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Edward Lazarus

Edward Lazarus
Born (1959-09-09) September 9, 1959
Washington, D.C.
Alma mater Yale Law School; Yale University
Occupation Lawyer, writer

Edward Lazarus (born September 9, 1959) is a lawyer and writer. He currently serves as executive vice president and general counsel for the Tribune Corporation, following its exit from bankruptcy.[1] He served as Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission from June 2008 to January 2012.[2] He went to the FCC from the Los Angeles office of the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he was the head of litigation for the renowned firm.

He is best known as the author of Closed Chambers, a controversial look at the inner workings of the Supreme Court. His first book, Black Hills, White Justice, was about the legal history of the Sioux Nation's land claims against the United States for compensation for the Black Hills — for which his father, Arthur Lazarus, Jr. was a principal attorney — culminating in the United States Supreme Court's ruling in United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians.

Lazarus was a law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun from 1988 to 1989. Lazarus graduated from Yale University in 1981 and Yale Law School in 1987. From 2004 to April 2009, he wrote a regular column for FindLaw, and he appeared as a guest expert on legal affairs for several television and radio stations.


  1. ^ "Tribune taps former FCC official Edward Lazarus as general counsel". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ Eliza Krigman. "Genachowski's top aide leaving FCC". POLITICO. 

External links

  •, Lazarus' columns at FindLaw
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
    • , June 14, 1998.Closed Chambers interview with Lazarus on Booknotes

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