Covington & Burling, Washington’s largest law firm, is tapping PepsiCo’s chief government affairs officer to ramp up the firm’s public policy practice.
Dan Bryant, former senior vice president of global public policy and government affairs at PepsiCo, will chair Covington’s 50-member public policy group, the firm plans to announce Monday.
Bryant, who joined PepsiCo in 2005, will replace the former co-leaders of Covington’s public policy practice, Martin Gold and Rod DeArment, who are retiring from their leadership positions but will remain at Covington as senior counsel. Bryant was previously assistant attorney general for legal policy and legislative affairs in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush. This is his first time at a law firm.
Covington Chairman Tim Hester said hiring Bryant is part of the firm’s push to take its public policy practice “to the next level,” and that Bryant’s experience inside a major corporation makes him suited to advise Covington clients, which include some of the biggest corporations in the world.