New York Law Journal Profiles Former Partner Douglass Maynard on New Role with NYPD

The New York Law Journal profiled former Akin Gump litigation partner Douglass Maynard on his new role as counsel for the New York City Police Department.

As deputy commissioner for legal matters, Maynard will oversee a staff of 150, half of them lawyers, on matters that include bringing enforcement actions in nuisance abatement cases and accompanying police on the street with on-site assistance in instances involving civil disobedience or other ongoing operations. Maynard tells the Law Journal that “the opportunity to work with Commissioner [Ray] Kelly and this department was too great to pass up.”

Discussing his new role, Maynard states, "I really think our mission is a civil rights mission. Ensuring the public safety is the primary civil right. Everything else is dependent on that. I don't see it as a conflict, but a balance of the various interests society cherishes."

Maynard was a partner in Akin Gump’s litigation practice for the past 10 years before leaving earlier this month. He had previously worked as an associate general counsel at Time Inc.