W. Neil Eggleston. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ)
The White House list of staff salaries for 2014 reveals just how much income lawyers can sacrifice for the privilege of working with the president.
White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston, who left his white-collar defense practice at Kirkland & Ellis in May, makes the highest available annual salary of $172,200. Compare that to Kirkland’s reported profit per partner in 2013: $3.28 million.
Jennifer O’Connor, a former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner who left the firm to join the administration in 2013, makes the next highest available annual salary of $158,500 as a deputy counsel to the president (she started that job in May). Wilmer’s reported 2013 profits per partner: $1.5 million.
Jeremy Maltby, an O’Melveny & Myers partner for eight years before joining the White House last year, makes an annual salary of $135,000 as a senior counsel to the president. The reported profit per partner in 2013 at O’Melveny: $1.73 million.
Kate Heinzelman, a former judicial clerk for the chief justice of the United States, John Roberts Jr., makes an annual salary of $112,000 as White House associate counsel. Other former Supreme Court clerks have snagged $300,000 hiring bonuses at big firms—and large salaries—when they emerge from the court (not to imply that Heinzelman couldn’t command a similar bonus when she leaves the White House).
Deputy associate counsels at the White House make from $72,000 to $106,263.