Tom DeFilipps joined Covington & Burling as a partner in the Silicon Valley office and will serve as chair of the West Coast Corporate practice.

DeFilipps’ practice covers a broad range of legal matters, including corporate formation, venture capital financings, public offerings, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and public company governance and disclosure.

“Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step forward in our plan for continued growth in California,” said Timothy Hester, Covington’s chair.

DeFilipps represents U.S. and foreign companies across many technology industries, including software, digital media, telecommunications, internet infrastructure, e-commerce, social networking, renewable energy and life sciences. As company counsel, he has managed public offerings for numerous NASDAQ and NYSE-listed corporations. His start-up company clients have received funding from almost every significant venture capital investor in Silicon Valley.

“I am very pleased to join Covington’s growing California practice,” DeFilipps said. “I am particularly attracted to the firm’s culture of collaboration and sharing as well as its commitment to building its Bay Area offices and its corporate practice.”

Founded in 1919, Covington & Burling has more than 800 lawyers in offices in Beijing, Brussels, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Washington.