Philip Allen Lacovara: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Philip Allen Lacovara

Senior Counsel, Independent Contractor
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212 506 2585

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Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Social Finance
  • Health Care
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Internal Investigations
  • International Arbitration
  • Product Liability & Mass Torts
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Toxic Tort
  • White Collar Defense & Compliance
Contact InfoTelephone: 212 506 2585
Fax: 212 849 5585
University Georgetown University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1963
Law SchoolColumbia University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1966
Admitted1967, New York; 1970, US Supreme Court; 1974, District of Columbia; 2003, Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales; US District Court for the Eastern District of New York; US District Court for the Northern District of New York; US District Court for the Southern District of New York; US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; US District Court for the District of Columbia; London Court of International Arbitration; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


Counsellor-Legal Adviser, Permanent Observer Mission of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the United Nations, 2005 to date

Appointed by Governor Cuomo to the New York State Superintendent of Banks Advisory Commission on the Regulation of Transnational Banking Institutions, 1991-1992

Appointed by President Reagan to Judicial Nomination Commission for the District of Columbia, 1981-1985

Other appointments include Chairman of the Board of Trustees of District of Columbia Public Defender Service, various judicial conferences, and court committees

American Bar Association, formerly Chair, ABA Special Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs;former member, ABA House of Delegates (Delegate from the District of Columbia Bar); Past Chair, Section of Individual Rights

District of Columbia Bar, President, 1988-1989; formerly General Counsel and member of Board of Governors

American College of Trial Lawyers

American Association of Appellate Lawyers

American Law Institute (life member)

Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Hunter College, City of New York; formerly Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center; lecturer in law at Columbia Law School; adjunct lecturer at John Jay College, City University of New York


Philip Lacovara 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 US Supreme Court (where he has argued more than 15 cases during his career) and regulatory enforcement matters. Philip also is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, and since 2004 he has been an arbitrator and mediator in New York and Washington, handling matters with the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, JAMS and other ADR providers.

Among other honors in his professional career, Philip in 1997 received the Charles A. Horsky Award for Outstanding Lawyering from Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. In 1975 he was awarded the Columbia University Medal for Excellence by Trustees of the University. In 2006 Chambers conferred on him the award for outstanding contribution to the legal profession.

An extensive background in academic research, teaching and lecturing, and in government service and public policy formulation, reflect the varied range of Philip's more than 40 years of high-profile legal experience. He 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 (1990-1993), and as Vice President and Senior Counsel for Litigation and Legal Policy at General Electric Co. (1988-1990). For a dozen years prior to that, he practiced at the Washington office of a major Wall Street law firm, where he was named office partner-in-charge.

Earlier in his career, Philip held a number of significant positions in federal and New York City government. From 1973 to 1974, he was Counsel to the Special Prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecutor's Office. Previously at the US Department of Justice in Washington, he served in the Office of Solicitor General as Deputy Solicitor General and Assistant to the Solicitor General. From 1971 to 1972, with the New York City Police Department, he was Special Counsel to the Police Commissioner. Philip began in practice by serving a judicial clerkship with US Circuit Judge Harold Leventhal in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

As a widely published author, Philip's articles have appeared in Columbia Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Harvard Journal of International Law, Arizona Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Inter-American Law Review, St. John's Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, and others.

Philip has also presented academic lectures at many distinguished institutions, including Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, Duke University, Wesleyan University, United States Military Academy (West Point), University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Marymount Manhattan College, Hunter College and others.


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Philip Allen Lacovara

1675 Broadway
New YorkNY 10019-5820


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