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Jon Dougherty advises clients on complex, high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts and in civil and criminal investigations by local, state, and federal governments.

Recently, Mr. Dougherty was the lead associate of a trial team that won total victory against the U.S. Government, as documented in The New York Times, Law360, and elsewhere. Mr. Dougherty participated at every level of the pre-trial and trial phases, including a cross examination of a key witness that heavily influenced the jury’s verdict.

In other recent notable matters, Mr. Dougherty was the lead litigation associate on a crisis response team that successfully obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction prohibiting the State of Arkansas from using illicitly obtained pharmaceuticals in an unprecedented series of executions, in a matter involving intense national and international media scrutiny. Mr. Dougherty was instrumental at every level of Covington’s representation, including devising litigation strategy, preparing witness examinations, and drafting legal filings and public statements.

  • Lead litigation associate on a Covington team that successfully represented a distributor of medical products in efforts to secure the return of pharmaceuticals illicitly obtained by the State of Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Correction to use in executions.
  • Lead associate on a Covington team that won a jury trial for Efans Trading Corporation and Unicorn Tire Corporation in novel civil forfeiture case brought by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. 
  • Lead associate on trial team contesting the development of a late-stage pharmaceutical product with billion-dollar market potential.
  • Participated in successful defense and settlement of multi-state consumer class action against consumer products and sales company, while simultaneously persuading government regulators that the company’s policies and practices were in line with market disclosure requirements.
  • For a legal support services provider, crafted litigation theory and authored winning motion to dismiss a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim.

Pro Bono

  • Won employment benefits claim challenging denial of benefits for wrongfully terminated employee.
  • Providing legal information and guidance for tenants and landlords appearing before the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, Civil Division, Landlord-Tenant Branch.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Georgetown Law Alumni Association
  • East Carolina University Alumni Association