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Lanny J. Davis counsels individuals, corporations and government contractors, and those under congressional scrutiny, on crisis management and legal issues by developing legal, media and legislative strategies that are designed to best produce a successful result for the client. He has experience in securities fraud and SEC investigations as well, and has found that utilizing such an integrated legal/media/lobbying approach can lead to quicker and less expensive settlements or even successfully litigated outcomes. Senior officials of public companies have also hired Lanny and his crisis group to defend themselves successfully against “short and distort” attacks and other market manipulations. For 25 years prior to 1996, before his tenure as special counsel to President Clinton, Lanny was a commercial, antitrust, government contracts and False Claims Act litigator (both in defense as well as plaintiff). He has argued numerous appellate cases in the U.S. courts of appeals.


In June 2005, President Bush appointed Lanny to serve on the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 2005 Intelligence Reform Act. In that capacity, he received the highest level security clearances so that he could be fully briefed and “read in” to the various anti-terrorist surveillance and financial tracking programs at the highest classified level. From 1996 to 1998, Lanny served as special counsel to the president in the White House and was a spokesperson for the president and the White House on matters concerning campaign finance investigations and other legal issues. Lanny has participated in national, state and local politics for almost 30 years. He has served three terms (1980 to 1992) on the Democratic National Committee representing the state of Maryland, and during that period he served on the DNC Executive Committee and as chairman of the Eastern Region Caucus. In Montgomery County, Maryland, he served as chairman of the Washington Suburban Transit Commission.


Lanny has authored several books and lectured throughout the United States and Europe on various political issues. Between 1990 and 1996, Lanny was a bimonthly commentator on Maryland politics for WAMU-88.5/FM, a Washington, D.C. local affiliate of National Public Radio. He has been a regular television commentator and has been a political and legal analyst for MSNBC, CNN, Fox Cable, CNBC and network TV news programs. He has published numerous op-ed/analysis pieces in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, he Washington Post and other national publications.


Lanny graduated from Yale Law School, where he won the prestigious Thurman Arnold Moot Court prize and served on the Yale Law Journal. A graduate of Yale University, Lanny served as chairman of the Yale Daily News.


Lanny is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Connecticut and before the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


These Are The Questions The Media SHOULD Ask James Comey

op-ed | Lanny Davis
Giuliani gave Comey his big break as a bureaucrat and they have remained close friends

VANISHING ACT: The 10 Questions James Comey Should Be Asked That The Media Has Let Him Not Answer

op-ed | Lanny Davis
Comey has been downright evasive and, in one major respect, dishonest

The Washington D.C. Swamp Con Remains Alive and Well

op-ed | Lanny Davis
The U.S. government needs to police fraudsters who call label the crime of extortion as a consulting fee

It's Time For A Trump Impeachment Investigation To Begin

op-ed | Lanny Davis
Donald Trump's willful, material lies are violations of public trust

As Popularity Of Citizenship-By-Investment Grows, Tighter Vetting By Some Countries Should Be Recognized

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Citizenship-by-investment programs of small democracies ought to be available with high-level vetting standards.

Will Trump Inadvertently Make Us A Bipartisan Nation?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Clinton was known for her collegiality bipartisan work with many Senate Republicans.

An Insight Into Donald Trump's Lack Of Basic Humanity

Opinion | Lanny Davis
To me, this New York Times column nails Donald Trump

Darkness vs. Light, 'I' vs. 'We'

Opinion | Lanny Davis
We are a democracy -- and we only know one approach to solving our problems.

'Extreme Carelessness' Not Supported By The Undisputed Facts

Opinion | Lanny Davis
I believe there are three undisputed facts that undermine his subjective characterization.

The Real Hillary Clinton

Opinion | Lanny Davis
My friend Hillary is the real deal.

The Clinton-Lynch Conversation: All Innuendo, No Facts

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Does anyone report a single fact -- not two, not three, just one -- as evidence that Lynch is lying?

The Other 2016 Election -- And Why The U.S. Should Care

Opinion | Lanny Davis
This election should encompass a debate about the future of the U.N.

Where�s Paul Ryan's 'Declaration Of Conscience' On Trump?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Paul Ryan needs to join in opposing Trump to save not only the party but his own conscience.

The E-Mails Issue -- Five Undisputed Facts

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Isn’t Hillary Clinton being held to a double standard? I’m shocked, shocked.

Has Trump Been Caught In Another Lie?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
What about the $6 million he said he raised for vets instead of debating?

Two Cheers For Bernie Sanders (Not Three Yet...)

| Lanny Davis
I am hoping that the question is when, not whether, he will earn that third cheer

Sanders And Trump Are Wrong: The System Isn't Rigged

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have at least one thing in common.

The Bernie Sanders Double Standard

Opinion | Lanny Davis
The senator judges Hillary Clinton by a yardstick he doesn't apply to himself.

Clinton Leads Sanders By 2.5 Million Votes -- So Who Is More Popular?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Clinton leads among elected pledged delegates from 35 contests by 263 delegates

Democrats: Don't Stoop To Trump's Level

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Our attitude should be: The more people hear him, the better it is for us.

The Clinton-Sanders New Majority Coalition

Opinion | Lanny Davis
I expect a campaign that will result in a historic political realignment in America

Hillary Clinton -- Breaking Down Barriers And Bringing Us Together

Opinion | Lanny Davis
So there it is: Clinton’s message, easy to understand. It’s a message of optimism for the future.

Life With My 10 Year-Old Son, Jeremy

Opinion | Lanny Davis
A Bruce Springsteen concert in the Purple Nation.

What 'Revolution' Senator Sanders? A Republican Revolution?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
To progressive Democrats I respectfully ask: Do you want to take the risk that you are wrong?

Five Questions That Senator Sanders Owes It To Democratic Party Progressives To Answer ... Tonight Or Soon

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Sen. Sanders is a good man and a genuine progressive. But he hasn't been given the same level of scrutiny as Hillary Clinton.

Whose Message Is More Effective Among Dems -- Hillary Or Bernie? No Doubt: Hillary

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Clinton has a far more effective and popular message among Democratic voters.

Thank You, Mr. Trump -- Keep Attacking The Clintons

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Here are four facts The Donald seems to have ignored

Finding The Balance Between Privacy And Security In The Age Of ISIS

Opinion | Lanny Davis
This is the perfect purple issue for liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans.

Voters Deserve Real Debates, Not 'Gotcha' Questions

Opinion | Lanny Davis
A unique moment for this writer: I agree with the Republican presidential candidates.

Three Questions Benghazi Republicans Should Ask Clinton -- And Why They Probably Won't

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Let’s see if Gowdy and his fellow Republican colleagues walk the walk, despite all the evidence to the contrary.


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