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October 6, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Brian Smith to of counsel effective October 1, 2011.
Mr. Smith provides strategic and legal advice on matters that involve interactions with the U.S. government. His practice focuses on the development and execution of government relations initiatives that build support for clients’ policies and positions, and the management of clients’ responses to high-profile congressional investigations. He has significant experience in broad-based crisis management, where he advises clients on political, legal, and media relations for matters presenting complex risks.
Mr. Smith frequently prepares senior corporate officials appearing before Congress in contentious oversight investigations, and his recent experiences include preparing multiple CEOs and other senior executives of Fortune 100 companies.
Prior to joining Covington, Mr. Smith served in the White House as Assistant to the Special Counsel to President Clinton. In that capacity, he handled matters related to the White House’s response to investigations, including four independent counsel investigations, a Justice Department task force investigation, two major oversight investigations by the House of Representatives and the Senate, and several other congressional oversight investigations.
Mr. Smith earned his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and his B.A. from the College of William and Mary. He was the recipient of the Anne Wells Branscomb Award from The George Washington University Law School for graduating first in his class of evening law students. Mr. Smith is an Associate Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School.