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Covington helps clients worldwide achieve critical business objectives by combining legal, political, and policy expertise to provide strategic advice and advocacy.
With more than 120 former government officials, diplomats, and regulators backed by global corporate and litigation practices, we turn government-related insight into practical advice for doing business. A particular strength of our practice is its trans-Atlantic capability. Our EU public policy and government affairs team works closely with colleagues in our Washington, DC office to ensure that industry’s voice is heard in the European Union’s legislative process.
Covington is recognized among the best public policy and government affairs firms in the U.S. and Europe by Chambers, Legal 500, and The National Law Journal.
However complex your problem, and wherever in the world it arises, Covington has the legal knowledge, the policy experience, the political insight, and the relationships to find solutions.
In addition, many on our team have extensive experience with the press, including writing op-ed articles for leading publications (e.g., The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times) on a wide variety of issues.
U.S. Congressional and Federal Agency Advocacy
In the United States, Covington draws on deep experience in Congress and executive branch agencies.
With two former members of Congress—a Senator and a Representative—as well as senior staff members to legislators and on numerous committees, we have strong ties to Capitol Hill.
From the executive branch, our team includes former senior officials from the White House and across departments and agencies, including the Departments of Treasury, State, Defense, Justice, Commerce, Labor, and Homeland Security.
Global Public Policy
Building a successful global business involves navigating the intersection of law and public policy for every country and every region in which you operate.
In Europe, our team includes several former policymakers, such as a former Prime Minister; a former UK Europe and Trade Minister; a former leading member of the European Parliament; the former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union; two former Deputy Directors General of the European Commission; and a renowned leading lawyer in European public affairs.
In Asia, the managing partner of our Beijing office was formerly the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative to China and General Counsel for General Motors’ China operations.
Our problem-solving team in Africa and Latin America are led by renowned regional strategists, including two former Under Secretaries of State, a former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
Represented the Protect Trade Secrets Coalition in successfully seeking to enact legislation to create a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation to supplement state-level remedies and testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the need for legislation. The legislation was enacted in 2016 after being passed by the Senate 87-0 and by the House 410-2.
A U.S. defense company faced stiff competition from a non-U.S. competitor in connection with the deployment of its technology in a NATO-member country, which was seeking a complementary commitment from the U.S. government. We conducted high-level advocacy in the United States, helping our client obtain the needed commitment to secure the transaction-a deal valued at about $5 billion.
One of the world’s largest global mass media companies needed support on a range of issues that intersect law and policy. We helped the client:
A global air cargo company wanted to enhance its political influence as a respected industry voice on public policy issues in order to advance its global business objectives. We helped the company resolve difficult regulatory disputes in several countries, including a fast-moving dispute in China that endangered its business model. We also achieved legislative success for the company in the U.S. Congress on defense policy matters in the authorization bill (NDAA).
Microsoft wanted assistance with legal, public policy, and strategic issues. We support Microsoft on a wide array of policy and legislative issues, including privacy, national security, immigration, tax, and telecommunications, and assist them in gathering political intelligence and advocating before Congress and federal agencies.
A global food and beverage company faces a variety of challenging legal and policy issues around the world, including international trade, market access, NGO activism, and multiple proposed restrictions to its ability to operate in the marketplace. We provide both domestic and global strategic counsel and advice and assist them in advancing their legislative and policy objectives.
When the U.S. government announced changes to its Cuba policy, major global companies in the consumer products, travel, and entertainment sectors turned to us for advice on policy and trade matters. We advised these clients on export controls and sanctions, legislative proposals, Helms-Burton restrictions, expropriations and certified U.S. claims, and market access issues.
Representing Union Pacific Railroad in a wide variety of regulatory, legislative, and antitrust matters, including ongoing rulemakings involving rail rates and access to customer facilities and a multidistrict class action litigation alleging price-fixing of fuel surcharges.
Representing the second largest airline in South Korea in connection with the U.S. government’s yearlong investigation of the 2014 accident at San Francisco International Airport.
Advocating on a variety of legislative and policy issues before Congress on behalf of major corporations and industry associations, including United Airlines, Union Pacific Railroad, Associated of General Contractors, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and U.S. Custom Harvesters.
We assisted one of the world’s largest manufacturers of agricultural equipment in establishing and strengthening relationships with key constituencies in the United States, Africa, and South America, including with relevant government officials and international NGOs. With our knowledge of global development programs and agricultural initiatives, we helped identify future markets and consumers through relationships with U.S. and non-U.S. government officials as well as international NGOs.
One of the world’s largest manufacturers of civilian aircraft wanted to promote its foreign direct investment and expand access to government procurements in the United States and Latin America. We supported the company’s increased engagement in Washington, achieving notable recognition by U.S. policymakers at the most senior levels of government. We also advised on U.S. trade policy, export credit programs, and market access issues.
Regulatory and advocacy advice to a biofuels company on legislative developments relating to the EU Renewable Energies Directive in the European Parliament and Council.
Working for the enactment of meaningful net neutrality legislation on behalf of a coalition of Internet leaders, including eBay, Google, InterActiveCorp, Microsoft and Yahoo!.
Representation of clients on various legislative and regulatory policy and litigation issues, including (1) retransmission consent, (2) downconversion of digital signals by cable systems, (3) carriage of digital multicast streams by cable, DBS and other video program distributors, (4) indecency, (5) media ownership and (6) importation of distant signals by DBS operators.
Representation of First Wind in advising and consulting with federal and state agencies on implementation of a Habitat Conservation Plan for endangered shorebirds on Maui, Hawaii.
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.
On an ongoing basis, we provide government relations advice to several large and mid-size financial institutions.
Advocacy before Congress, FDA, and other federal agencies with respect to emerging regulatory policies on health information technology, research use products, and laboratory developed tests.
We assisted the Government of Puerto Rico during debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its efforts to secure parity in federal funding of its Medicaid program.
Advising the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo to undertake a legal environment evaluation project for philanthropy in the Arab World.
We represented the Embassy of New Zealand in seeking the passage of legislation that would permit NZ nationals to access trade and investment visas in the United States. Covington assisted the Embassy in devising a legislative strategy, drafting the legislation, and lobbying key members of Congress and the Administration.
We represented a wind energy company on tax and energy legislation.
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.
BASF in its negotiation of a Department Energy grant to construct a cathode materials production plant that supplies manufacturers of advanced lithium-ion batteries.
We assisted a pharmaceutical company on assessing which NGOs they should consider working with in Kenya to implement a corporate responsibility program aimed at improving public health.
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.
We have advised leading consumer electronics companies in the in EU in proceedings to consider possible reform of national rules on copyright levies.
A highly innovative pharmaceuticals company was concerned about the public debate and policy proposals made to address antimicrobial resistance, as these could seriously curtail its future business. Working together with external partners, we monitor and participate in discussions at the G7, WHO, EU and national levels (in the UK and Germany), with several successes already at proposing alternative solutions more favorable to our client.
We helped a trade association obtain congressional reversal of a crippling federal court decision that would have compelled removal of the USDA seal from approximately 90 percent of organic products and that would have likely resulted in a market loss of nearly $1 billion in the first year after the ruling.
We advised an independent lifestyle programming channel on the effects of a potential Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger and assisted them in communicating their concerns to Congress and relevant federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, and the FCC. Covington’s work led to the channel’s then-CEO testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Representation of a coalition of 600 companies and trade associations advocating the FCC to amend its rules to enable business to use faxes to contact their customers. When Congress adopted a law allowing those faxes, we represented the coalition before Congress on implementing this law.
Representation of industry stakeholders in negotiations and legislative process leading to every major amendment to the FDCA since its enactment in 1938.
On behalf of a major food trade association, helped influence the development of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to minimize unnecessary and costly burdens on industry.
Microsoft in the FTC’s groundbreaking investigation and agreement related to Microsoft’s Passport Internet authentication service, which was the FTC’s first consent agreement under Section 5 of the FTC Act to impose information security commitments related to the protection of personal information.
A Korean infrastructure company has asked us for assistance in recovering a substantial arbitral award in Mexico, which the Mexican government is challenging.
When a major Latin-American government’s procurement financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) appeared to lock out foreign competitors, a private company turned to us for advice and discreet action. With our knowledge of the country, and of IDB and other multilateral procurement regulations, and relationships with key officials, we were able to persuade the IDB to take quick remedial action which ensured the company a new opportunity to compete fairly in a new procurement with no damage to their relationships in Latin America.
When the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights issued a report criticizing the effect of strong copyright protection, we secured a forceful response from the U.S. government and helped ensure that no action was taken on the report by the U.N. Human Rights Council.
We have served as secretariat to several informal coalitions working on telecommunications issues and intellectual property protection.
We have designed and executed campaigns on behalf of U.S. producers seeking to avoid EU trade retaliation measures.
We have worked with coalitions of consumer product manufacturers on product liability and product safety legislation in the EU, France, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
We have assisted on the government affairs aspects of various EU competition law issues, including individual cases, proceedings to adopt Article 82 guidelines and sector and cartel investigations.
We have represented software companies on EU and national legislation concerning software standards, copyright infringement, electronic commerce, data protection, and other issues.
We assisted an environmental services company seeking to reform various aspects of the EU’s Emissions Trading System.
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.
We represented a regional bank in responding to a congressional inquiry relating to a data breech.
Provide regulatory and legislative advice regarding biofuel plants to an investment fund in connection with the European Union’s review of its Renewable Energies Directive and the adoption of sustainability criteria for biofuels.
We assisted several pharmaceutical manufacturers in reinstating Medicaid coverage for products dropped from the program by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
We advised chemical producers and downstream users on emerging rules with respect to the registration, testing, and classification of chemicals (REACH).
A company facing a criminal investigation in Latin America turned to us for legal and policy advice.
Representation of a major manufacturer of semiconductor equipment in providing regulatory advice on applicable pan-European WEEE and RoHS requirements.
Several companies and individuals facing complex legal issues in jurisdictions abroad sought our help securing the U.S. government’s involvement in support of our clients’ positions. The bilateral, government-to-government engagement by senior U.S. officials with their counterparts in foreign governments has significantly strengthened our clients’ ability to influence outcomes in the foreign legal processes. Our activities have included efforts to ensure fair and unbiased regulatory decisions and initiatives to address unwarranted judicial or prosecutorial actions.
We assisted the State of Louisiana in securing amendment in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify federal matching funds to reflect impact of Katrina on the State’s per capita income.
We provide strategic advice and advocacy support before the Congress to a prime U.S. subsidiary of a non-U.S. defense contractor on matters involving ground combat vehicles.
We advised a non-U.S. defense company on its legislative and executive branch strategy in its bid competition for a major U.S. Air Force weapons acquisition program.
A global U.S. manufacturing company asked us to develop a range of strategies to protect its investment in Venezuela.
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.
We advised and represented an agro-industrial client dealing with possible expropriation in Colombia of significant portions of its land-holdings.
Representation of clients in the semiconductor industry in securing U.S. government national security approvals for investments and acquisitions, including e2v Technologies’ acquisition of QP Semiconductor.
We advised a large trade association with respect to the Nigerian position on an IP issue before the World Intellectual Property Organization.
We advised an asset management firm on mitigating the impact of the Ebola crisis on its operations in Liberia.
