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Biography

Douglas F. Gansler, former Attorney General of Maryland and President of the National Association of Attorneys General, brings a unique perspective as he assists clients in matters involving financial services, health care, pharmaceutical, insurance, telecommunications, and other consumer-centric industries.

A Partner in the Washington, DC office of Buckley Sandler LLP, General Gansler draws on more than 20 years of public advocacy and leadership in support of his practice that focuses on advising businesses and individuals on federal and state investigations and enforcement actions and litigation matters involving state attorneys general, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and other state and federal enforcement and regulatory agencies, including individual and multi-state enforcement actions. General Gansler successfully represents national, high-profile companies on all types of matters involving state regulators and state attorneys general.

He also handles complex litigation cases involving data breaches, cybersecurity, and privacy matters and provides regulatory compliance advice. General Gansler was appointed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General as Special Deputy Attorney General to investigate the improper use of email by Pennsylvania state employees, and has conducted internal investigations for numerous national corporations.

Throughout his career, he has handled numerous civil and criminal cases involving public corruption, economic crimes, and other issues, most notably including:

  • Arguing and winning a unanimous decision before the U.S. Supreme Court in Maryland v. Shatzer
     
  • Acting as first chair in more than 50 jury trials
     
  • The prosecution of John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo (“Beltway snipers”)
     
  • Arguing more than 50 cases in state and federal appellate courts

In the public sector, General Gansler’s successful record of leadership includes:

  • Establishing the first statewide Internet Privacy and Safety Unit
     
  • Implementing the first State's Attorney’s Office community-based prosecution program, which became a nationwide model for effective, fair crime-fighting programs
     
  • Establishing the first domestic violence dockets, the first Gang Unit, and the first Elder Abuse Unit in Maryland

In addition to serving as Attorney General of Maryland, he was Montgomery County’s State’s Attorney (1998-2006) and an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (1992-98). A life-long community volunteer, General Gansler founded Charm City Youth Lacrosse for underserved Baltimore inner-city youth, for which he received the “Innovator of the Year” award from the Daily Record, Maryland's largest legal publication. He has mentored at-risk area youth, served on the Montgomery County Commission on Aging, and co-chaired the NAACP Criminal Justice Committee. General Gansler also serves as an Adjunct Professor at American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from Yale University, with honors, where he was a four-year starter, All-Ivy, and first team All-New England lacrosse player.

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Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia
  • B.A., Yale University (cum laude)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Government Service

    • Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia
    • Attorney General of Maryland and President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)

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