New York lawyer Leslie Caldwell, a former federal prosecutor in the Enron case, has been nominated by President Obama to head the Justice Department’s criminal division, MainJustice reports. She would replace Lanny Breuer, who resigned this year. The Criminal Division includes nearly 600 lawyers who prosecute fraud, public corruption, money laundering, and other major cases.
Caldwell has been a federal prosecutor in New York City and San Francisco. She led the Justice Department’s task force on the Enron case from 2002 to 2004. Now in private practice at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP, she heads a team of 17 former prosecutors who defend companies and individuals accused of white collar crime and regulatory violations.