We represented an alliance of medical colleges to affirm the validity of the medical student placement program that had been under attack in litigation and, after a successful legislative initiative, won dismissal of the lawsuit.
We assisted a pharmaceutical company in obtaining Medicare Part D coverage for its previously excluded product, using an integrated regulatory and legislative strategy.
We assisted a medical device company in its efforts to secure Medicare pass-through coverage of its innovative diagnostic device.
We advised a young exploration and production company on mitigating above-ground risk, preserving $4 billion in value in a Western African company, and navigating legal and policy issues surrounding hydrocarbon exploration and development in a non-self-governing territory.
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.
We advised coalition of renewable energy project developers, venture capital firms, and investment banks on low-cost financing of clean energy. Drafted testimony, legislation, white papers and helped build coalition on and off the Hill to advance the issue.
Advising COMPETE, a broad coalition whose members include Exelon, Sempra, TXU, Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, and National Grid on energy legislative, policy, and regulatory matters.
We advise a major pharmaceuticals and health care products company on a wide range of U.S. issues, including Medicare/Medicaid coverage and reimbursement matters related to medical devices, reauthorization of nutrition programs and food labeling policy and tax policy and assist them in advancing their domestic legislative and policy objectives. We also provide global public policy advocacy in countries around the world and in international regulatory bodies.
We represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer during debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with regard to Medicare payment reform provisions.
We assisted a large trade association engage with the South African government on a number of issues, including IP and other issues related to the life sciences sector.
A major U.S.-based infrastructure company turned to us for help bidding for contracts on major infrastructure projects in Bahrain and Egypt. Through our contacts with high-ranking embassy officials, we ensured our client’s bids received fair and equal treatment and consideration in the tender process, and we helped the client secure the contracts it was pursuing.
We represented two major financial trade associations in drafting and presenting to Congress amendments to proposed legislation to revamp the housing finance system.
We worked with a major financial trade association in a successful effort to amend a provision of the Dodd-Frank Act.
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.
We advised a major U.S. defense company in advocacy efforts before Congress in support of a major weapon acquisition system valued at $50 billion.
Successfully represented a coalition of electric utilities in obtaining administrative relief from EPA from millions of dollars of Clean Air Act §185 nonattainment penalties.
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.
Representation of coalition of innovative biopharmaceutical manufacturers during the multi-year process that led to enactment of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2010 (BPCIA). Played a similar role for the pharmaceutical industry prior to enactment of the Hatch-Waxman amendments of 1984. Currently advising members of the pharmaceutical industry on FDA regulatory aspects of 21st Century Cures Act and the Senate’s Innovation for Healthier Americans initiative.
When a newly formed government ministry in the Middle East was charged with developing “best-in-class” regulations, they turned to our policy experts and senior international advisors to design a regulatory system that would not only surpass global benchmarks, but would comport with the local legal system. Combining decades of government experience, key regulatory development, and local insight, our team delivered practical, implementable rules that are still in force today.
Representation of the TV industry trade association, the Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc. (MSTV), with respect to legislative and regulatory issues affecting broadcast television service, including the congressionally-mandated transition to an all-digital television service in June 2009 and the FCC's preparation of the National Broadband Plan mandated by Congress in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Representation of broadcasters on a range of legislative issues, including media ownership and the digital television transition. When the FCC proposed to increase the number of stations a network could own, Covington led the effort to urge Congress to adopt a special provision reversing the FCC. On behalf of broadcasters, we have been deeply involved in drafting every provision affecting the digital television transition over the past decade. Our long involvement in these issues before the Commission enable us to contribute effectively and efficiently to the debate before Congress.
Advised local broadcasters, which have unique content in many markets, as they explore deals to move their content to broadband platforms, advised the Washington Post, and worked for many years with the NFL on a range of important communications and media issues, including debates on Sunday Ticket, importation of distant signals, and Internet gambling.
Advise Business Software Alliance in most of the major domestic and international copyright law reform efforts resulting from the advent of the digital age, including the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the WIPO Treaties, the EU Copyright Directive, the EU Software Directive, implementation of the TRIPS Agreement, and amendments to existing copyright laws in over 30 countries worldwide.
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).
Represented Pearl Mobile DTV in establishing a nine-company venture to provide Mobile Digital Television services in the United States. Covington led the negotiations leading to the creation of the Pearl Mobile DTV venture, the negotiation of content license agreements, and public policy efforts before Congress and at the White House and the FCC.
The second largest airline in South Korea was under investigation by the U.S. government in connection with a 2014 accident in San Francisco. Our Washington office guided the company’s participation in the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation, and successfully mitigated U.S. public relations issues.
Representation of TDS Telecom on a range of wireline issues before the FCC, including universal service, ETC regulation, intercarrier compensation and CALEA. We represent the world’s largest independent directory assistance providers on a range of issues before the FCC, including retail competition.
We assisted Microsoft Corporation in its establishment as a founding implementing partner to the Young African Leaders Initiative, one of the Obama administration’s flagship initiatives in Africa.
Representation of the Newspaper Association of America, and an 70-member media coalition, in spearheading federal legislation to establish a journalists’ privilege. We have worked closely with proponents of legislation and with Congress to suggest creative solutions to protecting the integrity of the journalistic enterprise, in both traditional and digital media, while taking into account legitimate law enforcement and anti-terrorism concerns.
Waging on behalf of the Network Affiliated Stations Alliance and the National Association of Broadcasters a multi-year, multi-venue battle before Congress, the FCC, and the Third and D.C. Circuits Courts of Appeals on the national television ownership rule, successfully achieving a legislative reversal of the FCC’s decision.
On behalf of MSTV, representing the television industry on key legislative, FCC and industry issues, including, for example, negotiating a template agreement with Sprint Nextel for the migration of broadcast ENG services out of the 2 GHz spectrum, the implementation of a “hard date” for the transition to a digital-only television service, and for the process of electing and assigning final DTV channels.
Representation of Verizon in a dispute with the Recording Industry Association of America over the application of safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to subscribers’ sharing of music and other content using peer-to-peer services.
A Covington partner testified in favor of, and played an advisory role in crafting, federal legislation to limit “libel tourism,” the practice of libel plaintiffs suing U.S. publishers abroad. The resulting legislation, the SPEECH Act, unanimously passed the House and the Senate and was signed into law in August 2010.
A major energy drinks producer faced a major threat to its market access in an Eastern European country as a result of a legislative proposal. Using local resources, we collected intelligence on both the content of the proposal and its status, as well as on the relevant stakeholders.
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.
A global chemical company is facing a World Health Organization (WHO) classification of one of its key products as “probably carcinogenic.” Recognizing that this finding is based on limited evidence and is in conflict with the conclusions of many national regulatory bodies that have analyzed this product and found it to be safe, the company asked us to help them develop a strategy to seek a public clarification from the U.N. organization.
Represented the American Council on Education in successfully enacting legislation to renew and extend an expiring antitrust exemption permitting a selected group of colleges to collaborate on issues involving need-based aid.
We provided policy advice to the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi on how the Embassy in Washington, DC could be most effective in representing the UAE’s interests. In a follow-on project, we advised on factors to consider in establishing a business-oriented consulate on the West Coast of the United States.
Providing government affairs and public policy support and advice to a bitcoin infrastructure and transaction processing company.
We achieved a significant legislative victory for a major retail corporation when Congress passed the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act with new authorities to expand patients’ access to retail pharmacies. Our objective was to overcome the exclusion of chain and local pharmacies from providing brand maintenance drugs under TRICARE at the same rates available for prescriptions filled at military treatment facilities or through mail-order pharmacies, which caused significant losses to chain and local pharmacy businesses and limited beneficiaries’ access to retail pharmacies. Our efforts led to the inclusion of a pilot program allowing pharmacies to provide brand maintenance drugs to TRICARE beneficiaries. The bill passed with overwhelming support in both the House (375-34) and the Senate (92-7).
April 24, 2017, Global Policy Watch
In response to the unprecedented use of the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) by the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration, the Center for Biological Diversity (“Center”), a nonprofit dedicated to wildlife conservation, filed a lawsuit in an Alaska federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Act. The CRA is a statute that requires federal ...
As the dramatic political shifts in Washington captivate the world, and the US reconsiders its traditional global leadership role, Chinese President Xi Jinping is positioning China to increase its own global role and influence. In a highly touted speech at the World Economic Forum in January, Mr. Xi mounted a rousing defense of economic globalization … Continue ...
After a two-week district work period, members of Congress return to Washington, D.C. this week with a major fiscal deadline looming on Friday. The current continuing resolution is scheduled to expire at midnight on April 28, leaving the House and Senate very little time to strike a deal to keep the government funded and avert … Continue Reading
April 21, 2017, Global Policy Watch
On April 20, 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum announcing that the Secretary of Commerce had initiated an investigation to determine the effects of imported steel on national security. The investigation was initiated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. I. Conduct of Section 232 Investigations Under Section 232, Secretary … ...
On Friday, April 14, the U.S. Department of Treasury published a widely anticipated semi-annual report detailing the foreign exchange practices of America’s major trading partners. Although he regularly called for China to be labeled as a “currency manipulator” as a candidate, President Donald J. Trump and his administration declined to use the occasion of this ...
April 21, 2017, Covington Alert
On April 20, 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum announcing that the Secretary of Commerce had initiated an investigation to determine the effects of imported steel on national security. The investigation was initiated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. While it remains to be seen what actions the Administration might ...
April 18, 2017, Covington Alert
Last Thursday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the Affordable Care Act (ACA) market stabilization rule, which it originally proposed in February, 82 Fed. Reg. 10,980 (Feb. 17, 2017). This final rule was published today in the Federal Register and will become effective on June 19, 2017. 82 Fed. Reg. 18,346.
The final rule includes ...
April 13, 2017, Global Policy Watch
India is home to 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world as documented by the World Health Organization (WHO). Half of Delhi’s 4.4 million children have permanent lung damage that they will never fully recover from. The 2017 State of Global Air report, published by the Health Effects Institute, shows that air … Continue Reading
April 12, 2017, Global Policy Watch
The Joint Committee on Human Rights – comprised of members of both Houses – has published a report calling on the U.K. government to take significant further steps to improve corporate human rights practices, including criminalising “failure to prevent human rights abuses”. The Committee acknowledges that the U.K. Government’s introduction of reporting ...
April 8, 2017, South China Morning Post
Timothy Stratford is quoted in a South China Morning Post article regarding plans between China and the U.S. to tackle trade disputes over a three month period. According to Stratford, concrete results such as greater China access for U.S. companies could be short-lived and reversed if relations soured. One option for attaining something of far-reaching ...
April 7, 2017, Global Policy Watch
Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament. There will be a number of interesting discussions in committee and public hearings. On Tuesday, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) will vote on a its own-initiative draft report on resource efficiency: reducing food waste, improving food safety. … ...
April 7, 2017, CGTN
Timothy Stratford participated in a roundtable hosted by CGTN’s “The Point” discussing President Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
April 4, 2017, The Bond Buyer
Jack Schenendorf is quoted by The Bond Buyer in an article regarding the Trump Administration’s plan to release infrastructure legislation as early as May. According to Schenendorf, moving the infrastructure package up to May looks like an effort by the Trump Administration to get some positive momentum. "They ran into problems with healthcare reform and tax ...
