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Leading Intellectual Property Litigator, Simon J. Frankel, Joins Covington as Partner

April 6, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 6, 2006 -  Covington & Burling announced today that Simon J. Frankel will join the firm's intellectual property litigation group as a partner.  Mr. Frankel will be resident in the firm's San Francisco office.

Mr. Frankel's extensive IP litigation experience includes handling trademark, copyright, patent, anti-counterfeiting, and trade secret matters.  He has experience working on matters involving professional liability and issues relating to the First Amendment and visual art.  Mr. Frankel has also been involved in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including large-scale business disputes, securities actions, and consumer class actions.  He has handled matters at both the trial and appellate levels and has argued appeals in the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit.  In 2005, Mr. Frankel was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top 30 Intellectual Property Lawyers in California."

"We are excited to have Simon join Covington's San Francisco office," said Sonya Winner, co-chair of the firm's litigation group.  "Simon is a first-rate lawyer with a strong reputation in the field.  He will be an invaluable addition to our national and international intellectual property litigation practice."

Mr. Frankel stated, "Covington is a great firm with a strong IP litigation practice.  I look forward to joining the firm and working with Covington's many talented lawyers."

The members of Covington's IP litigation group have been lead counsel in over 120 patent cases and have collectively tried more than 100 cases to verdict.  In San Francisco, Mr. Frankel will lead the practice with Sonya Winner, who has handled multiple patent infringement and trade-secret cases for clients in the life sciences, biotechnology, food, and microprocessor design industries.  Leading the firm's patent litigation practice in Washington are Judge Roderick McKelvie, a highly regarded advocate in IP matters; Anthony Herman, whose broad-ranging practice in IP litigation includes patent infringement, trade secret, and FDA litigation; and George Pappas, who has served as lead trial counsel in more than 80 patent cases for U.S. and foreign companies and is one of the top IP litigators in the nation.

Mr. Frankel is a graduate of Yale Law School (J.D., Book Review Editor, Yale Law Journal, Coker Teaching Fellow in Constitutional Law, 1991). He also received degrees from Cambridge University (M. Phil., History and Philosophy of Science, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1988) and Harvard University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1986).  Mr. Frankel clerked for then-Chief Judge Stephen Breyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and for Judge Pierre N. Leval, then of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  After his clerkships, Mr. Frankel joined Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco and became a litigation partner there in 2001.

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