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Covington Promotes 10 Lawyers to Partnership

October 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that 10 of its lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership effective October 1.

This group is comprised of diverse and talented individuals who have made their mark at Covington through exceptional work and the highest standards of client service.

“We’re delighted to welcome these 10 lawyers to our partnership,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. “They share our commitment to excellence, and we’re confident that they will make important and enduring contributions to our clients and the firm.”

The new partners and their practices are:

  • Brian Bieluch (Litigation) focuses his practice on intellectual property and appellate litigation. He has represented a wide range of technology clients in matters involving electronics, software, financial services, semiconductors, and display technologies. Mr. Bieluch clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from Connecticut College.
  • Miranda Cole (Antitrust/Communications) practices in the areas of competition and communications law and policy. Her competition law expertise includes merger control, actions under Articles 101 and 102 EC, and actions before the European courts in competition matters. She has advised numerous companies active in the technology and communications sectors. Ms. Cole also has extensive experience in the communications field across all aspects of regulation, policy, and competition law, including in the transactional context. Ms. Cole received her L.L.M. from the University of London and her LL.B and B.A. from the University of Queensland.
  • Matthew DelNero (Communications & Media/Intellectual Property) focuses on telecommunications, technology, and media law and policy. His work takes place across a range of settings, including the FCC and Congress, and in diverse contexts that include policy development, regulatory compliance, strategic planning, and commercial transactions. Mr. DelNero has particular expertise in spectrum policy, cloud computing, signal retransmission and content licensing on both new and established platforms, IP policy, and foreign investment in the media and telecommunications sectors. He also counsels sports leagues, program producers, online service providers, and performing arts organizations in the area of music rights. Mr. DelNero received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Tufts University. He currently serves as a co-chair of the Wireless Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
  • Christopher Denig (Litigation) represents companies and individuals in civil and criminal investigations by the DOJ, SEC, OFAC, Congress, and other federal and state enforcement agencies. His work has included the representation of a number of major pharmaceutical companies in such investigations. Mr. Denig has expertise representing public company boards and board committees in investigations involving accounting issues, including representation before the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel. He also has broad experience handling Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations, as well as designing compliance and training programs. Mr. Denig clerked for Judge Richard M. Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and B.A. from Swarthmore College.
  • Jeffrey Lerner (Litigation) is a patent litigator with broad experience representing clients before federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Lerner has tried cases in federal court and the ITC, and has litigated in a broad array of different technology areas, including semiconductor devices, software technology, advanced materials, and pharmaceuticals. He also has substantial experience representing clients in antitrust litigation and advising clients on various aspects of antitrust law. Mr. Lerner clerked for Judge Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. and B.A.Sc. from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Miguel López Forastier (Litigation) practices in the areas of international arbitration and litigation. In the international arbitration field, he has represented numerous clients in both investor-state and commercial arbitrations. He has also represented various companies in the state and federal courts. Mr. López Forastier clerked for the Cámara Nacional de Apelaciones en lo Comercial de Buenos Aires, Argentina (Commercial Court of Appeals of Buenos Aires). He earned his L.L.M. in Patents and Intellectual Property Law from The George Washington University and his J.D. (Abogado) from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires.
  • Mona Patel (Litigation) focuses her practice on government investigations and pharmaceutical litigation. She represents and counsels pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare providers in internal and government investigations, and related civil litigation and compliance matters. Ms. Patel also conducts internal FCPA investigations for companies, and provides guidance to clients on FCPA compliance issues and program elements. Her experience includes a broad range of complex business litigation, and she has represented clients before state and federal courts on a variety of matters, including False Claims Act cases. She clerked for Judge Eric L. Clay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Ms. Patel earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her A.B. from Harvard University.
  • Jeannie Perron (Food & Drug) practices in the food and drug law field, with a particular focus on in animal food and drug law. In this capacity, she represents companies that manufacture feed, feed ingredients, drugs, biologics, and medical devices for animals, as well as clients in related industries. Her practice also includes advising clients and providing representation on matters before the U.S. Department of Agriculture arising under the Animal Welfare Act. Dr. Perron holds a degree in veterinary medicine and has practiced as a veterinarian. She earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and her B.S. from Purdue University.
  • Anupam Sharma (Intellectual Property) has worked on a variety of intellectual property litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on patent and trade secret cases. He has represented a broad spectrum of clients in the information technology sector in matters involving enterprise and technical software, microprocessor design, semiconductors, and semiconductor processing. He has litigated in federal district courts nationwide and in the ITC. He has extensive experience in counseling clients on a wide range of intellectual property and litigation matters, including validity, infringement, enforceability, and licensing of patents. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Sharma worked in the Silicon Valley as an investment banking associate, venture capital associate, and engineer. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.S. from Stanford School of Engineering and an M.S. from the University of Georgia. In addition, he was doctoral candidate in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his B.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Delhi, India.
  • Einar Stole (Intellectual Property) handles complex pharmaceutical and chemical patent litigation in the federal district courts, including numerous cases involving generic drug approvals and the Hatch-Waxman Act. Dr. Stole’s litigation and counseling experience has focused on matters involving pharmaceuticals, chemicals, chemical processes, and biotechnology such as genetically-engineered enzymes and DNA-based diagnostic methods. He counsels clients on a range of intellectual property and litigation matters, including patent infringement, validity, and enforceability. Dr. Stole also has experience prosecuting chemical and biotechnology patent applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including appeals and interferences before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. He earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, his Ph.D. from Cornell University, and his B.S. from the University of Washington.

Ms. Cole is resident in Covington’s Brussels office, Mr. Sharma is resident in Covington’s Silicon Valley office, and the other new partners are based in the firm’s Washington office.

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