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With lawyers in offices around the world, Covington brings public law advocacy, regulatory compliance, litigation and transactional expertise to global environmental issues.
We are distinguished and preeminent former government officials and seasoned practitioners who bring practical and sophisticated solutions to issues that arise from the myriad of U.S. and international laws and regulations.
We are frequently asked to serve as advisors or advocates on projects presenting novel and complex issues of national and international importance.
In addition to the two former General Counsels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, our team includes a former Deputy Director and General Counsel of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a former Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, a former Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and long-time, highly-regarded private practitioners, including recognition in Chambers and Best Lawyers and other publications.
We have long represented companies and trade associations in: legislative advocacy; rulemaking proceedings and challenges to regulations; evaluating, negotiating and resolving environmental issues in business transactions; compliance advice; civil and criminal enforcement proceedings and citizen suits; and private party litigation.
Our global environmental practice benefits from the geographically and educationally diverse backgrounds of American-, Asian- and European-based lawyers. This allows us to offer EU and pan-European advice on the legal and policy issues presented by EU environmental, climate change, renewable energies, waste, eco-design, chemical, biocides and nano-materials rules in Europe. Where necessary, we also work with an extensive network of local counsel around the world.
We also advise non-U.S. clients regarding environmental considerations related to U.S.-based commercial ventures, and likewise, U.S.-based multinationals about both current and emerging environmental requirements in the EU, Asia and Latin America. In connection with international transactions of all types, we advise clients seeking funding for international projects in addressing requirements of international lenders. We counsel on compliance with international regimes under the Basel Convention and the OECD for transboundary shipment of waste, the UNFCC, and the Biodiversity Convention.
Our practice is expansive and offers clients solutions in:
Represented American Petroleum Institute in Comer, putative class action alleging industrial activities contributed to global warming, causing a rise in sea levels and adding to the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina, and thereby causing property damage to plaintiffs.
Advocacy assistance on issues related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and lobbying on behalf of clients with respect to climate change legislation in various states of the United States and in the European Union.
Represented an aerospace company at 5,000 acre Superfund site in California involving VOCs, perchlorate and NDMA, including negotiating consent decree for completion of investigations, advice on remedy issues, and negotiating with water entities over replacement water supply claims.
Represent BP in the Penalty Phase of the Deepwater Horizon litigation, including at trial.
Representation of Rio Tinto and Intalco Aluminum Corporation in litigation and negotiations concerning Superfund remediation and natural resource damages at various mine sites in the U.S. and Canada, including Holden Mine, Blackbird Mine and Britannia Mine.
Advise petroleum refiner regarding the scope and applicability of the “small refinery” exemption from the renewable fuel standard.
Regulatory and advocacy advice to a biofuels company on legislative developments relating to the EU Renewable Energies Directive in the European Parliament and Council.
Represented a client on environmental matters relating to building a biofuels manufacturing plant on contaminated property on a waterway in New Jersey.
Advise advanced biofuels manufacturer regarding approval of new renewable fuels under EPA’s renewable fuel pathways regulations.
Represent a national association of property owners in the OSHA rulemakings about indoor air quality.
Advise client regarding application of the Hazard Communication Standard to animal vaccines.
Advise government contractor regarding acquisition of another government contract with significant environmental-related contracts.
Represented LTV Steel in obtaining more than $40 million in recoveries for environmental liabilities from numerous settlements.
Represent client in litigation challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's five year-offshore oil and gas leasing program under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Negotiated with U.S. Department of Interior and California Energy Commission relative to environmental documentation, including NEPA, and species mitigation for siting of solar facility.
Advise client regarding definition of a pesticide and what types of cleaning claims may be made without products being determined to be a pesticide.
Provide advice to a Japan based company on developing electronic waste take-back requirements in Argentina and other South American countries.
Advise pharmaceutical manufacturer regarding listing of multiple generators of waste as “co-generators” for RCRA purposes.
Prepare and submit comments on EPA’s proposed 111(d) rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from electric generating units for multiple interested parties, including members of the nuclear industry, a coalition of electricity producers, and advanced technology companies.
Serve as coordinating counsel for manufacturing company regarding its asbestos cases.
Negotiate favorable settlement with New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation in connection with claimed violation of New York’s e-recycling law.
Advise client as to FIFRA requirements that apply to hospital garments treated with antimicrobial substances.
Advise manufacturer regarding regulation of hand sanitizing wipes that may also be used to clean surfaces under FIFRA and FTC rules, including requirements for consumer preference claims.