April 3, 2017, Global Policy Watch
This week, all eyes will be on the Senate as the chamber prepares for a showdown on President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch. The Senate is scheduled to return to legislative business on Monday, when members will vote on S. 89, legislation sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Claire … Continue Reading
April 2017, The Office of the Historian
The Office of House Historian featured Muftiah McCartin in its project displaying women’s roles in American politics and their contributions to Congress during the past century. In her interview, McCartin traces her first 10 years on the Hill as the only woman in the House Parliamentarian’s Office. According to McCartin, "The House is such a part of the fabric ...
April 1, 2017, All Africa
Witney Schneidman is quoted in an All Africa article regarding the Trump Administration’s impact on Africa policy. "The Trump Administration needs to strike the right balance between hard and soft power if it is going to be successful in advancing U.S. interests in Africa," says Schneidman. "Africa appears to be on the back burner for this Administration.”
March 31, 2017, Global Policy Watch
Summary Next week will be an interesting plenary in Strasbourg with a mixture of votes on various long-awaited topics. On Monday, the Parliament will debate a draft report prepared by the Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) on palm oil and the deforestation of rain forests. The draft report seeks … Continue Reading
March 30, 2017, Covington Alert
Today, the UK Government published a White Paper envisaging an initial continuation of EU law in the UK “wherever practical and appropriate” on withdrawal from the EU (“Brexit”). Today’s White Paper comes one day after the UK notified the EU of its intention to leave which triggers the two-year Brexit negotiation period.
The UK Government intends on achieving ...
March 29, 2017, CNBC
Following the triggering of Article 50, Sebastian Vos was interviewed by CNBC to discuss the Brexit negotiation process. According to Vos, “It’s a very compressed timeline.” He adds, “The aim is to achieve a mutually beneficial post-Brexit relationship between the EU and UK, but…the various member states have to take account of differing national interests.”
March 29, 2017, Bloomberg
Following the triggering of Article 50, Lord Francis Maude was interviewed by Bloomberg to discuss the impact of Brexit on businesses. “I think there’s a deep recognition on both sides that there is a joint self-interest in reaching a sensible, orderly agreement.” He adds that there are “huge numbers of issues affecting lots of different sectors” and businesses ...
March 29, 2017, Covington Alert
Today, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, formally triggered the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (“Brexit”) by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This is the first time an EU Member State has used the Article 50 mechanism. This marks the beginning of the two-year period in which an arrangement for Brexit must be agreed and ...
March 23, 2017, Global Times
Timothy Stratford participated in a discussion hosted by CGTN’s “The Point” and is quoted in a Global Times article providing highlights from the event, “Follow the Money 2017.” Commenting on President Trump’s Trade Agenda for 2017 and the need for freer and fairer trade, Stratford says, “I think, ideally, you have to have both of them. And you can only have ...
March 16, 2017, Law360
Jack Schenendorf is quoted in a Law360 article regarding President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint, which would cut the Department of Transportation’s funding by 13 percent, and its effect on the promised infrastructure investment plan. “Transit systems going forward would seem to be taking a big hit, but in today’s world it’s important to have good seamless ...
March 15, 2017, Defense News
Roger Zakheim is quoted in a Defense News article regarding the release of the highly anticipated 2018 budget blueprint by the Trump Administration. According to Zakheim, the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) will “for sure” end up playing a part in the budget discussions, despite Mick Mulvaney's previous attempts to restrict the use of the funding ...
March 15, 2017, American Enterprise Institute
Roger Zakheim participated at an American Enterprise Institute event discussing the future of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account and the role that this emergency war spending will play as the Trump Administration and Congress seek to increase defense spending. According to Zakheim, the major factor that…has really altered the way OCO is looked at ...
March 13, 2017, CGTN
Timothy Stratford participated in a discussion hosted by CGTN’s “The Point” on the future of China’s international economic role. Commenting on President Trump’s trade agenda which calls for freer and fairer trade, Stratford says, “I think ideally you have to have both of them. And you can only have a sustainable relationship if you have both of them.” He adds, ...
February 24, 2017, Law360
Gary Guzy is quoted in a Law360 article regarding the states’ ability to use the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program to expedite surface transportation improvement projects while waiting for President Trump’s infrastructure plan. “That’s very innovative and could be effective in avoiding duplication, facilitating more rapid permitting,” says Guzy. ...
February 14, 2017, OZY
Witney Schneidman is quoted in an OZY article regarding the impact of the Trump Administration on the future of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). According to Schneidman, “There’s a fair chance that it will be seen as a trade deal that’s disadvantageous to the United States.”
February 13, 2017, African Business Magazine
Witney Schneidman is quoted in an African Business Magazine article regarding claims that the African Growth and Opportunity Act unfairly benefits Chinese firms more than African entrepreneurs. According to Schneidman, “I think the criticism is a red herring to be honest.” He adds, “Chinese companies have been at the forefront of helping to expand the ...
February 12, 2017, The Wall Street Journal
Gary Guzy is quoted by The Wall Street Journal in an article regarding President Trump’s infrastructure plans. Commenting on attempts by Presidents Obama and Bush to accelerate projects with Executive Order, Guzy says the Obama Administration was concerned prolonged reviews could hold back stimulus spending under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
February 9, 2017, Intellectual Property Magazine
Simon Frankel and Jacqueline Charlesworth are quoted by Intellectual Property Magazine in an article regarding Charlesworth’s recent arrival. According to Frankel, “Jacqueline’s experience includes a rare combination of litigation, transactional and policy work in both public service and private practice.” He adds, “At a time of significant technological ...
February 9, 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution
Simon Frankel is quoted in a Commercial Dispute Resolution article regarding Jacqueline Charlesworth’s arrival to Covington. “Jacqueline’s experience includes a rare combination of litigation, transactional and policy work in both public service and private practice,” says Frankel. “At a time of significant technological developments and potential revisions to ...
February 8, 2017, IPWatchdog
Simon Frankel and Jacqueline Charlesworth are quoted in an IPWatchdog article regarding Charlesworth’s recent arrival to Covington’s Intellectual Property Rights and Communications and Media practices. “Jacqueline’s experience includes a rare combination of litigation, transactional and policy work in both public service and private practice,” says Frankel. “At ...
February 7, 2017, Inside Defense
Roger Zakheim is quoted in an Inside Defense article regarding the contracting industry’s reactions to President Trump’s plan to reduce government regulations. Commenting on the Pentagon’s stance, Zakheim says that while it will see the executive order applied to it, the Defense Department has "very active congressional oversight and regular annual legislation, ...
February 7, 2017, Financial Times
Witney Schneidman is quoted in a Financial Times article regarding how President Trump may affect Washington’s Africa policy. Schneidman, who is hopeful that President Trump can be persuaded that what is good for Africa is good for America, says, “The key question is how will Africa help America be great again? How does Africa fit into this?” He adds that even ...
February 7, 2017, Law360
Jacqueline Charlesworth and Simon Frankel are quoted in a Law360 article regarding Charlesworth’s arrival to Covington’s Intellectual Property Rights and Communications and Media practices. According to Charlesworth, the firm’s outstanding legal talent and highly collaborative culture drew her to Covington. “And, even though I am based in New York, I will have ...
February 7, 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution
Péter Balás is quoted in a Commercial Dispute Resolution article regarding forthcoming Brexit negotiations and the impact on tax and customs duties. Commenting on Theresa May’s signal of a changed relationship with the EU’s customs union, Balás says that such a relationship made the application of customs controls “unavoidable,” with the United Kingdom aiming ...
February 6, 2017
NEW YORK—Jacqueline C. Charlesworth has joined Covington’s Intellectual Property Rights and Communications and Media practices in the New York office. She most recently served as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights of the U.S. Copyright Office.
While at the Copyright Office, Ms. Charlesworth had primary responsibility for interpretation of the ...
February 2017, The American Lawyer
Eric Mogilnicki was featured as a “Lateral All-Star” in The American Lawyer’s Lateral Report, recognizing his move to Covington as one of the “most notable and intriguing” in 2016.
February 1, 2017, Brookings Institution
Witney Schneidman appeared on the Brookings Institution's “Intersection” podcast series to examine the top priorities for Africa in 2017, as laid out in the Africa Growth Initiative’s annual Foresight Africa report. According to Schneidman, a key challenge for 2017 is “how to get more growth in…key economies” and “how to get growth in the non-oil sectors.”
January 31, 2017, Law360
Law360 featured Ed McClellan’s addition to Covington’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice in a round-up of notable tax attorney moves in January. According to McClellan, there is tremendous private sector interest in GOP plans to cut corporate tax rates, provide a 100 percent exemption for foreign earnings, allow full expensing of capital investments ...
January/February 2017, EuroBiz
January 30, 2017, The Law Society Gazette
Lord Francis Maude and Carl Bildt are quoted by The Law Society Gazette in an article regarding post-Brexit mutual recognition arrangements. According to Maude, it would be “very surprising if mutual recognition arrangements” could not be sorted out relatively easily. He adds that continuation is likely because the “benefits on both sides” are now ...
January 30, 2017, Covington Alert
As has been widely reported, President Trump issued an Executive Order (“the Order”) on Friday, January 27, 2017, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” which, among other directives, bans individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia (the “Covered Countries”) from entering the United States ...
January 26, 2017, Bloomberg
Lord Francis Maude is quoted in Bloomberg’s “Brexit Bulletin” discussing the House of Lords ability to delay Brexit until 2020. According to Maude, if unelected politicians frustrate the government it will be seen as an attack on democracy and could strengthen calls for the end of the chamber. “It’s technically possible, but not likely unless the House of Lords ...
January 18, 2017, Voice of America
Witney Schneidman is quoted in a Voice of America article regarding U.S. trade and investment in Africa. "I think the key to [Barack Obama’s] legacy is that he has brought trade and investment to the forefront of the U.S.-Africa policy agenda.” Schneidman adds, "When you look at the totality of this, not only does it say that the U.S. has interests in Africa ...
January 6, 2017, Law360
Sebastian Vos is quoted in a Law360 article regarding the launch of a Global Blockchain Business Council at this year’s World Economic Forum by Covington and The Bitfury Group. “Blockchain has the potential to be the next great technological innovation, revolutionizing areas from cross-border payments, trade finance and land registries to government records,” ...
January 5, 2017, Law360
Timothy Hester and Ed McClellan are quoted in a Law360 article regarding McClellan’s recent arrival to the firm’s Tax and Public Policy and Government Affairs practices. According to Hester, “Given the inevitability of new tax legislation that will have significant effects across the economy, Ed is a highly valuable resource in an area of great importance for ...
January 5, 2017, Financial Times
The Financial Times highlights a statute uncovered by John Veroneau and Catherine Gibson allowing presidents to impose tariffs on imports from countries found to “discriminate” against the U.S. in an article regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for trade policy. Veroneau and Gibson’s article on Section 338 of the Trade Act of 1930 can be found here.
January 4, 2017
WASHINGTON—Ed McClellan has joined Covington as a partner in its Tax and Public Policy and Government Affairs practices resident in Washington.
Mr. McClellan served as Tax Counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and as a senior policy and technical advisor to two chairmen of the Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley and the late Senator Bill Roth. Mr. ...
January 3, 2017
WASHINGTON—Law360 has named six Covington lawyers as MVPs in their respective practice areas. The awards single out lawyers from across various practice areas based on their “success in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters, and record-breaking deals.”
