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At a Glance


“I have been able to work on substantive assignments even as a junior associate.”

“Covington is a place where the associates support each other and want each other to succeed.”


“Workflow is sometimes inconsistent.”

“The firm is run very conservatively, so perks are minimal, and the firm is often considered somewhat ‘cheap.’”

About Covington & Burling

This “brain trust” law firm is known for quietly (and smartly) going about its business—antitrust, litigation, white collar defense & investigations, corporate, intellectual property, export controls, data privacy and cybersecurity, and regulatory work—with particular strengths in the sports, insurance, life science/pharma, energy, tech, and media/entertainment industries.

Capital Roots

Judge J. Harry Covington and Edward B. Burling founded their firm in Washington, DC, in 1919, with a (then unique) concept of focus on regulatory issues. Since its founding, most members of the Fortune 200 have worked with Covington. The firm played significant roles in many of the leading legal matters that arose from the New Deal. Later, in the 1950s, Covington lawyers wrote the key briefs in the Steel Seizure cases. As the federal government expanded, so did Covington, attending to issues involving the FDA, IRS, FAA, FCC, and other multilettered agencies. With this Washington-based practice, it’s no wonder that the firm has numerous former government officials among its ranks.

Major League

Covington counsels across myriad industries, including aerospace; consumer brands; digital health; energy; financial services; gaming; life sciences; media, internet, and technology; mining and metals; sports; and transportation.

The firm is known for its white collar team, which boasts more than 100 lawyers—including former high-profile government lawyers—and sits comfortably within Vault’s top five firms for white collar defense and internal investigations. Clients regularly call on the firm to handle matters involving crisis management, the False Claims Act, internal investigations, regulatory issues, shareholder litigation, whistleblower claims, and other matters.

One simply can’t discuss Covington without mentioning its robust sports practice. With more than 50 years of experience, Covington’s sports law department is an all-star team. The group has represented the likes of MLB, MLS, NASCAR, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL, the USGA, and the USTA. The firm also counsels college sports leagues on a variety of matters and advised both the pros and colleges on their broadcast contracts. The sports practice is multifaceted, but Covington lawyers meet the challenge, handling everything from antitrust, collective bargaining, financings, insurance, media rights, regulatory affairs to sponsorships and tax.

Giving Associates a Voice

At Covington, when associates speak, people listen. The firm’s Associate Advisory Committee includes both associates and partners and provides an outlet for associates to offer opinions on firm decisions. The firm also offers a confidential process for associates to request advice through “associate ombudspersons.” The ombudsperson is a senior lawyer from whom associates can seek confidential advice.

News & Awards

  • Covington Represents Bristol Myers Squibb in $14B Merger with Karuna Therapeutics
  • Covington Team Secures Crucial Victories For Ukraine Before the World Court
  • Covington Wins Three Cases in Two Days for TikTok, creating important precedents for TikTok in fighting similar litigation and legislation in other states that threaten the company
  • Covington Appellate Team Successfully Defends Government's Authority to Dismiss False Claims Act Suits Before Supreme Court on Behalf of Executive Health Resources
  • Firm of the Year, 2019-2024 – Law360
  • #1 Ranked Firm on the Pro Bono Scorecard, 2023
  • American Lawyer ESG and Community Impact Leader, 2013
  • National Law Journal Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year, 2023
  • American Lawyer White Collar Litigation Department of the Year, 2023 – National Law Journal

Why Work Here

Working at Covington

Our distinctively collaborative culture allows us to be truly one team globally, drawing on the diverse experience of lawyers and advisors across the firm by seamlessly sharing insight and expertise. What sets us apart is our ability to combine the tremendous strength in our litigation, investigations, and corporate practices with deep knowledge of policy and policymakers, and one of the world’s leading regulatory practices. This enables us to create novel solutions to our clients’ toughest problems, successfully try their toughest cases, and deliver commercially practical advice of the highest quality.

Covington & Burling

One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 662-6000

Firm Stats

Chair, Management, and Executive Committees: Doug Gibson
Hiring Partners: Ben Block, Ranga Sudarshan (DC);Wade Ackerman, Helen Hwang (LA); Arlo Devlin-Brown, Matthew Gehl, Clea Liquard, , Jenna Wallace(NY);Rani Gupta, Megan Rodgers, (Palo Alto); Cortlin Lannin, Ingrid Rechtin, Doug Sprague (SF); Paul Rogers (BO); Ruixue Ran (Beijing); Daniel Cooper (Brussels); Rupert Harper (Dubai); Jorn Hirshmann (Frankfurt); Ben Donovan (Johannesburg); Greg Lascelles, Daniel Pavin, (London); William Park (Seoul); Eric Carlson (Shanghai)
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2024)
1st year: $225,000
2nd year: $235,000
3rd year: $260,000
4th year: $310,000
5th year: $365,000
6th year: $390,000
7th year: $420,000
8th year: $435,000
Summer Associate: $4,326/week

Employment Contact

Kelsey Donovan
Legal Recruiting and Professional Development Manager
(424) 303-4800
New York
Ilyssa Pastolove
Legal Recruitment Manager
(212) 841-1000
Washington, DC
Grace Seery
Manager of Legal Recruiting
(202) 662-6200
Grace Seery
Manager of Legal Recruiting
(202) 662-6200
Recruiting contacts for all offices may be found

No. of U.S. Offices: 6

No. of International Offices: 8

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Palo Alto, CA
Washington, DC |

Major Departments

Advertising and Consumer Law
Antitrust & Competition Law
Appellate and Supreme Court
CFIUS/National Security
Communications & Media
Corporate/M&A & Capital Markets
Financial Institutions
Government Contracts
Insurance Coverage
Intellectual Property
International Trade/Export Controls
Life Sciences
Litigation and International Arbitration
Privacy & Cybersecurity
Public Policy
White Collar Defense & Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.