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Breuer returns to private practice

Lanny A. Breuer (Image courtesy of Covington & Burling)Lanny Breuer, who stepped down this month after heading the DOJ’s criminal divison for four years, has returned to Covington & Burling to be the law firm’s vice chair.

At the DOJ, Breuer supervised ‘nearly 600 lawyers at the center of federal criminal prosecution, policy, and legislation in the United States,’ his firm bio says

In his role as Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Breuer was widely recognized as a national leader on a range of federal law enforcement priorities, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, money laundering, financial fraud, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, and public corruption.

Breuer ‘spearheaded the publication of the Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which stands as the definitive guidance document from the United States Government regarding its enforcement of the FCPA,’ his bio says.

He ranked sixth on Ethisphere’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics and the National Law Journal named him one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States.

Breuer was replaced at the DOJ by Mythili Raman, who was appointed Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division on March 1. She had held the job of Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division.

Before serving at the DOJ, Breuer co-chaired Covington’s white collar defense and investigations practice.

Our restrospective on Breuer’s tenure as head of the criminal division is here.

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