The Covington lawyers recognized as Law360 MVPs are:
Shara Aranoff, International Trade. Ms. ...
January 3, 2017, New York Law Journal
John Veroneau is quoted in a New York Law Journal article regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Robert Lighthizer to serve as the next U.S. trade representative. “As a practicing attorney, Bob has a concrete sense of the problems facing U.S. importers and exporters," Veroneau says. “And as someone who has grappled with trade policy for a long ...
January 2, 2017, Phoenix Business Journal
Roger Zakheim is quoted by the Phoenix Business Journal in an article regarding the effect of Donald Trump on defense businesses in Arizona. According to Zakheim, “The 2018 budget request, I expect it to be little higher than what the Obama administration was planning, but I don’t think it will be a great departure.”
December 24, 2016, The Daily Beast
Layth Elhassani is quoted by The Daily Beast in an article regarding The Save the Children Act, which was recently introduced to Congress. Elhassani, who helped draft the bill, says, “Whether it’s about the election or not, the beauty of the bill is you don’t have to be for expanded immigration or a bigger government, this is a public-private partnership that is ...
December 15, 2016, The Hill
Layth Elhassani helped drafted HR 6510: The Save the Children Act, which authorizes granting temporary visas to 25,000 Syrian refugee children to live in the U.S. until the civil war in their country ends. The Hill highlights the bill’s introduction to Congress by Rep. Mike Honda and Mr. Elhassani’s pro bono efforts.
December 12, 2016, The Guardian
Jean De Ruyt is quoted by The Guardian in an article regarding a proposal to allow British nationals to keep EU citizenship after Brexit. According to De Ruyt, “This proposal is absolutely not serious.” He continues, “It is very vague and for the distant future, it is not something which is made for Brexit. Maybe it can be discussed 10 years from now if member ...
December 9, 2016, Law360
Law360 selected Shara Aranoff as a 2016 International Trade MVP and profiled her work over the past year, including her representation of South32 and Union Pacific Railroad Co. at the ITC. Law360 also highlights Aranoff’s ongoing defense of China’s Baosteel Group in a Section 337 case, the first antitrust-based investigation at the ITC in more than 25 ...
November 28, 2016, All Africa
Witney Schneidman is quoted in an All Africa article regarding the uncertain future of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) following the election of Donald Trump. According to Schneidman, “It is hard to see how AGOA is sustained in a Trump administration.”
November 16, 2016, MLex
Ambassador Jean De Ruyt is quoted in an MLex article regarding the appointment of Didier Seeuws as the leader of the Council of the European Union’s taskforce on Brexit. According to De Ruyt, Seeuws is a “good technician with a political mind.” De Ruyt adds that “[Seeuws is] a fixer; he wants to find solutions.”
November 15, 2016, Washington Examiner
Roger Zakheim is quoted in a Washington Examiner article regarding how obstacles in Congress could disrupt Donald Trump’s plans to increase defense spending. According to Zakheim, there's an "opportunity" for a deal to raise the budget caps given the consensus and lack of controversy surrounding defense spending, but that it wouldn't be the first time arguments ...
November 3, 2016, Covington Alert
Today, the High Court of England and Wales held that the UK Government does not have the power to trigger the process of withdrawal from the EU without first obtaining Parliamentary approval. The High Court’s decision will likely be the subject of an appeal heard by the UK Supreme Court in December this year.
November 2, 2016, IGD Blog
Witney Schneidman participated in a panel at the IGD Fall Frontier 100 Forum and is quoted in an article providing highlights of the discussion on Chinese investment in Africa. According to Schneidman, “We cannot afford to see African market as a zero-sum proposition.” He added that global investors must ensure that “Africa has the access to the best global ...
October 26, 2016
WASHINGTON—The Hill has named Covington’s Howard Berman, Holly Fechner, Jon Kyl, and Bill Wichterman to its annual “Top Lobbyists” list, which recognizes individuals “who do battle within” Washington’s policymaking arena.
First elected to Congress in 1982, Congressman Berman became known as one of Capitol Hill’s preeminent deal-makers. He served as chairman of ...
October 10, 2016
LONDON—Lord Francis Maude, the former UK Minister for Trade and Investment in Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, has joined Covington as a Senior Advisor in the firm’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice.
With a political career spanning almost 40 years, Lord Maude has held a number of high profile government positions, including Financial ...
October 10, 2016, PR Week
Timothy Hester and Lord Francis Maude are quoted in a PR Week article regarding Maude’s recent arrival. According to Hester, “The results of the Brexit referendum will continue shaping the commercial and regulatory realities of the global economy for some time to come. As the world’s businesses, diplomats and regulators grapple with the new landscape across ...
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 8, 2016, Boston Globe
Brian Smith is quoted in a Boston Globe article regarding the passage of the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act. Smith, who represented the Bendetson family pro bono, comments, “I thought our firm could contribute to getting it across the finish line.” He adds, “We were going to help them until they gave up, and they never did. Their dedication to this is ...
October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON—Zachary Mears has joined Covington as a Senior Advisor in the Aerospace, Defense, and National Security industry group and the Public Policy and Government Affairs practice.
Dr. Mears previously served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense. He advised the Secretary and Deputy ...
October 3, 2016
WASHINGTON—Robert Wang has joined Covington as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Public Policy and Government Affairs practice resident in Washington.
Mr. Wang previously worked at the U.S. Department of State as a career Foreign Service Officer for more than 30 years, with postings in Mainland China (Beijing and Shanghai), Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, ...
October 3, 2016, American Banker
Ed Yingling is quoted in an American Banker article regarding the brokered-deposit legislation. According to Yingling, the bills would help community banks because it would remove limits on the amount of reciprocal deposits they can hold. He adds that several deposit-placement service providers would benefit.
October 3, 2016, The Guardian
Ambassador Jean de Ruyt is quoted in an article by The Guardian regarding the European Commission’s rejection of Theresa May’s call for preparatory talks on Brexit before the UK’s formal resignation from the EU. de Ruyt suggests there was a “grey area” where informal talks could happen, but governments will not start negotiations with the UK without notification ...
September 27, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington represented the Bendetson family pro bono in their successful effort to persuade Congress to enact a national moment of silence on Veterans Day each year in honor of all U.S. veterans.
The House of Representatives today unanimously passed the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act (S. 1004), capping a three-year effort by Covington on behalf ...
September 21, 2016, Law360
August 30, 2016, Law360
August 23, 2016, Congressional Quarterly News
Howard Berman is quoted in a CQ News article regarding Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker’s efforts to produce a foreign assistance overhaul measure. According to Berman, “It's an enormous task that is fraught with potential problems because you have to get the buy-in from many different people.”
August 11, 2016, Daily Labor Report
Holly Fechner is quoted in a Daily Labor Report article regarding Labor Secretary Thomas Perez’s challenging position as both a government employee and Hillary Clinton supporter. According to Fechner, “I know that [Perez will] be very careful and follow the Hatch Act to the letter, but he will want to be very involved with both roles—both seeing through all of ...
June 30, 2016
BRUSSELS—With the latest addition of Ambassador Péter Balás, Covington has further enhanced its global Antitrust and Competition and Public Policy and Government Affairs practices. The firm’s strategic growth in Europe includes the addition of the following professionals in recent months:
Ambassador Péter Balás, the former Deputy Director-General of DG ...
June 24, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
Jack Schenendorf is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article regarding the new FAA rules on commercial drone usage. According to Schenendorf, FAA leaders “are showing a lot more flexibility” than under traditional safety rules. He adds, however, that the FAA now “could be flooded with requests” for waivers, and how it handles them will help determine the agency’s ...
June 22, 2016, Covington Alert
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) finalized its long-awaited rule on the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or “drones”). The rule is significant because it provides a comprehensive and generally applicable set of rules for anyone wishing to operate a small drone for commercial purposes.
June 6, 2016
BRUSSELS—Ambassador Péter Balás, the former Deputy Director-General of DG Trade at the European Commission between 2005 and 2014, has joined Covington as a Senior Policy Advisor. Recently Ambassador Balás also held the position of Head of the Support Group for Ukraine at the European Commission. He was previously Ambassador and Permanent Representative of ...
June 3, 2016, Financial Times
John Veroneau is quoted in a Financial Times article regarding Donald Trump’s plans to disrupt current trade agreements by imposing punitive tariffs on exports from China and Mexico. According to Veroneau, “There is no standing authority for a [US] president to raise tariffs.” He continues, “Tariffs are revenue measures and Congress has the power of the purse.”
May 23, 2016, CDR News
Timothy Hester, Carl Bildt, and Sebastian Vos are quoted in a CDR News article regarding the arrival of Carl Bildt as a Senior Policy Advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. According to Vos, “In ever more complex regulatory regimes, the implementation of such regulation will often be very important. In this context, what the ...
May 19, 2016
BRUSSELS — Carl Bildt, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, has joined Covington as a Senior Policy Advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. Most recently, Mr. Bildt served as Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2006 and 2014.
As Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Bildt led the government that negotiated and signed ...
May 16, 2016, Financial Times
Witney Schneidman is quoted in a Financial Times article looking at the President of Gabon’s warning that western powers need to step up efforts to help west Africa combat terrorism. According to Schneidman, the US response is “missing an overarching strategic approach.”
May 11, 2016, Covington Alert
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which creates a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. The Senate passed the DTSA on April 4, 2016 by a unanimous vote of 87-0. The Senate bill (S. 1890) was passed by the House of Representatives without amendment on ...
April 27, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Covington represented a cross-industry coalition of companies in assisting in the development of legislative language and persuading Congress to pass the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S.1980). The Senate unanimously passed the legislation on April 4 by a vote of 87-0, and the House of Representatives approved the bill with an overwhelming ...
April 12, 2016, The National Law Journal
Witney Schneidman is quoted by The National Law Journal in an article discussing Covington’s inaugural LEX Africa fellowship program. Schneidman explains why building strong relationships with lawyers and law firms across the continent is important. He says, “Each client has different needs and interests. Having an exclusive link doesn't make any sense. Having a ...
April 6, 2016, Managing IP
Witney Schneidman’s remarks on IP policy in Africa at the MIP Africa Roadshow 2016 are quoted in this Managing IP article. Schneidman said he’s “optimistic” that the right balance between public interest and socio-economic needs can be found regarding IP rights.
April 6, 2016, Politico
April 5, 2016, Covington Alert
On Monday, April 4, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA,” S. 1890), as amended, by a unanimous vote of 87-0. S. 1890 was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chris Coons (D-DE), and supported by 65 cosponsors. Companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 3326) has been introduced by ...
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."
February 9, 2016, Law360
Jack Schenendorf is quoted in this Law360 article discussing how the Obama administration’s proposed $98.1 billion budget for the U.S. Department of Transportation for fiscal 2017 is unlikely to pick up much momentum. According to Schenendorf, "It's just very surprising that the administration didn't make much of an effort during the surface transportation bill ...
February 8, 2016
BRUSSELS — Erika Mann, a former Member of the European Parliament and policymaker with over 20 years of experience, has joined Covington in its Brussels office as a senior European policy advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. Most recently, Ms. Mann served as Managing Director of Public Policy for Facebook in Brussels from ...
February 8, 2016, Louvain University Press
January 27, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - Covington’s Paul Tagliabue has been appointed to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Anna Spangler Nelson, a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, were also named to the commission.
