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Congressional Staffer Richard Hertling Joins Covington

April 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2013Richard Hertling, a veteran congressional staffer, is joining Covington & Burling’s global public policy and government affairs practice.

Mr. Hertling brings more than 25 years of public policy and government affairs experience from serving in leadership roles on the staffs of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Justice Department, in addition to his most recent role as staff director and chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee. He is widely respected for his ability to build strategic alliances on both sides of the aisle to move legislation forward.

The addition of Mr. Hertling follows the recent arrivals at Covington of Senator Jon Kyl, the former Senate Minority Whip, and Congressman Howard Berman, former chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Mr. Hertling is expected to work with the pair of former lawmakers in the firm’s global public policy and government affairs practice, which has been ranked among the top five law and lobby firms by the National Journal for the last several years. Covington’s public policy lawyers advise companies on a wide range of government policies in Washington, Brussels, and around the world.

“Richard is admired and trusted on both sides of the aisle as a straight shooter who knows how to get things done.” said Dan Bryant, chair of the firm’s global public policy practice. “He is a workhorse with as wide and deep a grasp of policy issues as anyone in Washington -- on issues that matter a lot to our clients and the business community. We could not be more thrilled to have someone of Richard’s caliber joining our team.”

After earning his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1985, Mr. Hertling clerked for Judge Henry A. Politz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then served as a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Division for three years before joining the Senate Judiciary Committee staff. Over the course of seven years with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Hertling served as chief counsel and staff director for three subcommittees. His tenure on Capitol Hill included two stints on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee where he served as minority staff director for Senator Fred Thompson and as senior counsel during the campaign fundraising investigation of the 1996 presidential election. He also served as chief of staff to former Senator Peter Fitzgerald of Illinois.

From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Hertling served a variety of leadership roles at the Justice Department, including acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legislative Affairs and principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy. He was the domestic and legal policy advisor to Senator Fred Thompson's presidential campaign before returning to Capitol Hill in 2008, first as the minority deputy chief of staff then deputy chief of staff and finally as the staff director and chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee.

“Richard has tremendous Capitol Hill experience and brings valuable insight to the table,” said Holly Fechner, vice chair of the firm’s public policy and government affairs practice. “We're pleased that he has joined our growing bipartisan team."

Mr. Hertling will be of counsel and resident in the D.C. office of the firm. He will work alongside a growing global public policy and government affairs team that includes: former Homeland Security Secretary Michael ChertoffStu Eizenstat, who served in three American presidential administrations in roles that included ambassador to the EU; and former Ambassador John Veroneau, who served as deputy U.S. Trade Representative. In Europe, he will work with a team that includes Paul Adamson, a leader in European public affairs; former Ambassador Jean De Ruyt, who served as Belgium’s permanent representative to the European Union; Lisa Peets, who leads the intellectual property and technology and media groups in the firm’s London office; and Wim van Velzen, who served for a decade in the European Parliament.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to work with two of the most respected former members of Congress at one of the nation’s top law firms and public policy practices,” Mr. Hertling said.

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