Peter Nickles is a long-time partner, now senior counsel of the firm, whose practice emphasizes major class actions involving securities fraud and toxic torts; jury and non-jury trials, as well as defensive takeover litigation and other high-profile litigation; international arbitrations; antitrust and trade law and federal regulatory practice. Mr. Nickles rejoins Covington & Burling LLP after serving District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty during his four-year Administration, first as General Counsel to the Mayor, then as Attorney General for the District of Columbia.
During his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Nickles worked tirelessly to improve the lives of its citizens. He played a major role in shoring up the financially troubled United Medical Center, the city's only hospital east of the Anacostia River. He also pressed public-interest lawsuits against city slumlords and tried to free the city from court oversight in longstanding cases involving how the District handles issues such as juvenile justice, mental health patients and special education.
Mr. Nickles' legal career began at Covington, where, over four and one-half decades, he represented numerous Fortune 500 companies against insurance carriers in litigating complex insurance coverage disputes.