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Covington Promotes Six Lawyers to Partnership

October 1, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP today announced that six of its lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership.

The six new partners and their practices are as follows:

  • Tammy Albarrán (Litigation) focuses on SEC enforcement work, private securities class action litigation, derivative actions, and internal investigations. She represents public companies, securities brokerage firms, and their officers and directors. Ms. Albarrán has extensive experience in SEC investigations involving financial fraud, insider trading, hedge funds, and market manipulation. She has also represented investment advisers, broker-dealers, public accounting firms, and individuals in investigations conducted by the SEC, FINRA, and the NYSE. Ms. Albarrán clerked for Judge Federico Moreno of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review, and her B.A. from University of California at Berkeley.
  • Ben Block (Litigation) has extensive experience in civil litigation, including as a first-chair litigator in state and federal court trials and appeals, and in arbitrations. He regularly advises the NFL regarding issues relating to its collective bargaining agreement, as well as in other matters. Mr. Block was an executive editor of the Virginia Law Review at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar and earned both a law and master’s degree. A former Army Officer, he holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy. Mr. Block clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  • Sam Ernst (Litigation/Intellectual Property) focuses on intellectual property and appellate litigation. He has represented clients in patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark litigation covering a wide array of technology areas. Mr. Ernst has also represented clients in appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Ninth Circuits and the Supreme Court. He teaches a litigation skills course at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and is a frequent lecturer on patent law for the Patent Resources Group. A magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, he served as an editor for the Georgetown Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Ernst holds an M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz. He clerked for Judge Timothy Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Keir Gumbs (Corporate/Regulatory) advises public and private companies, non-profit organizations, institutional investors, and other clients in corporate, corporate governance, securities regulation, and transactional matters. Mr. Gumbs' career includes six years of service with the SEC, where, immediately prior to joining Covington in 2005, he served as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Roel Campos. Mr. Gumbs is a frequent author and speaker on matters affecting public companies, including topics such as shareholder proposals, the proxy rules, corporate governance, SEC rulemaking and other matters. He earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University.
  • Don Ridings (Litigation/International) is a litigator whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation, international dispute resolution, and internal corporate investigations. Mr. Ridings represents U.S. and foreign clients in federal and state courts, administrative proceedings, and international arbitral tribunals. He has litigated complex commercial disputes on behalf of clients in a range of industries including pharmaceuticals, technology, manufacturing, and new media. Mr. Ridings also advises clients on compliance issues arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and has developed anti-corruption compliance programs for several global enterprises. He received his law degree with highest honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Ridings holds an M.A. from Sussex University and an A.B. from Harvard University.
  • Gary Rubman (Litigation/Regulatory) practices in the firm’s patent litigation and election and political law practice groups. Mr. Rubman was a law clerk for Judge Samuel Alito, Jr., then serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and now an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Previously, Mr. Rubman was on the legislative staff of Rep. John Boehner, now Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. A graduate from The George Washington University Law School with highest honors, Mr. Rubman was a member of The George Washington Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received a B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ms. Albarrán and Mr. Ernst are resident in Covington’s San Francisco office. The other new partners are based in the firm’s Washington office.

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