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Covington Elects Six New Partners


WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP announced that six of its associates have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective today. Stuart Stock, chair of the firm’s management committee, commented, “These six outstanding men and women are representative of Covington’s depth and excellence. We are pleased to welcome them to our partnership.” Covington’s newest partners and their backgrounds are as follows:

  • Kerry Shannon Burke (Corporate/Securities) focuses on capital markets and securities transactions. Her experiences range from development stage ventures to large public issuers, as well as underwriters and other institutional investors, in private and public debt and equity financings. Ms. Burke also has assisted clients on a variety of finance and merger and acquisition transactions, and regularly advises on general corporate and federal securities law matters. An honors graduate of Clarkson University (B.S., 1995), she received her law degree magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1998) where she was the managing editor for the Journal of Science and Technology Law. She also earned an advanced degree with first class honors from Cambridge University (LL.M., 2001).
  • Robert B. Heller (Tax) concentrates on the tax aspects of corporate and partnership transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, public and private capital markets transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Mr. Heller was part of the Covington team that represented Kerr-McGee Corporation in the initial public offering and subsequent spin-off of its chemicals business, Tronox Incorporated, and in Kerr-McGee’s subsequent $18 billion acquisition by Anadarko Petroleum. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1995; J.D. 1998), where he was the articles editor of the Law Review and received the Peter McCall Prize for graduating first in his law class.
  • Emily Johnson Henn (Litigation) has a broad-ranging trial, appellate, and arbitration practice that has included false advertising claims, intellectual property disputes (including trade secrets and trademarks), litigation in the financial services sector, and administrative law disputes. Ms. Henn also represents individuals and companies in white collar criminal defense and investigations. Ms. Henn is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A., 1994) and a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1999), where she was editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal. She clerked for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Philip A. Irwin (Litigation) concentrates on complex commercial and financial services litigation. He has successfully tried a dozen cases in federal court and before securities arbitration panels. Mr. Irwin has also briefed and argued appeals in a variety of federal and state appellate courts. He is a magna cum laude graduate of both Cornell University (A.B., 1996) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1999). Mr. Irwin clerked for Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Grail Walsh Sipes (Regulatory) practices in Covington’s food and drug and life sciences groups. Her practice covers all aspects of drug and biologic regulation, including: clinical trials and drug development; FDA approval and marketing exclusivity considerations; drug marketing and promotion; postmarketing surveillance; and privacy issues raised by the collection of data and biomaterials. Ms. Sipes also has experience with issues specific to the development of vaccines, including pandemic vaccine products. She regularly counsels clients on a range of regulatory issues raised by corporate acquisitions and transactions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Ms. Sipes is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University (B.A., 1985) and the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. She earned her law degree from Harvard Law School (J.D., 1994).
  • Peter Zern (Corporate/Securities) focuses on sports and media transactions, finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Zern has represented major sports leagues in connection with the negotiation of television, Internet and other new media agreements, in addition to financings, ownership transfers, and stadium deals. He has also represented public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings. A graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B., 1995), Mr. Zern is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1998).

Mr. Heller and Mr. Irwin are resident in the firm’s New York office, while Ms. Burke, Ms. Henn, Ms. Sipes, and Mr. Zern are based in Washington.


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