“Lanny Davis has a unique combination of extensive experience as a first-rate practicing attorney and expertise in dealing with the media, political leaders and the legislative process. That’s much needed in the age of the internet and get it first before getting it right journalism.”
-President William Jefferson Clinton
“Lanny Davis is one of the most resourceful, creative and tenacious problem-solvers I have ever had the privilege of knowing. And, his range of contacts is extraordinarily and seemingly limitless–at all points on the political spectrum. A remarkable talent.”
-Solicitor General of the United States Theodore Olson [President George W. Bush]
Lanny J. Davis is a lawyer, crisis manager, consultant, author, and television commentator who counsels individuals, corporations, and others under scrutiny on crisis management and legal issues with developing legal, media and governmental strategies that are designed to best produce successful results for his clients. His former clients have included CEOs, world leaders, and both national and international companies. For corporate clients, Lanny helps them find a negotiated settlement that will benefit all parties involved.
Although a Democrat, Lanny has friends on both sides of the aisle. During the Clinton administration, Lanny served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton and was a spokesperson for the President and the White House on matters concerning campaign finance investigations and other legal issues. In 2005 President George W. 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.
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.
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. Two of these books, [Scandal: How "Gotcha" Politics Is Destroying America], and [Truth To Tell: Tell It Early, Tell It All, Tell It Yourself: Notes from My White House Education], are featured on this website. Between 1990 and 1996, he 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, CNBC and network TV news programs and has published numerous op-ed/analysis pieces in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and other national publications. He is currently a contributor to Fox News.
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 for his undergraduate studies as well, he 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.
Some Press About Lanny:
“I don’t think anybody else around is combining law practice, crisis management, and lobbying in the way that I am…[I’m] putting it all together, trying to change the world for the better.” -Lanny Davis in “The Lanny Davis Show”
“‘When you leak a story you have a tremendous advantage – there’s no deadline, so you can take your time.’” -Lanny Davis in “Political Animal”
“‘Judges read newspapers,’ Davis said. ‘Jurors read newspapers.’ ‘Public opinion does affect outcomes.’” -Lanny Davis in “Lanny Davis: TV Democrat, litigator, corporate defender”