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.