The Knight Commission has played an influential and independent role ...
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 ...
January 5, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC, January 5, 2016 - Covington announced that Eric Mogilnicki has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington office and will co-chair the firm’s new Consumer Financial Services practice. Andrew Smith, who served as a senior financial services lawyer at the Federal Trade Commission prior to joining the firm, will also lead the newly formed ...
January 5, 2016, Covington Alert
December 17, 2015, Roll Call
Holly Fechner is quoted in a Roll Call article discussing a recent congressional staff survey measuring how safe people feel at the Capitol in light of the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks. According to Fechner, better security and planning after the 9/11 and anthrax attacks have made the Capitol less open. “People today would find it incredible how ...
December 17, 2015, Covington Alert
December 12, 2015, NPR
Eric Holder was interviewed by NPR’s Michel Martin to discuss his work as Attorney General and what’s ahead for him at Covington. According to Holder, his “life is still going to be focused on dealing with voting rights issues.”
December 8, 2015
BEIJING, December 8, 2015 - Tim Stratford, managing partner of Covington’s Beijing office, received the China Pioneer Award from the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China. The AmCham China Pioneer Award honors corporate leaders who made early and significant contributions to economic expansion and the business environment across ...
December 2, 2015, Law360
Jack Schenendorf is quoted in a Law360 article discussing the winners and losers of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST ACT) Schenendorf said, “Overall, the bill is a significant accomplishment because one of the real problems the program has been going through — over 30 short-term extensions — is there hasn’t been time for states to do any ...
November 25, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, November 25, 2015 - Law360 has named four Covington partners as MVPs in their respective practice areas. The awards single out lawyers from across 31 practice areas based on their success in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals, and complex global matters.
The Covington lawyers recognized as Law360 MVPs are:
Ray Biagini, ...
November 19, 2015, The Wall Street Journal
Former Senator Jon Kyl is quoted by The Wall Street Journal in an article discussing the obstacles each party will have to overcome if their big initiatives, like minimum wage and income tax rates, are brought before Congress. According to Sen. Kyl, the internal Republican party divides about fiscal-policy may change if a Republican President is elected, making ...
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 30, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, October 30, 2015 - The Hill has named Covington’s Holly Fechner and Bill Wichterman to its annual “Top Lobbyists” list, which recognizes individuals who have “proven to be effective in advocating at the federal level.”
Named to the list for the third consecutive year, Ms. Fechner previously served as Policy Director for Senator Edward Kennedy, ...
October 16, 2015, Zimbabwe Daily News
Dr. Witney Schneidman was quoted extensively in a ZimDaily article discussing the extended Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Zimbabwe’s inclusion. “I have always seen Zimbabwe as a country of great potential. We should look for new ways to communicate and understand each other,” he said, citing the country’s educated population, natural resources and ...
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 ...
October 1, 2015, Covington Alert
September 14, 2015
BRUSSELS, September 14, 2015 — Ambassador Karel Kovanda has joined Covington’s global public policy and government affairs practice as a Senior European Policy Advisor. He will be based in the firm’s Brussels office.
Ambassador Kovanda served as Deputy Director General of External Relations (now the European External Action Service) at the European Commission ...
September 10, 2015, Roll Call
Muftiah McCartin, of counsel and vice-chair of the Public Policy and Government Affairs Practice group, comments on the budget debate and the provisions of a short-term continuing resolution to avoid government shutdown in Roll Call. "I haven't been as confident that we can do a short-term CR. I still think they'll thread the needle. I'm just not so sure how ...
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.”
August 25, 2015, Covington Alert
August 20, 2015, Law360
August 7, 2015, Foreign Policy
July 15, 2015, Covington Alert
July 6, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, July 6, 2015 — Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., is returning to Covington as a partner after more than six years of service as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
Mr. Holder will be resident in the firm’s Washington office and focus on complex investigations and litigation matters, including matters that are international ...
July 6, 2015, The New York Times
6/25/2015, Covington Alert
June 25, 2015, Law360
June 23, 2015, Law360
June 18, 2015, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
June 17, 2015, Life Sciences Essentials Webinar Series
June 10, 2015, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
June 8, 2015, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
June 2, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, June 2, 2015 - Gary Heimberg has joined Covington’s global public policy and government affairs group in the firm’s Washington office. Mr. Heimberg will advise the firm’s pharmaceutical and consumer health care clients on legislative and policy issues facing the pharmaceutical industry, including in the areas of intellectual property, ...
May 28, 2015, The Hill
Covington partner Dan Bryant is quoted in this article regarding the firm's global public policy and government affairs practice.
Covington & Burling, a global law firm, topped the rankings in both revenue per lobbyist and the growth in earnings on an overall level and a per-client basis. It also earned the 11th highest overall lobbying fees on K Street during ...
May 6, 2015, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
May 6, 2015, Covington E-Alert
May 4, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, May 4, 2015 — Gabe Neville, a senior congressional staffer with nearly two decades of experience working for Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Joe Pitts, has joined Covington’s global public policy & government affairs practice.
Mr. Neville, a non-lawyer, started out as a campaign manager for Rep. Pitts in 1995 and worked his way through the ranks ...
April 22, 2015, The Hill
April 22, 2015, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
April 21, 2015, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
April 17, 2015, Covington Advisory
April 5, 2015, Law360
Covington's Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure write on what to expect in Congress in their weekly column for Law360.
March 22, 2015, Law360
Richard Hertling writes on what to expect from Congress in his weekly column for Law360:
"This week both chambers begin the annual congressional budget debate, a process that will set the budget rules and the spending limits for the congressional appropriations committees to follow in funding federal agencies for fiscal year 2016, which begins on Oct. 1. While ...
March 19, 2015, Slate
Covington's Brian Smith is quoted regarding commercial drone use:
The broad definition of “commercial” in the context of drone flying likely has a lot to do with the confusion as well. “The FAA has traditionally adopted a very broad view of activities that constitute commercial operations,” says lawyer Brian D. Smith of Covington & Burling LLP. “In short, ...
March 6, 2015
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 ...
February 22, 2015, Law360
Richard Hertling writes on what to expect from Congress in his weekly column for Law360:
"The Senate will convene on Monday and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 240, the House-passed Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill. Current funding for the agency expires on Feb. 27, this Friday."
February 16, 2015, The Hill
Covington's Brian Foster and David Parker have authored this article on Sen. Lindsey Graham's recent comments on Guantanamo Bay detainees. Mr. Foster and Mr. Parker represent several Yemeni nationals currently detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in habeas corpus litigation before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States ...
February 15, 2015, Law360
Richard Hertling writes on what to expect from Congress in his weekly article for Law360.
February 11, 2015, New York Times
Covington's Roger Zakheim quoted in this New York Times article about the Obama Administration’s proposed authorization to use military force against the Islamic State.
February 9, 2015, Law360
Covington's Richard Hertling writes on what can be expected this week on Capitol Hill.
"After a week of failed attempts to bring the U.S. Department of Homeland Security funding measure to the floor for consideration, the Senate will return on Monday to continue to seek a path forward on providing DHS with necessary appropriations before the current funding ...
February 2, 2015, Federal News Radio
Covington's Roger Zakheim spoke to Federal News Radio on the federal budget.
January 28, 2015, PoliticKing with Larry King
Senator Jon Kyl spoke with Larry King for his talk show on Ora TV.
January 24, 2015, C-SPAN
Covington’s John Veroneau moderated a Washington International Trade Association panel discussing U.S. relations with Cuba, following President Obama’s December 2015 announcement that eased some ties between the two countries. Panelists discussed whether a full embargo lift was possible, commercial opportunities, and how the international community responded to ...
January 21, 2015, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
January 15, 2015, The Hill
Covington's Rob Kelner is quoted in this article regarding new rules that state that witnesses who testify before House panels will have to disclose whether they have been paid by foreign governments:
"The new language requires witnesses to disclose money stemming from a foreign government only if the grant or payment is “related to the subject matter of the ...
January 13, 2015, The Hill
Covington's Rob Kelner is quoted in this article on the House of Representatives approving changes to ethics rules:
"Robert Kelner, the chair of Covington & Burling’s election and political law practice group, said the rules could give defense attorneys new arguments when clients face allegations of misconduct."
“There are a wide range of due process ...
January 10, 2015, European Voice
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat has authored this piece on the transatlantic trade agreement:
"We are at an important inflection point in the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the United States and the European Union."
"TTIP has the prospect of being the most economically important trade agreement in ...
January 8, 2015, The National Law Journal
Senator Jon Kyl is quoted in this article regarding his lobbying ban being lifted:
"Kyl, senior of counsel to Covington & Burling in Washington, said he is excited his cooling-off period is done, noting the difficulty he had talking with former colleagues on the Hill."
"It's a little troublesome because you can't have a normal relationship with a longtime ...
January 8, 2015, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Covington partner Rob Kelner is quoted regarding gift disclosure under ethic laws:
"For the five years he has held office, Gov. Christie has not declared any gifts on his annual financial disclosure forms."
"The governor's office says Christie has complied with an executive order he issued in 2010 requiring disclosure of gifts of a certain value, but it won't ...
January 7, 2015, Bloomberg
Senator Jon Kyl spoke to Bloomberg regarding the expected increase in presidential vetoes.
'If Obama begins vetoing bills early in the new congressional session, then “it’s likely to degenerate into a political tug of war,” said Jon Kyl, who was the No. 2 Senate Republican before leaving the chamber in 2013. “Then it’s just a matter of which one is better at ...
January 7, 2015, The Diane Rehm Show
Covington's Arturo Valenzuela was a guest on The Diane Rehm Show to discuss President Obama pledging to stand with Mexico against “the scourge of violence and drug cartels.”
January 6, 2015, The Wall Street Journal
Covington's Edward Yingling is quoted in this article regarding former community banker Allan Landon being nominated to the Fed’s Board of Governors by President Obama.
"The Landon nomination will be subject to Senate confirmation. Edward Yingling, a lawyer with Covington & Burling and former CEO of the American Bankers Association, gave Mr. Landon “excellent” ...
January 5, 2015, POLITICO
Senator Jon Kyl spoke with POLITICO on his lobbying ban being lifted and the GOP takeover of the Senate:
"In an interview with PI, Kyl said he will be most useful to the firm’s clients in areas such as tax reform, health care, immigration and national security, including cybersecurity. In the aftermath of the Sony hack, Kyl cited a bipartisan cybersecurity bill ...
January 3, 2015, Reuters
Covington's Arturo Valenzuela is quoted regarding the move to normalize relations with Cuba:
"It may be some time before people in Cuba as well as U.S. businesses and others reap opportunities from Obama's new policy, said Arturo Valenzuela, the State Department's top official for Latin America in Obama's first term."
"It's clear to me that what the Cubans ...
January 3, 2015, Defense News
Covington's Roger Zakheim is quoted regarding the federal budget:
"That late-2013 deal was passed by both chambers and signed by President Barack Obama, in part, because of the political gravitas of its authors. Ryan was the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee and Murray was a widely respected member of her party's leadership team."
"Both now will be focused ...
December 23, 2014, NPR
Covington's Roger Zakheim spoke to NPR about Sen. John McCain, who is set to lead the armed services committee when Congress returns in January.
