Philip Lacovara, Senior Counsel at Mayer Brown, advises management and business clients. His corporate legal counseling includes the areas of securities, antitrust and corporate governance. He also has an extensive litigation practice that includes trial and appellate litigation, appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court, where he has argued more than 15 cases during his career, and regulatory enforcement matters. Mr. Lacovara also is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, and since 2004 he has been an arbitrator and mediator in New York and Washington, D.C., handling matters with the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, JAMS and other ADR providers.
Mr. Lacovora joined Mayer Brown in 1993 as a Partner and assumed his current status as Senior Counsel in 2004. Before coming to the firm, he held two senior positions in the private sector as Managing Director, General Counsel, and member of the Management Committee at Morgan Stanley & Co., Incorporated (1990-93), and as Vice President and Senior Counsel for Litigation and Legal Policy at General Electric Co. (1988-90). For a dozen years prior to that, he practiced at the Washington, D.C., office of a major Wall Street law firm, where he was named office partner-in-charge.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Lacovara held a number of significant positions in federal and New York City government. From 1973-74, he was Counsel to the Special Prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecutor’s Office. Previously at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., he served in the Office of Solicitor General as Deputy Solicitor General and Assistant to the Solicitor General. From 1971-72, with the New York City Police Department, he was Special Counsel to the Police Commissioner. He began in practice by serving a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Harold Leventhal of the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Mr. Lacovara received his B.A. from Georgetown University and earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Bloomberg BNA treatise Federal Appellate Practice.
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