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Covington Named to NLJ’s ‘Appellate Hot List’


WASHINGTON, DC, April 9, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP has been named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural “Appellate Hot List.” The “Hot List,” featured in the publication’s April 7 issue, recognizes 20 firms whose appellate track records included significant 2007 victories in cases with high financial stakes or that presented important legal principles. Covington’s profile in the NLJ highlights three noteworthy victories that are briefly described below.

In Watters v. Wachovia Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state laws purporting to subject national bank operating subsidiaries to state regulation are preempted by federal law. Covington’s Robert Long, who chairs the firm’s appellate practice, argued the case for Wachovia. With him on the brief were Covington partners Stuart Stock, Keith Noreika, and Emily Johnson Henn.

In Oakland Raiders v. National Football League, the California Supreme Court reinstated a jury’s defense verdict for Covington’s client, the NFL, which had been accused of tortious interference with the Oakland Raiders’ plans to build a football stadium in Los Angeles, allegedly resulting in more than $1.2 billion in damages. Gregg Levy, chair of Covington’s litigation practice, served as lead counsel and argued the appeal.

Finally, the NLJ profile features Covington’s successful representation of pharmaceutical manufacturer Hoffmann-La Roche in a product liability case involving the acne drug Accutane. In Rowe v. Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., the New Jersey Supreme Court held that Michigan law, not New Jersey law, applied, therefore precluding the plaintiff’s suit. Paul Schmidt argued the appeal. Leading the Covington team with him was partner Michael Imbroscio.

The National Law Journal ranking is the second recent recognition of Covington’s appellate and Supreme Court litigation practice. In naming Covington as a finalist for “Litigation Department of the Year,” The American Lawyer reported in its January 2008 issue that Covington has “dominated in appellate courts.” The article praised Covington’s “appellate creativity” and “glowing reputation” for appellate work.

Covington’s appellate and Supreme Court litigation practice is 60-members strong, and includes 16 former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, and six alumni of the U.S. Solicitor General’s office. These lawyers have argued more than 50 cases before the Supreme Court and hundreds in state and federal appeals courts.

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