Advise client regarding applicability of FIFRA to advanced surfaces with photocatalytic properties.
Advise client regarding environmental regulations that may apply to an e-recycling facility.
Advise fertilizer manufacture on the scope of various exceptions under RCRA, including for recycling and reuse of material in a closed-loop process.
Advice regarding potential EPA regulation of nanotechnology containing antimicrobial pesticides.
We assisted an environmental services company seeking to reform various aspects of the EU’s Emissions Trading System.
Provide legal advice to several large electronic manufacturers on the requirements of the EU Directives on waste electrical and electronic equipment, and restrictions on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and their national implementation.
Advise rocket engine manufacturer on the scope of what constitutes “treatment” regulated by EPA under RCRA.
Representation of Chemical Manufacturers Association, now the American Chemistry Council, in connection with EPA revisions to the NPDES and pretreatment regulations under the Clean Water Act. The litigation and negotiations with EPA resulted in substantial changes in these regulations.
Provided regulatory and strategic advice to Johnson & Johnson on possible EU REACH restrictions and prior authorization requirements on the use of borates in eye care products.
Guidance in the formation of nanotechnology start-up company regarding regulatory and policy issues for its core technology and downstream applications.
Advise fertilizer manufacturer on the RCRA status of various waste streams and the process for de-listing hazardous waste under RCRA.
We advised chemical producers and downstream users on emerging rules with respect to the registration, testing, and classification of chemicals (REACH).
Assistance to companies on nanotechnology regulation under the EU chemicals regime (REACH).
Advise clients and submit comments regarding proposed rule changes regarding the African Elephant Conservation Act, Director’s Order 210, and related questions under the Endangered Species Act relating to regulation of antique ivory.
Regulatory and strategic advice to a large manufacturer of electronic equipment on EU procedures for adoption of energy efficiency requirements on sound and imaging equipment under the ErP Directive.
Assist petroleum refiner with applying for and obtaining a New Source Review permit for a refinery expansion; successfully defend the permit in an administrative appeal.
Represent American Petroleum Institute relative to first challenge with NEPA and ESA to exploration plan approval under tightened review procedures established after Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Advise client on various categories and types of statutory exemptions from NEPA.
Advise client regarding NPDES permit treatment limits and the process for setting such limits where multiple pollutants and treatment technologies are at issue.
Advise two construction companies regarding successful settlement of OSHA citations in employee death cases.
Negotiated a very favorable settlement of alleged eWaste recycling violations for client by raising constitutional defects in statute.
We assisted companies seeking support for alternative energy projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Stimulus) and advised on carbon trading provisions in climate change legislation, including preparing amendments to both bills.
Advise manufacturer regarding regulations of polymers under TSCA.
Advise international organization regarding potential tort liability and mitigation options relating to preparation of a manual with information about labeling requirements.
Defend petroleum refiner in private tort litigation regarding operation of a crude oil storage and transportation facility.
Advise pharmaceutical companies regarding the regulations of pharmaceuticals as hazardous waste under RCRA.
Represent Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico, Inc. (CCPR), in a lawsuit alleging that CCPR’s Malta India product contains the chemical 4-MEI in quantities above the safe harbor level, and that CCPR has failed to label Malta India products sold in California with the warning required by California’s Proposition 65.
Represented Owens Corning in eight Wellington Agreement arbitral or ADR proceedings, two federal court cases, and one state court lawsuit against numerous insurers seeking coverage for asbestos non-products claims.
Advise client regarding requirements for and practicalities of submitting a tolerance petition to EPA to allow pesticide residue to remain on food products.
Advocacy assistance on issues related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and lobbying on behalf of clients with respect to climate change legislation in the United States, in various states of the United States and in the European Union.
Represent Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority in parallel civil and criminal enforcement proceedings for alleged Clean Water Act violations.
Advise nanotechnology manufacturer regarding potential applicability of environmental laws, including TSCA, to manufacture of clothing treated with nanoscale substances.
Advise nanotechnology manufacturer regarding potential applicability of FIFRA and TSCA to manufacture of clothing treated with nanoscale antimicrobial substances.
Advise nanotechnology manufacturer regarding potential applicability of environmental laws, including FIFRA and TSCA, to manufacture of clothing treated with nanoscale substances.
Advise multiple pharmaceutical manufacturers and developers regarding acquisitions and sales of manufacturing facilities.
