Eric Holder, former U.S. attorney general, to return to law firm

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder talks to the media about the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, at the Justice Department in Washington March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will return as a partner at the law firm he had left to become the nation’s top law enforcement official, his new employer said in a statement.

Holder, who led the Justice Department from 2009 to 2015 and was one of President Barack Obama’s longest-serving cabinet members, will return to Covington & Burling, where he was previously a partner from 2001 to 2009, the law firm said.

At Covington & Burling’s Washington DC office, Holder will focus on complex cases “including matters that are international in scope and raise significant regulatory enforcement issues,” the law firm said.

Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir; Editing by Bernadette Baum