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WASHINGTON, DC, March 3, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that John Graubert has joined the firm’s antitrust and consumer law group as a partner. Mr. Graubert, who most recently served as Principal Deputy General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission, will be resident in the firm’s Washington office. At the FTC, Mr. Graubert managed all litigation, legal counsel, policy studies, and administrative functions within the Office of General Counsel. He also advised the Commission and agency staff on antitrust and consumer protection matters and administrative law. He has been involved in dozens of litigated matters, including FTC v. Swedish Match, et al. (D.D.C. 2000) and FTC v. Schering-Plough, et al. (11th Cir. 2005).
“We are thrilled to welcome John to the firm,” remarked Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. “John’s extensive government experience, in addition to his years in private practice, makes him the perfect complement to our practice.”
“John brings a sophisticated understanding of antitrust issues that balances his experiences in one of the lead enforcement agencies and in his earlier private practice that will be extremely valuable to our clients,” said Theodore Voorhees, chair of the firm's antitrust and consumer law practice group.
“Covington’s antitrust group has a strong reputation both in the United States and in Europe. I look forward to joining this talented group and continuing to work on complex and interesting cases,” said Mr. Graubert.
In 2001, Mr. Graubert was awarded the A. Leon Higginbotham award for advancing equal employment opportunity at the Commission. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor. Before joining the FTC in 1998, he spent 16 years as an associate and partner in private practice in Washington, where his practice focused on antitrust, commercial litigation, transportation regulation, and environmental regulation.