Covington Elects Doug Gibson as Chair

Covington has announced that its partners have unanimously elected Doug Gibson as chair of the firm’s Management Committee and that he will begin a four-year term on January 1, 2020.

The chair leads the Management Committee in setting the firm’s strategy, overseeing the firm’s operations, supporting the firm’s representation of clients, and working to foster and promote the firm’s culture of collaboration, teamwork, and service.

“I appreciate the confidence and support of the partnership and will continue to build on our collaborative and dynamic culture,” said Mr. Gibson. “More than half of the Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 have turned to Covington to handle their most difficult legal, regulatory, and policy matters, and we will ensure that the firm continues to be well-positioned to handle those issues in the future by steadily evolving to meet our clients’ changing needs. We are uniquely able to address complex, interdisciplinary matters because our many practice strengths and a collaborative ethos allow us to deliver higher value to our clients.”

Mr. Gibson began his legal career as a summer associate at Covington in 1989, was hired as an associate at the firm in 1990, became a partner in 1998, and has served on Covington’s Management Committee since 2012. Mr. Gibson is one of the most highly regarded lawyers practicing in the sports industry and has been named one of the 50 most influential people in sports by Sports Business Journal.

Mr. Gibson will replace Tim Hester, who served as chair for the past 12 years. Under Mr. Hester’s leadership, Covington opened eight new offices, in Beijing, Dubai, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Seoul, and Shanghai; more than doubled the size of the firm through organic growth and strategic hires, including significant growth in Europe, California, New York, and Washington; and achieved record financial growth, all while significantly expanding the firm’s pro bono efforts, enhancing the firm’s diversity, and maintaining the firm’s culture of collaboration and teamwork.

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