Larry Klayman

Larry Klayman

Founder and former chairman of the successful non-profit foundations Judicial Watch and of Freedom Watch, has dedicated his career to fighting against injustice and restoring ethics to the legal profession and government. He was born and raised in Philadelphia. Mr. Klayman graduated with honors in political science and French literature from Duke University and later received a law degree from Emory University. He is the only lawyer ever to have obtained a court ruling that a U.S. president committed a crime, which occurred during his tenure at Judicial Watch. In 2003, Mr. Klayman left Judicial Watch to run for the U.S. Senate. After his Senate race, he established Freedom Watch. Joining him at Freedom Watch are the past regional directors of Judicial Watch, comprising a “Dream Team.”
He has brought lawsuits against Bill and Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney and Hugo Chavez, among others, and recently sued the Iranian government for crimes against humanity. During his tenure at Judicial Watch, he became so well known that the NBC’s hit drama series “The West Wing” created a character inspired by him, named "Harry Claypool of Freedom Watch.”

What people have to say about Larry Klayman

Larry Klayman is a prickly troublemaker uncongenial to party and ideological establishment.
                                                   -Robert Novak, columnist

...his idea of fun is trying to kick down a door some public official has marked secret... arry Klayman is himself a conservative, but there’s nothing partisan about his indignation.
       -Bill Moyers, PBS’s “NOW”

Larry…I appreciate your own maverick—if we can still use that word!—thinking and stands.
-Frank Rich, columnist for The New York Times

That Time magazine has yet to name Larry Klayman “Man of the Year” is a failure of Time, not Klayman’s. The work he and Judicial Watch did on the Brown case is stunning.
-Jack Cashill, author of Ron Brown’s Body

Larry Klayman is my hero because he has integrity—enough to prevent him from blind loyalty to party or ideology... That’s because he is fearless and relentless in the pursuit of justice… There were other men like Larry early in American history. Their names were Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Henry.
-Joseph Farah,

…through his challenge of secrecy rules, Larry Klayman has become a force in Washington.
-National Journal

Nobody ever accused Larry Klayman of thinking small, but his latest suit may be outsized by even his standards. The former head of conservative watchdog Judicial Watch who now runs Freedom Watch has filed a $10 trillion class action against Iran at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
-The National Law Journal
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