December 21, 2014, The Washington Post
Covington's Arturo Valenzuela is quoted regarding President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba:
With the announcement last week, Washington acknowledges that, like Havana, it wants a managed, orderly transition to a post-Castro future. What that future will look like is the game going forward.
“Do we want a hard landing or a soft landing?” Arturo ...
December 18, 2014, Covington E-Alert
December 18, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
December 17, 2014, Law360
Covington partner Haywood Gilliam is featured in these articles regarding the U.S. Senate confirming him to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Covington's Shara Aranoff authored this article on the top ITC cases for the year:
"This has been another eventful year for litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. While the ITC refined the domestic industry standard in cases involving nonpracticing entities, newly introduced legislation might ...
December 17, 2014, The Recorder
December 16, 2014, SF Gate
December 15, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
December 9, 2014, Fox News
Covington's Roger Zakheim was interviewed by Fox News.
December 8, 2014
Covington's Roger Zakheim spoke to Federal News Radio regarding the House passing a Defense Authorization bill for next year.
November 25, 2014, Law360
Covington's Roger Zakheim was quoted regarding possible successors to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel:
No matter who the nominee is, a new defense secretary will likely have little impact on the defense contracting industry and budget issues, according to Covington & Burling LLP of counsel Roger Zakheim.
“There's not going to be any particular secretary of ...
November 24, 2014, The New York Times
Covington's Roger Zakheim was quoted regarding possible successors to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel:
Ms. Flournoy, 53, and Mr. Carter, 60, have “grown up in the Pentagon and have great institutional support from inside,” said Roger Zakheim, the former general counsel and deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Obama and his team ...
November 19, 2014, Law360
Covington's Brian Smith and Stephen Kiehl have authored this piece on the Federal Aviation Administration's regulations on drones.
"Individuals who operate drones are subject to Federal Aviation Administrationregulations that prohibit careless and reckless operation of an aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled on Nov. 18, 2014, in the closely ...
November 18, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
November 18, 2014, National Review Online
Covington's Roger Zakheim wrote this article on the defense budget:
"This month’s election results represent the first time in four years that the political stars might be aligned for defense hawks. Republicans won big in 2010, but that election proved a disappointment, as of course did 2012. The difference this time is that Republicans have captured the Senate ...
November 14, 2014, Bloomberg BNA
Covington partner Kurt Calia is quoted regarding legislation to create a federal private right of action for misappropriation of trade secrets:
‘‘Trade secrets have the notorious distinction of being the only form of intellectual property with no federal remedy,’’ Kurt G. Calia of Covington & Burling LLP, Redwood Shores, Calif., told Bloomberg BNA. ‘‘That just ...
November 14, 2014, LXBN TV
Covington's Brian Smith spoke to The LexBlog Network on what the midterm election results mean for immigration reform.
November 12, 2014, Law360
Covington's Gary Guzy is quoted on the agreement between the U.S. and China to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions:
"Gary Guzy, senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP and former deputy director and general counsel of Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality, said the agreement was "enormously significant."
"There has been significant difficulty in ...
November 8, 2014, The Washington Post
Covington's Lanny Breuer is quoted regarding President Obama nominating Loretta E. Lynch
"Former Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Lanny Breuer worked closely with Lynch on the 2011 Mafia takedown of more than 120 members — the largest of its kind in U.S. history — and the record $1.9 billion settlement with HSBC, the global bank that ...
November 8, 2014, The New York Times
Covington's Roger Zakheim is quoted regarding Senator McCain, who is expected to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee:
“There is one commander in chief,” said Roger Zakheim, a former general counsel for the House Armed Services Committee’s Republican leadership, who is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. “Having ...
November 6, 2014, Public Policy & Government Affairs Briefing
November 5, 2014, PoliticoPro
Covington's Roger Zakheim is quoted regarding Sen. John McCain ascent to the top of the Senate Armed Services Committee:
“Figuring out what McCain will do as chair is pretty easy to answer: Look at what he’s doing right now,” said Roger Zakheim, a former general counsel for the House Armed Services Committee now at law firm Covington & Burling. “The big ...
November 3, 2014, The Washington Post
Covington partner Rob Kelner is quoted in this article regarding campaign finance:
"“If you are a believer in Citizens United, as I am, you actually should advocate clear rules on coordination,” said Robert Kelner, an election law attorney at Covington & Burling who advises corporations, super PACs and wealthy donors on both sides of the aisle. “If there’s no ...
October 28, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Senator Jon Kyl authored this article on the effect that tax hikes have on the middle class:
Most workers’ pay has not kept up with inflation for at least six years. Even as hiring picked up over the past year, wages and salaries have inched up by 2%, barely ahead of inflation. This probably explains why half of Americans say the recession never ended. They are ...
October 24, 2014, Law360
Covington partner Holly Fechner authored this piece on U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s strategic use of the Hastert Rule:
"U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s strategic use of an informal political and procedural tool — the Hastert Rule — allowed him successfully to navigate a treacherous political path of managing his ...
October 2014, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
Covington's Witney Schneidman authored this piece on US-Africa relations and the Africa Leaders Summit, held in Washington in early August:
"The transition in US-Africa relations began with the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in 2000. AGOA, which reduced US tariffs to zero on 6,400 products for 40 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, was ...
October 22, 2014, The Hill
Covington's Holly Fechner was named a Top Lobbyist.
October 21, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
October 17, 2014, Law360
Tim Stratford authored this article on China’s tightly regulated health care sector:
"The Chinese government has announced the launch of a pilot scheme allowing for the establishment of wholly foreign-owned hospitals (“WFOHs”) through greenfield investment or mergers and acquisitions in three centrally governed municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai), ...
October 16, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
October 15, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
October 9, 2014, Global Competition Review
Thomas Barnett, Lanny Breuer, Deborah Garza, Mythili Raman and Phillip Warren have written this article on what potential subjects should keep in mind as they attempt to navigate joint investigations by DOJ’s Criminal and Antitrust Divisions:
"In recent years, the US Department of Justice’s antitrust and criminal divisions have announced massive, joint ...
October 3, 2014, Covington E-Alert
September 30, 2014, Co-Author with the General Counsel for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency
WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2014 — Law360 named Covington & Burling’s Shara Aranoff an “Influential Woman in IP law.” The inaugural series recognizes “women who have made significant strides in the male-dominated field of intellectual property law.”
Law360 highlighted Ms. Aranoff’s accomplishments as Commissioner and Chairman of the International Trade ...
September 22, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
September 8, 2014, Law360
September 2, 2014, The Washington Post
Covington partner Rob Kelner spoke to The Washington Post on political mega-donors since the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling.
"Even though the additional millions flowing to candidates and parties “is real money, in the grand scheme of our campaign finance system, it’s background noise,” said Robert Kelner, a Washington campaign finance ...
September 2014, Money Laundering Bulletin
Peter Flanagan and David Lorello have co-authored this piece on US and EU sanctions targeting Iran:
"On 19 July 2014, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China (the “P5+1”) and Iran mutually consented to extend the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), reached by the parties on 24 November 2013, for an additional four-month period, to 24 ...
August 31, 2014, Defense News
Roger Zakheim is quoted in this article on the Islamic State terrorist group and its implications on the Defense Department's 2015 budget proposal.
"Lawmakers want Obama to seek congressional approval before launching any strikes against Islamic State targets inside Syria. Zakheim said such a vote could give House and Senate leaders an opportunity to use a new ...
August 25, 2014, Ozy
Covington's Roger Zakheim is featured in this article:
"Roger has spent the better part of the last decade working for the U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC), and he was co-chair of the Romney for President Defense Working Group, where he helped set the candidate’s defense and national security priorities. He’d likely be a defense official in any future ...
August 18, 2014, LXBN TV
Covington's Zack Parks was interviewed by The Lexblog Network regarding the Obama Administration loosening its ban on having lobbyists sit on federal committees, boards and commissions.
August 13, 2014, Covington E-Alert
August 13, 2014, Politico
Covington partner Rob Kelner is quoted regarding campaign spending limits and a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that limits contributions from Wall Street financiers to governors and other state officials running for federal office:
"Campaign finance lawyers said they had always expected someone to challenge the SEC’s rule in court, but it was difficult ...
August 8, 2014, National Review Online
Roger Zakheim writes about a report that the National Defense Panel issued warning of the crisis facing our military and national security:
"The composition of the panel is enough to spark intrigue: What happens when you combine President Clinton’s defense secretary and a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, often referred to as Obama’s general, ...
August 8, 2014, Roll Call
Witney Schneidman writes on how extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act will enable the U.S. to maintain a competitive edge against China in the African market in this op-ed for Roll Call:
"In the competition for African opportunities, job creation is the U.S. strategic advantage. We are not going to finance infrastructure the same way that China does, ...
August 6, 2014, The Hill
Witney Schneidman is quoted regarding expanded U.S. foreign policy in Africa and the U.S.- Africa Business Forum:
"Witney W. Schneidman, senior international adviser for Africa at Covington & Burling LLP, said some of the main issues that could come up include the reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is set to expire next ...
August 6, 2014, The Washington Post
Witney Schneidman is quoted regarding the African Summit that took place this week in Washington, D.C.:
"Witney Schneidman, who served as deputy assistant secretary of State for African affairs and is now a senior international adviser for the law firm Covington & Burling, said the fact that so many leaders came to the event shows it was ...
August 5, 2014, Law360
Marney Cheek, Jonathan Gimblett and David Pinsky have authored this article on Russia's threats to retaliate against U.S. and European companies in response to new sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union:
"Russian lawmakers’ recent threats to retaliate against U.S. and European companies in response to new sanctions imposed by the United ...
August 5, 2014, Politico
Roger Zakheim is quoted in this article regarding the renewed push from open-government advocates to hold the Senate Armed Services Committee's defense authorization markup in the public eye:
“The advantage of being open is there’s so much suspicion over concerns about transparency in Congress, and you remove that entirely,” said Roger Zakheim, a former House ...
August 5, 2014, The Washington Post
Covington's senior international advisor for Africa, Witney Schneidman, is quoted regarding business growth in Africa and the African Summit taking place in Washington D.C. this week:
“It’s a bit of an outdated perception to think of Africa as a continent of value for natural resources because now it’s of value for human resources,” said Witney Schneidman, a ...
August 1, 2014, Law360
John Veroneau is quoted in this article regarding the news that WTO members have failed to convince a group of developing countries led by India to budge from their demands that enactment of a trade facilitation agreement over agricultural subsidies run in parallel with efforts to shield their domestic food security programs from legal challenges:
“The fact ...
July 29, 2014, Bloomberg
Covington's Witney Schneidman is quoted in this article in advance of his testimony before the House Subcommittee on Trade in support of extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
"Part of the challenge involves reorienting Africa as a continent of opportunity,” said Witney Schneidman, senior international adviser for Africa at Covington & Burling LLP, a ...
July 25, 2014, The Hill
Rob Kelner is mentioned regarding his blog post on the Congressional Ethics Office referring alleged unregistered lobbyist to the DOJ.
July 18, 2014, National Journal
Howard Berman was interviewed by The National Journal on Iran sanctions.
July 16, 2014, Financial Times
Covington's Mark Plotkin is quoted regarding a court ruling allowing a Chinese-owned company to obtain evidence on why its bid for wind farms was rejected.
“In a broad way, it does call into question the invulnerability of judicial review,” said Mark Plotkin, a partner at law firm Covington & Burling. “It shows that Congress can never legislate away the ...
July 13, 2014, The Washington Post
Covington partner Susan Cassidy is quoted regarding a recent court decision by the Fourth Circuit that is set to change how much contractors who mislead the government face in potential penalties.
"That potential windfall acts as a strong incentive for people to file suits on behalf of the government, said Susan Cassidy, a partner at law firm Covington & ...
July 11, 2014, Law360
Al Larson is quoted regarding the U.S.-China Bilateral investment pact.
"Laying down a starting point for the exchange of market access offers on investment between two of the globe's largest economies sends a strong message to investors that have been dissatisfied with the lack of access in China ever since the country acceded to the World Trade Organization ...
July 11, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
July 9, 2014, Law360
Covington's Brian Smith writes on drones and the FAA for Law360.
"Dramatic videos of drones flying in Fourth of July fireworks displays have attracted the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration and highlighted the regulatory vacuum on drones. They have also renewed attention on the agency’s recent efforts to update its regulations and bring them in ...
July 9, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
July 2, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Covington's Roger Zakheim is quoted regarding the Navy proposing to end production of new Tomahawk cruise missiles in 2017.
"The Tomahawk tussle is part of a debate over "reversibility," a doctrine rolled out by the White House in 2012 in response to looming budget pressures. It envisioned keeping defense industrial capacity and officer ranks above the level ...
June 26, 2014
Covington's Roger Zakheim spoke with Federal News Radio's Francis Rose to discuss the federal defense budget.
"The White House wants 60 billion dollars for the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations in fiscal 2015. Defense News reports the President's OCO budget has an extra 5 billion dollar request for a new counterterrorism fund, too. Over the next few ...
June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, June 25, 2014 — Covington & Burling’s Richard Hertling urged lawmakers to pass a federal law to provide more effective remedies to businesses for the theft of their trade secrets during testimony Tuesday before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. “The methods thieves use in their attempts to ...
June 24, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
June 22, 2014, RealClearDefense
Roger Zakheim writes on imposed defense budget cuts in this op-ed for RealClearDefense.
"Two years into sequestration and the Congress acts as if the steep budget cuts imposed on the Pentagon do not exist. Where’s the strategic thinking? Why can’t Capitol Hill jettison parochialism and entrenched interest and embrace a reform agenda for the military? So goes ...
June 16, 2014, Bloomberg
International public policy professional Sebastian Vos is joining Covington & Burling LLP to lead the European division of the firm’s global public policy and government affairs practice in Brussels. Vos, who works for Fipra International, will focus on competition and technology-related public policy issues and continue his public policy work involving emerging ...
June 12, 2014, Politico
"The law firm Covington & Burling has brought on European public policy expert Sebastian Vos as a partner in the firm’s Brussels office. In his new role, he’ll lead the European division of the firm’s global public policy and government affairs practice. He’ll lead a team that includes former Ambassador Jean De Ruyt, former EU Parliament member Wim van Velzen ...
June 12, 2014, The Lawyer
Sebastian Vos is feautured in this article regarding his recent move to Covington in the firm's Brussels office.
June 10, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
June 4, 2014, Bloomberg TV
Covington's Stuart Eizenstat appeared on Bloomberg TV's Bottom Line to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin's goals for Ukraine.
June 3, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
May 28, 2014, Investment Policy Central
Covington's Marney Cheek has authored a blog post for Investment Policy Central regarding the U.S. - China Bilateral Investment treaty.
"A U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT) will serve as the cornerstone for the bilateral economic relationship between these two economic powerhouses for years to come. It puts in place important rules that protect U.S. ...
May 22, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
May 19, 2014, Covington E-Alert
May 19, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Covington's Alan Larson and Mark Plotkin are quoted regarding Chinese investment in U.S. infrastructure
May 15, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
May 14, 2014, The Hill
Covington's Jack Schenendorf is quoted regarding drone regulations, “It’s so widespread because it almost has a science-fiction element to it,” said Jack Schenendorf, a former Capitol Hill staffer who worked to prime the Bush administration’s incoming Transportation Department in 2001. “We’re creating a regulatory scheme where there really isn’t one today,” said ...
May 14, 2014, Bloomberg
Covington's Roger Zakheim is quoted regarding defense budget cuts, '“You need to have a reservoir of support, a foundation of members who value and understand what you’re bringing to the table for national security,”' said Roger Zakheim, a former general counsel for the Armed Services Committee who now works for the law firm Covington & Burling LLP."
May 12, 2014, The National Law Journal
Covington's Steve Fagell is quoted regarding federal law that states it is a crime to "knowingly and willfully" give false statements in any matter under federal jurisdiction. The Justice Department has announced that to make the case that a defendant acted willfully, the government must prove that he or she knew the statement was unlawful.
"Steven Fagell of ...
May 8, 2014, Voice of America
Covington's Witney Schneidman, senior international advisor for Africa, speaks with Voice of America about the conflict in South Sudan.
May 6, 2014, Law360
Lawrence Hobel is mentioned regarding the Second Circuit ruling that the 9/11 attacks were “acts of war” under a federal pollution cleanup law.
May 6, 2014, Bloomberg
Shara Aranoff is featured in the articles above regarding her new role at Covington.
May 1, 2014
"The House Armed Services Committee will soon mark up the National Defense Authorization Act. But all the subcommittee markups may be for nothing. The Obama Administration says it can't submit an Overseas Contingency Operation budget until it knows the results of the election in Afghanistan and some leaders in the House say the NDAA doesn't mean much without the ...
April 30, 2014, Politico
Covington partner Mythili Raman is featured in the articles above regarding her recent move to the firm from the Department of Justice’s criminal division, where she was the acting assistant attorney general.
April 29, 2014, Covington Advisory
April 29, 2014, Global Investigations Review
April 29, 2014, The Hill
Covington partner Holly Fechner is quoted regarding women in the lobbying industry.
April 29, 2014, The Washington Post
April 28, 2014, Bloomberg BNA
Covington partner Susan Cassidy was interviewed for Bloomberg BNA regarding the General Services Administration's draft plan to manage cybersecurity risks in the federal acquisition process. The article states: “When you read the actual proposal from GSA, it's hard to figure out what they are going to do,” Covington & Burling LLP Partner Susan Cassidy said. ...
April 28, 2014, Law360
April 28, 2014, The National Law Journal
April 28, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
April 28, 2014, The New York Times
April 22, 2014, Wall Street Journal
Covington partner Tim Stratford is quoted regarding visa requirements and press freedom in China. The article states:
"An apparent broadening of restrictions on the media also has the group worried. Journalist visas are becoming more difficult to get, it said, adding that a lack of information about issues such as financial data raises suspicions in the West ...
Covington partner Edward Yingling is quoted in regards to Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushing top regulators, in public and in private, to get tougher on the nation's largest banks. The article states, "Industry representatives say her criticism of financial institutions has given regulators a green light to turn up the heat on banks. 'I think what really happened was ...
April 14, 2014, Bloomberg
Covington partner Philip Howard talks to Bloomberg about his new book, "The Rule of Nobody: Saving America From Dead Laws and Broken Government."
April 13, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Covington partner Mark Plotkin is quoted regarding the proposal from Russia's biggest oil producer, OAO Rosneft, which is state-controlled, to purchase Morgan Stanley's oil-trading unit, which needs U.S. government approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment: "If it's turned down, it could look like they're bending to political will. I think it's a bad case ...
April 3, 2014, NPR
Covington partner Rob Kelner is interviewed regarding the Supreme Court ruling on McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.
April 2, 2014, The New York Times
Covington partner Rob Kelner is quoted regarding the Supreme Court ruling on McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The article states, “The Supreme Court ruling will dramatically increase the importance of major donors in federal elections,' said Robert K. Kelner, a Republican election lawyer."
April 2, 2014, NPR
Covington partner Robert Lenhard is interviewed regarding the use of B-roll footage in campaign advertisements.
April 1, 2014, Vanity Fair
Stuart Eizenstat, co-chair of Covington’s international trade and finance practice and special adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry on Holocaust issues, is mentioned in this article regarding the 650,000 works of art looted from Europe by the Nazis during World War II, "Stuart Eizenstat, Secretary of State John Kerry’s special adviser on Holocaust issues, ...
March 28, 2014, Law360
Covington's Jack Schenendorf is quoted regarding the emerging field of commercial drone law.
March 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, March 26, 2014 — Aaron Cooper, special counsel in Covington’s public policy and government affairs practice, received an Outstanding Achievement in Intellectual Property Award from Managing Intellectual Property magazine. The award recognizes Mr. Cooper’s significant contributions to the intellectual property community. Prior to rejoining ...
March 26, 2014, Law360
The U.S. Senate confirmed Covington & Burling partner Casey Cooper to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Cooper was approved by a unanimous vote.
March 20, 2014, E&E TV
Gary Guzy, former deputy director and general counsel of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and current senior of counsel at Covington, gives his take on the current state of play on regulation, and the possibility for litigation resulting from the EPA's new source performance standards.
March 20, 2014, Defense News
Roger Zakheim, of counsel at Covington, co-authored this article on the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which was rejected by Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Buck McKeon for failing to meet statutory requirements. Zakheim writes, "For years, many in Congress have lamented the gap between what the defense strategy is supposed to do and ...
March 13, 2014, Law360
Covington partner Marney Cheek is quoted regarding potential economic sanctions targeting Russians and Ukrainians responsible for the unrest in Ukraine: “My sense is that the administration is waiting to see the outcome of any referendum regarding the status of Crimea...Sanctions are an appropriate response in the short term. But an ultimate goal, at least after ...
March 5, 2014, Covington E-Alert & Advisory
February 18, 2014, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
November 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, November 26, 2013 —Legal Times ranked Covington & Burling’s Public Policy and Government Affairs Practice as the "Best Government Affairs/Lobbying Group" in the 2013 edition of its "Best of Legal Times" survey, which polls members of the legal profession to identify the top-three service providers in a variety of fields. “It is a great honor for ...
November 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, November 12 2013 — Aaron Cooper, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s chief counsel for intellectual property and antitrust law, is joining Covington & Burling where he is expected to play a pivotal role in the firm’s global public policy and government affairs practice. “Aaron’s extensive experience in IP, antitrust law and policy development ...
October 4, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, October 4, 2013 — Roger Zakheim, general counsel of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, is joining Covington & Burling, effective November 4, and is expected to play a key role in the firm’s global public policy and government affairs and defense, homeland, and national security practices.
“Roger is a dynamic addition to the firm’s ...
October 2013, The Banking Law Journal
WASHINGTON, DC, September 25, 2013 — Jack Schenendorf, of counsel at Covington & Burling, testified today before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the need to invest in the country’s infrastructure and preserve federal transportation funding.
In his testimony, Mr. Schenendorf explained that in recent decades the United States has ...
September 25, 2013, U.S. Senate
September 6, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 15, 2013, The Hill's Congress Blog
July 1, 2013, The Law Society Gazette
June 2013, Wall Street Lawyer
May 16, 2013, Covington E-Alert
April 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, April 11, 2013 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Gina Vetere has joined as special counsel in the firm’s international trade practice and public policy and government affairs practices. Ms. Vetere recently served as executive director of international intellectual property at the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center ...
