Natashia focuses her practice on white collar defense and government investigations, assisting corporate clients and educational institutions with identifying and managing internal and external challenges. She leverages her experience as a former federal prosecutor and police officer to provide pragmatic counsel to clients on federal and state constitutional issues and to advise individuals and institutions on government enforcement actions. Natashia works with clients in an array of industries including life sciences, health care, education, non-profits, and municipalities.
Natashia has extensive experience advising clients on responses to grand jury subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and interview and deposition requests. She also provides guidance on internal investigations of alleged misconduct, assisting with the assessment of potential violations and recommending steps to mitigate risk and reputational damage.
As an external investigator, Natashia oversees a broad spectrum of nuanced and complex matters for a wide range of clients in cases involving racial and gender discrimination, sexual misconduct, safety and security, and other constitutional matters.
In connection with the nationwide focus on social justice following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Natashia led many investigations of alleged discriminatory conduct by schools, local police departments, corporations, and other organizations. As the lead monitor in Ferguson, Missouri, Natashia is providing oversight on city police department and municipal court reforms stemming from a civil rights investigation by the US Department of Justice. In Newark, New Jersey, Natashia is serving as a subject matter consultant in internal investigations for the monitoring team instituting court-ordered reforms within the city’s police force.
Prior to joining Mintz, Natashia was a partner at a US-based law firm, where she focused on white collar and government enforcement. Earlier, she served as counsel at a global law firm and a Boston-based law firm and as an Associate Professor of New England Law | Boston.
Natashia’s public service career included serving in the public integrity section of the Department of Justice and in the US Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. During her tenure as a prosecutor, she secured convictions in a bribery and conspiracy trial of two sitting state court judges and a prominent local trial attorney. In a separate matter, she secured guilty pleas from a congressional official and high-level staffers to federal conspiracy and honest services fraud charges following a bribery and organized crime investigation.
Before attending law school and while earning her JD, Natashia worked as a police officer for the Cambridge Police Department in Massachusetts, where she rose through the ranks to become the department's first female lieutenant.
Corporate & Non-Profit Internal Investigations
- Conducted an expedited internal investigation into allegations of sexual assault by a contract employee on behalf of a U.S-based biopharmaceutical company.
- Investigated a town police department’s alleged racial profiling and other civil rights violations in connection with the detention and handcuffing of a local man. Issued a report proposing extensive reforms to the department’s internal investigations process.
- Oversaw an independent investigation of alleged discriminatory conduct by a senior executive of a nationally known advocacy organization.
- Conducted a security assessment and investigation on behalf of a veteran housing organization.
- Directed an investigation for a local hospital into a security incident involving the alleged use of excessive force in the restraint of a patient experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Engaged by local government officials to manage an independent investigation of bias-based policing stemming from a municipal police department’s arrest of a parent in a local elementary school.
- Managed sensitive investigation of competing allegations of racial and gender discrimination among a health care provider’s executive leadership team to identify organizational risks and assist in implementation of responsive strategy.
White Collar Defense & Government Investigations and Litigation
- Serving as co-counsel to the court-appointed independent monitor of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a five-year monitorship connected with the company’s bankruptcy proceeding stemming from national opioid litigation.
- Serving as a federal court-appointed monitor in United States v. City of Ferguson, Missouri, managing the implementation of reforms arising from a US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division pattern and practice investigation.
- Represented the chief executive officer of a leading molecular diagnostic company in a qui tam action with Medicare fraud allegations.
Higher Education and K-12 Schools
- Advised schools in responding to so-called “#Blackat” social media postings by current students, alumni, and others describing their experiences of racism, sexual abuse, and other misconduct at educational institutions that are historically non-diverse.
- Represented a large urban school board in establishing a constitutional defense of policies focused on remediating past school segregation and inequality.
- Conducted an investigation into allegations of racial discrimination by an adjunct faculty member on behalf of an esteemed private liberal arts college.
- Oversaw multiple investigations of racial and gender discrimination, historical allegations of sexual abuse and other misconduct by students and faculty at independent secondary schools in the United States and abroad.
- Retained by a public university to investigate misconduct allegations against a former elected official related to his role as an adjunct faculty member.
News & Press
October 12, 2023
April 13, 2023
Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces Update On Search Process For Massachusetts State Police Colonel
March 13, 2023
December 16, 2022
Events & Speaking
Mintz Boston Offices
Lotte New York Palace
Recognition & Awards
Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation (2024)
Benchmark Litigation: “Future Star” in Massachusetts (2022-2024)
Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Criminal Defense: White Collar (2023)
- Member, Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission (2023 - present)
- Chair, Boston Bar Association White Collar Criminal Law Conference 2023
- Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (2023)
- Member, Boston Bar Association White Collar Crime Steering Committee (2022 – present)
- Leadership Council, Boston Bar Association (2019 – 2022)
- Co-Chair, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section, Boston Bar Association (2018 – 2019)
- Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, Massachusetts Bar Association (2019 – 2023)
- Member, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (2013 – present)
- Director, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (2012 – 2013)
- Board Member, Massachusetts District Court, Criminal Justice Act Panel (2019 – present)
- Member, Mount Auburn Hospital Board of Trustees (2021 – present)
- Member, Executive Search Committee for Massachusetts State Police Colonel (2023)