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Covington & Burling LLP

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Founded in 1919, Covington & Burling LLP hasn’t followed the typical Big-law firm path of rampant expansion. On the contrary, Covington & Burling only maintained offices in the United States up until 1988, when it opened its first office overseas – in London. The recent decade brought more breaks with tradition for Covington & Burling, with three additional offices opening up in 2008.[1]



Aside from eschewing the door-busting expansion that many Big-law firms engage in today, Covington & Burling also differs from many other top law firms in that it is headquartered in Washington, D.C. But don’t let Covington & Burling’s affinity for taking the less beaten path give you any misconceptions about their practice of law; known for being extremely intelligent and thoroughly competent, Covington & Burling quietly, but proficiently, goes about its work. Recognized for having exceptionally strong practices in the areas of antitrust, litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, and regulatory work, it has also managed to develop very competitive practices in insurance, pharmaceuticals, and even media matters.[2]

Despite Covington & Burling’s preference for staying close to home, Covington & Burling is dedicated to the practice of law by those with diverse backgrounds, and continuously attempts to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse workforce. Covington & Burling helps accomplish these tasks through the use of a diversity committee as well as through various outreach groups, organizations, initiatives, and public commitments.[3]

Covington & Burling is also dedicated to the pro bono practice of law. The firm encourages all of its attorneys to engage in pro bono matters and devotes significant resources to aid the attorneys in their efforts. One way in which Covington & Burling attorneys can give back to disadvantaged individuals is through the firm’s own 6-month pro bono rotation program, which allows associates to work at various legal aid organizations.[4]

Covington & Burling Practice Areas

Covington & Burling practices in twenty areas of the law within twelve different industries across five different continents. The practice areas are listed as follows:[5]

  • Antitrust & Consumer Law
  • Arbitration
  • Bank Regulatory
  • Communications & Media
  • Corporate
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Employment & Executive Disputes
  • Energy Regulation
  • Environmental, Carbon Markets, & Clean Technology
  • Food & Drug
  • Global Privacy & Data Security
  • Government Affairs
  • Government Contracts & Federal-State Programs
  • Insurance Coverage – Policyholders
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Litigation
  • Securities/Derivatives Litigation
  • Tax
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations

Covington & Burling Offices

Covington & Burling serves its clients from its eight offices around the globe.[6]

  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • New York
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Silicon Valley
  • Washington

Covington & Burling’s headquarters can be found in Washington, D.C.[7]

Covington & Burling LLP
1201 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20044-2401

Phone: (202) 662-6000
Fax: (202) 662-6291
Web: www.cov.com

Covington & Burling Size

Covington & Burling employs nearly 800 attorneys worldwide.[8]

Covington & Burling Recruiting

Associates at Covington & Burling praise the quality of the attorneys as well as the caliber of clients they work with and the matters they work on. Complaints were somewhat humorous, showing disdain for the quality of the coffee, as well as an antiquated IT department.[9]

Covington & Burling often hires from its pool of summer associates, but it also conducts on campus interviews to find other candidates. Practicing, experienced attorneys are also welcome to apply, and the firm is especially cognizant and welcoming of former judicial law clerks, offering a bonus of up to $50,000 for qualifying clerkships.[10]

Covington & Burling offers many of the same benefits offered to associates at other top law firms, including the following: bar admission related expenses, moving expenses, four week of vacation/sick leave, 18 weeks of paid leave for primary caregivers, unpaid leave of absence, alternative work schedules, health/disability/travel/life insurance, 401(k) plan, and other perks related to counseling and commuter programs.[11]

Covington & Burling Salary and Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year $170,000 Yes
4th Year $190,000 Yes
5th Year

6th Year $225,000 Yes
7th Year $235,000 Yes
8th Year


Based on January 2007 numbers.

Hours (Effective Date: January 2007): 2250 Worked ; 1950 Billed[12]


  1. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Covington-&-Burling-LLP?companyId=384
  2. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Covington-&-Burling-LLP?companyId=384
  3. http://www.cov.com/diversityoverview/
  4. http://www.cov.com/probonooverview/
  5. http://www.cov.com/practice/
  6. http://www.cov.com/
  7. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/profile?companyId=384
  8. http://nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F058301&orgtypeid=F
  9. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Covington-&-Burling-LLP?companyId=384
  10. http://www.cov.com/careers/
  11. http://www.cov.com/careers/washington/attorneys/benefits/
  12. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=DC0620



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