Alice Fisher, who until May headed the Justice Department's criminal division, has rejoined Latham & Watkins' Washington office as a partner.
The former assistant attorney general will work in the firm's litigation department and as a global co-chair of the white-collar and government investigations practice group.
While with the Justice Department, Fisher led more than 750 attorneys and staff in 10 countries who were responsible for federal criminal enforcement policy as well as handling criminal matters in federal courts across the country.
Fisher chaired the National Procurement Fraud Task Force, which was established by the Justice Department in 2006 to prevent and combat fraud in government contracting. She also supervised the Medicare Fraud Strike Force and the Enron Task Force and served as a member of President George W. Bush's Corporate Fraud Task Force.
"I'm going to miss public service a lot," Fisher says. "I was the head of the criminal division for three years, which is longer than most people stay in that job. Most stay for about 18 months or two years. I stayed as long as I could and as long as was appropriate."
Fisher says she is confident in the direction her division was headed when she left the Justice Department.
Fisher was previously a partner with Latham from 2003 to 2005 and for a brief period in 2001. Both times she left the firm, she went to work in the Justice Department's criminal division.
Fisher says she returned to Latham because it "was a good fit" and is looking forward to advising clients on "the new legal risks they face in a global economy."
First reported in The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times