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Covington Promotes Nine New Partners

October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2015 - Covington has elected nine of its lawyers to partnership.

“We are delighted to welcome our new partners, who exemplify the spirit and substance of Covington,” said Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee. “This partnership class reflects our focus on the firm’s core practice strengths. We are confident that each will contribute in important ways to the firm’s future success, and we are proud of the exceptional pipeline of strong lawyers within the firm who will help carry Covington forward.”

The new partners class includes lawyers from the firm’s litigation, corporate, regulatory, and white collar investigations practices. They are based in the New York, San Francisco, and Washington offices.

The new partners are:

Alexander Berengaut (Washington): Mr. Berengaut’s practice focuses on international arbitration, complex civil litigation, and white collar criminal defense. He also regularly advises technology clients on national security and law enforcement-related compliance issues, including matters involving electronic surveillance and data privacy. Mr. Berengaut received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College, his master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge University, and his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Jason Fowler (Washington): Mr. Fowler represents clients from a wide array of industries in high-stakes patent litigation. He has experience representing clients at all stages of litigation, from inception of the case through trial and appeal. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials, as well as in both district courts and the International Trade Commission. Mr. Fowler earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Sarah Franklin (Washington): Ms. Franklin represents life sciences companies in government investigations and related civil litigation. She has defended numerous federal and state enforcement actions covering a broad range of health care compliance issues and draws on her subject matter and industry knowledge to counsel pharmaceutical and medical device companies on enforcement risks and compliance. Ms. Franklin is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity College.

Gabriel J. Mesa (New York): Mr. Mesa, a member of the corporate practice, has counseled corporations in joint ventures and private mergers and acquisitions in Latin America and other emerging markets as well as in the United States. His work spans venture capital and private equity investments, strategic acquisitions, privatizations and oil and gas ventures. Mr. Mesa received his law degree from Columbia Law School and his undergraduate degree from Yale University.

Michael Nonaka (Washington): Mr. Nonaka advises banks, financial services providers, and other companies on a broad range of compliance, enforcement, transactional, and legislative matters. He has worked extensively with federal and state banking agencies and with other federal agencies authorized to regulate financial services. Mr. Nonaka earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.

Brian Rosenzweig (New York): Mr.Rosenzweig practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on international and domestic capital-raising transactions and SEC reporting and compliance. His practice predominantly involves capital markets transactions, including IPOs, follow-on equity offerings and high-yield debt offerings, involving issuers in the life sciences, financial services and media and telecommunications industries. He also regularly advises boards and management on executive compensation disclosure and other securities law issues, corporate governance issues and general corporate matters. Mr. Rosenzweig earned his law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Daniel Suleiman (Washington): Mr. Suleiman represents individuals and institutions in high-stakes white collar criminal matters, U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, Congressional investigations, and other substantial litigation matters. From 2010 to 2013, he served as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, including as Deputy Chief of Staff & Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General. Mr. Suleiman is a graduate of Columbia Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

Lindsey Tonsager (San Francisco): Ms. Tonsager anticipates and evaluates legal and reputational risks under federal and state data privacy and communications laws for clients in a broad range of industries. She assists clients in engaging strategically with federal and state regulators and also represents clients in responding to enforcement actions. She negotiates agreements to ensure that protections are in place to avoid unauthorized access, use, or disclosure of customer data and other types of confidential information, and advises clients on developing privacy disclosures and policies. Ms. Tonsager received her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Christopher Yeung (New York): Mr. Yeung represents individual and corporate clients in complex civil litigation and white collar criminal matters, including jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations. His practice spans a wide range of subject matters, including corporate governance, investment fraud, contracts, and trade secrets litigation. Mr. Yeung earned his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia.

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