WASHINGTON, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lanny A. Breuer, most recently the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, is returning to Covington & Burling as Vice Chair of the firm. (Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130328/DC85065) (Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120423/CL92331LOGO) Mr. Breuer's practice will encompass a wide range of civil and criminal litigation matters, as well as governmental and internal investigations. As Covington's Vice Chair, Mr. Breuer will work closely with senior leadership to implement the firm's long-term strategy, with a particular focus on the firm's international initiatives and practices. "We are extremely proud of Lanny's outstanding and dedicated service to the nation, and we are delighted that he is returning to Covington," said Timothy Hester, Chair of the firm's management committee. "Lanny is one of the finest and most talented advocates and counselors of his generation. We are excited about his return to private practice, and I look forward to working closely with Lanny in his new role as the firm's Vice Chair in which he will work with our clients and colleagues on global and strategic business, litigation and compliance issues." Mr. Breuer rejoins the firm after four years at the Justice Department. As one of the longest-serving Criminal Division chiefs in history, Mr. Breuer oversaw nearly 600 lawyers and established himself as a national leader on a range of federal law enforcement priorities, including on such matters as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, money laundering, financial fraud, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, and public corruption. The National Law Journal named Mr. Breuer this week one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the nation, and he was recently ranked sixth on Ethisphere's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics internationally. At the Justice Department, Mr. Breuer increased enforcement of the FCPA, overseeing more than 40 corporate resolutions and eight of the top 10 largest penalties in U.S. history. The Criminal Division secured convictions of more than three dozen individuals on overseas corruption-related offenses, a department record. And he collaborated with the Securities and Exchange Commission to publish critical guidance on the government's anti-corruption enforcement efforts. Mr. Breuer also developed an innovative program known as the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, a program that identified and forced the forfeiture of proceeds from foreign official corruption.