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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" (2009-2016)—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.
  • 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."
  • The American Lawyer (2008-2012; 2014; 2016)—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.
  • 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

  • Global Competition Review (2016) has named Miranda Cole and Deborah Garza to its "Women in Antitrust" list.
  • The National Law Journal (2016) named Jennifer Martin as one of its “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazers.”
  • 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 Los Angeles Business Journal (2016) recognized Aaron Lewis as one of the “Most Influential Minority Lawyers” in Los Angeles.
  • 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.
  • The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (2016) awarded Tom Williamson with its Servant of Justice Award.
  • Latinvex (2016) named Tammy Albarrán and Nicole Duclos “Top 100 Female Lawyers” specializing in Latin America among international law firms.
  • Daily Journal named Emily Johnson Henn, Robyn Polashuk, and Sonya Winner to their California list of 100 “Top Women Lawyers” and Amy Toro to their 2013 list.
  • Latinvex (2016) Gabriel Mesa to its list of Latin America’s “Top 100 Lawyers.”
  • 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.”
  • Latinvex (2014) named Nicole Duclos one of “Latin America’s Top 50 Female Lawyers.”
  • 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.
  • Daily Journal recognized Amy Toro (2013) and Sonya Winner (2012-2013) “Top Women Lawyers.”
  • 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.
  • The National Law Journal named Tammy Albarrán 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.
  • Savoy Magazine named Keir Gumbs to its list of “Most Influential Black Lawyers.”

Recent Firm Diversity Statistics