David Lazarus is a partner specializing in election law, voting rights matters, ballot measure legal compliance, school district reorganizations and related education law issues, and state and federal campaign, ethics, and lobbying compliance.
Mr. Lazarus’ representative work includes defending officeholders, political committees, and corporations in ethics and political law enforcement matters before the Federal Election Commission, House Ethics Committee, Office of Congressional Ethics, and various state and local agencies, counseling a technology corporation’s response to a government agency subpoena, developing corporate political activity policies, litigating election law, campaign finance, and voting rights matters, and forming and counseling non-profit organizations on tax and charitable registration laws. Mr. Lazarus also has extensive experience advising consulting firms, investors, law firms, and non-profit organizations on the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
During the 2018 election cycle, Mr. Lazarus drafted multiple statewide ballot measures. He has also served as counsel to a number of independent expenditure committees and political action committees.
Mr. Lazarus is a 2014 graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. During law school, he worked as a law clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and assisted nonprofits with election law reform initiatives. Following graduation, Mr. Lazarus clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for Judge Michael Daly Hawkins.
Prior to law school, Mr. Lazarus worked on campaigns and public policy. He served on President Obama’s Presidential Transition Team and then as Senior Advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mr. Lazarus was also Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, where he worked on the 2008 Farm Bill and helped draft legislation that became the Food Safety Modernization Act (P.L. 111-353).