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WASHINGTON, DC, August 3, 2009 — Four Covington & Burling LLP partners have been named to The Ethisphere Institute’s 2009 “Attorneys Who Matter” list, which recognizes leading legal professionals in private practice and at government agencies and major companies who have excelled in and made a significant contribution in the corporate compliance field. In addition, the firm is pleased to note that two of its former partners, Attorney General Eric Holder and Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, were singled out respectively for excellence among government lawyers and general counsels.
New York partner Alan Vinegrad was placed in the “Top Gun” category for receiving high scores in the majority of the nine criteria used, and for serving as a leader in the outside counsel legal community in assisting corporations in effectively handling corporate compliance issues. Under compliance specialties, Erin Egan was recognized in the Data Privacy/Security category, Ted Garrett was recognized in the Environmental category, and Thomas Johnson was honored in the FCPA category. Egan, Garrett, and Johnson are based in the firm’s Washington office.
The following criteria were used by Ethisphere in determining the list of winning attorneys -- recognized expertise, peer/client endorsements, high-profile litigation, number of cases won, high-profile clients, public service, legal community engagement, academic involvement, and other awards and recognitions. The research-based Ethisphere Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption, and sustainability.
An article on Mr. Vinegrad and the entire list of winning attorneys is available at http://ethisphere.com/attorneys-who-matter/ and in the Q2 issue of the quarterly Ethisphere Magazine, set to be released this week.