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Lauren Maynard



Lauren Maynard is a litigator and a member of Nixon Peabody’s Government Investigations and White Collar Defense practice group. She represents corporations and individuals in government investigations, regulatory inquiries, and complex civil and criminal litigation.

What do you focus on?

I assist companies and individuals with government investigations, criminal defense, and complex commercial disputes.

I represent and advise clients in the life sciences industry and healthcare providers with respect to the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Consumer Protection Act, and Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. I have been involved in assisting these clients with responding to inquiries and investigations by the DOJ and state Attorneys General Offices, as well as in civil litigation.

My practice also includes representing companies and individuals in the telecommunications, gaming, and financial industries with respect to regulatory compliance. I advise clients in matters involving the Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering laws, TCPA, and other regulatory frameworks, and have experience representing clients before the SEC, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, DOJ, and state Attorneys General Offices.

I also represent clients in commercial litigation matters ranging from contract disputes to civil RICO.  

What do you see on the horizon?

The federal government continues to prioritize white collar fraud. Companies should ensure that they have strong compliance programs in place, and should be prepared to react to investigations from both state and federal governments.

Clerkships

  • Honorable David Bunning, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

Representative Matters

  • Assisting with obtaining dismissal of $3 billion civil RICO lawsuit in the District of Massachusetts.
  • Assisting with defense of clinical laboratory operator in putative class action alleging violations of the TCPA. We successfully bifurcated discovery to focus on issues of individual plaintiff’s claims and adequacy as class representative. We settled case on favorable terms prior to class-wide discovery (M.D.N.C.).
  • Representing telecommunications company in nationwide litigation concerning taxing and remittance obligations.
  • Advising fantasy sports and sports betting company on regulatory matters.
  • Defending a national hospice company in an ongoing DOJ probe of a qui tam action.
  • Participated in high-profile civil rights lawsuits on behalf of a class of children separated from their parents by United States government officials after apprehension at the border.

Varsity Blues dads can remain free while appealing convictions

Bloomberg Law | May 19, 2022

The following article covers a federal judge granting bail to a parent while he appeals his conviction in the college admissions case, and quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly. In addition to Brian, the parent’s defense team includes Boston GIWC partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard.

Parents convicted in college scam remain free during appeal

Associated Press | May 19, 2022

The following article covers a federal judge granting bail to a parent while he appeals his conviction in the college admissions case, and quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly. In addition to Brian, the parent’s defense team includes Boston GIWC partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard.

Varsity Blues feds relent on bail amid First Circuit appeal

Law360 | May 11, 2022

This article covers a decision by federal prosecutors to no longer oppose bail for a parent appealing his conviction in the college admissions case. The article quotes a letter that Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly sent to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Frank, and it also mentions Boston GIWC partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing the parent.

Varsity Blues dad says feds misled judge in fighting bail

Law360 | May 02, 2022

This article on a parent appealing his conviction in the college admissions case covers an argument that the government misled the court when opposing bail pending appeal. This article quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly from a letter sent to the Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Boston GIWC partner Josh Sharp from comments Monday. Boston GIWC associate Lauren Maynard is also mentioned as part of the team representing the parent.

Flawed "Varsity Blues" theory skewed trial, First Circuit told

Law360 | April 25, 2022

The following articles cover an appeal by a parent in the college admissions case to have his conviction overturned by the First Circuit. The coverage mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing the parent.

Two parents appeal their convictions in Varsity Blues scandal

The New York Times | April 25, 2022

The following article coversan appeal by a parent in the college admissions case to have his conviction overturned by the First Circuit. The coverage mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing the parent.

Federal judge tosses parts of Dennis White lawsuit against Boston

Boston Herald | March 30, 2022

This article covers a judge’s decision to throw out two of the three federal counts made by former Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White against the city in his wrongful termination lawsuit. The story quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, who is representing the City of Boston and the former acting mayor, on this positive development. In addition to Brian, the NP team includes Boston GIWC partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard.

Fired Boston top cop may lose federal claims, judge hints

Law360 | March 21, 2022

This article covers a judge’s suggestion that he might cut federal claims from former Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the city and former acting Mayor Kim Janey, leaving only state law claims. The article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing the City of Boston and the former acting mayor.

Pair of recent victories hearten counsel for MassHealth providers

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | December 29, 2021

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp is quoted extensively in this article covering the potential implications of two recent court decisions involving providers and payments in Massachusetts’ MassHealth Medicaid program. Josh, Boston GIWC partner Brian Kelly, and associate Lauren Maynard successfully represented Suburban Home Health Care in one of these notable cases, which established a statute of limitations for MassHealth’s pursuit of overpayments.

Feds rest Varsity Blues case as focus shifts to defense

Law360 | September 29, 2021

This article, covering a range of items as the prosecution rested their case in the first college admissions trial, quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly from his questioning of a government auditor. In addition to Brian, the article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of two parents on trial.

