The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Covington & Burling LLP

Work +1 202 662 6000

Richard Kingham

Work +1 202 662 5268
Covington & Burling LLP

Work Department



Food and drug, European Union.


Regulatory counsel to PhRMA and Consumer Healthcare Products Association, served on committees of Institute of Medicine, NIH, and WHO. Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center. Publications: Co-author, 'FDLI Practical Handbook of Food and Drug Law and Regulation', 'Global Pharmacovigilance: Laws and Regulations'; Life Sciences Law Review.


District of Columbia Bar, registered foreign lawyer in England and Wales.


BA 1968, GW University; JD 1973, University of VA.

United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences

Within: Leading lawyers

Richard Kingham - Covington & Burling LLP

Within: Healthcare: life sciences

The ‘top-drawer’ life sciences practice at Covington & Burling LLP is singled out for its ‘fantastic technical ability’, its ‘deep industry knowledge’, and its capacity to ‘draw resources from across its organization and present it as a single team’. It has an exceptional regulatory and corporate practice, regularly acting for major global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on a range of commercial agreements supporting a product life cycle. The group’s regulatory capability was enhanced by the arrival of Los Angeles-based Wade Ackerman, who joined from the US Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee. The team represented a major pharmaceutical company in an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding alleged off-label marketing of pharmaceutical products. On the transactional front, John Hurvitz advised AbbVie on its global collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim for an anti-IL-23 monoclonal biological antibody and, in another deal, assisted AbbVie with its $5.8bn acquisition of Stemcentrx and its rovalpituzumab compound for small cell lung cancer. Silicon Valley-based Emily Leonard counts Astellas, Foundation Medicine and Gilead among her clients; she recently assisted Medarex in collaborating with a Japanese pharmaceutical company over the cross-licensing of platform technologies. Senior counsels Richard Kingham, Peter Safir, Peter Barton Hutt, and partners Denise Esposito and Ellen Flannery are the key names to note in the regulatory and compliance space. Patent litigator Jeffrey Lerner and Hatch-Waxman litigation specialist George Pappas are also highly recommended. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

[back to top]

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts

Within: Commercial deals and contracts

The ‘excellent’ attorneys at Covington & Burling LLPdeliver candid and thoughtful advice and can draw on great strength in depth’. The firm advised AbbVie on its global collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim for the development of a monoclonal biologic antibody for the treatment of psoriasis, and acted for Allergan in a licensing and collaboration agreement with Heptares Therapeutics, whereby the client acquired a portfolio of novel subtype-selective muscarinic receptor agonists for the treatment of major neurological disorders. Other clients include Blueprint Medicines, for which it acted in the renegotiation of its collaboration with Ventana for the development of companion diagnostic arrays for the client’s therapeutic products. It also acted for Sanofi in connection with the launch of a joint venture with Verily Life Sciences to develop a diabetes management platform. John Hurvitz, senior counsel Richard Kingham, Emily Leonard, Scott Danzis and Matthew O’Connor chair the life sciences industry group, in which key figures also include Catherine Dargan, Michael Riella, of counsel Sarah Hoagland and Van Ellis, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP in June 2016. All those named are based in Washington DC, except for Leonard, who works in Silicon Valley. The firm also has a presence in San Francisco.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to