Charles Landgraf has extensive experience representing a broad range of clients in the insurance, energy and real estate industries before Congress and the administration. He has also formed several onshore and offshore captives and has obtained amendments to various federal environmental, aviation and maritime statutes for insurer clients in recent years. He regularly practices before the executive branch, including the Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and Transportation, the Executive Office of the President and federal financial regulatory agencies. He also focuses on regulation of trade in services and international intellectual property law. He assisted in drafting the 1993 Russian insurance law, advised the China Insurance Regulatory Commission in 2000 and 2001, and has managed trademark and other intellectual property litigation in a variety of international settings for a major Washington, DC-based trade association.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Landgraf was Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office of a former international law firm. He has a working knowledge of Russian and Thai.

Experience

  • Played a key role in representing clients in connection with the development of Title V of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, both with respect to the creation of the Federal Insurance Office and the passage of the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, and has remained thoroughly engaged in the ongoing debate over insurance regulatory modernization.
  • Advised numerous insurance clients in developing policies and procedures to comply with U.S. sanctions regulations, and was instrumental in developing a key provision in the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act (CISADA) relating to such compliance programs.
  • Played a key role in the development and passage of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (TRIA) and the successful efforts to renew the TRIA program in 2005 and 2007.
  • Developed innovative solutions for insurance industry problems, including the formation of Policyholders Benefit Corporation, jointly financed by the nation's private mortgage insurers (PMI), to assume undefaulted insurance obligations when the then-largest PMI insurer was put into liquidation during the S&L crisis.
  • Represented a variety of energy interests in successful legislative strategies relating to electric power transmission and supply, liquefied natural gas project development, nuclear power and renewable energy regulatory and tax policy.

  • Pro bono activities include formation of charities responding to the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami, contractual and liability insurance arrangements for community services in the post-Katrina Renaissance Village in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and creation of the Dek Thai Foundation.

Recognition

The Legal 500 US
Government Relations (2017)
Financial Services: Regulatory (2012)
Washingtonian Magazine
"Best Lawyers" (2011, 2012)
The Hill Magazine
Top 10 insurance lobbyists in Washington, DC (2004)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1978
  • BA, Rice University, 1975
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
Activities
  • Board of Trustees, Rice University, 2014

  • Director and Secretary, International Insurance Foundation, 2000 – present

  • Staff Member, National Commission on Superfund, 1992 – 1994

  • Vice President and Director, US-Thailand Amity for Charity, 2005 – present

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