S. Mueller, III
Prior to his current position, Mr. Mueller served in a number of positions in the United States Department of Justice:
From 1976 to 1988, Mr. Mueller held various positions as a prosecutor and supervisor, first in the office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, and beginning in 1982 in the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts in Boston. While in those positions, he investigated and prosecuted a number of major financial frauds, narcotics conspiracies, racketeering cases, terrorist cases, tax matters (including international money launderers), and public corruption cases (including the "Exam Scam" case in Massachusetts). From 1986 to 1987, Mr. Mueller served as United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
From 1989 to 1990, Mr. Mueller served in the Department of Justice as an assistant to Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh.
In August 1990, having been nominated by President George Bush, Mr. Mueller was confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice. He served in that position until January 1993, and was responsible for developing and supervising the enforcement of federal criminal law. During his tenure he supervised, among other matters, the Noriega and Gotti prosecutions, the Pan Am 103 investigation, and development of the Department's policies on corporate sentencing guidelines, computer crime investigations, and health care and money laundering prosecutions.
Mr. Mueller joined the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia in May 1995, where he first served as Senior Litigation Counsel in the Homicide Section. He became Chief of that Section in 1997.
Mr. Mueller assumed the position of interim United States Attorney for the Northern District of California in August 1998. He was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate for that position on October 7, 1999. He held that position until August 2001, although he served as the Acting Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice from January to May 2001.
Mr. Mueller also has experience in the private practice of law. From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Mueller was a litigation associate in the San Francisco law firm of Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro. From 1988 to 1989, Mr. Mueller was a partner in the Boston law firm of Hill and Barlow. From January 1993 to May 1995, Mr. Mueller was a partner in the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr. His practice concentrated primarily on white collar crime matters, internal corporate investigations, the establishment of compliance programs, and complex civil litigation.
Mr. Mueller served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for three years, including one year in the Third Marine Division, Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Mr. Mueller received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966 from Princeton University and a Master's degree in International Studies from New York University. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1973, where he served on the Law Review. In 1991, Mr. Mueller was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.