Natashia Tidwell

Natashia Tidwell

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (617) 912-0938

Primary Office

Boston
131 Dartmouth Street
Suite 501
Boston, MA 02116

Natashia Tidwell

Partner

Natashia Tidwell brings a depth of experience and nuanced perspective to the Firm's practices in Higher Education, K-12 Schools, and White Collar and Government Litigation. As a former police officer and federal prosecutor, Natashia offers a practical real-world approach to her work leading internal investigations for colleges, universities and independent secondary schools in matters involving racial discrimination, Title IX and other federal and state constitutional issues.

In addition to education matters, Natashia helps individuals and institutions navigating government enforcement actions, including responses to grand jury subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and interview and deposition requests. When institutional clients face allegations of misconduct from within, Natashia stands ready to apply her substantial internal investigations experience to conduct a thorough and objective assessment of potential violations and to provide recommendations for mitigation of risk and reputational damage.

Natashia's law enforcement and prosecutorial experience also inform her work as a federal monitor. Currently, as the lead monitor in Ferguson, Missouri, Natashia oversees implementation of reforms to the city's police department and municipal court in the wake of a Justice Department civil rights investigation. In Newark, New Jersey, Natashia applies her police misconduct investigation experience as a subject matter consultant for the monitoring team instituting court-ordered reforms.

Her career as a federal prosecutor included stints in the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. Before and while earning her law degree, she worked as a police officer for the Cambridge Police Department in Massachusetts, where she rose through the ranks to become the first female lieutenant in the department's history.

Experience

White Collar and Government Litigation
Serves as a federal court-appointed monitor in United States v. City of Ferguson, Missouri, overseeing implementation of reforms resulting from a pattern and practice investigation by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.
Appointed to lead an independent investigation of bias-based policing against municipal police officers stemming from the arrest of a parent in a local elementary school.
Represented the chief executive officer of a leading molecular diagnostic company in a qui tam action alleging the company's involvement in a scheme to defraud Medicare.
Selected by the Massachusetts Senate Ethics Committee as a member of a team investigating allegations of sexual assault and harassment against the husband of the then Senate president.
Higher Education and K-12 Schools
Conducted Title IX and other disciplinary board investigations on behalf of a private law school.
Represented a large urban school board in the constitutional defense of policies aimed to remediate past school segregation and inequality.
Led an investigation of racial discrimination by students and faculty at an independent secondary school.
Past Federal Prosecution Work

Natashia's past work as a federal prosecutor included acting as trial counsel in multi-defendant matters involving allegations of bribery, conspiracy, arson, and management of post-conviction asset forfeiture proceedings. She also led investigations of cases involving drug trafficking, racketeering and organized crime-related activity including gambling, usury and extortion.

Some of her significant matters as a prosecutor include:

Securing convictions in a bribery and conspiracy trial of two sitting state court judges and a prominent local trial attorney.
Securing guilty pleas from a congressional official and high-level staffers to charges of federal conspiracy and honest services fraud following a bribery and organized crime investigation.

Credentials and Accolades

Memberships and Affiliations

Boston Bar Association

  • Leadership Council, 2019 to present

  • Co-Chair, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section, 2018 to 2019

Massachusetts Bar Association

  • Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, 2019 to present

Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association

  • Member, 2013 to present

  • Director, 2012 to 2013

Education

J.D., summa cum laude, New England School of Law, 2003

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 1999

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Certifications

Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIX)

  • Level Two Civil Rights Investigator, 2020-2022

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Natashia Tidwell brings a depth of experience and nuanced perspective to the Firm's practices in Higher Education, K-12 Schools, and White Collar and Government Litigation. As a former police officer and federal prosecutor, Natashia offers a practical real-world approach to her work leading internal investigations for colleges, universities and independent secondary schools in matters involving racial discrimination, Title IX and other federal and state constitutional issues.

In addition to education matters, Natashia helps individuals and institutions navigating government enforcement actions, including responses to grand jury subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and interview and deposition requests. When institutional clients face allegations of misconduct from within, Natashia stands ready to apply her substantial internal investigations experience to conduct a thorough and objective assessment of potential violations and to provide recommendations for mitigation of risk and reputational damage.

Natashia's law enforcement and prosecutorial experience also inform her work as a federal monitor. Currently, as the lead monitor in Ferguson, Missouri, Natashia oversees implementation of reforms to the city's police department and municipal court in the wake of a Justice Department civil rights investigation. In Newark, New Jersey, Natashia applies her police misconduct investigation experience as a subject matter consultant for the monitoring team instituting court-ordered reforms.

Her career as a federal prosecutor included stints in the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. Before and while earning her law degree, she worked as a police officer for the Cambridge Police Department in Massachusetts, where she rose through the ranks to become the first female lieutenant in the department's history.