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 DC, 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 DC 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 DC, 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.