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Kevin King
Kevin King
Washington +1 202 662 5488 kking@cov.com Download V-card

Kevin King advises clients on appellate litigation, administrative law, and communications matters.

In his appellate practice, Mr. King draws on his experience as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of the United States and at two United States Courts of Appeals. His appellate work includes representation of Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, small businesses, and pro bono clients.

  • CBS Corporation et al. v. Federal Communications Commission, 785 F.3d 699 (D.C. Cir. 2015). Mr. King served as co-counsel for a group of video-content providers in appealing an FCC order that would have disclosed the companies’ confidential trade secrets to third parties. The Covington team persuaded the D.C. Circuit to stay enforcement of the FCC’s order and, following briefing and argument, to vacate the order.
  • Synopsys, Inc. v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 812 F.3d 1076 (Fed. Cir. 2015). Mr. King served as co-counsel for Mentor Graphics Corporation in this Administrative Procedure Act appeal, in which Covington persuaded the Federal Circuit to dismiss a competitor’s challenge to regulations issued by the Patent and Trademark Office under the American Invents Act.
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., Inc. v. Burwell, No. 15-5021 (D.C. Cir. 2015). Mr. King is part of a Covington team that filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in this Hatch-Waxman Act appeal.
  • Helferich Patent Licensing, LLC v. CBS Interactive, Inc., 599 F. App’x 955 (Fed. Cir. 2015). Mr. King assisted with this appeal from an inter partes review decision issued by the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB). The Covington team prevailed in the Federal Circuit, obtaining a unanimous ruling in the clients’ favor.
  • Bahgat v. Arab Republic of Egypt, 631 F. App’x 69 (2d Cir. 2016). Mr. King served as co-counsel for the Arab Republic of Egypt in this Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act appeal. In 2016, the Second Circuit unanimously ruled in Egypt’s favor.
  • Synopsys, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corp., 814 F.3d 1309 (Fed. Cir. 2015). Mr. King was part of a Covington team that represented Mentor Graphics Corporation in this Federal Circuit appeal, in which the court affirmed a favorable inter partes review (IPR) ruling issued by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Pro Bono

  • United States v. Burleson, 815 F.3d 170 (4th Cir. 2016). Mr. King served as counsel of record and presented oral argument for inmate Arnold Burleson in this appeal. The court held that Mr. Burleson had been convicted in violation of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act and invalidated his conviction and sentence, resulting in an across-the-board victory for the client.
  • Hill v. McDonald, 28 Vet. App. 243 (2016). Mr. King served as counsel of record for Sergeant David P. Hill before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and presented oral argument on Sergeant Hill’s behalf. The Court reinstated Mr. Hill’s benefits claims and ruled in his favor on each of the issues presented.   
  • Reed v. Tracy, 647 F. App’x 730 (9th Cir. 2015). Mr. King served as counsel of record and presented oral argument in this appeal regarding an inmate’s constitutional right to access the courts.
  • Payne v. Washington Humane Society, No. 2015-CA-1188 (D.C. Superior Court 2015). Mr. King argued this case on behalf of the Washington Humane Society, obtaining immediate dismissal of the opposing party’s suit.
  • Mr. King serves on the pro bono panels for the United States Courts of Appeals for the DC, Second, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits.

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Senator Mike DeWine, Legislative Assistant (2002–2006)
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs, Government Relations Director (2007)