Covington & Burling has boosted its government contracts practice with a lateral partner, the firm announced Monday.
Susan Cassidy, formerly senior counsel of the information systems sector at Northrop Grumman Corp., joins Covington in Washington.
"I spent the last four years learning how my clients think," Cassidy said in an interview. "You will see a lot of defense contractors grappling with technology issues." She said technology often outpaces the law in certain areas and that will only make things more complex in the future.
With Northrop Grumman, Cassidy provided legal support on programs involving missile defense integration, identity management and biometrics, cybersecurity, combat systems integration and cloud computing.
Presently, Cassidy said that government contractors are increasingly seeking out international contracts as the defense budget becomes more constrained.
Aside from joining an expanding government contracts practice at Covington, Cassidy cited the firm's reputation and its ability to provide a wide range of services for clients. "Covington has a nice reputation for being smart, nice and civilized," she said.