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Covington Promotes 15 Lawyers to Partnership


WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2014 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that it has elected 15 lawyers to its partnership effective today.

“Our new partners come from six firm offices and practice in a variety of areas that are of great importance to the firm’s clients,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. “These are all superb lawyers whom I am very proud to welcome as partners.”

The new partners are:

Ashley Bass (Washington): Ms. Bass focuses on antitrust issues, including litigation, government investigations, counseling matters, and merger analysis. She has concentrated in particular on complex, large scale antitrust litigation, including multidistrict class actions. Ms. Bass has also advised clients on investigations before numerous governmental agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the European Commission. Her clients span a wide range of industry sectors and include pharmaceuticals, music, shipping, and consumer goods. Ms. Bass earned her law degree from Tulane University School of Law and undergraduate degree from Millsaps College.

Robin Blaney (London): Mr. Blaney advises pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and cosmetic manufacturers and trade associations on a wide range of regulatory, compliance, transactional, and legislative matters, as well as the full range of commercial agreements that span the product life-cycle in the life sciences sector. His areas of focus include clinical trial agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, distribution and other marketing agreements, regulatory services agreements, and tenders. He has particular experience structuring and documenting EU pharmaceutical distribution arrangements and transitional arrangements relating to product acquisitions. Mr. Blaney received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, his master’s degree from The University of Chicago, and his law degree from Nottingham Law School.

Krista Carver (Washington): Ms. Carver has a wide-ranging practice that includes FDA regulatory, compliance, transactional, and legislative matters for companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and cosmetic industries. With respect to biosimilars, she assisted biotechnology innovators in legislative matters leading up to enactment of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 and now represents clients in connection with FDA interpretation and implementation of that statute. Ms. Carver also has particular experience with legal and regulatory issues related to personalized medicine (including companion diagnostics), clinical trial data confidentiality, medical devices, orphan drug exclusivity, and appeals within the FDA. Ms. Carver is a graduate of Harvard Law School and earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary. She is chair of the Biotechnology Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Science & Technology Law and a member of the Section Council.

Jeffrey Davidson (San Francisco): Mr. Davidson has a complex litigation practice focused on high-stakes policyholder-side insurance coverage matters. He has successfully represented clients in major insurance recovery, antitrust, and intellectual property disputes. His insurance coverage work has addressed underlying losses from breach of fiduciary duty, asbestos, and environmental claims, as well as property damage, business interruption, and crime loss. In the past year, he has helped one client obtain summary judgment in a case involving a $3.5 billion damages claim and another client obtain victory on appeal in a nine-figure intellectual property dispute. Mr. Davidson received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Yale Journal on Regulation, and undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stanford University.

Nicole Duclos (New York): Ms. Duclos focuses her practice on international commercial and investment arbitration, as well as transnational litigation, with emphasis in Latin America. She has acted as counsel and advisor in international commercial arbitrations under the ICC, ICDR, and AAA rules, as well as in investment treaty disputes under the ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Her experience spans energy, construction, infrastructure, agroindustry, finance, and mining, among other industries. Ms. Duclos earned her law degree at Universidad de Valparaíso in Chile and a master of laws from Harvard Law School.

Shankar Duraiswamy (Washington): Mr. Duraiswamy represents clients in complex litigation matters, particularly those involving products liability, mass torts, and government and consumer fraud claims. He has especially broad experience representing clients in the life sciences industry in a range of matters. An experienced advocate, Mr. Duraiswamy has litigated in numerous federal and state courts, handling cases from inception through trial and appeal. Mr. Duraiswamy earned his law degree and undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

Scott Freling (Washington): Mr. Freling represents civilian and defense contractors, at all stages of the procurement process, in their dealings with federal, state, and local government customers and with other contractors. He has a broad-based government contracts practice, which includes compliance counseling, mergers & acquisitions, internal investigations, strategic procurement advice, bid protests, claims, and other disputes. He also counsels clients on risk mitigation strategies, including the process for obtaining and maintaining SAFETY Act liability protection from the Department of Homeland Security for anti-terrorism technologies. Mr. Freling received his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

David Garr (Washington): Mr. Garr is a patent litigator representing clients before U.S. District Courts and in Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has worked on a wide range of patent infringement matters, from pre-litigation counseling through trial and post-trial proceedings, in cases involving electronic hardware, semiconductors, cellular and mobile devices, software, and mechanical components. Mr. Garr earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Jason Goldberg* (Shanghai/Beijing): Mr. Goldberg leads the firm’s entertainment, sports and media practice in China, which advises media companies, motion picture studios, producers, talent, sports leagues and associations, and financial institutions and investment funds on their activities in the PRC. His practice covers film financing, development, corporate transactions, talent agreements, production, foreign direct investment, strategic cooperation and joint ventures, copyright, and other aspects of the media and entertainment industry in China. Mr. Goldberg earned his law and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University.

Andrew Lazerow (Washington): Mr. Lazerow represents domestic and international clients in some of their most important complex commercial litigation, including antitrust class actions and competitor disputes, securities fraud class actions, and substantial commercial disputes. He regularly represents leading pharmaceutical clients in antitrust class actions arising from settlements of Hatch-Waxman ANDA patent litigation. Mr. Lazerow earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Lechliter (Washington): Mr. Lechliter practices in the firm’s litigation, insurance coverage, and appellate practice groups. He has represented policyholders in coverage disputes in federal and state courts, including disputes over coverage for complex environmental and mass tort bodily injury claims. On behalf of his policyholder clients, he has secured four successful verdicts at trial against insurers, recovering millions of dollars on behalf of those clients. Mr. Lechliter earned his law degree from University of Michigan Law School, where he was a notes editor of the Michigan Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from University of Richmond.

Anne Lee (Washington): Ms. Lee represents clients in complex commercial and antitrust litigation as well as civil and criminal investigations before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. She has successfully litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels in several federal and state courts. In addition to litigation work, her practice includes advising clients on a range of antitrust issues in connection with joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and other business transactions and antitrust compliance. Ms. Lee received her law degree from Columbia Law School and her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

Scott Schrader (San Francisco): Mr. Schrader handles patent litigation and other intellectual property matters and complex civil disputes. His intellectual property matters have involved mobile communication devices, wireless technologies, digital subscriber line technology, pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical dispensing systems, food products, electronic design automation, interactive television, internet content delivery services, semiconductor testing platforms, and other technologies. Mr. Schrader has also handled shareholder derivative actions, securities litigation, environmental insurance coverage claims and lender liability claims, as well as disputes over license agreements, lease agreements, credit agreements, and letters of credit, and he has defended numerous individuals and institutions in regulatory and criminal enforcement proceedings. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and earned his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.

Nathan Shafroth (San Francisco): Mr. Shafroth practices in the firm’s patent litigation practice group. He has represented and advised clients in litigation involving pharmaceutical, software, and hardware patents as well as standard-setting and licensing issues. He has been involved in all stages of patent litigation, from pre-litigation counseling to multiple jury, bench, and ITC trials. Mr. Shafroth earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Ranganath Sudarshan (Washington): Mr. Sudarshan specializes in patent, trade secret, and appellate litigation. He has successfully represented clients in technology disputes that relate to a wide range of technologies, with a focus on the computer and electrical engineering industries. Mr. Sudarshan earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and his undergraduate and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University.

*admitted to practice in California only

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