Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Obama Asst AG Breuer Also From Covington & Burling

From The Washington Post:

The same firm with Eric Holder


By Carrie Johnson

White collar defense lawyer Lanny A. Breuer has emerged as the top candidate to lead the Justice Department's criminal division, two sources told The Washington Post.

If he is nominated and confirmed by the Senate, Breuer would oversee some of the department's most sensitive prosecutions in the areas of business fraud and public corruption.

He is no stranger to the intersection of law and politics. From 1997 to 1999 Breuer served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton, whom he defended in impeachment hearings and in the investigation by independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

In recent years Breuer has worked at the Washington office of the Covington & Burling law firm, alongside Attorney General designate Eric H. Holder Jr. There Breuer represented former Clinton national security adviser Samuel "Sandy" Berger in the investigation of tampering with presidential documents at the National Archives. He also defended baseball ace Roger Clemens in proceedings before the House Government Reform panel into the use of steroids in the sport.

And from his Covington & Burling website bio:

Lanny Breuer, co-chair of Covington’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group, specializes in white collar criminal and complex civil litigation, internal corporate investigations, congressional investigations, antitrust cartel proceedings, and other matters involving high-profile legal, political, and public relations risks. Mr. Breuer represents corporations and individuals across a broad array of subject matters including corporate accountability, fraud and abuse, securities investigations and litigation, food and drug regulation, medical device health and safety, antitrust, conflicts of interest, environmental crimes, foreign corrupt practices, national security, and export controls. Mr. Breuer has been recognized as a leading litigator, including being named a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Washingtonian Magazine recently described Mr. Breuer as “one of the cleverest in Washington.”

Representative Matters

  • Representing the Special Litigation Committee of the Hewlett Packard Board of Directors.
  • Representing a Lieutenant Governor in a case brought by the public integrity section of the Department of Justice.
  • Representing the former Minister of Atomic Energy for Russian Presidents Yeltsin and Putin in a case alleging theft of tens of millions of dollars.
  • Representing several major corporations before Congress, including a leading Internet company in a hearing concerning its foreign business activities, major pharmaceutical companies targeted in oversight investigations, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in a national security investigation, and a large Wall Street firm in the Enron hearings.
  • Represented leading telecommunications investors in a billion-dollar False Claims Act lawsuit.
  • Represented former National Security Advisor Samuel Berger in an investigation of documents at the National Archives.

Previous Experience

  • Special Counsel to President Clinton (1997 to 1999). Mr. Breuer represented President Clinton and the White House staff in the presidential impeachment hearings and trial, independent counsel investigations, a Justice Department task force investigation, and numerous congressional oversight investigations.
  • Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan (1985 to 1989)

Honors and Rankings

  • Washingtonian, named one of thirty “Big Guns,” the top lawyers in Washington (December 2007).
  • Best Lawyers in America, selected as a top white collar criminal defense, health care, corporate governance and compliance law attorney as well as a top commercial and product liability litigator (2009).
  • Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers (2008)
  • The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers (2008)
  • Chambers USA, America's leading lawyers for litigation (2006-2008)
  • Legal 500 US, recognized as a leading lawyer in white collar criminal defense (2007-2008)
  • American Lawyer, one of the top 45 private lawyers under the age of 45 in the United States (2003)

Pro Bono

  • Vice-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
  • Handled one of the longest contested adoption trials in DC Superior Court, and the subsequent appeal.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Barrister
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Council for Court Excellence, Director
  • Columbia College Alumni Association, Director
  • American Jewish Committee, Washington Chapter, Director
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Member (Presidential appointee) (1999-2004), Committee on Conscience, Member (1999-present)

Publications and Speeches

Holder-Breuer Law Firm Long Involved In Drug Policy

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