Leslie R. Caldwell is a partner at Latham & Watkins. Ms. Caldwell is a nationally recognized white collar lawyer, advises companies, individual executives, and boards facing crises or government investigations.
Ms. Caldwell, former Assistant Attorney General (AAG) of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Criminal Division, draws on her experience handling many of the most closely watched corporate criminal, fraud, and foreign bribery matters of the past two decades. She serves as a trusted advisor to numerous Fortune 500 corporations — including leading technology companies — regarding sensitive matters such as crisis management, internal investigations, and government enforcement. Ms. Caldwell regularly advises senior executives in connection with government investigations.
She helps clients to achieve the best possible results in:
- White collar criminal matters
- Internal investigations
- DOJ and other government investigations
- SEC regulatory enforcement matters
- Crisis management
- Other highly sensitive and confidential matters
Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Caldwell served for nearly three years in the Obama Administration as AAG for the DOJ’s Criminal Division — nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate. In that role, she led more than 600 lawyers handling a range of criminal enforcement matters. She also oversaw the development of DOJ policy, legislation, and law enforcement issues. Ms. Caldwell was personally involved in many of the most significant matters handled by the Criminal Division. She worked closely with her counterparts at DOJ’s Antitrust, Civil, Environment and Natural Resources, National Security, and Tax Divisions, as well as with leaders at the SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Reserve, Treasury, and other US and foreign agencies.
Prior to serving as AAG, Ms. Caldwell headed the white collar and government investigations practice at a major international law firm, where she led investigations on behalf of board and audit committees, and represented senior executives, board members, and general counsel in an array of enforcement and regulatory matters.
Ms. Caldwell also held several other leadership positions at the DOJ. As the original director of the Enron Task Force, she led a team of more than 40 lawyers and agents and directed multiple complex investigations resulting in the successful convictions of more than 30 individuals, including the top leaders of Enron.
Ms. Caldwell served as chief of both the Criminal Division and the Securities Fraud Section under Robert S. Mueller, III, in the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. She also served in the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where she had various leadership roles, tried more than 30 cases, and argued more than 20 appeals.