Covington & Burling's Washington office got a new addition to its international group today.
Senior of counsel Daniel Spiegel joined the firm from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he had been a partner since 1980. Spiegel took a three-year break from Akin Gump from 1993 to 1996 to serve under President Bill Clinton as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and other international organizations. During that three-year term in Geneva, Spiegel was U.S. envoy to the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, the International Labor Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, and the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development.
Stuart Eizenstat, chair of Covington's international practice and former U.S. ambassador to the European Union, worked with Spiegel in the Clinton administration. In a press release, Eizenstat said he has "known and respected [Spiegel] for over two decades in his public service and private life."
At Covington, Spiegel will focus on building and overseeing coalitons of global food, alcohol, and medical device companies and will help them navigate regulations from international organizations such as the United Nations.