Official Who Oversaw Corporate Compliance Initiatives Leaves Justice Department

Official Who Oversaw Corporate Compliance Initiatives Leaves Justice Department

A Justice Department official who helped design policies to incentivize companies to build compliance programs has left the agency to return to a law firm where he previously worked.

Matt Miner, a deputy assistant attorney general in the department’s criminal division, departed at the end of 2019, said Peter Carr, a department spokesman. He will be returning to the Washington office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he was a partner before his appointment to the criminal division in early 2018.

Under Mr. Miner, the criminal division revised guidance for prosecutors on how to evaluate programs that companies create to prevent misconduct.

“Matt’s contributions to the white collar program at the department cannot be overstated,” said Brian Benczkowski, assistant attorney general for the criminal division, noting Mr. Miner played a prominent role in formulating and implementing virtually all key white-collar policy enhancements during the Trump administration.

Mr. Miner said he had intended to serve at the Justice Department for only two years when he took on the criminal division role. Before joining the division, he also served on the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee under former attorney general and then-senator Jeff Sessions, and as a federal prosecutor in Alabama. He will be returning to Morgan Lewis as a partner on Jan. 21, a spokeswoman for the firm said.

“It was the privilege of my professional career to date to work with my colleagues in the criminal division, especially the career prosecutors in the fraud and appellate sections,” Mr. Miner said in a statement. “They represent the true ideal of public servants.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

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