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1999 Avenue of the StarsSuite 1500
Los Angeles, CA 90067-6045
+1 424 332 4800
Covington’s Los Angeles office offers clients a unique combination—deep experience navigating the most challenging legal issues facing clients in Southern California, with unparalleled global litigation, corporate and regulatory expertise. Our Los Angeles office advises clients in a broad range of industries from media, internet, and technology and health care to aerospace, defense, and national security, electronics and information technology, and financial services.
Our primary areas of practice include: content creation and distribution, data privacy and cybersecurity, insurance recovery, intellectual property, media and entertainment litigation, public policy and government affairs, and white collar defense and investigations.
January 17, 2017, Covington Alert
On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) released a discussion paper synthesizing public feedback on FDA’s 2014 draft guidance documents and outlining a possible approach to regulation of laboratory developed tests (LDTs) (Discussion Paper). This approach is intended to “advance the public discussion by providing a possible ...
January 13, 2017, Medtech Insight
Wade Ackerman participated at the Medtech Showcase and is quoted in a Medtech Insight article regarding the launch of AdvaMed Digital and the increased focus on medtech and digital health. According to Ackerman, having the dedicated sector within AdvaMed will be a positive for future digital-health policy development.
January 10, 2017, The Pink Sheet
Wade Ackerman participated at the Biotech Showcase and is quoted by The Pink Sheet in an article regarding the increased use of real-world evidence by FDA following the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. According to Ackerman, FDA will be running a pilot program to evaluate the potential of real-world evidence to support supplemental indications and satisfy ...
January 4, 2017, Covington Alert
One piece of the ongoing debate over the Securities and Exchange Commission’s use of Administrative Law Judges to adjudicate enforcement actions may be heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. On December 27, 2016, in Bandimere v. SEC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit invalidated SEC sanctions against an individual on the ground that the ALJ who ...
December 22, 2016, Covington Alert
On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, which became Public Law No. 114-255 (“the Act”). Its enactment represents the culmination of a multi-year bipartisan legislative process spearheaded on the House side by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Ranking Member Frank Pallone, and Rep. Diana DeGette and on ...
December 21, 2016
WASHINGTON—The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) has awarded Covington a perfect score of 100 percent for the ninth consecutive year on its Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. Covington is among 517 major U.S. businesses that earned a perfect score this ...
December 8, 2016, Covington Alert
On December 6, 2016, in the first insider trading case the Supreme Court has decided in nearly two decades, the Court, in Salman v. United States, unanimously upheld a conviction for trading based on material non-public information provided by the defendant’s brother-in-law as a gift. The decision was a big win for the Department of Justice and the Securities ...
December 6, 2016, Covington Alert
On December 2, 2016, the English High Court ruled that the members of the band Duran Duran would be in breach of the contracts under which they assigned their publishing copyrights if they exercised their U.S. statutory right to terminate the transfer of the U.S. copyrights under section 203 of the Copyright Act. The case, Gloucester Place Music Limited v Simon ...
October 28, 2016, FDA Week
Wade Ackerman spoke at a DIA conference on October 24 and is quoted in an FDA Week article regarding combination product reform.
According to Mr. Ackerman, there has been strong bipartisan support for 21st Century Cures and Medical Innovation bills. However, if combination product language does not get passed in this Congress, Ackerman also pointed to the FDA ...
October 25, 2016, Covington Alert
In a recent case, Robinson v. U-Haul Company of California, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District affirmed a trial court's award of attorney’s fees and issuance of a permanent injunction against a company from using a noncompete in its California dealer contracts.
October 18, 2016, Covington Alert
At the end of each September in California, a flurry of legislative activity precedes the deadline for Governor Brown to sign or veto bills approved during the 2015 to 2016 legislative session. As in years past, a number of employment-related bills were signed into law by Governor Brown. The following alert highlights a few such bills that merit attention. ...
October 17, 2016, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times highlights the role of Dan Shallman and Aaron Lewis in helping unravel a bribery case against two brothers who allegedly tried to buy the support of a Huntington Park city council member for higher towing fees. In what Dan Shallman called a “huge vindication,” the court sentenced one of the brothers with probation.
October 10, 2016, CDR News
CDR News highlighted the promotion of 13 Covington lawyers to partner, as well as the arrival of Lord Francis Maude in London as a Senior Advisor in the firm’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. According to firm chair Timothy Hester, “Our new partners reflect the excellence, strengths, and diversity of the firm and will play important roles in the ...
October 3, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington has promoted 13 lawyers to its partnership.