Jury told Varsity Blues honcho claimed Steve Jobs as client

Law360 | September 28, 2021

This article covers a letter the NP team sent to the United States Attorney, which called the trial team’s hearsay objections to evidence admissibility baseless, resulting in the government withdrawing its objections. In addition to quoting from the letter, the article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of two parents on trial.

Tearful coach tells ‘Varsity Blues’ jury of Loughlin fakery

Law360 | September 27, 2021

This article on the college admissions trial quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly from questioning of a former University of Southern California soccer coach. In addition to Brian, the article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of two parents on trial.

Jury hears USC coach never heard of Varsity Blues recruit

Law360 | September 24, 2021

This article on the college admissions trial quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly from questioning of a former University of Southern California women’s basketball coach. Of note from the questioning, Brian asked the coach whether Larry Bird or Magic Johnson was the better player in her opinion. In addition to Brian, the article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of two parents on trial.

'Varsity Blues' kids' choice of sport didn't matter jury hears

Law360 | September 23, 2021

This article, covering the latest developments in the college admissions trial, quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly from cross-examination of an FBI special agent. In addition to Brian, the article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of two parents on trial.

Varsity Blues jury hears BigLaw attorneys deal with mastermind

Law360 | September 14, 2021

The following article highlights Tuesday’s media coverage of the college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from the first full day of testimony. Additional coverage available upon request.

Prosecutors play secret recording of ex-Willkie co-chairman Gordon Caplan in college admission bribery trial

The American Lawyer | September 14, 2021

The following article highlights Tuesday’s media coverage of the college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from the first full day of testimony. Additional coverage available upon request.

College admissions bribery scheme mastermind boasts of concierge service

The Boston Globe | September 14, 2021

The following article highlights Tuesday’s media coverage of the college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from the first full day of testimony. Additional coverage available upon request.

Defense attorneys say Varsity Blues parents were victims of a fraudster

The American Lawyer | September 13, 2021

The following articles highlight media coverage from Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from opening statements. Additional coverage available upon request.

Parents were duped, their lawyers say in start of college admissions trial

The New York Times | September 13, 2021

The following article highlights media coverage from Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from opening statements. Additional coverage available upon request.

First trial in Varsity Blues scandal begins

The Boston Globe | September 13, 2021

The following article highlights media coverage from Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from opening statements. Additional coverage available upon request.

Varsity Blues college-admissions trial opens with competing claims about parents intent

The Wall Street Journal | September 13, 2021

The following article highlights media coverage from Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from opening statements. Additional coverage available upon request.

MassHealth recoupment action deemed untimely

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | September 13, 2021

This article covers a significant litigation win on behalf of home health care agency Suburban Home Health Care, a decision that will have wide-ranging implications for health care providers doing business in Massachusetts. Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard represented Suburban Home Health Care in the case.

First trial in US college admission scandal to begin

Reuters | September 13, 2021

The following article covers Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, mentioning Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard, who are defending one of two parents on trial.

Varsity Blues mastermind not expected to testify at trial

Law360 | September 10, 2021

The following article covers Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, mentioning Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard, who are defending one of two parents on trial.

What to watch for as 'Varsity Blues' gets jury trial debut

Law360 | September 09, 2021

This article provides an overview of the first college admissions trial set to begin Monday and mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard for defending one of two parents set for trial.

Prosecution may not call star witness in 1st trial in U.S. college admissions scandal

Reuters | September 08, 2021

The following article covers the latest developments leading up to the first college admissions trial and profile the NP team defending one of two parents set for trial: Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard. Of note, the NLJ article provides background on the three attorneys, including a recent win for Suburban Home Health Care, which will effectively set a limit by which MassHealth can seek to recoup alleged overpayments from providers across the state.

SJC rules MassHealth can't collect on decade-old overcharges

Boston Business Journal | September 08, 2021

This article covers a significant litigation win on behalf of home health care agency Suburban Home Health Care, a decision that will have wide-ranging implications for health care providers doing business in Massachusetts. The article quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, while the NP team also included Boston partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard, both of the Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice.

Varsity Blues parents say feds tried to bully witnesses

Law360 | September 07, 2021

The following article covers the latest developments leading up to the first college admissions trial and profile the NP team defending one of two parents set for trial: Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard. Of note, the NLJ article provides background on the three attorneys, including a recent win for Suburban Home Health Care, which will effectively set a limit by which MassHealth can seek to recoup alleged overpayments from providers across the state.

Who's representing ‘Varsity Blues’ parents in the first admissions scandal trial?

National Law Journal | September 07, 2021

The following article covers the latest developments leading up to the first college admissions trial and profile the NP team defending one of two parents set for trial: Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard. Of note, the NLJ article provides background on the three attorneys, including a recent win for Suburban Home Health Care, which will effectively set a limit by which MassHealth can seek to recoup alleged overpayments from providers across the state.

