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Founder• J. Harry Covington
• Edward B. Burling
HeadquartersWashington DC, USA
Member ofCentre for European Policy Studies/Corporate Members, Council on Foreign Relations/Corporate Members
Sponsor ofCenter for Global Development
Membership• David Campion Acheson
• Dean Acheson
• Donald Alexander
• Richard S. Arnold
• Peter Balás
• Howard Berman
• Alan Bersin
• Stephanos Bibas
• Carl Bildt
• John R. Bolton
• Kit Bond
• Michael Boudin
• Steven G. Bradbury
• Lanny Breuer
• William Bundy
• Vince Girdhari Chhabria
• Abram Chayes
• Michael Chertoff
• W. Graham Claytor Jr.
• Christopher Reid Cooper
• John Sherman Cooper
• Malik R. Dahlan
• Roderick Allen DeArment
• Joan Donoghue
• John W. Douglas
• John C. Dugan
• Stuart E. Eizenstat
• Leecia Eve
• Adrian S. Fisher
• Roger Fisher
• Ivan K. Fong
• Gerhard Gesell
• Haywood Stirling Gilliam Jr.
• Jack L. Goldsmith
• Lino Graglia
• Coleman Hicks
• Donald Hiss
• Eric Holder
• Charles Antone Horsky
• Philip K. Howard
• Reed Hundt
• Nicholas Johnson
• Michael Karlan
• Harold Hongju Koh
• Karel Kovanda
• Alex Kozinski
• Jon Kyl
• Michael Leigh
• Robert D. Lenhard
• Robert Lighthizer
• Eugene Ludwig
• Kenneth W. Mack
• Gerard Magliocca
• Erika Mann
• David Marchick
• Burke Marshall
• Francis Maude
• James C. McKay
• Roderick R. McKelvie
• David E. McGiffert
• Richard Meserve
• Alfred H. Moses
• David Nason
• Dawn Clark Netsch
• Kevin Newsom
• John W. Nields Jr.
• John Lord O'Brian
• Mary Ellen O'Connell
• Roberts Bishop Owen
• David Remes
• Gary R. Roberts
• George Rublee
• Charles Ruff
• Jean De Ruyt
• Arjun Singh Sethi
• Andrew J. Shapiro
• Brad Smith
• Linda McMahon
Washington DC law firm with deep state connections

Covington & Burling LLP is a deep state connected Washington DC law firm. The firm advises clients on significant transactional, litigation, regulatory, and public policy matters. It has an alliance with Kissinger Associates.[1]


Judge J. Harry Covington and Edward Burling founded the law firm of Covington and Burling in Washington D.C. in 1919.

Covington, a Maryland congressman, had been appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Washington D.C., by Woodrow Wilson as a reward for voting for the passage of the Federal Reserve Act. In 1918, Wilson appointed Covington as United States Railroad Commissioner. Covington was a director of Kennecott Copper and Union Trust. Wilson had also appointed Edward Burling chief counsel of the U.S. Shipping Board. He served in this post from 1917-1919, working closely with Herbert Hoover and Prentiss Gray, later of J. Henry Schroder Co.


Covington & Burling says its public policy and government affairs team employs 'more than 120 former government officials, diplomats, and regulators'. Its website lists a number of 'case studies' of work carried out by the team, including work for 'a global chemical company' facing a World Health Organization (WHO) classification of one of its key products as “probably carcinogenic,” but which other national regulatory bodies 'found to be safe'. Covington was asked to help 'develop a strategy to seek a public clarification from' the WHO.[2]

US lobbying

Its US lobbying clients include in 2017 (for a full list, see the Open Secrets website)[3] Qualcomm | Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America | Northrop Grumman | Wal-Mart | Celgene Corp | Microsoft | Bombardier | Consumer Healthcare Products Association | Eli Lilly | BAE Systems | BP | Johnson & Johnson | Wells Fargo | Merck | American Bankers Association

Brussels lobbying

Covington and Burling's Brussel's lobbying clients 2015-16:[4] Uber | Eli Lilly | Vertex Pharmaceuticals | Nike | IMS Health | Illumina | bluebird bio | European Tissue Symposium | General Electric | European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations | BSA The Software Alliance | Microsoft | Cubist Pharmaceuticals | Kosmos Energy | Akamai Technologies | Monster Energy Company | Merck | PJSC Myronivsky Hliboproduct (Ukrainian agro-industrial company, also known as MHP).

Brexit lobbying

In 2017 Covington & Burling set up a Brexit Task Force staffed by lawyers and advisors in London, Brussels, and Washington.

It says it is monitoring events for clients and advising them on the policy and regulatory impact and implications of Brexit, including around: employment and Immigration, data protection, and international trade.[5]

Political ties

UK political links

  • Francis Maude: In October 2016, former government minister Francis Maude was taken on as a senior adviser. A spokesperson for Covington said that Maude 'will be assisting the firm and its clients as they navigate complexities around Brexit'. Maude's profile on Covington's website says: 'Lord Maude forms part of a key panel of senior advisors guiding clients through the evolving post-Brexit vote landscape.'

Other European political links

  • Carl Bildt: in May 2016, Covington and Burling announced that Bildt, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, had joined the firm as a Senior Policy Advisor in its global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. Most recently, Mr Bildt was Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2006 and 2014.[6]
  • Peter Balás, senior advisor; Balas was recently Deputy Director General, DG Trade to the European Commission (2005-2014) and Head of the Support Group for the Ukraine in the European Commission (2014-2015); and before that Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the World Trade Organisation.
  • Jean De Ruyt, senior advisor; described as 'among the most experienced diplomats in Europe', De Ruyt was Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union and was chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives during the 2010 Belgian Presidency of the Council.
  • Karel Kovanda, senior advisor; former diplomat who worked as Deputy Director-General of Relex (now the European External Action Service) in the European Commission.
  • Erika Mann, Senior Advisor; former Member of the European Parliament (MEP).
  • Sir Michael Leigh, became a senior advisor to the firm in Sept 2017; formerly Director-General of DG Enlargement at the European Commission from 2006 to 2011.


Known members

18 of the 78 of the members already have pages here:

Dean AchesonUS deep state operative who was the 51st Secretary of State
Alan BersinU.S "Border Czar" who oversaw the operations of Customs and Border Protection’s 57,000-employee work force.
Carl BildtSwedish deep politician and serial Bilderberger
John BoltonNeocon US deep state operative who was Trump's National Security Advisor until September 2019
William BundySkull & bones deep politician and cold warrior who played a key role in the US side of the Bilderberg.
Michael ChertoffA long-standing US Republican Party apparatchik and dual US/Israeli citizen who has held senior US legal and national security positions.
John Sherman Cooper
John DouglasCovington & Burling. Part of committee that arranged for the release of Cuban exiles who had participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion
Stuart EizenstatUS lawyer/diplomat and possible deep state operative
Donald HissThe younger brother of Alger Hiss. Donald Hiss's name was mentioned during the 1948 hearings wherein his more famous and older brother, Alger, was accused of spying for the Soviet Union, and two years later convicted of perjury before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).
Reed HundtFederal Communications Commission Chairman, then consultancy firm McKinsey and Covington & Burling
Karel Kovanda
Jon Kyl
Robert Lighthizer
Francis Maude
David McGiffertUnited States lawyer and Pentagon official.
Linda McMahonWrestling executive who was administrator of the Small Business Administration from 2017 to 2019 under Donald Trump.
Charles RuffProminent American lawyer best known as the White House Counsel who defended President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial in 1999.
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