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January 16, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, January 16, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP partner George Pappas has been appointed to both the District of Columbia State Committee and the Complex Litigation Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Pappas will serve as Vice Chair of the Complex Litigation Committee.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and after careful investigation of those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the college cannot exceed one per cent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,500 members in the US and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.
The DC State Committee members serve as the face of the College and its liaison to judges, lawyers, court administrators, law schools, the practicing bar and the general public in their regions. In addition, members participate in educational activities, such as teaching trial skills to public interest lawyers and teaching the College's Codes of Conduct to judges, lawyers and law students.
The Complex Litigation Committee is responsible for studying and monitoring procedures in complex and multi-district litigation and creating written materials that teach what the committee members learned throughout the monitoring process. The committee is currently in the process of creating a patent manual with a working title of “Anatomy of a Patent Case”.
At Covington, Mr. Pappas practices in the areas of patent litigation and intellectual property litigation. During his 30 years of practice, he has served as lead counsel in more than 300 cases, having appeared in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Since 1990, he has been lead counsel in more than 100 patent cases for US and foreign companies, often coordinating with patent counsel in Germany, Japan, and Canada.
Mr. Pappas will serve on both committees until October 14, 2007.