Covington & Burling LLP has hired a team of four former Howrey LLP lawyers in its Washington DC office.
Among the team are seasoned litigators John Nields and Alan Wiseman who both join as senior counsel.
Nields, who was the co-chair of Howrey’s white-collar defence practice, handles high-profile antitrust, commercial and white-collar litigation matters, with particular focus on the life sciences sector. His track record of includes successfully defending the antitrust case brought against Schering-Plough by the US Federal Trade Commission.
Wiseman, a former co-chair of Howrey’s antitrust practice, has represented clients in mergers and acquisitions, antitrust grand jury investigations and cross-border investigations. Currently he represents a major railroad in a multidistrict class action alleging price fixing of freight fuel surcharges.
“This group significantly expands the depth and breadth of our antitrust and white collar defence practices,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. “It builds on Covington’s plan to strengthen an already outstanding litigation team in both the United States and Europe.”
Wiseman admits that the circumstances of the move were difficult but could imagine no better firm to join than Covington. “We expect to work seamlessly with Covington’s exceptionally talented litigators in the antitrust, white-collar, and complex commercial litigation fields,” says Wiseman. “Given my background in the antitrust area, I particularly look forward to joining Covington’s global antitrust team led by Tom Barnett and Deborah Garza.”
Nields features in The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers and Wiseman features in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists.