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Lawrence Coe Lanpher

Of Counsel
Fax +1.202.778.9100

Mr. Lanpher’s practice focuses on civil litigation, especially in the employment law area, commercial litigation and internal investigations.

In addition to major investigations, Mr. Lanpher has conducted over the years a large number of internal investigations on specific subjects, particularly pertaining to employment issues, including all types of harassment.  These investigations typically have been smaller than those identified above but involved the same sort of investigatory work such as interviewing individuals, reviewing documents, analyzing legal issues and rendering written and/or oral reports to the client.

Mr. Lanpher has been with K&L Gates since 1975 and a partner since 1981.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar
Specific examples of internal investigations in the last 3 years:

  • Worked on K&L Gates’ WorldCom investigation on behalf of the Bankruptcy Court-appointed WorldCom examiner (former United States Attorney General Dick Thornburgh) from January 2003 through the conclusion of the investigation in January 2004.  Conducted over 60 interviews in connection with the investigation, reviewed countless documents, analyzed complex legal issues and helped to author major portions of the Second (June 2003; 218 pages) and Third (January 2004; 450 pages) Examiner Reports.
  • Supervised a major internal investigation for a national law firm (name cannot be revealed) in Spring-Summer 2004, which had a practice of making significant political contributions.  Investigated all aspects of the firm’s contribution practices, including related internal controls, and interviewed many of its partners and some of its associates.  Supervised legal research pertaining to the contributions practices and delivered a detailed oral report to the firm’s management committee in July 2003 with various recommendations, virtually all of which were accepted.
  • Worked on the investigation of the CBS News September 8, 2004 60 Minutes Wednesday Segment “For the Record” Concerning President Bush’s Texas Air National Guard Service.  This investigation was headed by Dick Thornburgh and former Associated Press CEO Louis Boccardi.  I participated in more than 50 interviews of CBS News personnel and other persons during the period September 22, 2004 and early January 2005, reviewed countless documents and helped to write major portions of the final report (224 pages) of the investigation, which was provided to CBS News on January 5, 2004.
  • Supervised from February through June 2005 an internal investigation for a New York based bank (name confidential) into allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation brought by a bank employee.  Delivered an oral and written assessment of the allegations and then assisted the client in heading off potential litigation.
  • Worked on an investigation from December 2005 through February 2006 on behalf of a U.S. corporation (name confidential) regarding problems with a contract with the Government of Greece to implement a security system for the Athens Olympics in Summer 2004.  Participated in approximately 25 interviews, reviewed countless documents and assisted in preparation of a report on the investigation.
  • Conducted an investigation from March until August 2006 of allegations made against a New York State mortgage banking company pertaining to its alleged failure to pay commissions and other monies to certain of its personnel.  The matter was resolved on a favorable basis without litigation.
  • Worked on K&L Gates' New Century Financial Corporation investigation on behalf of the Bankruptcy Court appointed New Century examiner (K&L Gates partner Michael J. Missal) from June 2007 through February 2008.  Conducted countless interviews, reviewed many documents and helped to author many portions of the Examiner's Report (551 pages).