Garza to its "Women in Antitrust" list.   
  • The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (2016) honored Covington partner and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder with the Outstanding Achievement Award for his work in identifying and ameliorating federal policies that target the criminalization of poor people.    
  • The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (2016) honored Covington partner and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder with the 2016 Justice John Paul Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership in bolstering civil rights and access to justice.   
  • Asian Legal Business (2015) selected Covington intellectual property partner Ruixue Ran as one of the fifteen “Top Female Lawyers” in China.
  • Global Investigation Review (2015) featured Nancy Kestenbaum and Mythili Raman in its “Women in Investigations” survey.
  • InsideCounsel Magazine (2015) featured Catherine Dargan and Lucinda Osborne on its “Women, Influence & Power in Law” site as leaders on a large M&A deal.
  • Law360 (2015) named Phyllis Jones as MVP in product liability and Nancy Kestenbaum as MVP in white collar. 
  • The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) awarded Eric Holder its Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award (2015). 
  • The National Law Journal (2015) named Phyllis Jones among its “D.C.’s Rising Stars.”
  •  The BTI Consulting Group named Jeannie Perron (2015) and Henriette Tielemans (2013) to its “Client Service All-Stars” list.
  • California Lawyer (2014) magazine named Stanley Young a “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year.”
  • Law360 (2014) named Shara Aranoff an “Influential Woman in IP Law.”
  • Law360 (2014) interviewed Catherine Dargan in its “Minority Powerbrokers Q&A Series.”
  • The National Law Journal (2013) named Catherine Dargan one of “D.C. Deal Makers of the Year.”
  • Am Law Litigation Daily (2012) named Jean Veta as “Litigator of the Week” for her successful defense of the former CEO of IndyMacBank.

Recent Firm Diversity Statistics