|By Marketwired .||
|May 15, 2014 05:43 PM EDT||
WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/15/14 -- Morgan Lewis Litigation partner Leslie Caldwell was confirmed today, by a voice vote of the United States Senate, as Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division. Ms. Caldwell was nominated by President Obama on September 17, 2013 and unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 6, 2014. As head of the DOJ's Criminal Division, Ms. Caldwell will oversee the body that develops, enforces, and supervises the application of federal criminal laws.
"In Leslie, the Department of Justice is gaining a dedicated leader who brings integrity and sound judgment to her work -- qualities that she has applied in her dealings with our clients and colleagues," said Firm Chair Francis M. Milone. "Although the nature of Leslie's practice mandated that her work seldom become public, she successfully handled many complex and important investigations for a number of the firm's leading clients. We congratulate Leslie and wish her all the best in this exciting new chapter of her career."
Ms. Caldwell joined Morgan Lewis's New York office as a Litigation partner in 2004 after serving in various positions within the DOJ, including as Director of the Enron Task Force and as chief of the Criminal Division and the Securities Fraud Section for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. She also prosecuted numerous high-profile racketeering cases in the Eastern District of New York. At Morgan Lewis, she co-chaired the firm's Corporate Investigations and White Collar Practice from 2004 to 2009. Her practice focused on internal investigations and defense of companies and individuals accused by the government of involvement in white collar crime, SEC or other regulatory violations, and other crises.
"Leslie has played an integral role in developing Morgan Lewis's strong white collar practice," said Jami Wintz McKeon, partner and Chair-elect of the firm. "Her proven leadership abilities and track record as a skilled litigator make her the ideal choice for this important role."
Ms Caldwell's official duties at the DOJ will commence when she takes the oath of office in the near future.
"Although it certainly will be bittersweet to leave my friends, clients and colleagues at Morgan Lewis, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve again in the Department of Justice," said Ms. Caldwell.
About Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice
With some 700 lawyers firm wide, Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice includes former high-level government agency lawyers, former top counsel to major business institutions, and industry- and peer-recognized lawyers with reputations for creativity, efficiency, and groundbreaking results in the courtroom. The group litigates cases to trial and at the appellate levels in every major U.S. jurisdiction, as well as in the United Kingdom and Europe. We also provide a broad range of assistance with alternative dispute resolutions. A recognized industry leader, Morgan Lewis was named by BTI Consulting Group to the BTI Client Service A-Team (2014). BTI's 2014 Litigation Outlook ranked Morgan Lewis as one of four "Powerhouse" firms for class actions and mass torts; in 2013 BTI ranked Morgan Lewis as a "powerhouse" firm for Complex Commercial Litigation and a "standout" for securities and finance litigation. For the last several years, the firm's Labor and Employment group has been a finalist in the American Lawyer magazine's Litigation Department of the Year competition. Learn more about the firm's Litigation Practice.
About Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Founded in 1873, Morgan Lewis offers more than 1,600 legal professionals -- including lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists -- in 25 offices across the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm provides comprehensive litigation, corporate, transactional, regulatory, intellectual property, and labor and employment legal services to clients of all sizes -- from globally established industry leaders to just-conceived start-ups. For more information about Morgan Lewis or its practices, please visit us online at www.morganlewis.com.
Elliott J. Frieder
Director, Public Relations and Communications
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