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Leading International Tax Lawyer, Dirk Suringa, Joins Covington as Partner

August 23, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 23, 2005 - Covington & Burling announced today that Dirk J.J. Suringa has joined the firm's international tax practice as a partner.  Mr. Suringa will be resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Suringa spent three years as Attorney-Advisor in the Department of the Treasury's Office of the International Tax Counsel and has written extensively on international tax matters.  With the addition of Mr. Suringa, Covington's international tax practice will include six partners.

"We are delighted to have Dirk join the firm," said Reeves Westbrook, chair of Covington's Tax practice.  "Dirk complements our existing strengths in the international tax area and brings to the firm additional experience in handling major tax controversies.  These are two key areas of focus for our tax group."

"Covington's practice offers an international tax lawyer the opportunity to advise the world's leading multinational companies and to work with leading tax counsel throughout the world.  I look forward to practicing at Covington," said Mr. Suringa. 

Mr. Suringa is a graduate of Princeton University (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors, 1992).  He received his law degree from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude, 1996) and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  From 1996-1997, Mr. Suringa clerked for the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

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