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Covington & Burling LLP

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Bruce Baird

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Covington & Burling LLP

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Partner in Covington’s White-Collar Defense and Investigations Practice; Co-Head of Securities Enforcement Practice; advises Corporate Boards, public companies, individuals in securities investigations and litigation; leads internal investigations; tries cases; defends antitrust cartel investigations and other federal criminal matters; white-collar practice includes antitrust, foreign trade controls, government regulatory criminal investigations.


Chief, Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and other positions in Manhattan US Attorney’s Office, where he served for nine years. Special assistant to Deputy Attorney General of the US.


Cornell University (BA 1970); New York University (JD 1975), Editor-in-Chief, Law Review; Vanderbilt Medal; US Army (1971-73).

United States: Antitrust


Within: Cartel

Covington & Burling LLP has an outstanding track record in global cartel investigations and associated follow-on actions, including those concerning automotive parts, air cargo and power cables. Michael Fanelli has had a key role in the majority of the firm’s cartel matters since 1996. Thomas Barnett and Deborah Garza previously held leadership positions at the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), while San Francisco’s Phillip Warren headed the Antitrust Division’s field office in San Francisco for 12 years. Lanny Breuer, Mythili Raman and Bruce Baird are other names to note in the team.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Securities litigation: defense

Within: Securities litigation: defense

Covington & Burling LLP has ‘an excellent litigation department with very knowledgeable lawyers who are highly experienced but also quick learners’. The firm has ‘great instincts for how judges and opposing counsel will react’. In New York, Mark Gimbel (who is ‘a great listener and his thoughtful approach is of great value’) and William Phillips chair the practice. They are handling a motion to dismiss a class action against SandRidge Energy CEO James Bennett that alleges misrepresentation of the value of oil and gas assets. David Kornblau, Nancy Kestenbaum, Washington DC-based Bruce Baird and San Francisco’s Tammy Albarrán are noted for government investigations and litigation. Gimbel and Robert Wick are advising JPMorgan Securities in an MDL alleging collusion to manipulate the market for US Treasury securities.

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