Advise European telecommunications company regarding acquisition of US telecommunications company.
Successfully represented a coalition of electric utilities in obtaining administrative relief from EPA from millions of dollars of Clean Air Act §185 nonattainment penalties.
Defend mining company in connection with private tort litigation brought in connection with a cleanup at a CERCLA site.
Covington successfully represented the American Petroleum Institute, Independent Petroleum Association of America, U.S. Oil & Gas Association, and International Association of Drilling Contractors in a lawsuit seeking to block a federal program which provides the basis for all oil and gas leasing in offshore federal waters. The D.C. Circuit ruled that the Government had rationally and appropriately balanced the environmental, social, and economic values at stake in proceeding with the leasing program.
Advise ChemGen in its merger agreement with Eli Lilly. The client became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and an operating unit of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly.
Advice to petroleum refiner on various compliance issues in connection with Clean Air Act rules that apply to refineries and associated facilities, including NSPS, MACT, and other issues.
Represent the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the clean-up of unexploded ordnance (UXO) at Vieques bombing range.
Advise overseas electricity generator regarding Clean Air Act and renewable energy developments in the United States in connection with potential strategic investments in the US electricity sector.
Advise wind power developer on EPA authority to veto Clean Water Act section 404 dredge and fill permits.
Advise client regarding New York state battery recycling plans.
Advise fertilizer manufacturer regarding the scope of the Bevill exemption for the processing of natural resources under RCRA.
Represent petroleum refiner in dispute under an asset purchase agreement regarding legacy contamination at a petroleum refinery.
Provide regulatory and strategic advocacy advice to a large fertilizer manufacturer on the EU consideration of restrictions on cadmium in fertilizer.
Represented a number of utility companies in obtaining more than $200 million in environmental and toxic tort settlements.
Prepare and submit amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of legislators in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, 134 S. Ct. 2427 (2014).
Representing a national hotel company in litigation over coverage for property damage and business income losses caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Advise Rio Tinto in connection with the Holden mine CERCLA site in Washington state, including commenting on proposed ROD and advising on various aspects of the ongoing cleanup.
Advise client on development strategies and comments related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rulemaking to regulate power plant greenhouse gas emissions.
Represented the American Petroleum Institute in a challenge to federal renewable fuel standards under the Clean Air Act that resulted in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling in favor of our client.
Advise client and advocate to EPA that a Superfund site should be partially deleted from the National Priorities List.
Advise client regarding claimed legacy liability for multiple century-old smelter sites in the state of Kansas, and negotiate with state agency regarding same.
Respond to EPA 104(e) request in connection with a century-old smelter site in Nevada, and successfully convinced EPA that another entity was responsible for the site.
Advise client regarding applicability of OSHA’s 2012 revision of the Hazardous Communication Standard and its applicability to cleaning products.
Represented the National Stone Association in OSHA rulemaking proceedings to establish a new standard for asbestiform minerals.
Advise client on Safety Data Sheet requirements for biochemical reagents.
Advise client on Safety Data Sheet requirements for a novel food product.
Advise client on Safety Data Sheet requirements for a surgical product.
Advised a construction company concerning potential OSHA issues in connection with shipments of construction stone from a quarry in Canada to America.
Advised a major medical certification organization on potential changes to OSHA regulatory policies.
Secured district court ruling dismissing a putative ERISA class action on the basis of the statute of limitations. Gelesky v. AK Steel Corp. Pensions Agmt. Plan, 828 F. Supp. 2d 935 (S.D. Ohio 2011).
January 17, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
The Trump Administration will take office intent on reversing many Obama Administration policies. Although the Trump Administration’s publicly released 100-day plan does not announce a new energy policy, campaign promises and priorities of the Republican-controlled Congress suggest a number of early initiatives that will impact the power sector. Moreover, the ...
Official publications of the Trump campaign and transition team propose significant changes in energy policies. The principal focus of the proposed policy changes addresses energy independence and job creation through greater production of fossil fuel resources. But apart from pronouncements to “scrap … the Clean Power Plan” there is little to glean from the ...
January 16, 2017, International Devices & Diagnostics Monitor
Cándido García Molyneux is quoted in an International Devices & Diagnostics Monitor article regarding the European Commission’s plan to allow certain second-hand and refurbished devices that contain hazardous substances to continue to be marketed in the EU beyond July 22, 2019. According to García Molyneux, the ban would greatly restrict the availability of ...
January 16, 2017, Medtech Insight
Cándido García Molyneux is quoted in a Medtech Insight article regarding an expected amendment to the Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS2). According to García Molyneux, if proposed, non-RoHS compliance electronic medical devices, IVDs and control instruments may be further supplied in the distribution chain or resold after July 22, 2019 ...
December 6, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
Last week the European Commission presented an extensive package of legislative proposals (“Clean Energy Package”) that are intended to achieve and implement the European Union’s climate change and clean energy targets for 2030: a 40% cut of CO2 emissions, a share of 27% for renewable energies, and energy savings of 30%. The package presents both … Continue ...
November 28, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
One factor driving the grid of the future is the change in the nation’s electric generator resource mix, such as the retirement of traditional baseload generation and an increasing proportion of variable energy resources, such as wind and solar. This evolution has raised concern that the capability to provide “primary frequency response,” a critical grid … ...
November 28, 2016, Politico
Cándido García Molyneux and Bart Van Vooren are quoted in a Politico article regarding the recent European Court of Justice rulings which interpreted elements of a global chemical safety protocol. According to García Molyneux, “The EU Court’s rulings of this week are not that surprising in light of the [safety protocol] Aarhus Convention and the EU’s ...
November 28, 2016, Covington Alert
Last week the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) upheld a broad interpretation of the concept of “information that relates to emissions into the environment” that EU and Member State authorities (e.g., ECHA, EFSA, Commission, national environmental agencies) must disclose to the public.
November 23, 2016, Politico
Peter Bogaert is quoted in a Politico article regarding the broader impact of a decision by the European Court of Justice in favor of disclosing confidential safety tests by pesticide companies. According to Bogaert, “There is a very serious concern about the dangerous broadening of the definition of what constitutes an emission into the environment.”
November 22, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
Electricity storage resources are shaping the grid of the future. Large-scale batteries and flywheels are now able to provide services to grid operators to help keep the bulk power system in balance. Electric storage resources’ ability to absorb and discharge electricity provides them with significant operational flexibility, and they can be designed to ...
November 4, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
Electricity storage technologies are playing a big part in the growth of renewable resources and the shape of the grid of the future. For example, batteries are a well-known back-up to renewables when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. But large-scale batteries, as well as flywheels, are entering the field to provide … Continue Reading
October 31, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
The European Commission calculated years ago that someone flying from London to New York and return generates roughly the same level of CO2 emissions as the average person in the EU does by heating their home for a whole year. And air traffic is supposed to double by 2035… This is why the European Union … Continue Reading
October 14, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
Fundamental changes in the way that the electric utility and power sector operates, interacts with customers, and relates to its regulators are occurring on a massive scale and at an unprecedented pace. Covington is committed to exploring these transformations affecting the power sector, helping our clients to understand and navigate the changes, and fostering ...
September 29, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently launched an initiative that could result in significant changes to the standards used for analyzing whether mergers and acquisitions are in the public interest. In a September 22, 2016 Notice of Inquiry (NOI), FERC identified several broad areas in which its current policies may need reform, made a … ...
September 16, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
On September 13, 2016 the Financial CHOICE Act was approved by the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 30-26. The bill would overhaul regulation of the financial markets and is an important development for derivatives market participants, including energy companies. For example, the bill would alter the functioning of the Commodity Futures Trading ...
September 15, 2016, Argus Media
Donald Elliott participated in a conference hosted by Indiana University and is quoted in an Argus Media article regarding the effect of inexpensive natural gas on increased investment in the U.S. According to Elliott, almost no Pennsylvania localities have chosen to use their power to ban hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method which allows for cheaper gas.
July 11, 2016, The Washington Post
Gary Guzy is quoted in a Washington Post article regarding an awaited report about the economic and technological feasibility of meeting or exceeding fuel-efficiency targets set by the Obama Administration. According to Guzy, “There’s been a demonstrated record of success and innovation that has shown that these standards can be achieved in a cost-effective ...
June 22, 2016, Covington Alert
Imagine that you could get the federal government to determine that your substance is safe when used as directed, and that determination could assist in fending off state regulation, reduce product and environmental liability risk, and produce a potential competitive advantage.
June 9, 2016, Covington Alert
The Supreme Court last week unanimously ruled that property owners seeking to discharge material onto land potentially subject to federal Clean Water Act restrictions may bring direct court challenges to "approved jurisdictional determinations" issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ("Corps"). The Court rejected the Corps' position that property owners must ...
