Covington & Burling LLP

Political Law Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Bipartisan political law practice with strong capabilities in counseling corporations, financial institutions, tax-exempt organizations and political action committees. Substantial expertise includes campaign finance, pay-to-play rules, government ethics and lobbying disclosure. Extensive experience representing participants in sensitive Congressional investigations.

Strengths Sources say: "They are thoughtful, deliberate and always available. They do a great job of thinking about our organization and not just responding to specific requests."

Clients say: "They have a very deep bench in this area and are experts in all subjects that touch political law."

Work highlights Successfully represented a Michigan gubernatorial candidate, Abdul El-Sayed, seeking to become the first Muslim-American governor, whose eligibility for the ballot had been challenged.

Notable practitioners

Commentators say that Robert Kelner is "a really thoughtful lawyer" who "has a really good reputation," while clients note that he offers "high levels of expertise - we appreciate the counsel he provides."  He is frequently sought after to handle sophisticated election law and Foreign Agents Registration Act matters.

Robert Lenhard centers his practice on corporate compliance issues and is particularly well versed in campaign finance and lobbying matters. Observers note: "He is extremely smart, very thorough and a former FEC chair, so he brings that perspective. He knows where the pitfalls might be, from a political and legal perspective, and he provides the big picture as well as the technical details."