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Covington Promotes 10 Lawyers to Partnership


WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP today announced that ten of its lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership effective today. The new partners practice in the corporate, litigation, and regulatory fields.

The ten new partners and their practices are as follows:

  • Marney Cheek (International) represents companies and trade associations on a wide range of international trade and investment matters, including private investors in investor-state arbitration proceedings. She also counsels clients on trade matters involving World Trade Organization agreements, U.S. free trade agreements, and international intellectual property policy. Prior to joining Covington, she served as Associate General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Ms. Cheek holds an A.B. from Stanford University, a M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She clerked for Judge Richard Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Kevin Collins (Intellectual Property) has represented clients in a wide variety of patent and other intellectual property matters at both the trial and appellate levels. He has tried a number of patent matters in various forums, including in federal district court, before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, and in Section 337 investigations at the International Trade Commission. Mr. Collins, who clerked for Judge Robert Karwacki of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University.
  • Yaron Dori (Communications & Media) practices primarily in the area of telecommunications, privacy, and consumer protection law. He represents clients before federal and state regulatory agencies and Congress in connection with a range of policy issues under the Communications Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and similar federal and state provisions. Recognized by the Legal 500 US in data protection and privacy, Mr. Dori is a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, and holds a law degree from Boston College.
  • David Fagan (International/CFIUS, Global Privacy & Data Security) represents foreign and domestic clients on all aspects of the national security review process administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the national industrial security regulations governing defense contractors, and related homeland and national security matters. Mr. Fagan’s practice also covers transactional, legislative, and compliance matters focusing on data security. He has been recognized by Chambers USA and the Legal 500 US as a leading privacy and data security lawyer. Mr. Fagan earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was notes editor for the Law Review, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University.
  • Miriam Guggenheim (Food & Drug) counsels clients in all aspects of the development and marketing of food and dietary supplements, from product formulation and manufacturing considerations to labeling and advertising. She has particular expertise in issues relating to food safety, health benefit claims, and marketing to children. Ms. Guggenheim earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Guggenheim clerked for Judge Clarkson Fisher of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
  • Matthew O’Connor (Litigation/White Collar) has participated in all aspects of the white collar defense practice, with a particular emphasis on representing pharmaceutical companies and executives in internal investigations and broad-ranging federal and state civil and criminal investigations. He also has extensive experience in class action litigation arising from governmental investigations and has litigated the full range of commercial disputes before the federal and state courts throughout the country. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School, and a cum laude graduate of Fairfield University.
  • Lucinda Osborne (Corporate, Intellectual Property) concentrates on transactional matters for pharmaceutical and biotech clients. She regularly advises clients in connection with their in and out-licensing activities, joint ventures and collaborations and other strategic transactions, as well as the full range of commercial agreements that span the product life-cycle in the life sciences sector. Ms. Osborne, who has been ranked each year since 2006 in PLC’s Life Sciences, Which Lawyer?, earned a LL.M. from the London School of Economics. She is also a graduate of the College of Law, Chester, and Oxford University’s New College.
  • Seth Safra (Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation) focuses on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, including the design, implementation, and administration of retirement plans, equity and other performance-based compensation plans, and health and welfare arrangements. He has helped numerous clients to resolve favorably a variety of regulatory and legislative challenges, as well as litigation and contested agency proceedings. Mr. Safra earned his law degree summa cum laude from Duke University, where he was research editor for the Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Coif. He graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech, and clerked for Judge Paul Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Kimberly Strosnider (International, Litigation) advises companies on foreign trade control matters and represents clients in insurance coverage disputes and related litigation. In the international trade area, Ms. Strosnider counsels clients on all aspects of compliance with export control laws and regulations, economic sanctions programs, and antiboycott laws. Prior to earning her law degree cum laude from Harvard, Ms. Strosnider received a B.A. summa cum laude from Otterbein College and spent nearly ten years as a newspaper reporter. She clerked after law school for Judge J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
  • Sarah Wilson (Litigation) focuses on complex civil litigation and internal investigations. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice, as Senior Counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office, and as a judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, where she presided over major statutory and contractual disputes between corporations and federal agencies. Ms. Wilson, who clerked for Judge Richard Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, earned her J.D. from Columbia, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and editor of the Human Rights Law Review. She holds both a masters in philosophy and arts from Yale, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude graduate of Williams College.

Ms. Osborne is resident in Covington’s London office. The other new partners reside in the firm’s Washington office.

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