Education

  • Wake Forest University (B.A., 2006)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2009)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia and New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the District of Maryland, and the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York

Growing up at NATO headquarters in Belgium, Mr. Covington learned quickly how to adapt and work with people from all backgrounds and languages. His unique perspective and communication skills have served his clients well, whether it be winning arguments before state and federal judges on key issues; deposing critical witnesses in complex litigation; representing clients in government investigations; or handling national and international arbitrations. Recently, he served on the trial team that secured a complete defense verdict for Firm clients Sotera Health and its subsidiary, Sterigenics, in a 28-day jury trial in the Circuit Court for Cook County, Illinois. This high-stakes case, part of a larger mass tort litigation, involved personal injury claims relating to ethylene oxide from a medical device sterilization facility that Sterigenics previously operated in Willowbrook, IL.  Mr. Covington recently served as the lead attorney in an arbitration representing an international development organization concerning a distribution contract in western Africa. His arbitration experience also includes involvement in three prior matters before the American Arbitration Association, all of which were client victories.

Among his recent work, Mr. Covington has deposed 30+ key witnesses as part of a national defense team for an agricultural company in personal injury lawsuits concerning herbicide exposure. Several of his successful depositions resulted in the dismissal of legal claims or moved cases out of plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. He has served as the primary brief writer for dozens of briefs, covering a wide range of matters, and argued and won those motions before federal and state judges. In addition to his complex civil litigation and arbitration experience, Mr. Covington has represented clients under criminal and civil investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, including successfully defending an energy company under investigation for alleged criminal violations of the Clean Air Act, which resulted in the government deciding not to pursue felony criminal charges against the client. He also represented a healthcare client under investigation for alleged violations of the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute, where he made defense presentations to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Main Justice.

Following law school, Mr. Covington completed a two-year clerkship with U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He gained considerable knowledge on a wide range of civil and criminal matters, including product liability actions, breach of contract disputes, the False Claims Act, employment discrimination, and criminal sentencing, and he was the lead law clerk for six criminal trials. Prior to clerking, he served as a judicial intern to U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. While in law school, Mr. Covington was the Executive Editor of The Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

 Memberships
•    Offender Aid Restoration ("OAR") Board of Directors, Member, 2018 – 2021

Publications

  • "Fight for the Forum": How to push back on plaintiff forum shopping
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