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Lawrence Coe Lanpher

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Mr. Lanpher’s practice focuses on internal investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as litigations that often arise from these investigations and enforcement proceedings. These matters have covered a wide variety of issues, especially employment matters and potential financial mismanagement and regulatory compliance matters.

Mr. Lanpher has been with K&L Gates since 1975 and investigations, enforcement proceedings, and associated litigations have been a part of his practice during his entire K&L Gates career.

Examples of nonpublic (or mostly nonpublic) work by Mr. Lanpher in these areas include the following, with all work completed since 2004 and most in the last five years:

  • Internal investigation in 2018 for a quasi-governmental authority focused on allegations against a senior member of client management who allegedly took inappropriate action against a subordinate, including allegations related to whistle blower activities.
  • Internal investigation in 2016 for the board of a D.C.-based nonprofit concerning sexual misconduct allegations against a staff member. The investigation included review of Facebook videos allegedly connected to the individual’s conduct. The investigation did not affirm the allegations but resulted in recommendations for client conduct controls.
  • Internal investigation in 2016 for the board of a D.C.-based nonprofit concerning alleged misconduct by the CEO, with the investigation’s results contributing to the board’s removal of the CEO, and Mr. Lanpher handled the release agreement that documented the CEO’s removal. Mr. Lanpher later handled several DC Office of Human Rights matters that related to the CEO’s conduct.
  • Internal investigations for a mortgage lender involving allegations of noncompliance with regulatory requirements with respect to HUD- and VA-insured mortgage loans originated by our client. The allegations in these investigations then became bases for litigations against our client under the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act, and Mr. Lanpher acted as one of the K&L Gates attorneys in the litigations. These investigations and litigations spanned February 2011 through September 2017.
  • Internal investigation in Fall 2015 for a U.S.-based manufacturing company pertaining to allegations of unreported sales, bribery, and other financial mismanagement at a manufacturing subsidiary in northeast Italy. The work included interviewing persons in northeast Italy, and our report contributed to new internal controls and the departure of the subsidiary’s CFO.
  • Internal investigation for a U.S.-based manufacturing company commencing in early 2015 when a senior executive alleged a multibillion dollar scheme to misstate financial results. The investigation revealed no misstatement of financial results but did identify internal control weaknesses that the client later addressed.
  • Internal investigation for a U.S.-based manufacturing company in 2014 pertaining to allegations of accounting violations at one of the company’s U.S.-based subsidiaries, contributing to the removal of two senior executives from the subsidiary and a strengthening of internal controls.
  • Internal investigation in 2009 for a nationwide funeral home company into allegations that its D.C.-area funeral homes had failed to treat with dignity decedents bound for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. There was widespread publicity of the allegations and several resulting litigations arising from the matters under investigation, with Mr. Lanpher involved in these litigations as well.
  • Internal investigation in 2005–2006 for a company that was a major contractor providing services to the Greek government in connection with the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. The K&L Gates investigation contributed to employee removals by the client subsequent to those Olympics.
  • Conducted an investigation in 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.
  • Internal investigation in 2005 for a New York based bank 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.
  • Internal investigation for a national law firm in 2004, which had a practice of making significant political contributions. Investigated of the firm’s contribution practices, including related internal controls. Delivered an oral report to the firm’s management committee with various recommendations, virtually all of which were accepted.

Some investigations and related litigations where details have been made public and Mr. Lanpher was a major participant in the K&L Gates work are the following: 

  •  Mr. Lanpher represented an investment management client in 2014-2016 as lead counsel in an investigation where a former portfolio manager asserted that he was owed over $50 million on termination of his employment. The client rejected the manager’s demand and we represented the client in a subsequent AAA arbitration, where our client prevailed 100%. Mr. Lanpher was lead counsel in the August 2015 trial. The portfolio manager sought to have the AAA award set aside and the New York Supreme Court upheld our client and the AAA award in its favor. Feinberg v. Davis Selected Advisers, LP, N.Y. Sup. Ct. Index No. 654411/2015, April 27, 2016.
  • Mr. Lanpher represented a D.C.-based foundation against claims from a former executive that she had been improperly removed from the foundation. K&L Gates investigated the allegations and represented the foundation in DC Superior Court litigation (Mr. Lanpher was the lead) and the client prevailed at summary judgment. Kronstadt v. Himmelfarb Foundation, Inc., Civ. No. 2006 CA 000233 B, April 17, 2007.
  • The investigation by Bankruptcy Examiner Michael J. Missal into the bankruptcy of New Century TRS Holdings, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court, D. Del., Case 07-10416 (KJC)). K&L Gates served as counsel to Examiner Missal. Mr. Lanpher was a main participant in the investigation and in the writing of an Interim Report (Nov. 21, 2007; 23 pages) and the Final Report (Feb. 28, 2008; 551 pages).
  • The investigation of the CBS September 8, 2004 60 Minutes Wednesday Segment “For the Record,” Concerning President Bush’s Texas Air National Guard Service. K&L Gates served as counsel to the CBS Independent Review Panel (former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and former Associated Press CEO Louis Boccardi) and drafted a Report (224 pages), which was made public by CBS News January 5, 2005. Mr. Lanpher was an active investigator in the investigation and was one of the primary authors of the Report.
  • The investigation by Bankruptcy Examiner Dick Thornburgh into the bankruptcy of WorldCom, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court, SDNY, Case 02-15533). K&L Gates served as counsel to Examiner Thornburgh and authored three reports in this examination, dated Nov. 4, 2002 (118 pages), June 9, 2003 (218 pages), and Jan. 26, 2004 (450 pages). Mr. Lanpher was a main participant in all aspects of this investigation, including the drafting of each report.

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).