Covington & Burling goes Gabonkas
Never heard of that word? Good, then it has nooooooooo legal meaning.
Anyway, Covington & Burling, who apparently deals with the Justice Department in the investigation of Pfizer's possible violations related to Bextra and Celebrex, and who also coached a witness in a grand jury investigation, (which probably is perfectly legal), is of course terribly interested in my recent post "Former Pfizer Employee Testifies about Document Destruction."
So who are the lawyers at Covington & Burling so interested in this post, and what can we learn about them?
If you click their names you'll find photos and a summary of their daring dedication to defending Big Pharma:
Geoffrey E. Hobart is a Partner in the Washington office and a member of the firm's Trial, White Collar, and Pharmaceutical Litigation and Investigations practice groups. He defends pharmaceutical companies in government investigations and he has the perfect background. He used to be one of the really "good guys." He served nine years as an Assistant US Attorney in the Criminal Division for the US Attorneys Office and the District of Massachusetts. He tried and won over 15 cases and received the Director's Award from Attorney General Janet Reno for his prosecution of 16 members and associates of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Wrooom! Wrooom!
Matthew J. O'Connor is Special Counsel in the firm's litigation and white collar practice groups. And ladies, Mr. O'Connor is a looker! Check out his pretty photo. Mr. O'Connor spends his days defending pharmaceutical companies and executives in government investigations and in related civil litigation. And we are all very thankful for his work, since everyone, no matter how corrupt, is entitled to the best defense money can buy in this country. Too bad the Justice department doesn't get the same resources.
Sarah Anne Franklin is an Associate in the firm's litigation and white collar practice groups and is too new to have a photo yet. Ms. Franklin received her J.D. in 2001 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an Annual Review Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. Very impressive.
So how did I find these legal warriors and their interest in my recent post? Can't tell you that. Let's put it like this. I've learned a lot since Pfizer's Pharmacia division hired a detective to monitor me.
So now we're all a happy family monitoring each other.
Can anyone see which finger I'm holding up in the air?