Known for its white collar, antitrust, and corporate work—among other things—Covington is a mainstay in the top 20 of the Vault Law 100. The firm attracts intellectuals who lean progressive and thrive on collaboration, hard work, and giving back via pro bono matters.
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Covington might not be the flashiest law firm, but in the legal world it packs a huge punch. The firm is particularly known for its top white collar practice and extensive ties to government and the judiciary—attorneys regularly go back and forth between clerkships/government positions and the firm. Covington attorneys are aware that the firm has a reputation for being somewhat “introverted,” but for the most part they agree with, and approve of, this assessment. Associates describe a culture of deep respect and real collegiality, and while socializing isn’t a top priority for many, this is seen as a worthwhile tradeoff for a pleasant and balanced work environment. Most associates say the hours are long but reasonable, particularly in light of how much substantive work they receiv...
This “brain trust” law firm is known for quietly (and smartly) going about its business—that business being antitrust, litigation, white collar defense & investigations, corporate, IP, 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.
Judge J. Harry Covington and Edward B. Burling founded their firm in Washington, DC, in 1919, with a (then unique) concept of a firm focused on regulatory issues. Since that founding, it would be hard to find many members of the Fortune 200 that have not worked with Covington. The firm played significant roles in many of the leading legal matters that arose from the New Deal. Later, in the 1950...
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.