Lawrence Byrne
Lawrence Byrne ()

A Pepper Hamilton partner with law enforcement roots has been tapped as the New York City Police Department’s top counsel.

Lawrence Byrne has been selected as the police department’s deputy commissioner for legal matters. He is currently a partner in Pepper Hamilton’s white collar litigation and investigations practice group, as well as a managing director with Freeh Group International Solutions.

He starts his new role Sept. 2.

Some of Byrne’s legal work has included the representation of clients in connection to government and internal investigations. He has also acted as the integrity monitor for the city Department of Investigation’s program supervising post-Superstorm Sandy rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.

He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and a former federal prosecutor.

Byrne’s brother, Edward, served as a police officer and was fatally shot in the line of duty while guarding a witness’ home in 1988. Byrne’s father also served in the police department for 22 years.

“Deputy Commissioner Byrne brings over 25 years of legal expertise to the NYPD leadership team. He not only brings a great wealth of knowledge ranging from white collar crimes to First Amendment and media litigation, but quite a proud family legacy as well,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement.

Byrne will replace Douglass Maynard, who served as deputy commissioner since January 2013. Maynard is a former partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and will return to the private sector, according to an announcement on Byrne’s selection.