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Our Survey Says


For unmatched associate/partner experiences and pro bono opportunities, Covington is the place to be. Hiring focuses on candidates with high grades from elite schools, and the firm reaches out to an applicant’s recommenders. Personalities matter, too, because the firm’s setting is professional but not overly social, and the importance of separating associates’ work and personal lives is recognized. Partners are known for appreciating associates and valuing their input, caring about their development, and respecting their work-life balance. Strong on-the-job guidance and mentoring are supplemented with plentiful formal training opportunities. Lateral and clerk hires feel plugged in and welcomed right away. Work experiences are diverse, ranging from mundane to interesting, including challenging assignments and client interactions. Experience and familiarity often dictate how projects are distributed, but central staffing tries to spread assignments among associates. The 1,950 hour billable requirement is reasonable, especially because it includes unlimited pro bono hours, which is a Covington highlight and shining achievement. Associates love the firm’s devotion to pro bono work and that these hours make it easier to earn bonuses, which, like salaries, are given at the prevailing market rate. In contrast to all these positives, firm technology and IT support are negatives. Recent efforts to improve need to be expanded further. Covington’s wellness programs are numerous and appear to be implemented out of genuine concern for associates, but many attorneys simply don’t have time to take advantage of them. Similarly, DEI efforts, such as affinity groups, a diversity summit, and recruiting are clear, but retention, especially for persons of color, needs attention. Promotion to counsel seems more common than making partner, though paths to partnership exist. Exit opportunities in-house or in the government are popular as well.

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.