“Our new partners reflect the excellence, strengths, and diversity of the firm and will play important roles in the firm for decades to come and will help drive our key practices to even greater success in the years ahead,” said Timothy Hester, Covington’s chair.
The new partners, who are based in ...
October 3, 2016, Global Investigations Review
Global Investigations Review highlighted the promotion of Jennifer Saperstein and Aaron Lewis as partners of the firm. The article notes that Saperstein advises clients on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters and internal investigations while Lewis advises clients on white-collar defense and internal investigations, drawing on six years of Justice Department ...
September 12, 2016
LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Business Journal has recognized Aaron Lewis as one of the “Most Influential Minority Lawyers” in Los Angeles. The inaugural list names 40 “stellar minority lawyers in the LA region,” highlighting recent success in their respective areas of practice.
The Los Angeles Business Journal highlighted Mr. Lewis’s recent significant ...
September 9, 2016, Law360
Wade Ackerman and Denise Esposito are quoted in a Law360 article regarding Ackerman’s recent arrival as a partner in the firm’s Food, Drug, and Device practice. According to Ackerman, he’d like to serve as bridge between Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles for the firm. For a food and drug attorney, Covington is the place to go, given its “long history of having a ...
September 1, 2016, The Recorder
Wade Ackerman and Robyn Polashuk are quoted in a Recorder article regarding the growth of the firm’s LA office, which includes Ackerman’s recent arrival. "We're in a period of unprecedented change in the way products are regulated, and a lot of companies are on the West Coast,” said Ackerman.
Commenting on West Coast business, Polashuk says, “It hasn't been, ...
August 31, 2016
LOS ANGELES—Wade Ackerman has joined Covington as a partner in its Food, Drug, and Device practice, resident in Los Angeles.
Until June 2016, Mr. Ackerman served as Senior FDA Counsel to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. In this role, he has been intimately involved in legislative initiatives, oversight hearings, and other Senate ...
August 1, 2016
WASHINGTON—The American Lawyer has named Covington to its 2016 “A-List,” an annual ranking of the top 20 firms based on revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, diversity, and associate satisfaction. Covington has appeared on the “A-List” eleven times since this honor was introduced in 2003.
“We are extremely pleased to have again been named to The American ...
June 24, 2016, Covington Alert
The UK has voted to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. 52% leave - 48% remain.
Were the UK to leave the EU, this would have significant implications for the UK and for international businesses operating in the UK. The longer term impact of the decision on the regulatory framework for the UK will depend, in part, on the relationship that the UK ...
June 7, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington has again received top rankings from Chambers USA, with 60 practice rankings and 120 individual rankings for lawyers in the publication’s 2016 edition. The legal guide identifies leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers’ researchers with thousands of lawyers and their clients.
The firm was ranked in ...
April 21, 2016, Covington Alert
On April 5, 2016, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”), through the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, announced a one-year Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement pilot program (the “Pilot Program”) intended to motivate companies to voluntarily disclose FCPA-related misconduct and increase transparency around the Fraud Section’s approach ...
April 20, 2016
LOS ANGELES — Covington partners Emily Henn, Robyn Polashuk and Sonya Winner have been named to the Daily Journal’s annual list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. The list recognizes 100 lawyers who “try complex commercial disputes and put together industry-transforming deals.”
Ms. Henn, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, co-chairs the firm’s Class ...
April 14, 2016, BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal
April 6, 2016, The Recorder
Dan Shallman is quoted in this article exploring a DOJ pilot program that could reduce criminal penalties for companies that self-report FCPA violations. According to Shallman, the voluntary disclosure would likely appeal to large companies that face significant FCPA exposure. “It's trickier for cases where the exposure is smaller and less clear," he says.
February 3, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Covington assisted the National Football League in negotiating its partnership with CBS and NBC to produce and televise "Thursday Night Football" for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
In addition to continuing its Thursday Night Football partnership with CBS, the NFL is adding NBC as a partner, with both networks set to air five Thursday Night Football ...
January 28, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - Law360 has named six Covington practice groups among its “Practice Groups of the Year.”
The practice groups recognized by Law360 are as follows:
December 28, 2015, Covington Alert
November 18, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2015 - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) has awarded Covington a perfect score of 100 percent for the eighth consecutive year on its Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. Covington is among 400 major US businesses that ...
November 9, 2015, Multichannel News
September 16, 2015, Mealey’s Litigation Report: Insurance
September 14, 2015
LOS ANGELES, September 14, 2015 - Covington announced that Mitchell Kamin has joined the firm’s litigation and white collar defense and investigation practices in its Los Angeles office. A prominent litigator and community leader who served as co-managing partner of a leading Los Angeles litigation boutique, Mr. Kamin will continue to focus on high stakes ...
