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Covington Promotes 12 Lawyers to the Partnership


WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP today announced that 12 of its lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership. These new partners are resident in four of the firm’s offices and practice in the litigation, corporate/tax, and regulatory fields. Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee, commented: “These young and talented new partners are important building blocks for our future. We are extremely gratified that we continue to renew our partnership from within our ranks. It is crucial to our long-term growth and strength.”

The 12 new partners and their offices and practices are as follows:

  • John Bies (Litigation/White Collar; Washington) focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal and regulatory investigations, and complex civil litigation. He has represented clients in Justice Department investigations, in SEC and other regulatory enforcement actions, and in congressional investigations and hearings, including extensive work on matters involving financial institutions, broker-dealers, and technology companies. His substantial experience in complex civil litigation ranges from securities class actions and derivative lawsuits to mass tort lawsuits and complex contractual disputes. Mr. Bies clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He earned his law degree with high honors from The University of Chicago, where he was managing editor of the Law Review. He holds an M.A. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Pomona College.

  • Daniel Cooper (Privacy & Data Security; London) heads up the firm’s growing privacy and data security practice in London, and counsels in the information technology, pharmaceutical research, sports and financial services industries, among others, on European and UK data protection, data retention and freedom of information laws, as well as associated information technology and e-commerce laws and regulations. He is admitted to practice in England and Wales, as well as in the US, having earned his law degree cum laude from Harvard, his B.A. from Princeton, and a Masters of Studies from Oxford. Mr. Cooper clerked for Judge John Ferren of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

  • Scott Cunningham (Food & Drug; Washington) represents pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies as well as trade associations in matters before the FDA, Congress, state and federal courts, and other regulatory and enforcement agencies. He has significant experience in such areas as new product development and clinical trials; Hatch-Waxman matters and product life-cycle management; advertising and promotion; False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback compliance issues; cGMPs; import/export; and other aspects of federal and state regulation. Mr. Cunningham also has an active pro bono practice representing children as Guardian ad Litem in child custody cases. Mr. Cunningham received both his B.A. and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. He clerked for Judge R. Barclay Surrick of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

  • Scott Danzis (Food & Drug; Washington) regularly advises clients in the medical device, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries. He has substantial experience advising clients regarding FDA regulation of clinical trials, support for continuing medical education, imports and exports, good manufacturing practice, adverse event reporting, advertising and promotion, the Hatch-Waxman Act, and the Freedom of Information Act. He previously served in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the FDA, and clerked for Judge Chester J. Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Danzis is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He holds a masters degree from George Washington University and a bachelors' degree from Cornell University.

  • Steven Fagell (Litigation/White Collar; Washington) focuses on complex commercial litigation, white collar defense, and corporate investigations. In recent years, he has handled numerous D&O and fiduciary liability insurance disputes in connection with large-scale securities and ERISA class action litigation. Mr. Fagell also regularly advises board committees of public companies in connection with shareholder derivative litigation, and he conducts internal investigations of all types. Mr. Fagell graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He clerked for Judge Peter Messitte of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

  • Gregor Frizzell (Corporate; London) focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, securities and finance, joint ventures and collaborations, and general corporate and commercial advice. He is listed in the 2008 Legal 500 UK for his expertise in the M&A field. Mr. Frizzell, who is a graduate of Glasgow University and the University of Aberdeen where he earned a law degree with honors, is admitted to practice in England and Wales. He is also a Scottish qualified lawyer.

  • James Garland (Litigation/White Collar; Washington) practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. He has substantial experience litigating antitrust, business tort, and contract cases, with a particular focus on matters involving the financial services industry and professional sports leagues. In the white collar area, Mr. Garland has represented both corporate and individual clients in large-scale, multi-party Justice Department investigations and related regulatory enforcement actions. A graduate of Princeton, he received his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was an editorial board member of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Garland clerked for Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

  • Derek Ludwin (Antitrust; Washington) advises domestic and international clients on a wide variety of antitrust matters, including antitrust compliance and monitoring, potential acquisitions and other transactions, criminal and civil government investigations, and litigation. He has particular experience in technology and licensing, telecommunications and media, transportation, healthcare, and sports matters. A graduate of Yale, Mr. Ludwin earned his law degree magna cum laude from New York University, where he was executive editor of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • Andrew Ment (Corporate; New York) focuses on mergers and acquisitions, finance, securities, and general corporate advice. His M&A experience includes public and private acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged buy-outs, “going private” transactions and joint ventures. In addition, he frequently represents investment banks as financial advisors in M&A transactions. Mr. Ment’s finance and securities experience includes syndicated lending, royalty sales and financings, registered offerings, and private placements. A graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Mr. Ment holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

  • Benjamin Razi (Litigation; Washington) has substantial experience representing clients in complex civil, criminal, and regulatory litigation matters. In the civil litigation area, Mr. Razi represents plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes involving allegations of breach of contract, bad faith, fraud, and other business torts, with a particular focus on insurance litigation on behalf of policyholders, licensing disputes, and False Claims Act cases.  His white collar practice includes defending clients in government investigations, including grand jury, SEC, and congressional investigations, and prosecutions, as well as conducting internal investigations on behalf of clients. Mr. Razi clerked for Judge Roger Miner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He received his J.D. from American University and his B.A. from Fordham University.

  • Amy Toro (Corporate; San Francisco) handles a variety of technology transactions, with particular emphasis on life science arrangements, such as collaboration and license agreements. Her clients include pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, and non-profit organizations. She also has experience advising high technology clients on matters relating to the development and licensing of standardized technologies. Ms. Toro holds both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. She clerked for Judge Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

  • Emin Toro (Tax; Washington) concentrates on the needs of large corporate taxpayers, including both counseling and tax controversies. He has provided counseling on cross-border transfer pricing, international asset transfers, and tax optimal corporate structures, as well as acquisitions and dispositions. His controversy experience includes audits, administrative appeals, and litigation. Mr. Toro clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He received his J.D. with highest honors from the University of North Carolina, where he was articles editor of the Law Review, and his B.A. summa cum laude from Palm Beach Atlantic College.

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