On May 23rd, John Lanpher passed away at 84 years of age. A longtime resident of Woburn and Stoneham (formerly Reading), John was also a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He was a career criminal lawyer who served as Senior Litigation Attorney in the SEC’s Washington, D.C. Office, where his practice included white collar criminal defense work, anti-corruption investigations, tax disputes and regulatory enforcement cases as well as complex litigation matters.
Early Life and Education
John Lanpher was born in Maine, USA to Langworthy Lanpher and Abigail Lanpher (nee Burdick).
John Lanpher had six siblings in addition to his father: Elisha Frederick Lanpher, Lillie May Lanpher, John Park Lanpher, Samuel W Lanpher, Catherine L Lanpher and Ruth S Hews.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Maine State University before proceeding to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School.
He has extensive professional experience, serving as Vice President of the Woburn Lodge of Elks for two decades. Additionally, he is an active member of St. Joseph’s Parish in East Woburn and has been involved with his community as a Board Trustee at Lanpher Memorial Library for ten years.
Lanpher’s practice encompasses general corporate, health care and commercial real estate matters. He frequently handles mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and maintenance, employment agreements and related contracts, deferred compensation plans, profit sharing arrangements, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and joint ventures for his clients.
John has extensive experience representing clients in the health care industry and also assists medical staff with directorship/physician employment agreements, nurse practitioner collaboration agreements, bylaw matters, risk management matters, fraud and abuse compliance programs and more. Furthermore, John has represented several national health care providers on joint ventures and hospital contracts.
Lanpher began his professional career by serving as head coach of West Rutland High School for three years and on the women’s basketball coaching staff at Vermont for four seasons before being hired at NJIT in 2014. While with West Rutland, Lanpher guided them to an impressive 16-8 record and two NCAA DI tournament appearances over two seasons.
Achievements and Honors
John Lanpher has earned several distinguished accolades throughout his career. He was honored for both his academic and professional successes, as well as his contributions to his community.
He is a lawyer specializing in labor and employment law, disability litigation, as well as insurance coverage. He has extensive experience assisting clients with the negotiation process as well as handling cases from beginning to end.
Martindale-Hubbell has recognized him as a highly esteemed attorney.
He has also been acknowledged for his leadership abilities. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Terry Sanford Leadership Award. Additionally, he was appointed to Duke University President’s Council.
John Lanpher is an experienced attorney and litigator. He provides clients with legal guidance on a range of matters, from negotiating settlements to taking cases all the way through trial.
He is a former Assistant United States Attorney and SEC enforcement attorney from the Washington office of the SEC. During his tenure there, he handled complex enforcement cases and investigations involving accounting fraud, offering fraud, CDOs, pump-and-dump schemes, and insider trading schemes.
He served on the SEC’s Cross-Border Working Group and had a major role in investigations and litigations addressing cross-border issues related to accounting fraud. Additionally, he represented clients before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. For his efforts, he has earned several recognitions such as Global Investigations Review’s “40 Under 40” list and Benchmark Litigation’s “Future Star” award.