Partner Douglass Maynard Returns To Akin Gump After NYPD Stint; Jonathan Poling Joins Firm's International Trade Practice; Texas Lawyer Features Michael Byrd’s Work

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 10:34

Akin Gump is pleased to announce that Douglass Maynard has rejoined the firm from the New York City Police Department, where he served as deputy commissioner for legal matters since January 2013. Mr. Maynard returns to his role as a litigation partner in Akin Gump’s New York City office.

As deputy commissioner, 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 over 250 uniform and civilian lawyers and staff.

Mr. Maynard’s practice focuses on representing clients in government and regulatory investigations and litigation, corporate investigations and complex civil matters. He has extensive experience representing public companies, investment funds and individuals in a variety of criminal and regulatory matters, including insider trading and FCPA cases.

Mr. Maynard’s return to Akin Gump’s litigation practice is just the latest in a series of high-level arrivals to the practice over the last year in the firm’s New York office. Joe Boryshansky joined the firm in April from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, where he served as senior trial counsel, while Steven Reich came to Akin Gump from the Department of Justice, where he served as associate deputy attorney general.

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Akin Gump  has announced that Jonathan C. Poling has joined the firm as a partner in its international trade practice in Washington, DC. A former trial attorney in the National Security Division’s Counterespionage Section at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Mr. Poling has significant experience handling complex export control and trade-related civil and criminal matters across an array of industries.

Mr. Poling comes to Akin Gump from Baker & McKenzie, where he has been in private practice since exiting the DOJ in 2012.

Mr. Poling’s practice includes representing clients in export control and sanctions matters, including white collar and administrative enforcement cases, trade-related due diligence, integration issues in mergers and acquisitions, audits, export control and sanctions internal investigations and corporate compliance issues. His practice also includes anti-money laundering and fraud investigations involving international trade and trade finance, including investigations involving potential violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the Trading with the Enemy Act and the Arms Export Control Act.

While at the DOJ, Mr. Poling prosecuted dozens of export control, counterproliferation and trade-related cases. Among them was U.S. v. Balli Aviation, a landmark interagency criminal export controls and sanctions case involving the illegal export of a Boeing 747 aircraft from the United States to Iran, which resulted in one of the largest fines ever issued by the Department of Commerce for an export violation. Additional notable cases include U.S. v. Ulrich Davis, the first criminal prosecution of a freight forwarder for export control violations, and U.S. v. Larijani, the first successful indictment, arrest, extradition and conviction of individuals for export control violations involving parts that appeared on improvised explosive devices in Iraq.

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Texas Lawyer featured Akin Gump oil and gas partner Michael Byrd in its article “Akin Gump Partner Leads Two Half-Billion Dollar Energy Deals in Three Weeks” for his work on the back-to-back Diamondback Energy and Newfield Exploration Co. deals.

The article notes that Byrd closed the two half-billion-dollar deals over a three-week period, during which time he worked a total of 230 hours on these transactions in addition to separately spending time on other client work.  He told Texas Lawyer that he has never worked that intensely on back-to-back deals, adding, “Looking back, it was a lot of fun. I love what I do, and I love negotiation with reasonable business people and lawyers, and it was fun.”

Marc Dingler, deputy general counsel at Diamondback, noted that Byrd had drafted the purchase agreement within two days of receiving the information and closed the $538 million deal within seven days. He added, “It was pretty amazing to me. I must say I don’t recall ever turning anything so fast.”

For more information on the Diamondback deal, please click here.