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Leading Trial Lawyer Geoffrey E. Hobart Joins Covington

April 15, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2005 -  Covington & Burling announced today that Geoffrey E. Hobart has joined the firm as a partner.  Mr. Hobart will join Covington's Trial, White Collar, and Pharmaceutical Litigation and Investigations practice groups and will be resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.  His private practice focus over the past several years has been and will continue to be on the defense of pharmaceutical companies in government investigations and related civil litigation. 

From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Hobart was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division for the District of Massachusetts.  In that role, he successfully tried over 15 cases and argued more than 20 appeals before the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Hobart received the Director's Award from Attorney General Janet Reno for his prosecution of 16 members and associates of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.  He also worked for the Department of Justice's Campaign Financing Task Force in Washington, D.C., and tried the Charlie Trie case.  Hobart was previously a partner in Holland & Knight's Boston office.  

"We are very pleased to have Geof join our White Collar and Pharmaceutical Investigations practices, " said Stuart Stock, Chair of Covington's Management Committee.  "We believe we have preeminent practices in these areas, and Geof will add important additional depth and strength to these practices."

Mr. Hobart stated, "I am excited about joining Covington's nationally recognized white collar team and working with the many talented lawyers in the firm's life sciences practice.  I look forward to continuing to represent pharmaceutical companies in the defense of government investigations and related civil litigation at Covington."

Mr. Hobart is a graduate of Boston College (B.S., summa cum laude, 1982; J.D., summa cum laude, 1985).  Following law school, he served as a law clerk for Associate Justice Francis P. O'Connor of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. 

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