honors + affiliations
National Law Journal's "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America" (2007)
Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service as Director of Enron Task Force
Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation
Attorney General's Award for Fraud Prevention
Henry L. Stimson Medal, awarded by Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Multiple Department of Justice Awards for Superior Performance
Member, Ethics Committee of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee
- New York
Leslie R. Caldwell is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Her practice concentrates on internal investigations and defense of companies and individuals accused by the government of involvement in white collar crime, SEC or other regulatory violations, and other crises. She leads a national Morgan Lewis team that includes 17 former prosecutors with experience in major white collar matters across a wide range of industries. Ms. Caldwell is based in New York.
Ms. Caldwell is a trial lawyer who previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice. Most recently, she was selected by the Department to serve as leader of the special task force that was created to investigate the collapse of the Enron Corporation. As director of the Enron Task Force from 2002 until 2004, she oversaw all aspects of the complex investigation, which resulted in the prosecution of more than 30 individuals.
From 1999-2002, Ms. Caldwell served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, where she was chief of both the Criminal Division and the Securities Fraud Section. Previously, Ms. Caldwell was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where she successfully tried more than 30 cases, including several high-profile racketeering prosecutions, and argued more than 30 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Ms. Caldwell is a frequent speaker on white collar issues and has spoken at NYU Law School, UC Berkeley School of Law, Georgetown University Law School, Wharton School, Columbia Business School, and Yale School of Management, to highlight a few. She also is a featured speaker at many industry, bar association, and professional conferences on the subject of white collar crime.
Ms. Caldwell's recent representations include:
- Successful defense of a Fortune 500 company in a federal criminal tax investigation
- The audit committee of a Fortune 500 company in connection with an accounting fraud investigation; closed without action by SEC and DOJ
- Successful defense of a Fortune 100 company in an FTC investigation
- A Fortune 500 company in connection with a multijurisdiction FCPA investigation
- Fortune 500 and other issuers, audit committees, board members, and executives in connection with parallel DOJ and SEC options timing investigations
- Successful defense of a European pharmaceutical manufacturer in a DOJ investigation into drug marketing practices
- A special committee of a biotechnology company in connection with an FDA investigation
- A major media company in connection with grand jury subpoenas served on a newspaper and its reporters
- Successful defense of the CEO of a Fortune 500 company in connection with an FCPA investigation
- Successful defense of the CEO of a major pharmaceutical wholesaler in connection with a criminal accounting fraud investigation
- Negotiated favorable resolution for the former general counsel of Monster Worldwide in a securities fraud prosecution in the Southern District of New York
- Successful defense of the CEO of a reinsurance company in connection with a criminal accounting inquiry
- Successful defense of the CEO of an insurance broker in connection with an embezzlement inquiry
- Advised a Fortune 500 company on FCPA issues in advance of a major acquisition
Ms. Caldwell has engaged in significant pro bono work as a participant in the Darfur Project, an advocacy training program for Sudanese human rights lawyers. This project, sponsored by the American Bar Association and the MacArthur Foundation, is designed to assist the Sudanese lawyers in representing victims of Darfur atrocities.
Ms. Caldwell is admitted to practice in New York.
- George Washington University Law School, 1982, J.D., Articles Editor, George Washington Law Review
- Pennsylvania State University, 1979, B.A. (Economics), Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa