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Covington’s Peter Nickles Named General Counsel to DC Mayor-Elect Adrian Fenty


WASHINGTON, DC, November 9, 2006 — Peter Nickles, highly regarded partner and now senior counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, has been appointed General Counsel and Senior Advisor to newly elected DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. Mr. Nickles will assume his new position in early 2007.

At Covington, Mr. Nickles’ practice emphasizes major class actions involving securities fraud and toxic torts; jury and non-jury trials; defensive takeover litigation and other high-profile litigation; international arbitrations; as well as antitrust and trade law and federal regulatory practice. Over the last four and one-half decades, he has also represented numerous Fortune 500 companies against insurance carriers in complex insurance coverage disputes.

Mr. Nickles has fought for the rights of poor and disadvantaged persons through social, institutional, and political reform throughout his career. His commitment to public service dates back to his early days as a lawyer, when he was counsel to the Jackson State Task Force and the Kent State Task Force, reporting to the Scranton Commission on Campus Unrest. From 1970 to 1975, he chaired Covington’s program at Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP) in Washington, DC. He was an adjunct professor at Howard Law School from 1980 to 1992.

Mr. Nickles has litigated important cases to protect the rights of the District’s most marginalized citizens. As class counsel in Dixon v. Barry, filed in 1974, he helped secure significant relief for thousands of homeless and mentally retarded residents of the District of Columbia. This case, which required nearly 30 years of litigation, resulted in the creation of community-based services for persons with mental illness.

Mr. Nickles has also been involved in several cases that have been instrumental in reducing violence, alleviating overcrowding, and improving Medicaid and mental health services for prisoners in the District of Columbia. In Twelve John Does v. District of Columbia and in John Doe v. District of Columbia, he was appointed by the United States District Court to represent all of the prisoners confined to the District of Columbia’s Central and Maximum Security Facilities regarding a plethora of unconstitutional conditions. In Inmates of the Modular Facility v. District of Columbia, he skillfully negotiated an effective Consent Decree designed to cure constitutional deficiencies in security, health care, sanitation, and fire safety. In Woman Prisoners v. District of Columbia, class-action litigation brought on behalf of the District’s women prisoners, he won an injunction requiring the District of Columbia to provide adequate reproductive health care, to take steps to prevent sexual abuse, harassment, and other relief.

In May 1998, he received the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Pro Bono Service Award for his years of public service in connection with a number of cases affecting the citizens of the District of Columbia.

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