Leslie Caldwell.
Leslie Caldwell. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ.)

White-collar defender Leslie Caldwell was confirmed Thursday to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Caldwell, co-chairwoman of the corporate-investigations and white-collar practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, sailed through her confirmation hearing in February. The Senate approved Caldwell on a voice vote.

“I’m confident that her extensive experience on both sides of the courtroom will serve her well as she assumes leadership of the Criminal Division,” Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a written statement.

Caldwell told senators at her confirmation hearing she would apply criminal laws with equal force “whether the wrongdoing occurs in a boardroom, across a computer network or on a street corner.”

Mythili Raman, who left her post as acting head of Criminal Division in March, joined Covington & Burling last month as a partner. She will focus on litigation and white-collar defense.

Lanny Breuer returned to Covington in March 2013 after leading the Criminal Division for nearly four years as the assistant attorney general.

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