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Our Survey Says


If you want to work at a firm with a strong pro bono commitment, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than Covington & Burling. With uncapped pro bono hours that all count toward the billable hour requirement, associates at Covington are universal in praising their firm’s pro bono program. They describe their firm’s culture as professional and collegial, while leaning a bit toward formality and a focus on the work rather than socializing. While some associates complain of long hours, they acknowledge that these complaints likely apply more or less equally to all BigLaw firms. Relations between partners and associates are respectful and collegial, with associates saying partners respect their time and contributions. Both formal and informal training programs receive generally high marks, with both networking and sponsorship opportunities as well as the firm’s formal mentorship program being mostly praised. Covington associates report that substantive work is almost always appropriate to their level and sometimes slightly above it. Technology is one item flagged as a growth area, with complaints about the document management system and the commitment to remote and hybrid technology coming up frequently. Associates are satisfied with their compensation, reporting a market baseline with above-market bonuses available for those who exceed their billable hour targets. Associates have good things to say about the firm’s wellness offerings, although there is significant grumbling about the office work policy-Covington currently requires in-office work three days a week. As with many peer firms, Covington associates rate the diversity commitment as strong and moving in the right direction with significant work still to be done. While many associates feel that partnership may not be realistic, they are generally satisfied with the availability of counsel roles and exit opportunities into government or in-house roles.

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); Neema Sahni, Ashley Simonsen (LA); Arlo Devlin-Brown, Matthew Gehl, Clea Liquard, , Jenna Wallace(NY);Rani Gupta, Megan Rodgers, (Palo Alto); Denny Kwon, Cortlin Lannin, Ingrid Rechtin, Doug Sprague (SF); Ruixue Ran (Beijing); Daniel Cooper (Brussels); Rupert Harper (Dubai); Walter Born (Frankfurt); Ben Donovan (Johannesburg); Greg Lascelles, Daniel Pavin, (London); William Park (Seoul); Eric Carlson (Shanghai)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2022:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,134/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
Recruiting contacts for all offices may be found

No. of U.S. Offices: 5

No. of International Offices: 8

Major Office Locations

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.