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Covington Announces Five New Counsel

April 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC, April 1, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of two lawyers to of counsel and three lawyers to special counsel.

The new of counsel are as follows:

  • Alex Chinoy (Washington) focuses his practice on the resolution of international intellectual property disputes, with an emphasis on Section 337 unfair import investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and on U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement of intellectual property rights. His broader litigation experience includes patent infringement matters in U.S. District Court and a range of trade disputes before the U.S. Court of International Trade.
  • Jason Criss (New York) practices in the areas of media law, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation. He advises journalists on First Amendment, defamation, and newsgathering issues, and he represents media clients before trial and appellate courts. His white collar and regulatory practice includes conducting internal investigations for corporations and corporate board committees, and representing institutions and individuals in investigations conducted by the Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general, congressional committees, and self-regulatory organizations.

The new special counsel are as follows:

  • Sarah Franklin (Washington) focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation. She has represented corporate and individual clients in criminal and civil investigations by the Justice Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and Food and Drug Administration, as well as internal investigations, congressional inquiries, and multi-district False Claims Act litigation. Ms. Franklin also draws on her experience in defending government investigations to advise pharmaceutical clients on compliance practices.
  • Hope Hamilton (Washington) focuses her practice on civil litigation and arbitration, particularly in the areas of trademark, false advertising, and copyright law. Ms. Hamilton's experience includes handling complex cases involving ownership and infringement disputes, gray market and counterfeit goods, domain names, keyword advertising, and an array of Internet related matters. She also has handled trademark proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and advised clients on trademark selection, clearance, prosecution and registration, maintenance, and strategic enforcement matters. Ms. Hamilton is a member of the International Trademark Association’s Parallel-Imports Committee, North American Subcommittee.
  • Kendra Roberson (Washington) is a member of Covington’s employee benefits & executive compensation practice group. She regularly advises clients on a broad spectrum of employee benefits matters, including tax-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, equity-based compensation plans, and executive compensation arrangements. Her experience includes plan design and drafting, regulatory compliance, ERISA litigation, and handling employee benefits matters and plans in corporate transactions.

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