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Casey Cooper Joins Covington, Expands Global Anti-Corruption Practice


LONDON, 2 February, 2012 —Veteran litigator Casey Cooper is joining Covington & Burling as a partner in London, bolstering its global anti-corruption and white-collar practices.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Cooper has successfully represented clients in fraud and corruption investigations arising in the United States, the EU, Russia, the CIS, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has defended corporations and individuals in investigations launched by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, and has conducted numerous corporate internal investigations, across a wide range of industries, including telecoms, life sciences, defense, energy, insurance and transportation. Mr. Cooper also regularly advises clients on the development of anti-corruption compliance programmes and strategies.

“Casey is a strong addition to our growing anti-bribery and investigations practices,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. “This addition brings the firm a step closer toward meeting a sharp increase in demand for compliance counsel with someone who has keen knowledge of international bribery laws and a proven track record of handling challenging matters in this field.”

"Mr. Cooper will help clients navigate new anti-corruption laws in the UK, China and Russia as well as the new rules governing Wall Street in the United States," said Robert Amaee, a Covington lawyer and former head of the Anti-Corruption and Proceeds of Crime Units at the Serious Fraud Office. “The new laws have added to the complexity of regulations facing corporations at the same time as governments around the world have stepped up global anti-corruption enforcement,” Mr. Amaee said. “Casey's arrival strengthens our ability to assist clients in these matters.”

Mr. Cooper began his career as a clerk for then-Chief Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He served in the Clinton administration’s Justice Department in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General before moving into private practice. In 2008, Mr. Cooper was a member of the Obama administration’s transition team focusing on the Justice Department’s policy and operations.

Mr. Cooper earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, where he received the Roosevelt Thompson Award for Distinguished Service. He graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School where he was the president of the Stanford Law Review. In 2006, Washingtonian Magazine selected him as one of the “40 Top Lawyers Under 40” in Washington. Mr. Cooper has been in private practice in London since 2010.

“Covington’s anti-corruption teams in Europe, Asia and the United States have earned a well-deserved reputation for successfully helping clients avoid and manage international anti-bribery and anti-corruption investigations,” Mr. Cooper said. “I look forward to joining this global team.”

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