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The American Lawyer Names Covington One of the Top Five Litigation Departments of the Year


WASHINGTON, DC, January 2, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP has been selected by The American Lawyer as one of the nation’s top five litigation departments. The recognition, and a profile on the firm’s litigation practice, are featured in the widely read publication’s January 2008 issue.

In naming Covington one of five finalists for its biennial Litigation Department of the Year award, The American Lawyer writes: “Covington & Burling wins with regulatory know-how, Washington connections, appellate creativity -- and an uncanny ability to find the solution that fits the case, whether the client is Chiquita, Microsoft, the NFL, or a pro bono death penalty defendant fighting for his life.”

The profile summarizes the high praise The American Lawyer received about the firm from many of its clients. Former IBM lawyer Douglas Vetter, now a senior director at Apple Inc., for example, is quoted as saying that of the 40 firms that he hired while at IBM, Covington is “clearly at the top.” Those views were echoed by Robin Steele, general counsel of InterMune, for which Covington secured an extraordinary result in a bet-the-company case, Dorothy O’Brien, general counsel of E.ON U.S., and by C. Thomas Harvie, general counsel of Goodyear, who added: “If I find myself being hounded, I want someone to hound back.”

The profile goes on to say that it took more than kind words from happy clients to garner Covington this outstanding recognition. It reports that Covington “dominated in appellate courts, and proved itself as a firm-of-last-resort for clients in need of rescue.” The common theme, according to The American Lawyer, is the firm’s ability to identify the “right approach” to solving the client’s litigation problem.

The American Lawyer further reports that its writers and editors were impressed by the creativity that Covington’s litigators used across a number of practice areas. As examples, it cites the firm’s “slew of important financial services and pharmaceutical cases,” including victories for Wachovia Bank, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., and InterMune, Inc.

The American Lawyer is the legal industry’s leading monthly magazine, read by partners at corporate law firms, in-house counsel, government lawyers, and litigators at firms of all sizes.

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