Updated at 1:08 p.m.
Covington & Burling has a new co-chair of its government affairs practice group, the firm announced on Monday.
Firm of counsel Holly Fechner now leads the group with partners Martin Gold and Roderick DeArment, according to Covington spokeswoman Lauren Hoffman. Fechner, the first woman to be a co-chair of the practice, focuses on matters that include health care, intellectual property, tax and employee benefits issues. She lobbied last year for Covington clients that included Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., John Hancock Financial Services Inc. and Qualcomm Inc., according to congressional records.
"Covington’s strong and nimble bipartisan team is adept at solving clients’ most challenging public policy matters," Fechner said in a statement. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to serve our clients and grow our business."
Before joining Covington in 2007, Fechner served as policy director for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) for two years. She previously was the chief labor and pensions counsel on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee from 1999 to 2005, after a two year stint as a legislative counsel for the AFL-CIO. Fechner also was an attorney at Guerrieri, Edmond & James (now Guerrieri, Clayman, Bartos & Parcelli) from 1993 to 1996, and worked for the National Partnership for Women and Families from 1991 to 1992.
Covington last year placed fourth on The National Law Journal’s Influence 50 list of top lobby shops, including those within law firms. The firm’s 36 lobbyists helped bring $69.2 million in gross revenue from lobbying work in 2010, according to the data used for last year’s Influence 50 list.