April 4, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2013 — Richard Hertling, a veteran congressional staffer, is joining Covington & Burling’s global public policy and government affairs practice. Mr. Hertling brings more than 25 years of public policy and government affairs experience from serving in leadership roles on the staffs of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the Senate ...
April 4, 2013, Covington Advisory
March 29, 2013, Covington E-Alert
March 28, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2013 — Lanny A. Breuer, most recently the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, is returning to Covington & Burling as Vice Chair of the firm.
Mr. Breuer’s practice will encompass a wide range of civil and criminal litigation matters, as well as governmental and internal investigations. ...
March 14, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, March 14, 2013 — Congressman Howard Berman, a widely respected leader in the U.S. Congress, is joining Covington & Burling’s global public policy and government affairs practice.
The addition of Rep. Berman, the former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, comes a week after Sen. Jon Kyl joined Covington’s public policy and government ...
March 6, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, March 6, 2013 — Senator Jon Kyl, who recently left Congress as the second-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, is joining Covington & Burling’s global public policy and government affairs practice.
“Senator Kyl’s deep knowledge and extraordinary legislative skills from his years as a senior leader in Congress make him ideally suited to ...
March 2013, Thomson Reuters
February 11, 2013, Covington E-Alert
January 31, 2013, Covington E-Alert
January 25, 2013, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, January 8, 2013 — The National Law Journal has named Covington & Burling to its Pro Bono Hot List. The annual list recognizes firms that demonstrate a strong commitment to public service.
The NLJ profile of Covington featured the pro bono efforts of Martin Gold, Elizabeth Bell, and Erica Lai, who worked with the Chinese-American community in ...
January 8, 2013, Law360
January 3, 2013, Covington E-Alert
November 13, 2012, Law360
November 8, 2012, Politico
Holly Fechner was quoted in this article.
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 ...
October 19, 2012, Covington E-Alert
October 1, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2012 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that it has elected 15 new lawyers to its partnership.
This group is comprised of diverse and talented individuals from five offices who have made their mark at the firm through exceptional work and the highest standards of client service.
“We’re delighted to welcome these 15 lawyers to ...
September 10, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2012 — Witney Schneidman, a former senior State Department official with more than 30 years of experience in Africa, is joining Covington & Burling, strengthening the firm’s ability to advise corporate clients on entering and expanding their presence in the African market.
Dr. Schneidman joins the firm’s Washington office as a ...
September 2012, Corporate Governance for Main Market and AIM Companies
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 ...
July 2, 2012, Covington Advisory
June 29, 2012, Covington E-Alert
June 27, 2012
LONDON, 27 June, 2012 — For the second straight year, Euromoney Legal Media Group named Covington & Burling partner Lisa Peets “Best in Copyright” during its Europe Women in Business Law Awards.
Ms. Peets, whose practice encompasses legislative advocacy, trade and intellectual property enforcement, heads Covington’s European intellectual property group, and ...
June 26, 2012, The Hill
Holly Fechner was profiled in this article.
June 19, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, June 19, 2012 — The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure last night that expresses regret for a series of laws that discriminated against Chinese immigrants during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Covington & Burling played a crucial role in advocating approval of the measure and a similar bill that cleared the Senate last ...
June 11, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2012 — Chambers USA recognized 106 individual Covington & Burling lawyers and 46 Covington practice areas in the 2012 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guidebook released on June 7, 2012.
Many of the 106 Covington lawyers ranked by Chambers USA were recognized in multiple categories, resulting in a total of 131 ...
May 1, 2012, Covington E-Alert
April 3, 2012, Covington E-Alert
March 28, 2012, Covington E-Alert
March 27, 2012, Covington E-Alert
March 1, 2012, Law Society Gazette
February 14, 2012, Covington E-Alert
February 13, 2012, Covington E-Alert
February 6, 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 25, 2012, Covington Advisory
BRUSSELS, 17 January, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Jean De Ruyt has joined the firm’s government affairs group as a senior European policy advisor in Brussels. Ambassador Jean De Ruyt is among the most experienced diplomats in Europe. Most recently, he served as the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union and was ...
January 5, 2012, Covington Advisory
November 8, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2011 — Dr. Arturo Valenzuela, a former senior State Department official who held key positions in formulating and executing U.S. foreign policy towards the Americas, is joining Covington & Burling, strengthening the firm’s ability to assist Latin American and U.S.-based corporations expand their global presence.
Dr. Valenzuela joins ...
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. ...
October 19, 2011, Covington E-Alert
October 11, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, October 11, 2011 — Covington & Burling recently assisted the Chinese-American community to secure a historic victory in the Senate concerning Chinese immigrants who endured decades of discrimination under federal law.
On October 6, the Senate passed by unanimous consent Senate Resolution 201, which expresses regret for a series of legislative ...
October 6, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Brian Smith to of counsel effective October 1, 2011.
Mr. Smith provides strategic and legal advice on matters that involve interactions with the U.S. government. His practice focuses on the development and execution of government relations initiatives that build ...
September 22, 2011, Covington E-Alert
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: ...
September 2, 2011, Covington E-Alert
Fall 2011, University of San Francisco Law Review
July 11, 2011, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
May 25, 2011, Government Contracts Law360
May 18, 2011, Covington E-Alert
May 13, 2011, Covington E-Alert
March 14, 2011, Covington Advisory
March 8, 2011, Covington E-Alert
March 7, 2011, Covington E-Alert
March 2011, Investment Advisers Association
February 24, 2011, Covington E-Alert
February 9, 2011, Covington E-Alert
February 7, 2011, Covington E-Alert
January 24, 2011, Covington E-Alert
January 10, 2011, Covington E-Alert
January 6, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, January 6, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that it plans to establish a strategic risk and crisis management practice to assist national and international businesses and their managements and boards.
Senior members of the group include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat; former DC ...
December 16, 2010, Covington E-Alert
December 6, 2010, Bloomberg Law Reports
December 2, 2010, Covington E-Alert
November 22, 2010, Covington E-Alert
October 11, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, October 11, 2010 — The Small Business Administration (SBA) published in the Federal Register on October 7 the final rule for the Women’s Federal Procurement Program, a set-aside program for women-owned small businesses. The milestone capped a ten year effort that spanned three presidential administrations and three branches of government. ...
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 ...
June 7, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Muftiah McCartin has joined the firm’s government affairs practice as special counsel. She will be resident in the firm’s Washington office.
Ms. McCartin’s distinguished public service career spans 34 years on Capitol Hill. Most recently, she served as staff director of the House ...
April 30, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, April 30, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of three lawyers to of counsel.
The new of counsels are as follows:
Natalie Derzko (Washington) practices in the areas of intellectual property, strategic counseling, due diligence, patent prosecution, patent ...
WASHINGTON, DC, April 30, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of three lawyers to of counsel.
The new of counsels are as follows:
Natalie Derzko (Washington) practices in the areas of intellectual property, strategic counseling, due diligence, patent prosecution, patent ...
March 15, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, March 15, 2010 — CVG, Incorporated (“CVG”) has announced its merger with Integral Systems, Inc. in a deal valued at $34.675 million. Covington & Burling LLP advised CVG on the transaction.
CVG and its subsidiary, Avtec systems, Inc., based in Chantilly, Virginia, provide secure satellite-based communication solutions to government and commercial ...
February 22, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, February 22, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Timothy P. Stratford, who most recently served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for China Affairs, has joined the firm as a partner. He will be resident in the firm’s Beijing office and will practice in the International Trade and Finance group. Mr. Stratford’s ...
February 3, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, February 3, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Gerard Waldron has rejoined the firm’s Washington office as a partner after serving as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. In this role, Mr. Waldron has been deeply involved in all major energy and ...
February 2010, The European Lawyer
November/December 2009, The European Lawyer
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:
NEW YORK, NY, July 16, 2009 — Snow Phipps Group, LLC, a private equity firm, announced on July 7 that it had completed the acquisition of ITS Holding Company (ITSolutions), a leading information technology services provider to US government civilian, national security, and intelligence agencies, along with Mr. Stefan Lalos, co-founder and CEO of ITSolutions. ...
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 ...
June 11, 2009, European Voice
June 10, 2009, Covington E-Alert
April 7, 2009, Covington E-Alert
April 1, 2009, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, February 10, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Bill Wichterman has rejoined the firm’s Government Affairs group as Senior Legislative Advisor. He will be resident in Covington’s Washington office.
Mr. Wichterman, a non-lawyer, is returning to the firm from the Bush Administration, where he served as Special Assistant to ...
February 5, 2009, Covington E-Alert
January 26, 2009, Covington E-Alert
November 7, 2008, Covington Report
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:
September 24, 2008, Covington E-Alert
August 22, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2008 — The second edition of Senate Procedure and Practice has been published. Martin Gold updates the first edition published in September 2004 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Senate Procedure and Practice is a practical, real-world explanation of the legislative process in the U.S. Senate. Filled with fascinating stories ...
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.
Here are the Covington ...
WASHINGTON, DC, January 15, 2008 — The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission today released the results of its nearly two-year study, which calls for a “new beginning” to reform the nation’s transportation programs into a world-class system. During a press conference held at the National Press Club, the bipartisan national ...
WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP is strengthening its growing international practice with the addition of Ellen R. Eliasoph, a senior lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in China and Japan. Ms. Eliasoph will be resident in Covington’s Washington office as senior of counsel, where she will help US and European clients navigate ...
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 ...
August 6, 2007, Covington E-Alert
July 24, 2007, Houston Chronicle
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 ...
WASHINGTON, DC, April 10, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that Holly Fechner has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Ms. Fechner will be resident in the firm’s Washington office.Ms. Fechner most recently served as Policy Director for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She also served as Chief Labor & Pensions Counsel to the Senate Health, Education, Labor & ...
January 10, 2007
BRUSSELS, January 10, 2007 — International law firm Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Wim G. van Velzen as Senior European Policy Advisor in the firm’s Brussels office. Mr. van Velzen, a leading expert on European affairs, served with distinction as a Member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2004, where he was vice president ...
November 10, 2006, Covington Post-Election Conference Call
July 12, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 12, 2006 - Covington & Burling LLP's Jack Schenendorf was elected Vice-Chairman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. The Commission was created under Section 1909 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). It is comprised of 12 members ...
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 ...
October 3, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2005 - Covington & Burling announced the election of ten new partners, effective October 1. Stuart Stock, chair of the firm's management committee, commented: "These exceptional lawyers reflect the strength, excellence and diversity of the firm, and the continuing growth of our practices across the firm." Covington's newest partners ...
August 23, 2005, Covington E-Alert
June 28, 2005
Washington, D.C., June 28, 2005 - Covington & Burling and Democracy, Data & Communications, L.L.C. (DDC) today announced an alliance to provide integrated support services for political action committees. The firms will offer joint, high-level strategic counsel for responding to challenges associated with PAC compliance and fundraising. Both Covington and DDC ...
June 27, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 27, 2005 - Covington & Burling represented the Commonwealth of Australia in its successful effort to obtain unprecedented access for Australian professionals to the U.S. labor market. On May 11, 2005, President Bush signed into law a new immigration provision that will enable 10,500 Australian professionals each year to live and work ...
February 22, 2005
On February 22, 2005, the White House announced that it intended to nominate Covington partner John C. Dugan to the position of Comptroller of the Currency. The White House's release concerning the nomination can be accessed at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/02/20050222-5.html.