Based on his career thus far, Robert Mueller does not appear to be a guy who’s motivated by money. Though he’s done a few brief stints in private practice, he has dedicated the vast majority of his years to public service—including as a U.S. Marine Corps officer, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, and, of course, as the longest-serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover. But if he wants it, the special counsel will have an enormous payday waiting for him at his pick of prestigious law firms whenever he finishes the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
How much, exactly, will firms be willing to shell out for him? “As high a number as the market has available,” says Jeffrey Lowe, the Washington managing partner of legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa. “Firms that can pay $5 million will offer $5 million. If they can pay between $5 million and $10 million, that can be the number, too.” (To be clear, we’re talking about annual compensation.)