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Covington Announces Ten New Partners


WASHINGTON, D.C., October 5, 2006 —  Covington & Burling LLP announced the election of ten new partners, effective October 1.  Stuart Stock, chair of the firm’s management committee, commented, “These remarkable lawyers reflect the strength and diversity of our firm and its practice.  We are very pleased to have them as members of our partnership.”  Covington’s newest partners and their backgrounds are as follows:


  • Simon Amies (London) is a corporate lawyer whose practice focuses on securities and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, and joint ventures and strategic alliances.  He has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, particularly those in the technology and life sciences sectors.  He also has experience with a broad variety of transactions, including IPOs and other securities offerings on the main and AIM markets of the London Stock Exchange and other international markets, cross-border acquisitions and disposals involving both public and private companies, and joint ventures and strategic alliances in emerging markets.  He is a graduate of Durham University.


  • Grant H. Castle  (London) practices in the area of food and drug regulatory law, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical and medical device regulation and associated data protection laws.  His advice on general regulatory matters includes: clinical trial regulation, adverse event and other reporting obligations, manufacturing controls, labeling and promotion, and product life cycle management.  His transactional work includes advice on regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions, licensing and collaborative arrangements.  He received a BSc in Chemistry with first class honors from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London in 1991 and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 1994. 


  • James R. Dean, Jr. (Washington) practices in Covington’s antitrust and energy practice groups.  He advises clients on all aspects of antitrust law, including mergers, joint ventures, distribution agreements, and trade association activities.  He has represented clients in responding to government investigations and as both plaintiffs and defendants in private antitrust litigation.  Mr. Dean also has significant experience with energy regulatory matters. His energy regulatory practice involves the federal and state regulation of both natural gas and electricity companies, including obtaining approvals for mergers and acquisitions, rate proceedings, and market restructuring issues.  He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1994, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1998. Mr. Dean clerked for Judge Benson Everett Legg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.


  • Mark P. Gimbel  (New York) is a litigator with experience in a diverse range of civil and white-collar criminal matters. He has represented individuals and corporations in securities actions, commercial disputes, constitutional litigation, SEC investigations, and criminal proceedings and investigations.  Mr. Gimbel received his B.A., with distinction in history, from Yale University in 1993. In 1998, he received his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review. Mr. Gimbel clerked for Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


  • Martin Hansen (Washington) practices in the areas of intellectual property and international trade. He has represented some of the world's leading information technology, telecommunications, and pharmaceutical companies on a broad range of domestic and international regulatory matters, including intellectual property protection, electronic commerce, trade law, and competition issues. Mr. Hansen graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School in 1991, and graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1987, after which he studied at the Free University in Berlin on scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. Before joining Covington, he clerked for Judge Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and served as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. 


  • Peter A. Laveran-Stiebar (London) has a broad-based corporate and securities transactional practice, focusing on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity transactions, U.S. securities offerings and other corporate finance matters.  His M&A experience includes advising a variety of U.S. and international companies on public and private acquisitions and divestitures and joint ventures. He advises U.S. and non-U.S. foreign private issuers in connection with their U.S. capital raising activities (including Rule 144A, Regulation S and registered offerings), debt and equity tender offers and their U.S. reporting obligations.  Mr. Laveran has also represented venture capital and private equity groups on the formation and management of investment funds and in their investments in early and later stage companies. A member of the New York bar, Mr. Laveran-Stiebar received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1998 and a B.S. in Foreign Service, cum laude, from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1993.


  • Erika Lietzan (Washington) practices in the food and drug group.  She focuses on FDA regulation of prescription and OTC drugs, biologics, and medical devices. Her work includes advocacy at FDA, advisory work and strategic advice relating to FDA matters, and assistance with related legislative strategies on the Hill and in the states. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1990, with honors. She earned an M.A. in intellectual history from UCLA and her J.D. from Duke Law School in 1995, with high honors.  She clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 


  • Andrea G. Reister (Washington) practices in the areas of patent litigation, patent prosecution, and counseling.  She regularly advises clients on patentability, validity, and infringement issues, as well as on patent due diligence issues for acquisitions and transactions.  Ms. Reister's diverse technical skills have enabled her to obtain patents in a broad range of technology areas, including telecommunications, software, electronic commerce, life sciences, biomedical, chemical, and mechanical.  Ms. Reister received a B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Washington in 1980, and a J.D., with distinction, from George Mason University School of Law in 1993.


  • Paul W. Schmidt (Washington) practices in the firm’s litigation group.  He represents a range of clients in civil litigation, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical litigation.  Mr. Schmidt’s recent experience includes pharmaceutical product liability defense, antitrust claims relating to the assertion of intellectual property rights, pharmaceutical pricing litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and general commercial litigation.  He has played a central role in various complex lawsuits, including multidistrict discovery, critical expert admissibility challenges, merits arguments that successfully resolve cases short of trial, and complex settlements.  He has represented clients in all stages of litigation, and he has argued before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate level. Mr. Schmidt received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 1998 from New York University School of Law, where he served as the Senior Notes Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  He received his B.A., with Honors, from the University of British Columbia in 1992.


  • Peter A. Schwartz (New York) focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity.  His corporate finance experience includes a wide range of financing activities, including secured and unsecured syndicated credit facilities, high yield offerings, restructurings and structured finance, and his M&A and private equity experience includes leveraged buy-outs, public and private acquisitions and divestitures and minority investments.  He received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1998, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, from Yale College in 1992.

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