Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper told the Senate Judiciary Committee he usually keeps his work close to the vest. For 15 years, Cooper has represented companies in confidential, non-public grand jury and government investigations of fraud and corruption.
But Cooper, nominated to Washington's federal district court in August, couldn't conceal everything about his legal work. In papers submitted to the Senate, Cooper disclosed his partner salaries at Covington and Baker Botts, his $8.5 million net worth and the cases he considers the biggest he's worked on.
Senators today asked a few tough questions during Cooper's confirmation hearing before the judiciary committee. Cooper was asked about how he would deal with his lack of bench experience. He was probed on his views on whistleblower protections. And Senators asked him to explain his comment—on a panel last year—about "creative lawyering."