August 21, 2015, Covington Alert
August 11, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, August 11, 2015 —The Los Angeles Business Journal has named Covington partner and former federal prosecutor Daniel Shallman to its list of the city’s “Most Influential Lawyers” in the white collar and cyber practice areas.
In selecting Mr. Shallman, the publication noted that he has handled “a string of impressive matters” since joining the firm ...
July 23, 2015
LONDON, July 23, 2015 — Covington has launched a new app designed specifically for smart phones and tablets called ‘The Arbitration Handbook’.
The app compiles over 90 resources (arbitral rules, treaties, national laws and guidelines) commonly used in international arbitration into one convenient electronic resource, while enabling users to bookmark and ...
June 1, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2015 — Covington has again received top rankings from Chambers USA, with 46 practice rankings and 152 individual rankings for lawyers in the publication’s 2015 edition. The legal guide identifies leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers’ researchers with thousands of lawyers and their clients.
May 29, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, May 29, 2015 — Law360 ranked Covington eighth on its list of “Top 25 Best Law Firms For Black Attorneys.” The list highlights firms that have significantly more black attorneys than the industry average, particularly at the partner level.
According to the publication, the firms in the top 25 average 6.6 percent black non-partners and 4.4 percent ...
May 21, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2015 — Covington’s insurance recovery practice won the 2015 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Insurance, marking the fifth time the firm has received this honor in the nine years it has been awarded.
The Award for Excellence, presented at Chambers USA’s annual awards dinner in New York City on May 19, was given to only one U.S. firm ...
May 18, 2015
SILICON VALLEY, May 15, 2015 — Covington partners Emily Johnson Henn and Robyn Polashuk have been named to the Daily Journal’s list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. The list recognizes 100 lawyers who “try complex commercial disputes and put together industry-transforming deals.”
Ms. Henn, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, was recognized for her ...
April 7, 2015
LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2015 — Multichannel News named Covington partner Robyn Polashuk one of nine leading cable-industry lawyers “who seal the deals in cable.”
In its profile, Multichannel News highlighted Ms. Polashuk’s work on a wide array of distribution deals, including Univision in its broadcast and cable carriage deal with Dish Network’s OTT Sling TV ...
March 27, 2015
LONDON, 27 March, 2015 — Covington received 56 individual mentions and 29 practice mentions in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers globally by pan-regional and country practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
The Covington lawyers selected as ...
March 6, 2015
LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2015 — Former federal prosecutor and leading white collar defense lawyer Dan Shallman will join Covington as a partner in the firm’s new Los Angeles office on March 9. Mr. Shallman will head the firm’s Southern California white collar and investigations team while also playing a leading role in the growth of Covington’s LA office. Aaron ...
LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2015 — Covington is pleased to announce that René Siemens will join the firm as a partner in its new Los Angeles office, where he will continue to represent corporate policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes. He is expected to join by March 16.
Mr. Siemens is a nationally recognized coverage practitioner. His practice includes ...
LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2015 — Covington will open a new office in Los Angeles on March 9. The office will be staffed by current firm lawyers and three new senior lawyers and will focus initially on insurance coverage, media and content distribution, patent litigation, public policy/government affairs and white collar defense.
"We believe there is a strong base ...
March 6, 2015, Main Justice
March 6, 2015, The Daily Journal
March 6, 2015, National Law Journal
March 6, 2015, The Lawyer
Covington is featured in these articles regarding the opening of its LA office.
From NLJ: "Covington & Burling will open an office in Los Angeles after poaching two partners from West Coast-centric firms, closing its San Diego office and relocating lawyers, the firm said.
Covington says it will place about 15 lawyers in Los Angeles. The partners will focus on ...
March 6, 2015, Law360
March 4, 2015, Bloomberg BNA
February 12, 2015, Law360
Covington's Robyn Polashuk and Lala Qadir have authored this piece on the measure by the Federal Communications Commission relating to Internet transmissions.
May 30, 2014, Law360 - 5 Must-Know Facts About Ballmer's $2B Clippers Bid
Covington advised Steve Ballmer on his agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers from The Sterling Family Trust for $2 billion. The firm is mentioned in the above articles regarding the deal. Law360 writes, "Steve Ballmer is represented in the latest deal by a Covington & Burling LLP team led by Doug Gibson, Scott Roades and Peter Zern, including Rob ...