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

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 Enforcement. 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.

Recently, in response to the nationwide reckoning spurred by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Natashia led numerous investigations of alleged discriminatory conduct by colleges, universities and secondary schools, local police departments, corporations, and other organizations. In addition to investigating allegations of racial, gender, and sexual misconduct, she also advised clients facing public criticism of their handling of historical allegations of misconduct as voiced and consolidated in a number of social media feeds, including “#Blackat” postings on Instagram.

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.

Together with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr Partner Justin Danilewitz, Natashia was selected to serve as counsel to the court-appointed independent monitor of the pharmaceutical manufacturer Mallinckrodt, which is in a five-year monitorship arising out of the company’s bankruptcy proceeding stemming from national opioid litigation. 

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

Internal Investigations Across Diverse Industries
Engaged by a public university to investigate allegations of misconduct against a former elected official stemming from his role as an adjunct faculty member.
Selected by a local town manager to investigate an incident of alleged racial profiling and other civil rights violations against the town police department following the detention and handcuffing of a local man. Issued a report calling for large-scale reforms to the department’s internal investigations process.
Conducted an independent investigation of alleged discriminatory conduct by a senior executive of a nationally recognized advocacy organization.
Led an investigation of a security incident for a local hospital involving alleged use of excessive force in restraining a patient experiencing a mental health crisis.
Appointed by local government officials 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.
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.
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.
Higher Education and K-12 Schools
Advised and counseled schools in their response to so-called “#Blackat” social media postings where current students, alumni, and others detailed their experiences of racism, sexual abuse, and similar misconduct at historically non-diverse educational institutions.
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
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

Honors and Awards

Named a "Future Star" in Massachusetts by Benchmark Litigation, 2022

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

Massachusetts District Court, Criminal Justice Act

  • Board Member, 2019 to present

Education

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

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 1999

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Firm Involvement

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Certifications

Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIX)

  • Level Two Civil Rights Investigator, 2020-2022

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 Enforcement. 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.

Recently, in response to the nationwide reckoning spurred by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Natashia led numerous investigations of alleged discriminatory conduct by colleges, universities and secondary schools, local police departments, corporations, and other organizations. In addition to investigating allegations of racial, gender, and sexual misconduct, she also advised clients facing public criticism of their handling of historical allegations of misconduct as voiced and consolidated in a number of social media feeds, including “#Blackat” postings on Instagram.

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.

Together with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr Partner Justin Danilewitz, Natashia was selected to serve as counsel to the court-appointed independent monitor of the pharmaceutical manufacturer Mallinckrodt, which is in a five-year monitorship arising out of the company’s bankruptcy proceeding stemming from national opioid litigation. 

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.