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The American Lawyer Names Covington Among Top Litigation Departments of the Year


WASHINGTON, DC, January 3, 2014 — Covington & Burling has been selected by The American Lawyer as one of the nation’s top six litigation departments. A profile of the firm’s litigation practice is featured in the January 2014 issue of the magazine.

In naming Covington a finalist for its biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” award, The American Lawyer writes: “In the six years since Covington & Burling last appeared as a finalist in this contest, its litigation group has grown a whopping 40 percent. Covington quadrupled its intellectual property team, beefed up white-collar, product liability and antitrust, and dived into arbitration.”

“Covington has made clients happy on summary judgment, at trial, and everywhere in between,” the article continues, citing the firm’s representations of GlaxoSmithKline, Occidental Petroleum Corp., and IndyMac Bancorp Inc. CEO Michael Perry. The article includes praise the editorial team received from Covington clients. “‘I’m a pretty experienced legal consumer, and their service level was astounding,’’ PD Villarreal, senior vice president for global litigation at GSK told The American Lawyer. “‘They were there 24/7 for us.’”

Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee, commented, “We strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients, who are at the center of everything we do. Our clients made this recognition possible by placing their faith in our abilities.”

John Hall, chair of the firm’s litigation practice, added, “At Covington, we combine tough, resourceful litigators with government insight and regulatory expertise. In an era when so many high-stakes disputes - in the U.S. and internationally - are tied to government action, that strategy has proven itself to be very effective. We are proud to be recognized publicly for the strength of our litigation practice.”

The American Lawyer is the legal industry’s leading monthly magazine.

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