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Covington & Burling Announces Ten New Partners

October 3, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2005 - Covington & Burling announced the election of ten new partners, effective October 1. Stuart Stock, chair of the firm's management committee, commented: "These exceptional lawyers reflect the strength, excellence and diversity of the firm, and the continuing growth of our practices across the firm."  Covington's newest partners and their backgrounds are as follows:

  • Christine E. Enemark practices in Covington's corporate group and focuses on transactions in the communications, media, and entertainment industries. She counsels a variety of new media, broadcast, cable, telecommunications, and information technology companies.  She advises clients in the negotiation of joint ventures, cable and broadcast affiliation, acquisitions, licensing, distribution, content production, financings, and related matters.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1991) and Columbia Law School (J.D., 1997), and she clerked for Judge Paul R. Michel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • David H. Engvall practices in the firm's corporate and securities practices.  He provides securities, transactional and general corporate advice to clients ranging from development stage ventures to large public companies.  His work includes private and public securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters.  His practice includes clients in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on the telecommunications and satellite industries.   Before joining Covington in 2003, Mr. Engvall served as senior vice president and general counsel of a publicly traded wireless data communications company.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., 1986) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1991).

  • W. Andrew Jack is a corporate and securities lawyer who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financing activities, strategic alliances, Sarbanes-Oxley and 1934 Act compliance, corporate governance counseling, and executive compensation arrangements.  Mr. Jack's work as outside general counsel to the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission helped return Major League Baseball to Washington.  He leads the firm's long-standing representation of JLG Industries and has advised the National Football League in several high-profile matters.  Mr. Jack has represented Interstate General Company L.P. and American Community Properties Trust in corporate, securities and financing matters.  He has also helped several public company boards and board committees navigate challenging governance predicaments.  Mr. Jack graduated from George Washington University (B.A., 1983; J.D., 1986).

  • David M. Marchick specializes in complex international trade, investment, transportation, and legislative matters.  He has advised leading U.S. and foreign companies on international trade law and policy, including World Trade Organization disputes.  Mr. Marchick has a leading practice representing foreign investors and domestic companies seeking national security approval for foreign investments under the Exon-Florio amendment.   Among others, he has advised IBM on the sale of its PC unit to Lenovo; Global Crossing on its investment from ST Telemedia; and BT on its acquisition of Infonet.  Mr. Marchick is co-authoring a book on Exon-Florio, due out the spring of 2006.  From 1993 to 1999, he served in four departments in the Clinton Administration, including the White House and USTR.  Mr. Marchick graduated from the University of California, San Diego (B.A.); the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (Masters); and George Washington University (J.D.).  He serves as President of the International Aviation Club, an aviation bar group.

  • Robert Newman is a member of Covington's employee benefits practice group.  His practice includes advising clients, ranging from small employers to some of the nation's largest employers, regarding rules governing employee benefits under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.  He assists clients in designing and administering retirement plans, welfare plans and executive compensation arrangements.  He represents clients before the IRS and the Department of Labor and negotiates and writes employment agreements.  He provides technical support in employee benefits litigation and in corporate transactions.  Mr. Newman graduated from Brown University (B.A., 1992) and New York University School of Law (J.D., 1996).  He clerked for Chief Judge Alan Kay of the Federal District Court for Hawaii.

  • Keith A. Noreika focuses on bank regulatory matters and also on litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.  Many of Mr. Noreika's cases have challenged the validity of state and local laws as preempted by the federal banking laws. The clients with which he works include Wells Fargo, National City Bank, and Freddie Mac.  He has also made presentations to industry groups.  Mr. Noreika graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1994), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1994), and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1997). He was co-chair of the Supreme Court Notes Office of the Harvard Law Review.  He clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

  • Lisa Peets leads Covington's intellectual property and information technology practices in London.  She focuses on IP/IT legislation and counseling and anti-piracy enforcement.  Ms. Peets works with leading technology industry clients and serves as principal outside legal counsel for the Business Software Alliance in Europe, an association whose members include many of the world's leading software and hardware companies.  Ms. Peets has advocated on behalf of her clients in the context of many European legislative initiatives, including the EU's e-Commerce, Copyright and IP Enforcement Directives, and advises clients on IP issues in a range of development and transactional contexts.  Working with a team of lawyers, Internet investigators and other specialists, Ms. Peets also oversees the coordination of civil and criminal intellectual property enforcement actions in over 40 countries.  Ms. Peets, a board member of Copyright World, graduated from Harvard University (A.B., 1988) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1994).

  • Carey S. Roberts is a corporate lawyer whose practice focuses on finance and securities matters.  She regularly advises corporate clients in financing matters, including high-yield debt financings, initial public offerings, hybrid securities transactions, project finance transactions in the capital markets and corporate restructurings.  Ms. Roberts also counsels clients on a regular basis with respect to corporate governance and securities disclosure issues.  Ms. Roberts graduated from the University of Chicago (A.B., 1994) and The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1997).

  • Jeremy D. Spector practices in the firm's tax group.  His work involves tax planning, IRS controversy work, and the structuring of corporate transactions, with particular emphasis on advising professional sports leagues and teams and on representing large taxpayers through the IRS audit and appeals processes.  Mr. Spector also has significant experience counseling clients on the federal and state taxation of e-commerce.  His sports-related practice encompasses the purchase and sale of sports franchises, public and private stadium financing, player compensation, and the treatment of sponsorship, licensing, and broadcast agreements.  The clients with which he works in the sports world include the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, and the Arena Football League.  He is a graduate of Yale College (B.A., 1992) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1997).  He was Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review and clerked for Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • Jonathan M. Sperling focuses on complex business and securities litigation in both trial and appellate courts.  Mr. Sperling has won victories in the past few years for General Electric, Computer Associates, UBS, and Morgan Stanley, to name a few.  He also represents clients in SEC and white-collar criminal investigations.  Mr. Sperling graduated from Brandeis University (B.A., 1991) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1995).  He clerked for the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Messrs. Engvall, Jack, Marchick, Newman, Noreika, and Spector and Ms. Enemark are based in Washington, D.C.;  Mr. Sperling is based in New York;  Ms. Roberts is based in San Francisco; and Ms. Peets is based in London.

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