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Covington & Burling Announces Eight New Partners

October 3, 2002

October 3, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling announced that eight attorneys have been elected to the partnership, effective October 1, 2002. New partners in Covington's Litigation Practice include Georgia Kazakis and Edward H. Rippey. Michael S. Labson is a new partner in the firm's Food and Drug and Life Sciences Practices. Erin M. Egan and Jennifer A. Johnson are new partners in the Technology, Media and Communications Group and Catherine J. Dargan, Michael J. Francese and Eric Dodson Greenberg are new partners in the Corporate, Tax & Benefits Practice.

Ms. Kazakis focuses on general litigation with an emphasis on insurance coverage litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Rippey is a litigator practicing in such areas as complex commercial, energy, transportation, environmental, sports and antitrust law.

Mr. Labson represents pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and trade associations in their dealings with FDA, Congress, and other administrative agencies. He also has extensive experience representing clients on litigation matters in federal and state courts.

Ms. Egan focuses primarily on information technology issues. She has been deeply involved on behalf of Internet and software companies in legislative and regulatory efforts to address privacy and electronic contracting concerns. Ms. Johnson's practice concentrates on broadcast television matters, including extensive experience with respect to digital television, network affiliation agreements, media ownership restrictions, and cable and satellite carriage issues.

Ms. Dargan's practice experience includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, securities offerings, sports finance and advisory work, new venture formations, and strategic partnering arrangements. Mr. Francese principally represents employers in all aspects related to employee benefits and executive compensation, including qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation arrangements, equity compensation and welfare plans, and employment agreements. Mr. Greenberg practices corporate law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, new venture formations, and venture capital and private equity financings, with particular emphasis on the telecommunications and life sciences industries.

For more information, please contact Noël Decker, 202.662.6361.

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