Terry Lenzner Cultivated Fearsome Reputation as Sleuth for Hire

Watergate investigator offered his skills to corporate clients; his agents sifted Microsoft’s trash

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1964, Terry Lenzner was determined not to have a conventional legal career. He succeeded spectacularly.

One of his first jobs, for the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division, thrust him into investigations of the murders of voting-rights campaigners in rural Mississippi. He later ran a federal legal-aid service for the poor in the Nixon administration, until Donald Rumsfeld fired him.