Lanny Davis is an American lawyer, pro-democrat American political operative, consultant, lobbyist, author, and television commentator. and former advisor to Bill Clinton. Davis has represented many high-profile clients throughout his law career including Michael Cohen in the Stormy Daniels-Donald Trump scandal.
The Early Life of Lanny Davis
Lanny Davis was born to Jewish parents in Jersey City, New Jersey on December 12, 1945. Davis’s father was a dentist in the city while his mother worked as the office manager of his father’s dental office. He graduated high school from Newark’s Newark Academy in 1962 before attending Yale University. Lanny was part of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity during his undergraduate years where he was reportedly hazed by many of his fraternity brothers including future President George W.
Bush. Davis also headed Yale’s campus newspaper, the Yale Daily News as the chairman. He would get his Juris Doctor from Yale University School of Law in 1970. While getting his law degree at Yale, Davis would meet Hillary Clinton for the first time.
The Career of Lanny Davis
Soon after getting his JD, Davis became the part of Edmund S. Muskie eventual unsuccessful campaign for the 1972 Democratic Party Presidential nomination. Lanny also ran for Congress in 1976 but lost to Republican Newton Steers. In 2005, he was selected by President Bush as the only Democrat on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
Davis began his legal career as an associate at Patton Boggs in 1975 before becoming a partner in 1978. He was then selected as a special counsel to President Clinton in 1996 and served till 1998. Davis was also the spokesman for Clinton in various legal issues including Clinton’s impeachment trial. Lanny rejoined Patton Boggs after ending his tenure at the White House. Since then Davis has represented multiple high-profile clients including the Porton Group, Martha Stewart, Dan Snyder, Trent Lott, National Black Chamber of Commerce and the Office of the President at Penn State University. Lanny Davis has also been a regular television commentator for his legal and political analysis that has been featured in MSNBC, CNN and CNBC.
After leaving the White House, Lanny Davis published his first book, a memoir about his work in the President’s residency. The book, titled Truth to Tell: Tell It Early, Tell It All, Tell It Yourself: Notes from My White House Education, was published in 1999. Davis published his most recent book Scandal: How “Gotcha” Politics is Destroying America in 2006. The book has garnered widespread acclaim from many politicians and commentators across party lines.
Personal Life & Net Worth of Lanny Davis
Lanny Davis has been married twice. His first marriage with ex-wife Elaine Charney ended in a divorce. Lanny’s second wife, Carolyn Atwell-Davis, is the legislative affairs director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The couple lives together in Potomac, Maryland. Davis is the father of four children, including Seth Davis, a basketball commentator for CBS. The exact net worth of Lanny Davis is unknown but given his lengthy and influential career, it is most likely to be in millions.
Facts about Lanny Davis
1. Lanny Davis is a good friend of Hillary Clinton. One of his emails with Hillary that was leaked has been described as “cringe-worthy” by multiple media outlets.
2. Lanny also worked with Harvey Weinstein as a legal advisor.