on IGI’s Expansion

Former federal and Manhattan prosecutor Jonathan Lenzner has joined Investigative Group International Inc. as executive vice president, the firm announced last week. Lenzner is the son of IGI Chairman Terry Lenzner, who started the pioneering corporate intelligence and investigative firm nearly 30 years ago.

When he assumed his new role in March, Jon Lenzner joined his father and President Tom Wendel on the leadership team of IGI, which gained renown in the 1990s as a political opposition research firm, working on behalf of Democrats. As executive vice president, the younger Lenzer will focus on anti-corruption, anti-competitive behavior, internal corporate investigations and corporate regulatory relations.

“I loved being a prosecutor, and I was having a great time at the U.S. Attorney’s office, but this position at IGI kind of popped up as they were talking about expanding some of their business,” Jon Lenzner said Friday of his decision to join the firm. ;I thought that between their expansion into some new areas and the chance to work with [my father] and some of the other senior guys who’ve been there 15-20 years, it was a hard decision to pass up.

Jon Lenzner just came off nearly three years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, having previously worked in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office under Robert M. Morgenthau and his successor, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. He started out as a press secretary for the House International Relations Committee and worked in the press office for the Bill Bradley for President campaign in 2000. He received his J.D. from Cardozo Law School in 2004.

IGI was founded in 1984 by Terry Lenzner, once described as “President Clinton’s private CIA” by The Washington Post. The senior Lenzner made his name as assistant chief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee. He also worked for Donald Rumsfeld in the Nixon White House.