May 19, 2016, Natural Gas Intel
Mark Perlis spoke at the EnergyRisk Summit 2016 USA and is quoted in this Natural Gas Intel article regarding the decreasing number of companies voluntarily providing information for price indexes in the turbulent natural gas market. According to Perlis, “If you're going to voluntarily report, you have to report accurately and in totality. That's the essence of ...
April 28, 2016, Bloomberg Brief
Keir Gumbs is quoted in this "Bloomberg Brief" looking at the SEC’s “disclosure effectiveness” project. According to Gumbs, “The project is a lot less about taking things out. It’s evolved to look at the intersection between materiality and sustainability disclosure.”
March 28, 2016, InsideEPA
Gary Guzy’s remarks from a panel session at the GlobalChem conference are quoted in this InsideEPA article discussing the EPA’s ability to implement the pending Toxic Substance Control Act reform bill. Guzy pointed to the EPA's development of greenhouse gas standards for existing power plants as an example of the EPA's "incredible machine for making rules."
March 14, 2016, Law360
March 10, 2016
NEW YORK — Covington represented MidFirst Bank in its acquisition of 1st Century Bancshares, Inc. 1st Century is a publicly traded bank-holding company of 1st Century Bank of Los Angeles.
Simultaneously with the closing of the acquisition, 1st Century Bank will be merged into MidFirst Bank. Following these transactions, the business of 1st Century Bank will ...
January 6, 2016, Inside EPA
Donald Elliott’s remarks from a roundtable discussion at an SRA meeting are quoted in this Inside EPA article discussing the expansion of computational and other toxicology approaches by EPA's regulatory offices. Elliott, who believes the pending congressional reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is another push toward greater use of alternative ...
December 28, 2015, Covington Alert
December 18, 2015, Energy Post
Gary Guzy is quoted in an Energy Post article discussing the enforceability of the Paris climate deal. According to Guzy, the deal is “extraordinary,” and is the first time that “all [countries] recognise that each has to contribute.”
November 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, November 16, 2015 - Covington advised Graham Holdings Company, a diversified education and media company, in its acquisition of Group Dekko, a manufacturer of electrical solutions for workspace, architectural lighting, and electrical components. The financial terms of the deal were not announced.
According to Timothy O’Shaughnessy, president and ...
November 16, 2015, Phoenix Business Journal
Former Senator Jon Kyl spoke at the opening dinner of the Arizona Town Hall and is extensively quoted in this Phoenix Business Journal piece focused on the Arizona water situation. According to Sen. Kyl, the state is not facing a water crisis currently, but steps need to be taken now. "Conservation is not enough," says Kyl.
October 2, 2015, The Washington Post
Senior of counsel Gary Guzy is quoted in this Washington Post article discussing new climate action plans released by 51 countries. “What is ground breaking is that, for the first time, all of the major emitting nations of the world are committing to a truly international approach to addressing climate change,” said Guzy. “While perhaps not perfect, the scale of ...
September 8, 2015, Law360
Senior of counsel Gary Guzy shares his optimism regarding bipartisan support for upcoming environmental policymaking in a Law360 article. Guzy remarks, “I think people generally underestimate the possibility of some real bipartisan legislative accomplishments, and there are a number of areas that seem incredibly well-primed for that to happen.”
September 3, 2015, Covington Alert
September 2015, Rule-Makers or Rule Takers? Exploring the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
September 2015, Who's Who Legal
July 28, 2015, Centre for European Policy Studies
May 2015, The Yale Law Journal
April 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, April 28, 2015 — Who’s Who Legal honored Covington's Theodore Garrett with its first Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the legal sector.
“Ted Garrett garnered more votes than any other lawyer for 10 consecutive years, and his peers were unanimous in their appreciation of his market-leading ...
April 17, 2015, 2015 Annual Conference on European Environmental Law, ERA Academy of European Law
April 15, 2015, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
March 27, 2015, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
November 10, 2014, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
April 9, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, April 9, 2014 — For the tenth consecutive year, Who’s Who Legal named Theodore Garrett the “International Lawyer of the Year 2014 - Environmental Law.” In announcing the award, Who’s Who Legal Editor Tom Barnes notes that Mr. Garrett “received more votes from clients and peers in the course of our research than any other individual worldwide, and ...
April 1, 2014, Covington E-Alert
March 2014, Environmental Law Reporter's News & Analysis
February 24, 2014, Covington E-Alert
February 24, 2014, Law360
February 17, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON, DC, December 09, 2013 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Gary Guzy, most recently deputy director and general counsel of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and a former general counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency, is joining the firm’s environmental, clean energy, public policy, and government affairs ...
WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2013 — Covington & Burling advised Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund in its $860 million acquisition of General Chemical Holding Company. The acquisition will expand Chemtrade’s North American water treatment chemicals and sulfuric acid businesses into new geographic areas and broaden the company’s specialty chemicals product portfolio. ...
December 2013, American College of Environmental Lawyers
October 25, 2013, Covington E-Alert
September 27, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 30, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 2013, Who’s Who Legal 100
July 8, 2013, Covington E-Alert
June 3, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, June 3, 2013 — For the ninth consecutive year, Who’s Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, named Theodore Garrett the “International Lawyer of the Year 2013 - Environmental Law.” In announcing the award, Who’s Who Legal notes, “Theodore Garrett has a fantastic reputation in litigation and has served as counsel in over 50 ...
May 23, 2013, Law360
April 3, 2013, American College of Environmental Lawyers Blog
February 2013, 43 Environmental Law Reporter 10095
January 8, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, January 8, 2013 — E. Donald Elliott, a leading environmental and administrative lawyer and scholar, has joined Covington & Burling, strengthening the firm’s top-ranked environmental and product liability practices.
Mr. Elliott has more than 30 years of experience in environmental law, administrative law and product liability and toxic torts. He ...
WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2012 — Covington & Burling received 97 first-tier practice rankings in the 2013 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News-Best Lawyers, placing Covington among the top 10 firms nationwide. Covington was also named “Law Firm of the Year” in both FDA Law and Corporate Compliance Law. The honor is presented to one law firm in each of the ...
August 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 27, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 196 individual mentions in 57 areas of law in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top U.S. lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as ...
June 26, 2012, REACH: Legal Implications & Supply Chain Strategies 2012
June 6, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, June 6, 2012 — For the eighth consecutive year, Who’s Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, named Theodore Garrett the “International Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Environmental Law.” Mr. Garrett has received this award every year since its inception in 2005. In announcing the award, Who’s Who Legal Editor-in-Chief Callum ...
May 2, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2012 — D.C. Super Lawyers selected 64 Covington & Burling lawyers for its 2012 list of top legal talent. Super Lawyers selects no more than five percent of the total lawyers who practice in Washington based on peer review and the publication’s independent research.
Deborah Garza and Robert Long have been named among the “Top 100” for ...
March 22, 2012, The Atlantic
March 1, 2012, ACOEL
January 24, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, January 24, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP represented ChemGen Corp. in its definitive merger agreement with Eli Lilly and Company. Upon closing of the transaction, ChemGen will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and an operating unit of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly.
ChemGen, headquartered in Gaithersburg, ...
November 30, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 30, 2011 — Washingtonian magazine has named 34 Covington & Burling attorneys as “Best Lawyers” in its December issue. The biennial list, compiled by the magazine’s editorial staff, identifies leading lawyers in the Washington area.
Of the approximately 800 “Best Lawyers” identified in the issue, Washingtonian included profiles of 31 ...
November 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2011 — For the second consecutive year, U.S. News-Best Lawyers awarded Covington & Burling the most first-tier practice rankings for Washington, DC in the “Best Law Firms” survey. The 2011-12 survey also awarded the firm 82 first-tier practice rankings, placing Covington among the top 20 firms nationwide.
Additionally, U.S. ...
September 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 184 individual mentions in 56 areas of law in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows: ...
August 15, 2011, EuroWatch
August 1, 2011, Covington E-Alert
June 23, 2011, Covington E-Alert
June 20, 2011, ACOEL
June 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP received 123 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2011. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
2011, The Encyclopedia of Sustainability: The Law and Politics of Sustainability
November 17, 2010, Covington E-Alert
October 12, 2010
NEW YORK, October 12, 2010 — King Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer announced today that they have entered into an agreement for Pfizer to acquire all of the outstanding stock and stock equivalents of King for $14.25 in cash per share, or aggregate consideration of $3.6 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised King on the transaction.
King is a vertically integrated ...
September 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 33 first-tier practice rankings in the 2010 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Covington’s first-tier national rankings place it among the top 10 firms nationwide and at the top of the first-tier rankings for Washington, DC.
The inaugural rankings presented in ...
August 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 138 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
June 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 112 individual mentions and 44 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2010. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
January 6, 2010, American College of Environmental Lawyers
2010/2011, PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook
NEW YORK, September 24, 2009 — Boehringer Ingelheim, and its US animal health business Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., has entered into an agreement with Pfizer to acquire certain assets of Wyeth’s Fort Dodge Animal Health business upon the closing of the global Pfizer-Wyeth merger. Covington & Burling LLP represented Boehringer Ingelheim on the ...
NEW YORK, NY, August 24, 2009 — Procter & Gamble today announced the sale of its global pharmaceuticals business to Warner Chilcott Ltd. Covington & Burling LLP advised Procter & Gamble on the transaction.
Procter & Gamble is a leading global branded products company, with one of the strongest portfolios of quality, leadership brands in consumer health and ...
August 7, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP received 131 individual mentions in 38 areas of law in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
June 12, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP received 100 individual mentions and 40 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2009. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
Spring 2009, Cosmetic and Personal Care Ingredients
2008/2009, PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook
January 2009, Covington E-Alert
2009, 157 University of Pennsylvania Law Review PENNumbra 178
December 2008, Covington Advisory
September 29, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received 124 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession. The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
June 16, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received 81 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in the newly released 2008 Chambers USA. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
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WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP has announced the promotion of four new of counsels and five new special counsels in the firm’s five offices. The new of counsels are as follows:
Christopher Denig (Washington) focuses on representing clients in complex federal civil litigation (including class actions), internal corporate ...
NEW YORK, NY, March 3, 2008 — Pfizer Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Serenex Inc., a privately held biotechnology company. Covington & Burling LLP advised Pfizer on the transaction. Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based biomedical and pharmaceutical company, discovers and develops innovative medicines to treat and help ...
WASHINGTON, DC, February 21, 2008 — Encysive Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Pfizer Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will make a cash tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares of Encysive for $2.35 per share, representing an equity value of approximately $195 million. ...
WASHINGTON, DC, January 8, 2008 — Joy Global Inc., a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, reported today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the stock of NES Investment, Co., the parent holding company of Continental Global Inc. Continental designs, manufactures, installs and services highly engineered bulk material ...
NEW YORK, NY, January 2, 2008 — Pfizer announced on December 31 that it has completed the cash tender offer for the outstanding shares of common stock of Coley Pharmaceutical Group, Inc., a publicly-held biopharmaceutical company specializing in vaccine adjuvant technology and a new class of immunomodulatory drug candidates designed to fight cancers, allergy and ...
NEW YORK, NY, January 2, 2008 — Coty Inc. has completed its acquisition of DLI Holding Corp., the parent company of Del Laboratories, Inc., one of the leading manufacturers of nail care, cosmetics, personal care, and OTC products. Covington & Burling LLP advised Coty on the transaction.Coty Inc. is the world’s largest fragrance company and a recognized leader in ...
WASHINGTON, DC, November 30, 2007 — Nineteen Covington & Burling LLP attorneys are recognized as “Top Lawyers” in the December 2007 issue of Washingtonian magazine. The list, compiled by the magazine’s editorial staff based on peer recommendations, identifies leading lawyers in the Greater Washington area. Of the “Top Lawyers,” Washingtonian identified 30 as the ...
NEW YORK, NY, November 1, 2007 — Mainfreight Limited has completed its acquisition of AMEX-listed Target Logistics, Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Covington & Burling LLP advised Mainfreight on the transaction. Mainfreight is a global supply chain logistics provider with approximately 3,000 team members based in operations in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and ...
NEW YORK, NY, October 30, 2007 — Fiber Composites has completed its previously announced acquisition of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation’s (LP’s) WeatherBest decking and railing business and manufacturing and distribution facility in Meridian, Idaho. Covington & Burling LLP advised Fiber Composites on the transaction. Fiber Composites is a leading manufacturer of ...
September 6, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, September 6, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP received 115 individual mentions in 38 areas of law in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession. The recipients are as follows:
Administrative: E. Edward Bruce and ...
June 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, June 18, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP received 44 practice mentions and 74 individual mentions in the newly released 2007 Chambers USA guidebook. The 2007 edition of Chambers USA attempts to identify the most skilled legal practitioners throughout the country based on the qualities most valued by clients. Covington attorneys have been ...
April 3, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP has announced the promotion of four new Of Counsel and six new Special Counsel.The four new Of Counsel are Daniel P. Cooper, Christian Neira, Matthew J. O’Connor, and Kevin J. Shortill.Daniel P. Cooper advises on European privacy and data protection matters, as well as on contentious and non-contentious ...
