Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling as counsel in 2012, Mr. Lanpher served in a number of government positions, including most recently as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in Washington. While at the SEC, Mr. Lanpher played a leadership role in numerous significant SEC enforcement investigations, cases and settlements, including enforcement actions targeting accounting fraud, offering fraud, CDOs, pump-and-dump schemes, and insider trading. In addition, Mr. Lanpher was a member of the SEC’s Cross-Border Working Group and played a key role in investigations and litigations targeting accounting fraud at China-based issuers, addressing the cross-border issues presented by such government investigations.
Before his tenure at the SEC, Mr. Lanpher spent four years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Lanpher served as lead prosecutor and trial counsel on a number of high-profile cases, and also argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Lanpher served in the Office’s Organized Crime Unit, where he prosecuted cases under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), and various fraud statutes; he also served as part of the Office’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force, created in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008. For his work as a prosecutor, the United States Attorney General awarded Mr. Lanpher with the John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation in 2011, and in 2010, Mr. Lanpher was awarded the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s Prosecutor of the Year Award.
In addition to his Government service with the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, following law school, Mr. Lanpher spent one year as a law clerk to Chief Judge Edward R. Korman on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and spent a second year as a law clerk to Judge Reena Raggi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Lanpher worked at Shearman & Sterling for two years as a Capital Markets associate in the firm’s Toronto office.