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

Education:
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

Publication:
“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).

Experience:
For more than three decades, Laurence D. Laufer has specialized in campaign finance law with wide and various experience as a counselor, advocate and regulator.  His clients include current and former elected officials, candidates for executive, legislative and judicial office, individuals and corporations engaged in political activities and/or governmental relations, trade associations, political action committees, governmental entities, political party committees, labor unions, independent expenditure committees, and transition and inauguration entities.

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 has served as counsel to the campaigns of many elected officials in New York, including the current NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  Since 2000, he has represented more than 150 campaigns for local New York City public office, recipients of over $42 million in public matching funds.

Mr. Laufer represents and defends clients in election, lobbying and government ethics matters, audits, investigations and proceedings, including before the NYC Campaign Finance Board, New York State Board of Elections enforcement counsel, New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), New York City Clerk’s Lobbying Bureau, and New York City Conflicts of Interest Board.  He has appeared for respondents in administrative trials before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) of the City of New York, where he has won decisions that resulted in unprecedented reductions in civil penalties assessed under lobbying law and the rejection of claims for the repayment of public matching funds.  Mr. Laufer has often obtained final determinations and settlements that eliminate allegations of violation and substantially reduce or eliminate threatened civil penalties and other liabilities.

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.”

When not practicing law, Mr. Laufer has produced and performed as a singer in cabaret shows in Manhattan.  In 2018, he published a book of poetry, “Multitudes.”