WilmerHale announced today that Robert S. Mueller III has joined the firm as a partner in their Washington office. Mueller completed 12 years last fall as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a position he took one week prior to the September 11 attacks and held under two presidents.
In its press release, WilmerHale said:
As FBI Director, Mr. Mueller managed the transition of the FBI into an agency that dealt not only with the hardest criminal justice matters, but also with the most challenging national security issues, including cybersecurity threats. He brings to the firm his broad range of experience as a career prosecutor, an ability to lead the most sensitive investigations, his steady hand in managing crises, and unquestioned integrity. He will enhance and build on WilmerHale’s investigations and strategic counseling practices.
Mueller was a United States Marine Corps officer, an Assistant United States Attorney in three different offices, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division, and the longest-serving Director of the FBI since J. Edgar Hoover.
Mueller currently holds a teaching appointment at Stanford University, and will spend time in WilmerHale’s West Coast offices. He also serves as Executive-in-Residence for Georgetown University. From 1993-1995, he was a partner at Hale and Dorr LLP, before the firm combined with Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP a decade ago.
Mueller earned his law degree in 1973 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the Law Review. He received an MA in international relations from New York University in 1967, and graduated from Princeton University with an AB in 1966.