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Covington & Burling Announces Five New Partners

September 30, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 30, 2004 - Covington & Burling announced the election of five new partners, effective October 1. Stuart C. Stock, chair of the firm's management committee, commented: "These fine lawyers very much reflect the strength, excellence, and diversity of the firm." Covington's newest partners and their backgrounds are as follows:

  • Robert K. Kelner leads Covington's election law practice. He focuses on political law, defense against governmental and congressional investigations, white collar criminal defense, and complex civil litigation. He was co-counsel to the Republican National Committee and other political party plaintiffs in the landmark McConnell v. Federal Election Commission case in the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B., 1989) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1997), and clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


  • Benedict M. Lenhart is a senior member of Covington's insurance practice group. He assists clients with complex insurance disputes and advises on the role of insurance in corporate transactions. He has been involved in well over 100 insurance settlements and judgments involving a broad spectrum of liabilities and policy types. He regularly speaks at insurance conferences and is co-chair of an ABA insurance subcommittee. He has taught a course on constitutional law at Georgetown Law Center for the past 12 years. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A, 1985) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1989).


  • Alan A. Pemberton heads the firm's government contracts practice group and serves as vice chair of the firm's public service committee. His practice includes a wide range of government procurement law issues, including bid protest, claims and other contract-related litigation as well as legislative, transactional and regulatory matters for government contractors. For many years he has been active in prisoners' rights and other civil rights matters. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A., 1974) and the University of Michigan (M.A., 1978; J.D., 1981).


  • Elaine Stone specializes in white collar criminal matters. She has represented individual and corporate defendants in matters involving the securities, environmental, antitrust and tax laws, and she has played a prominent role at the firm in conducting internal investigations. Prior to joining the firm, she served as Counsel for the Impeachment Trial Committee in proceedings brought against a federal judge and Associate Counsel to the AEI-Brookings Project on the Independent Counsel Statute. She is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A, 1975) and New York University School of Law (J.D., 1978), and clerked for then-Chief Judge Frank M. Coffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


  • Carolyn E. Taylor is a corporate lawyer with a focus on private equity and venture capital. Her practice includes advising private equity and venture capital clients as well as private and public companies in financings, acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions, and advising sponsors of and investors in private equity, venture capital, hedge and other private investment funds. In 2000, she left Covington, where she had been a partner, to serve as executive vice president and general counsel of Longitude, Inc. She is a graduate of Brown University (B.A., 1982) and Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1985), and clerked for Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Messrs. Kelner, Lenhart, and Pemberton and Ms. Stone are based in Washington, while Ms. Taylor is based in New York.

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