For those who appreciate verisimilitude in their cable TV dramas, a highlight of this week’s “Billions” season finale on Showtime came when a young prosecutor told her boss, a fictional Manhattan U.S. attorney, that she was leaving for a real-life law firm. The show smartly name-dropped Sullivan & Cromwell—the place to be for upwardly mobile securities fraud experts looking to trade a government paycheck for something much, much more lucrative.

David Miller of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius



David Miller of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

For details like that, viewers can probably thank David Miller, a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius who is the legal and technical adviser for the series. And in an unusual twist on art imitating life, Miller is now beginning to appear on short lists to serve in the same role inhabited by the show’s main character: U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Miller, who declined to comment for this article, served for five years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District before moving to Morgan Lewis. He also served as terrorism prosecutor for the Department of Justice.

In the fictional world of “Billions,” U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played by Paul Giamatti, struggles to prosecute a hedge fund king played by Damian Lewis. “The stakes are in the billions in this timely, provocative series,” Showtime’s promotional copy claims.

For Miller, if he lands the top prosecutor’s post in the country’s most prestigious district, the stakes will be high too. Not only would he be filling a seat vacated dramatically this spring by the much-respected Preet Bharara, but his office could find itself at odds with President Donald Trump’s family and their wide-ranging businesses. As the political turmoil surrounding this week’s firing of FBI director (and former SDNY chief) James Comey suggests, it could be a bumpy ride.

Miriam Rozen covers the business of law with a focus on law firm-client relationships. Contact her at mrozen@alm.com. On Twitter: @MiriamRozen.