Government Ethics

One of the challenges of federal public service is the necessity to comply with numerous government ethics laws and rules. David H. Laufman assists federal employees and officials, as well as nominees for Senate-confirmation positions, in navigating this challenge. Among other things, Mr. Laufman:

  • Counsels individuals on how to comply with gift rules, conflict-of-interest laws, rules on post-employment activity, campaign finance laws, financial disclosure requirements, House and Senate ethics rules, and other ethics provisions.
  • Counsels corporations on compliance with applicable government ethics laws.
  • Communicates on clients' behalf with the House Ethics Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, and the Office of Government Ethics to troubleshoot and resolve government ethics issues.
  • Assists individuals with the preparation and review of financial disclosure filings.
  • Represents individuals and companies in investigations by the House Ethics Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, and the Office of Special Counsel, as well as in criminal investigations by the Department of Justice.

Mr. Laufman brings first-hand experience in government ethics to the representation of his clients. From 1996-2000, he served as Investigative Counsel to the House Ethics Committee, where he conducted several investigations of House Members, counseled House Members and congressional staff on compliance with applicable ethics rules, and played a central role in the sanctions proceeding regarding former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. In 1997, he drafted and negotiated changes to the ethics rules of the House of Representatives in his capacity as Assistant to the Special Counsel to the Ethics Reform Task Force. Since 2001, he has annually lectured on congressional ethics investigations at the Georgetown University Law Center and the George Washington University School of Law.

Representative Matters

  • Represented company officials before the House Ethics Committee in an investigation of Representative Charles Rangel.
  • Advised a senior federal government official on actions necessary to avoid a conflict of interest.

Related Publications

  • When Congress Hauls in Your CEO, Legal Times, March 9, 2009
  • Outside Panel Won't Resolve Core Ethics Problems, Roll Call, September 26, 2007
  • Report of the Ethics Reform Task Force on H. Res. 168, Ethics Reform Task Force, U.S. House of Representatives, 105th Cong., 1st Sess., 1997
  • In the Matter of Representative Jay Kim, H. Rep. No. 105-797, Report of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, U.S. House of Representatives, 105th Cong., 2d Sess., 1998
  • In the Matter of Representative Barbara-Rose Collins, H. Rep No. 104-876, Report of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, U.S. House of Representatives, 104th Cong., 2d Sess., 1997

Related Teaching

  • Lecturer, Congressional Ethics Investigations, Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington School of Law (2001-2018)

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