Laurence D. Laufer

Laurence D. Laufer
Of Counsel
T: 212-682-8383 ext. 720
F: 212-949-5206

Laurence D. Laufer

Of Counsel

Admission to Practice:
New York, 1986
U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of
New York, 1999

J.D., Columbia University School of Law,
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1985
B.A., Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa, 1982,
magna cum laude

Professional Associations
Chair, New York City Bar, Special Committee on
Election Law (2004-2007)
Member, New York State Bar Association
Areas of Practice:
Campaign Finance Law
Election Law
Municipal Law
Lobbying Law
Public Employment/Conflicts of Interest
State Litigation and Administrative Proceedings

“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

“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

“The New York City Campaign Finance Act,” 16 Hofstra Law Review 345 in 1988 (co-author).

For three decades, Laurence D. Laufer has specialized in campaign finance law with wide and various experience as a regulator, advocate, and counselor. His clients include candidates for public office, elected officials, individuals and corporations engaged in political activities and/or governmental relations, trade associations, political action committees, governmental entities, political parties, and labor unions. Mr. Laufer represents clients in lobbying and government ethics matters, investigations and proceedings.

From 1988 to 2000, Mr. Laufer served as Counsel to the Executive Director and then as General Counsel at the New York City Campaign Finance Board. Thereafter, he founded and led a consulting firm that provided compliance and campaign management services. Since 2003 he has been an attorney in private practice.

Mr. Laufer served as general counsel to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer's 2013 campaign and transition committees. Mr. Laufer has represented more than 140 campaigns for local New York City public office, recipients of over $37 million in public matching funds. As trial counsel in an administrative enforcement proceeding under NYC lobbying law, he won an unprecedented 85 percent reduction in civil penalties.

A 2012 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.”