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Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Veroneau Joins Covington


WASHINGTON, DC, February 11, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Ambassador John K. Veroneau, who most recently served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, has joined the firm’s international practice as a partner. Mr. Veroneau will be resident in Covington’s Washington office.

At USTR, Mr. Veroneau had broad supervisory responsibility over trade matters. His portfolio included investment, intellectual property, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, financial services, and foreign-market access. He was also responsible for trade relations with Latin America, Europe and Eurasia, and the Middle East, as well as matters involving the World Trade Organization (WTO).

At Covington, Mr. Veroneau will focus on trade and investment policy, market access, and international advocacy matters. He joins an international practice that includes lawyers and advisors with senior experience in key U.S. agencies and international organizations, such as Stuart Eizenstat, Alan Larson, and Daniel Spiegel. Working with Covington’s leading domestic regulatory practice groups, Mr. Veroneau will address client issues that lie at the intersection of trade law and domestic regulation.

“John brings to Covington a unique understanding of the global economic landscape. His versatility and breadth in trade law and policy and his deep experience with the key economic and security agencies here and abroad will greatly augment our already vibrant practice,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. “John also brings to the firm a strong track record of pragmatic, bipartisan problem-solving, having been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve in both the Clinton and Bush Administrations.”

Mr. Veroneau commented, “Covington’s combination of trade and regulatory expertise makes it the ideal firm to assist clients seeking to navigate the growing number of regulatory barriers facing global companies. For a lawyer in my field, Covington offers a tremendous opportunity to serve clients in a comprehensive manner.”

Prior to becoming Deputy Trade Representative, Mr. Veroneau served as General Counsel of USTR, where his responsibilities included testifying before Congress on U.S. trade policy and negotiations, recommending and implementing the Administration’s trade litigation priorities, and overseeing the drafting of bilateral trade agreements. In the Clinton Administration, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. Mr. Veroneau began his career in public service in the U.S. Senate, where he served as Legislative Director to Senator William Cohen and later to former Majority Leader Bill Frist, and as Chief of Staff to Senator Susan Collins.

Mr. Veroneau has written and spoken widely on international economic and security issues.

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