Lori Ann Lange, beloved sister, friend, colleague, and esteemed attorney at Peckar & Abramson, P.C., passed away suddenly last week at her home.
Nearly 35 years ago, Lori began her career and established herself as a force in the government contracts bar. When Lori joined P&A’s Washington, D.C. office at its inception nearly 17 years ago, Lori immediately began to form deep relationships across the entire firm, relationships that she continued to develop and foster. Lori’s matter of fact approach to the law and ability to strategize and understand her clients’ needs propelled Lori’s career into one of admiration. Lori was the Chair of P&A’s Federal Government Contracting and Infrastructure practice, an accomplished speaker and author, and a sought-after government contracts legal scholar and contributor.
Since learning of her passing, colleagues across the country have shared numerous stories, reflections and memories of Lori’s impact on their professional and personal lives. She is remembered as a brilliant government contracts lawyer, remarkable leader, mentor to many, and friend to all.
Lori was known by clients, colleagues, and peers for her commitment to delivering the best possible result in every situation. One Washington-based attorney and dear friend noted, “Lori always went the extra mile to uncover the hidden argument or the obscure legal decision that might help the client win.” Even when she knew that her best efforts might not be enough, Lori would contemplate every option and use her unmatched knowledge of federal laws and regulations to look for a solution. In turn, Lori and her colleagues often celebrated unexpected, and greatly appreciated, client victories. Those who knew her credit those wins to Lori’s tenacity, intelligence and unending care for her clients. Her exceptional capabilities and legal acumen will stand as a model for the P&A team and members of the government contracts and construction bars for years to come.
Ever the mentor and friend to others, Lori was always willing to help when asked – in the office, with clients, young attorneys, or working with law students — regardless of the time or other resources she had to commit. This quality extended beyond Lori ’s professional life and is part of the legacy she leaves at P&A and elsewhere. Whether to family, friends, colleagues, or to the cats that she lovingly cared for — the latter providing much needed comic relief during online meetings during the pandemic — Lori’s kindness, sensitivity, sense of humor and love of art and travel were evident to all who knew her and will be deeply missed.
Lori Ann Lange has left us with many fond memories. Her wonderful, engaging smile, contagious laugh, and incredible intellect and fortitude will always be remembered by those who had the pleasure of knowing her at P&A. Our deepest condolences go out to her sister Cheryl, brother Kenneth, and her extended family.