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Carol A. Laham

Carol A. Laham

Wiley Rein LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Carol Laham, a partner in Wiley Rein LLP’s nationally-recognized Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, counsels clients and litigates on compliance with federal, state and local political laws including election laws, the Ethics in Government Act, House and Senate Ethics, state ethics laws, the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and its state counterparts and the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  She has argued cases before numerous federal and district courts while also providing counsel in cases that involve election law, constitutional law and administrative law disputes before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Ms. Laham was involved in FEC v. Colorado Republican State Committee, a landmark Supreme Court holding that Congress may not limit independent expenditures by political parties, and has litigated many other campaign finance cases before district and appellate courts at the federal and state level.  Ms. Laham counsels numerous corporations with respect to pay-to-play statutes, regulations and ordinances and with respect to procurement lobbying laws.

In 2015, Ms. Laham was named one of DC’s “Super Lawyers” for Legislative & Governmental Affairs by Super Lawyers magazine and has previously been named a Super Lawyer for Political Law.  She has repeatedly been named one of DC’s top Election Law lawyers by Washingtonian magazine, and was named one of Lawdragon’s “3,000 Leading Lawyers in America” (2010-2011).  Also included in Chambers USA 2015 as one of the nation’s leading practitioners in her field, Ms. Laham is praised as a "very accessible and smart, good at talking through the legalese of a matter and how to interpret it." 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Laham practiced in the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Election Commission.  She is a graduate of Wellesley College (Phi Beta Kappa) and of New York University School of Law.

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