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After a two-year investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election was released on March 22. In this Instant Insights, we take a look at the impact of the report and what the next steps mean for the legal profession.

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, center, arrives for sentencing at federal court in Washington, with attorney Robert Kelner, right, on Dec. 18, 2018. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the course of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

Every few years there’s an event that can make or break careers, set precedent and alter the business climate for an entire legal practice. For the white-collar bar, the Mueller probe has fit the bill—and then some.

Since it began almost two years ago, Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation has sometimes felt like a full employment program for elite lawyers in the white-collar bar and other related practices. But it has also altered the playing field, with some lawyers leaving their law firms for key roles on Mueller’s team or the defense side, and big names seeing their stars rise and fall over time, including several on the president’s legal team alone.

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Ryan Lovelace

Ryan Lovelace is based in Washington, D.C., and covers the intersection of law firm business, lobbying and the federal government. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @lovelaceryand

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