Former conservative fourth circuit federal appeals court judge Michael Luttig, who resigned from the bench in 2006 to become Boeing’s general counsel, is being retired effective the end of the year.
Luttig left his lifetime appointment as a federal judge citing his kids’ college tuition. His compensation, $175,000 before leaving government, increased nearly twenty-fold.
He moved out of the role of Boeing’s general counsel in May becoming senior advisor to Boeing’s recently-ousted CEO and to the board. He was an Executive Vice President responsible for:
- “All legal matters” related to the 737 MAX debacle
- The company’s failed trade complaint over the Bombardier C-Series (now the Airbus A220)
With the CEO gone, the CEO’s consigliere is out too. The 65 year old, though, has earned tens of millions of dollars since leaving the government fast track. Prior to being appointed to the federal judiciary among other roles he served as a law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia and as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel where he was succeeded there by Bill Barr, who would twice become U.S. Attorney General (holding that role presently).