Attorneys

Kory Langhofer

Managing Partner
Desk: (602) 382-4078 | Cell: (602) 571-4275 | kory@statecraftlaw.com

Kory Langhofer has extensive experience in political law, constitutional law, and government enforcement proceedings. He regularly serves as a legal expert in print, radio, and television news reports.

Noteworthy experience includes the following:

  • Counsel for Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and transition team
  • General counsel for Ms. Carly Fiorina’s 2016 presidential campaign
  • Litigation counsel for Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.
  • Lead counsel for the Arizona State Senate’s investigation and trial of a sitting Arizona State Senator, resulting in the Senator’s resignation.
  • Lead prosecutor in multiple federal criminal trials, each resulting in guilty verdicts.
  • Lead plaintiff’s counsel in multiple successful election contests in federal court.

Yale Law School, J.D. (2006)

  • Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review
  • Editor, Yale Journal on Regulation

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, A.B. (2003)

  • Summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Truman Scholar
  • Student Lincoln Laureate (awarded to one senior annually)
  • Bronze Tablet (top three percent of graduating class)

Thomas Basile

Partner
Desk: (602) 382-4066 | Cell: (617) 458-6453 | tom@statecraftlaw.com

Thomas Basile combines his litigation experience with his political knowledge to represent a broad client base in political law and election law matters. He has represented two presidential campaigns, the Arizona State Legislature, and the Colorado Republican Party, as well as an array of candidates, political committees, and 501(c) organizations.

Noteworthy experience includes the following:

  • Deputy General Counsel for Carly Fiorina’s 2016 presidential campaign
  • Attorney for Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign
  • Brought and defended multiple lawsuits regarding candidate nomination and ballot measure petitions
  • Successfully represented clients pursuing First Amendment and other constitutional challenges relating to ballot access issues and voting rights

Harvard Law School, J.D. (2009)

  • Cum laude
  • Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy

Harvard College, A.B. (2006)

  • Magna cum laude with Highest Honors in field
  • Harvard College Scholar (top 10% of class)
  • 2006 Firth Prize (best essay on social, political and ethical values of democracy)

Benjamin Barr

Partner
Desk: | Cell: (202) 595-4671 | ben@statecraftlaw.com

Benjamin Barr focuses his practice on election law, constitutional law, new media operations, and political privacy. He is the lead attorney for Project Veritas and James O’Keefe’s undercover journalism operations.

Noteworthy experience includes the following:

  • Counsel to two chairmen of the Federal Election Commission.
  • The United States Supreme Court favorably cited Barr’s First Amendment work in Citizens United v. FEC.
  • Delivered several noteworthy victories in national political speech cases, including reversing former Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s prosecution in Texas and overturning a ban on certain political contributions in Illinois.
  • Regularly involved in protecting high-profile clients from prosecutorial overreach with a focus on defending First Amendment rights.
  • Safeguards clients against political espionage and infiltration

Representative litigation:

  • Republican Party of Minnesota v. White
  • FEC v. Beaumont
  • McConnell v. FEC
  • Lux v. White
  • Wisconsin Right to Life v. Shoeber
  • Anderson v. Spear
  • Alaska Right to Life v. Feldman
  • Lux v. Snelling
  • National Defense PAC v. FEC
  • Free Speech v. FEC
  • Williams v. City of Cheyenne
  • Wills v. Maxfield
  • Brophy v. Maxfield
  • Two Unnamed Plaintiffs v. FEC
  • Ball v. Madigan
  • Crookston v. Johnson
  • Democracy Partners v. Project Veritas Action Fund

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. (2001)

  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Online Articles Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property
  • Recipient of CALI Award for Excellence (highest single grade awarded) in: Internet Law, Conflicts of Law, and Justice and the Legal System

Universitat Oldenburg, Germany (1998)

  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German language certification)

University of Wyoming, B.A., B.S. (1998)

  • German
  • Political Science

Michael Francisco

Partner
Desk: | Cell: (719) 399-0890 | michael@statecraftlaw.com

Michael Francisco’s practice covers all aspects of public law, commercial litigation, appeals, and strategic counseling for growing businesses and entrepreneurs. He focuses much of his practice on public and political law, including constitutional rights and religious liberty concerns.  He has spoken nationally on the topic of attorney ethics and marijuana laws.  Michael resides in Colorado Springs with his family.

Noteworthy experience includes the following:

  • Lead counsel in the 2016 federal case enjoining Colorado’s prohibition on posting “ballot selfies” before election day.
  • Argued four cases before the Colorado Supreme Court.
  • Counsel of record on ten briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous briefs in the courts of appeals.
  • Recent amicus curiae work includes two cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari and four cases in which the Colorado Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Cornell Law School, J.D. (2007)

  • Cum laude
  • Cornell International Law Journal, General Editor
  • CALI award for highest grade in Constitutional Law
  • CALI award for highest grade in Insurance Law
  • CALI award for highest grade in Antitrust Law
  • Moot Court Executive Bench Editor
  • Winter Cup Moot Court, winner Louis Kaiser Best Brief Award
  • Cuccia Cup Moot Court, winner Louis Kaiser Best Brief Award
  • Langfan First Year Moot Court, advanced to final eight of 100 students
  • Represented Cornell Law School at 57th National Moot Court competition

 

Hillsdale College, B.A. (2004)

  • Cum laude
  • Honors Program graduate
  • Merit and Debate scholarship
  • Debated by invitation internationally at Oxford and Cambridge
  • Won Everett Prize in Oratory first place (2003); Finalist (2002); third place (2001)
  • Established and served as President, Hillsdale Intercollegiate Hockey Team

Stephen Klein

Partner
Desk: (202) 804-6676 | Cell: | steve@statecraftlaw.com

Steve Klein defends his clients’ civil rights against local, state and federal regulators.  Steve’s advocacy has led to the successful amendment of state statutes to respect individual rights and prevented the enactment of overburdensome laws.

Noteworthy experience includes the following:

  • Counsel to Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action Fund, nonprofits engaged in cutting-edge investigative journalism. Steve’s representation concerns undercover journalism and combatting aggressive efforts to silence newsgathering.
  • Drafted and lobbied on behalf of bills to reform the practice of civil asset forfeiture in Wyoming (House Bill 76, 2014; Senate File 14, 2015). In 2016, the reform measure passed the legislature 90-0 and was signed into law (Senate File 46, 2016).
  • Co-author of amici curiae briefs for the Texas Third Court of Appeals and Court of Criminal Appeals in former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s appeals for money laundering convictions, arguing against vague and overbroad state laws criminalizing political speech. The Third Court adopted the brief’s arguments and overturned DeLay’s convictions, an opinion affirmed by the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Ave Maria School of Law, J.D. (2009)

  • Managing Editor, Ave Maria Law Review
  • President, Ave Maria Federalist Society

Hillsdale College, B.A. (2005)