Douglass B. Maynard represents clients in government and regulatory investigations and litigation, corporate investigations and complex civil matters. 

Mr. Maynard is the firm's General Counsel. 

Practice & Background

Mr. Maynard has extensive experience representing public companies, audit committees, investment fund managers and individuals in a variety of matters involving allegations of insider trading, improper accounting and disclosure, foreign corrupt practices and related business matters. Mr. Maynard has conducted dozens of internal investigations, including many cross-border matters.

Mr. Maynard recently rejoined the firm from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), where he served as deputy commissioner for legal matters. In that position, Mr. Maynard served as the general counsel of the NYPD, advising Police Commissioners Raymond Kelly and William Bratton and the executive staff on all legal matters affecting the department, including criminal investigations and policy, intelligence matters, civil litigation, legislative affairs and press relations. His work involved close coordination of significant matters with City Hall, federal and state prosecutors, the NYC Law Department and other agencies. He managed a command of more than 250 uniform and civilian lawyers and staff.

Mr. Maynard also served for six years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He investigated and prosecuted federal cases involving RICO violations, drug trafficking, bank fraud, money laundering, murder and other crimes. Mr. Maynard specialized in Russian organized crime cases and was one of the first to use the RICO statute to prosecute Russian criminals whose criminal enterprises operated in the United States, Europe and Russia.

Mr. Maynard has significant experience handling libel and other media law cases. He represents book and magazine publishers and cable companies. He won summary judgment for his publisher client in a rigorously litigated libel case arising out of Blonde Ambition, a book about the life and death of Anna Nicole Smith. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Maynard was associate general counsel of Time Inc., where he actively litigated cases in a variety of areas, including libel, copyright, trademark, antitrust and consumer marketing. While at Time Inc., he tried two libel cases to verdict, one for Time magazine and one for Sports Illustrated magazine.

Representative Matters

Mr. Maynard’s representations include:

  • representing Audit Committee in connection with tax and accounting issues
  • conducting a series of investigations for the audit committee of a multinational public company based in Europe into allegations of insider trading, theft, accounting fraud, whistleblower retaliation and other misconduct
  • conducting an internal investigation for public company into alleged FCPA violations
  • representing an educational institution in connection with Title IX investigation and related matters
  • representing the independent members of the board of directors of a Canadian company in connection with parallel investigations by the SEC and the OSC regarding alleged market manipulation and public disclosure issues
  • conducting an investigation for the audit committee of a public company into allegations of misconduct by the CEO and improper accounting
  • investigation for a public company into allegations of EPA violations at a refinery
  • representing an investment management company in Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission insider trading investigations
  • representing a major investment bank in connection with federal mortgage fraud investigations
  • on behalf of the audit committee of a multinational public company, conducting an internal investigation of the alleged criminal conduct of a former executive and related matters
  • representing a public company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations involving alleged FCPA violations
  • defending the CEO of a public company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged improper accounting and FCPA violations
  • defending the former CEO of a public company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged bribery, improper accounting and disclosure practices.

Awards & Accolades

Mr. Maynard was recognized in Chambers USA in 2017 and 2018 for his work in litigation: white-collar crime & government investigations.

Community Involvement

  • New York State Justice Task Force, January 2013 to October 2014:
    • A commission created by the Chief Judge of the State of New York to address the causes of wrongful convictions. Mr. Maynard represents Police Commissioner Kelly’s position in policy debates about proposed changes to investigative practices and discovery rules.
  • Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, New York State Supreme Court, 2004 to 2012:
    • Maynard served two three-year terms as a member of the Committee, which reviews proposed findings of facts and sanctions in cases of ethical complaints filed against lawyers. He also served as a referee in ethical complaint cases, holding hearings and making findings of facts and recommended sanctions.
  • The Fund for Modern Courts, Member of the Board of Directors, 2002 to 2012

 Speaking Engagements

  • Cybersecurity Risk Management, Due Diligence and Breach Response, Akin Gump’s seminar on The Cybersecurity Pandemic, New York, February 2015
  • Counterterrorism Technology – The New York City Experience:  Privacy and Constitutional Implications, Second Circuit Judicial Conference, June 2014
  • International Organized Crime and National Security, panelist, ABA Conference on National Security, November 2013
  • False Confessions, panelist, Federal Bar Council, October 2013