Laurence D. Laufer

Laurence D. Laufer, Partner in the firm’s New York City office, is Director of the Corporate Political Activity Law and Non-Profit & Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Groups.

Mr. Laufer counsels corporations, trade associations, tax exempt organizations, political action committees (PACs), political candidates and other individuals and entities in the legal aspects of political activity and interaction with government officials and agencies. This includes, but is not limited to, guidance in campaign finance, government affairs/lobbying, conflicts of interest, and government ethics matters, and representation in enforcement proceedings and other compliance disputes. His expertise is frequently sought in government audits and both civil and criminal investigations as well as by public officials.

A recent Crain’s New York Business profile described Mr. Laufer “as a fierce and at times combative advocate … who is widely viewed as one of [New York] city’s top campaign finance compliance attorneys.”

Before joining the firm, from 1988 to 2000, Mr. Laufer served as Counsel to the Executive Director and as General Counsel of the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

Representative Matters:

  • General Counsel to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s campaign and transition committees.
  • Since 2001, has represented more than 140 campaigns in New York City receiving in total approximately $37 million in matching funds.
  • Represented litigants in successful appeals that established limits on personal liability for public matching funds repayment claims.
  • Represented a lobbying firm in an administrative trial resulting in an unprecedented 85 percent reduction of more than $500,000 in civil penalties.
  • Consultant to defense counsel in a criminal trial that resulted in the acquittal of an elected judge.
  • Represented elected officials and other public servants in enforcement proceedings and other matters before the NYC Conflicts of Interest Board.

Mr. Laufer was a longtime member of the Special Committee on Election Law, NYC Bar, serving as chair from 2004 to 2007. He has served as faculty for numerous legal education programs. and made presentations in a variety of other forums, including before The Conference Board, the Retail Merchants Association, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, the New Jersey Utilities Association, Brooklyn Law School, Seton Hall Law School, the Brennan Center for Justice, the New York County Lawyers Association and the New York City Council. In May 2010, Mr. Laufer spoke at WasteExpo 2010, North America’s largest solid waste and recycling trade show serving both the private and public sectors, on the topic “Advocacy Before Government Officials: Learn the Rules.”

Publications:

  • “Picture This: Campaign Finance Law and the Question of Values,” 43 Seton Hall Law Review 1209 in 2013
  • “Public Campaign Financing Law: Protecting Against Excessive Cost,” New York Law Journal, June 3, 2011
  • “Touting Trash,” Waste Age, May 2010
  • “The Requirements of Various Pay-to-Play Laws,” New Jersey Business (Feb. 2008) (co-author)
  • “City Revamps Campaign Finance Law,” New York Law Journal, July 17, 2007 (co-author)
  • “Long Separate Regimes Converge to Regulate Lobbyist Political Acts,” New York Law Journal, June 16, 2006
  • “New York’s Campaign Finance Program for the 1997 City Elections: A Look Ahead” 2 City Law 101 in 1996
  • “The New York City Campaign Finance Act,” 16 Hofstra Law Review 345 in 1988 (co-author).
  • “Campaign Contributions and Spending: What You Don’t Know Can Get You In Trouble,” Navigating Election and Political Law: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Campaign Finance, Speech, Voting Rights, and the Laws that Govern (Inside the Minds) (Thompson Reuters, August 2014)

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1999

Education

  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1985

  • Columbia College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1982, magna cum laude