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Lanny J. Davis

Special Counsel
Primary Office
655 Fifteenth St., NW
Suite 810
Washington, DC 20005
Direct(202) 466-9161
Fax(202) 452-0930


Madelene Melendez
Direct(202) 466-9155

Lanny J. Davis has an extensive background in crisis management and counsels individuals, corporations, and others under scrutiny on legal issues in particular by developing legal, media and governmental strategies that are designed to best produce successful results for his clients.

Before coming to Dilworth, he founded Lanny J. Davis & Associates, a law and crisis management firm aimed at providing a number of services to its clients, and had been an attorney in Washington focusing on Government Affairs. 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.

Lanny has argued matters before the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as well as in the District of Columbia and Connecticut Courts. He also has extensive experience on both the defense as well as the plaintiff side as a commercial, antitrust, government contracts and False Claims Act litigator.

Lanny currently contributes to Fox News and is a legal and political analyst for MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and network RV news programs. He has published op-ed/analysis pieces in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and other national publications. He has written two 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.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Served three terms (1980 to 1992) on the Democratic National Committee representing the state of Maryland.
  • Former Chairman, Eastern Region Caucus if the Democratic National Committee Executive Committee.
  • Former Chairman, Washington Suburban Transit Commission for Montgomery County, Maryland.

Professional Recognition

  • Authored, Scandal: How “Gotcha” Politics is DESTROYING America
  • Authored, Truth To Tell: Tell It Early, Tell It Yourself: Notes From My White House Education

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Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1970
    • Thurman Arnold Moot Court Prize
    • Yale Law Journal
  • B.A., Yale University, Chairman of the Yale Daily News, 1967

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Connecticut
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia