Covington & Burling (Washington)

John W. Nields

Covington & Burling (Washington)
In-House Counsel (Senior Counsel)

John Nields is senior of counsel in the firm’s Washington, DC office and specializes in antitrust and other civil litigation, arbitration, and white collar criminal defense. He has particular expertise in criminal appeals and matters involving the U.S. Congress. As special counsel for the Justice Department, Mr. Nields successfully prosecuted top FBI officials for authorizing secret searches into the homes of innocent American citizens, and copying their private papers. In private practice, he defended Webster Hubbell against a series of indictments filed by the independent counsel investigating former President Clinton. He also served as chief counsel of the House panel investigating the Iran-Contra scandal.

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44 Bulletin

Thomas O. Barnett, Deborah A. Garza, John D. Graubert, Timothy C. Hester, Andrew D. Lazerow, John W. Nields, James J. O'Connell The US FTC brings a lawsuit in the pharmaceutical sector for monopolization based on patent litigation (AndroGel II)


The Federal Trade Commission has brought its first suit alleging anticompetitive conduct in connection with the prosecution and settlement of pharmaceutical patent litigation since the Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in FTC v. Actavis. Although two commissioners dissented from the decision to (...)

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