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Covington & Burling Hires Washington Nationals General Counsel

May 11, 2020, 8:49 PM

Covington & Burling has hired Damon Jones, most recently senior vice president and general counsel for the Washington Nationals, as of counsel with the firm’s sports practice.

Jones was with the World Series-winning Nationals for almost 13 years. During that time, he handled corporate transactions, including media rights deals; technology transfers and other intellectual property arrangements; lease agreements; and litigation involving media rights.

Jones, who will work out of Covington’s Washington office, also handled mediations and player salary arbitrations.

“Over the past decade, he’s helped build the Nationals into one of the industry’s premiere franchises, and his combination of legal expertise, practical problem-solving skills, and knowledge of how leagues and clubs work will be beneficial to our sports industry clients,” Jeremy Spector, co-chair of Covington’s sports practice, said in a statement.

“Covington has long been recognized as a leader in the sports industry with a deep roster of leading lawyers,” said Jones in the statement. “The firm’s multi-disciplinary sports practice mirrors my own experience, and I’m excited for this new chapter in my career and look forward to joining this dynamic team.”

Prior to joining the Nationals, Jones worked as a senior associate for Williams & Connolly for more than five years, where he represented professional basketball and baseball players among other clients, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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