Natashia Tidwell, Former Federal Prosecutor and Police Officer, Brings Vast Investigations Experience to Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Litigation Group
Natashia Tidwell brings a depth of experience and nuanced perspective to Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr as she joins the firm as a partner in the Litigation Group. A member of the Higher Education, K-12 Schools, and White Collar and Government Litigation practices, she is resident in the Boston office.
As a former federal prosecutor and police officer, Ms. Tidwell offers a practical real-world approach to her work leading internal investigations for education industry clients in matters involving racial discrimination, Title IX and other federal and state constitutional issues.
"We are pleased to welcome Natashia to Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr," said James D. Taylor, Jr., co-chair of the Higher Education Practice. "Now, more than ever, our education clients need practical guidance to help them navigate government regulations. Natashia's government experience and investigative skills are especially useful to colleges, universities and K-12 schools throughout our footprint, and especially in Massachusetts."
In addition to education matters, Ms. Tidwell helps individuals and institutions navigate government enforcement actions, including responses to grand jury subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and interview and deposition requests. She also helps institutional clients deal with allegations of misconduct from within by applying her internal investigation experience to conduct assessments of potential violations and to provide recommendations for mitigation of risk and reputational damage.
Ms. Tidwell’s law enforcement and prosecutorial experience also inform her work as a federal monitor for which she has significant experience. Currently, as the lead monitor in Ferguson, Missouri, she 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, Ms. Tidwell applies her police misconduct investigation experience as a subject matter consultant for the monitoring team instituting court-ordered reforms.
"Natashia’s past work in the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts will prove meaningful to clients whose compliance with government regulations is questioned or who become the target of enforcement actions," said Jeffrey S. Robbins, a partner in the Firm’s White Collar and Government Litigation Practice in Boston. "Her work as a federal monitor also is transferrable to court-ordered monitorships for the private sector."
Ms. Tidwell earned her J.D. from New England School of Law. 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. She also received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
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