‘Varsity Blues’ parents say Zoom trial will stir ‘media frenzy’

Law360 | August 31, 2021

This article covers a motion by parents in next month’s college admissions trial not to livestream the proceedings, arguing it would harm their shot at a fair trial. The story mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the parents scheduled for trial.

Meet the key players in the first Varsity Blues trial

Law360 | August 30, 2021

This article highlighting key people involved in next month’s college admissions trial mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the parents scheduled for trial, and provides background on some of the team’s notable cases.

First Varsity Blues trial to forge ahead despite virus surge

Law360 | August 18, 2021

This article on the September college admissions trial moving forward mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the parents scheduled for trial. The article also quotes Brian on whether the prosecution will call its star witness to testify.

‘Varsity Blues’ Feds blast ‘absurd’ bid to shave evidence

Law360 | August 06, 2021

This article, covering the latest developments in the college admissions case, mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the parents scheduled for trial later this year.

Varsity Blues parents want no talk of their wealth at trial

Law360 | August 02, 2021

This article covers a request by parents in the college admissions case to exclude evidence at trial about their wealth, income, spending, or lifestyles, with the motion stating such evidence could unfairly prejudice the jury. The story mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the parents who filed the motion.

Varsity Blues parents say feds muzzling key witnesses

Law360 | July 28, 2021

This article covers a motion by four parents in the college admissions case to grant immunity to key witnesses or otherwise dismiss the case. The story mentions Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard, all of the Boston office, for representing one of the parents who filed the motion.

Feds can't merge ‘Varsity Blues’ trials, judge says

Law360 | July 15, 2021

This article covers a judge’s ruling that will keep two trials in the college admissions case, denying a request from prosecutors to combine the trials. The story mentions Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard, all of the Boston office, for representing one of the remaining defendants.

Boston changes up lawyers in Dennis White case

Boston Herald | July 13, 2021

This article highlights the hiring of Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Boston office co-managing partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, and Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense associate Lauren Maynard—all of the Boston office—to defend the City of Boston and acting Mayor Kim Janey in a defamation and civil rights lawsuit filed by the recently fired police commissioner.

Feds renew push for single ‘Varsity Blues’ parents trial

Law360 | July 06, 2021

This article on whether there will be one or two trials in the college admissions case mentions Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard, all of the Boston office, for representing one of the remaining eight defendants.

Boston taps Nixon Peabody to defend suit by fired top cop

Law360 | July 06, 2021

This article highlights the hiring of Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Boston office co-managing partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, and Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense associate Lauren Maynard—all of the Boston office—to defend the City of Boston and acting Mayor Kim Janey in a defamation and civil rights lawsuit filed by the recently fired police commissioner.

First Varsity Blues trial to premiere in Boston in September

Law360 | June 15, 2021

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article on the college admissions case, after a federal judge on Tuesday affirmed the September trial date for five of the eight parents who are still fighting charges. Along with Brian, the story mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the defendants scheduled for trial in September.

What Biden owes children and families separated at the border

The Boston Globe | February 13, 2021

This article, covering a national class action lawsuit that seeks compensation for thousands of families separated at the border under the previous administration, quotes Manchester Complex Corporate Disputes associate Nate Warecki on how the facts in the case may lead to an upending of precedents. In addition to Nate, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo and Boston associate Lauren Maynard are also working on the case.

Pandemic Delays "Varsity Blues" Trial Until September

Law360 | December 21, 2020

This article covers a judge’ s decision to delay the February college admissions trial until September 2021, following concerns raised by attorneys on both sides about health risks and logistical hurdles during the COVID-19 pandemic. The story quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and mentions Brian, Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner-elect Joshua Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the defendants.

Start Date For First 'Varsity Blues' Trial Delayed Until February

Law360 | August 06, 2020

This article, covering a judge’s order to delay the first college admissions trial until February due to the coronavirus pandemic, mentions Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Lauren Maynard and Joshua Sharp for representing one of the defendants in the first trial.

Feds, 'Varsity Blues' Parents Agree Virus Should Delay Trial

Law360 | July 16, 2020

This article covers a request by prosecutors in the college admissions case to delay the first trial until late February due to COVID-19 challenges and safety concerns. Counsel for several defendants assented to the request, and the story mentions Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Joshua Sharp and Lauren Maynard for representing one of the defendants.

1st 'Varsity Blues' Trial Date Remains Firm Despite Pandemic

Law360 | May 29, 2020

This article detailing the latest developments in the college admissions case mentions Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Joshua Sharp and Lauren Maynard, all of Boston, as co-counsel to a defendant in the case.

Loughlin, "Varsity" Blues-parents want "sham" case tossed

Law360 | March 25, 2020

This story on the latest developments in the college admissions matter mentions Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Josh Sharp and Lauren Maynard for their representation of Gamal Abdelaziz.

Contact

Lauren Maynard

Associate

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1238


Fax: 844-653-5017

Harvard Law School, J.D.

Morehead State University, B.S., summa cum laude

Massachusetts

Ohio

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

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