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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.


The Real Winner In Las Vegas Tuesday Night Was The Democratic Party: In Stark Contrast To The GOP

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Bernie Sanders' handshake with Hillary Clinton was the high point of the evening.

The Curtain's Been Pulled On Gowdy's Partisan Sham

Opinion | Lanny Davis
The Gowdy “investigation” was and is a total, 100 percent partisan sham — a cynical exploitation of the 2012 deaths of four Americans.

Making News: The Media's Anti-Clinton Bias

Opinion | Lanny Davis
All polling data at this stage means little or nothing when it comes to predicting 2016.

Nationals Park: The One Purple Place In Washington

Opinion | Lanny Davis
There is one place where all of this vitriol and divisiveness seems to disappear and become unimportant.

Hats Off To Sanders In Iowa Poll, But Clinton Has Good News, Too

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Hillary Clinton and her campaign have said from the beginning: this is going to be a tough and competitive contest.

Clinton Still Leads Dems And GOP Candidates, Despite Onslaught

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Three reasons why I believe the media and GOP piling on Clinton hasn't affected voter choices.

Clinton And Bush -- A Teaching Moment For America

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Why can’t we see more of this spirit of civil disagreement and mutual respect in today’s political culture?

Yes On The Iran Deal -- By An Eyelash

Opinion | Lanny Davis
On the issue of sanctions, GOP hypocrisy is impossible to miss.

Why Is The Media Picking Sides On Polling?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
The mainstream media just might be motivated, however unconsciously, to create a contest on the Democratic side

Have They Lost All Sense Of Shame?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Sidney Blumenthal had nothing to do with the Benghazi attack or the government’s reaction to it.

Hillary Clinton: Then And Now

Opinion | Lanny Davis
'This girl, I thought — yes, that was the word used in those days, girl — she is going places.'

Hillary Clinton And The Frenzy Of The Media

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Buzzfeed sandbags the Democratic hopeful

Privacy Protection And Security: We Can Have Both

Opinion | Lanny Davis
We are again facing the fallacy of the false choice.

The Great Purple Issue Of Criminal Justice Reform

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Let's do the hard work to help our imprisoned people of color become productive citizens.

Even A U.S. Senator Is Entitled To Due Process And The Presumption of Innocence

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Who leaked the news about Sen. Menendez's indictment?

The Big Idea Of The GOP Field For 2016

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Bash Hillary. That's it.

The Scandal Machine -- When Will We Ever Learn?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Did the same media calling for full disclosure own up to getting Whitewater all wrong?

The Clintons: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Opinion | Lanny Davis
'This is supposed to be a bad story for Clinton and for America?'

Brian Williams -- Lie, Or Real Mistake?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Why is the helicopter pilot allowed to make an honest mistake of memory while Williams is not?

An Earlier Start For The 2016 Presidential Race? Really?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
When and if Hillary runs, she will work very hard. She will not act as if she is entitled to a single vote.

Bush 41 And The Credit He Is Due

Opinion | Lanny Davis
'Lou Gehrig and Atticus Finch — those are the two people George Bush 41 reminds me of.'

Media's Rush-To-Judgment Culture Slammed Roger Goodell

Opinion | Lanny Davis
No real evidence the NFL had known of the Ray Rice videotape

A Misuse Of The Courts -- There Must Be A Better Way

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Alan Dershowitz is right to fight the false accusations against him.

Clinton And Warren -- Facts, Not Labels

Opinion | Lanny Davis
They're not as different as you might think.

Why I Am Ready For Hillary

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Maryland rallies around the former Secretary of State

Poor Communication in Ferguson Only Made Things Worse

Opinion | Lanny Davis
McCulloch should have admitted up-front that he soft-balled his questioning of Darren Wilson.

Should Rep. Gowdy Question Rep. Rogers On Benghazi?

Opinion | Lanny Davis
An imagined conversation between the House Intelligence chairman and Benghazi's inquisitor

'No Labels' Is Exactly What America Needs

Opinion | Lanny Davis
The House should take up the Senate's immigration bill.

Lessons for Democrats: It's Time to Remember Who We Are

Opinion | Lanny Davis
We should find the purple ground and support fact-based solutions and compromises.

To Republicans -- Watch Out For Traps After The Midterms

Opinion | Lanny Davis
Even if they take the Senate, it's not a mandate for a hard-right policy program


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