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Anthony  Herman

Anthony Herman

Covington & Burling, LLP

Washington, DC, USA

A first-chair litigator and trial lawyer, Tony Herman has tried to verdict more than 20 cases, jury and non-jury, in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the US. His broad ranging general litigation, arbitration and trial practice includes intellectual property and technology litigation, employment litigation, FDA litigation, and general commercial litigation involving contracts, license agreements, and business torts. He has been in charge of large, complex litigation matters for companies such as IBM, National Geographic, Thomson Reuters, Gannett, Norfolk Southern, Sanofi-Aventis, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Schering-Plough, Novartis Vaccines, Astellas, and Wyeth.

Mr. Herman rejoins the firm after serving as General Counsel at the Federal Election Commission where he was responsible for managing some 100 lawyers in the Office of General Counsel’s four divisions. He led a major restructuring of the office that resulted in improved efficiency and work quality. He also recruited top talent, including a senior trial lawyer from the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Division to head up the FEC’s Enforcement Division and a partner from a major law firm to serve as Deputy General Counsel.


  • Represented Merck and obtained dismissal of lawsuit filed by PETA in proxy dispute.
  • Represented major consumer goods company in multi-week arbitration involving the application of GAAP and the interpretation of a tax sharing agreement in a dispute relating to a spin-off.
  • Represented a plaintiff in successful multi-week jury trial in Maryland state court in real estate partnership lawsuit.
  • Represented Northrop Grumman in four-week trade secrets jury trial in Maryland state court where plaintiff sought more than $100 million in damages.
  • Represented GPC Biotech in ICDR arbitration resulting in complete defense victory for client in licensing dispute where licensor sought termination of license agreement and tens of millions of dollars in damages.
  • Represented semi-conductor company in six week patent jury trial in federal district court in New Jersey.
  • Represented Merck in obtaining injunction against FDA.
  • Represented Pfizer in FDA litigation upholding grant of pediatric exclusivity.
  • Represented Johnson & Johnson in FDA litigation upholding grant of pediatric exclusivity.
  • Represented Schering Plough and Wyeth in Hatch Waxman patent litigation.

  • Federal Election Commission, General Counsel (2011-2013)
  • Florida State University College of Law, Assistant Professor of Law (1987-1989)


  • Legal Times, “Champion” (2010)
  • Legal Aid Society of DC, Servant of Justice Award (2009)
  • Washington Business Journal, Top Washington Lawyer - Pro Bono (2009)
  • Legal 500 US
  • Who's Who in American Politics
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in the World


  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Board of Trustees (2004-)
  • The Children’s Law Center, Board Chair (2009-)
  • DC Circuit Standing Committee on Pro Bono (2010-)

: Litigation - Trials; International Arbitration; Election & Political Law

Industries: Life Sciences; Financial Services; Strategic Risk & Crisis Management

Education: Harvard Law School, J.D. magna cum laude; University of South Carolina, B.A.

Judicial Clerkship: Hon. Irving L. Goldberg, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Bar Admissions: District of Columbia

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