She will head the firm's appellate and Supreme Court practice group.
Maynard had served in the solicitor general's office since 2004 and handled significant business litigations before the US Supreme Court. Her arguments include the antitrust case Pacific Bell Telephone Company v LinkLine Communications and the patent case MedImmune v Genentech. She notes, "I thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of representing the United States before the Supreme Court, but I am excited to return to private practice. I look forward to leading and continuing to develop Morrison & Foerster's widely recognised appellate and Supreme Court practice, and to working closely with the firm's talented lawyers."
Before joining the solicitor general's office, Maynard was a partner at Jenner & Block LLP for more than five years.
Maynard replaces Beth Brinkmann, who left the firm earlier this year to become a deputy assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice's civil division.