February 26, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2007 — Private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Texas Pacific Group (TPG) announced today that they have agreed to acquire Texas power company TXU Corp. for $45 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised KKR and TPG on environmental, regulatory, and other governmental and public policy aspects of the transaction, ...
February 1, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, February 1, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP advised Pfizer in the acquisition of BioRexis, a privately held biopharmaceutical company. The transaction is expected to close in the first or second quarter of 2007. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.BioRexis is developing long-acting GLP-1 receptor agonists for the potential ...
January 17, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, January 17, 2007 — Evraz Group S.A. announced that it successfully completed its tender offer for Oregon Steel Mills, Inc. (NYSE: OS) common stock for $63.25 per share, with approximately 91.5% of the outstanding shares of common stock of Oregon Steel Mills tendered into the offer. The tender offer was the first step of the previously announced ...
2007, in Practice Under The Federal Sentencing Guidelines (4th ed.)
NEW YORK, NY, November 6, 2006 — Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) announced the acquisition of Kos Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KOSP) through a cash tender offer of $78.00 per common share, or $3.7 billion. Covington & Burling LLP represented Abbott in the transaction. Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, ...
June 5, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2006 - Fifty Covington & Burling lawyers practicing in 27 fields and in each of the firm's US offices were recognized as "leaders in their field" in this year's edition of Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers. The 2006 edition of Chambers USA, which was released June 2, 2006, attempts to identify the most skilled legal ...
March 31, 2006
Theodore Garrett has been named the International Lawyer of the Year 2006 for Environment, in the recently published The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2006. Mr. Garrett also received this award in 2005. Who's Who Legal features over 6,000 of the world's leading lawyers from across 25 practice areas, each identified over nine years of independent ...
2006, chapter in International Comparative Legal Guide to Environment Law, Global Legal Group
2006, Foundation Press
December 9, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 9, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC, a leading middle-market private equity investment firm, on its acquisition of Zenith Products from Masco Corporation. Zenith is a leading designer and manufacturer of bathroom storage products and accessories for the retail market. The transaction was funded ...
September 13, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2005 - Forty-six Covington & Burling lawyers practicing in 27 fields were recognized in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The number of Covington lawyers listed increased by over 40% from the last edition. This biennial compilation of top U.S. lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide ...
May 27, 2005
Washington, D.C., June 28, 2005 - Twenty-nine Covington & Burling lawyers practicing in fourteen fields and in each of the firm's U.S. offices were recognized as "leaders in their field" in this year's edition of Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers. The 2005 edition of Chambers USA, which was released online earlier today, attempts to identify the ...
April 1, 2005
Theodore Garrett has been named the International Lawyer of the Year 2005 for Environment, in the recently published The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2005. Who's Who Legal features over 6,000 of the world's leading lawyers from across 25 practice areas, each identified over nine years of independent research.
August 19, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 19, 2004 - The United States Government and the Government of Panama signed a debt-for-nature swap agreement today that will reduce the sovereign debt of the Government of Panama and help conserve 579,000 hectares (over 2,200 square miles) of tropical rainforest, an area larger than the State of Delaware. The deal will fund conservation ...
Winter 2004, 18 Nat. Res. & Env't. 10
January 2003, in The Clean Water Act Handbook, ABA
October 3, 2002
October 3, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling announced that eight attorneys have been elected to the partnership, effective October 1, 2002. New partners in Covington's Litigation Practice include Georgia Kazakis and Edward H. Rippey. Michael S. Labson is a new partner in the firm's Food and Drug and Life Sciences Practices. Erin M. Egan and Jennifer ...
June 26, 2002
June 26, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Government and the Government of Peru signed a debt-for-nature swap agreement today that will reduce the sovereign debt of the Government of Peru and help conserve over 27.5 million acres of tropical forest, an area larger than the State of Virginia. The deal will fund conservation efforts in protected areas ...
May 8, 2002
May 8, 2002 - WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO - Covington & Burling has promoted seven attorneys to counsel positions effective April 1, 2002. The new counsel are Dennis B. Auerbach, Wendy L. Feng, Marie A. Lavalleye, John B. Maclay, Lucinda Osborne, Lisa Peets and Elaine W. Stone.
Mr. Auerbach is Of Counsel in the Washington office. His ...
April 2001, The Conference Board, Europe
2000, NR&E Journal
1999, in Environmental Litigation, ABA Section of Litigation
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