Profile

Michelle represents corporate clients and their executives in government and internal investigations, civil enforcement matters, criminal investigations and prosecutions, and other litigation alleging offenses including fraud, bribery, insider trading, and violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). She assists clients in responding to subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and discovery requests, including the production of electronically stored information.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Won outright dismissal of all 10 counts in criminal prosecution of 2017 Inauguration Day protester after obtaining sanctions for Brady violations against the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • Represents government contractors in FCA litigation and government FCA investigations.
  • Represents individuals in U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) FCPA investigations involving South American and Mexican entities.
  • Conducts internal investigations for government contractors to assess allegations of misconduct, evaluate potential exposure, and advise on appropriate disclosures or corrective actions.
  • Defends individuals in parallel DOJ and SEC insider trading investigations.
  • Represented companies and their executives in RICO litigation involving alleged underlying racketeering acts of wire fraud, extortion, and cyber hacking.
  • Member of a litigation team that defended a government contractor and its executives against allegations of fraud, improper payments, and business torts.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a government contractor involving potential offenses of money laundering, bid rigging, customs violations, and FCA violations.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Professor Roger Trangsrud, The George Washington University Law School (2016-2017)
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Criminal Division, Fraud and Public Corruption Section (2016)
  • Legal Intern, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Public Safety Division, Juvenile Section (2015)
  • Judicial Intern, the Honorable Alan Kay, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2015)

Affiliations

  • Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA)
  • Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Criminal Justice
  • D.C. Bar Association, Criminal Law and Individual Rights Community
  • The Barristers

Credentials

Education

J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School

B.A., Duke University

Law Journals

Editor-in-Chief, Federal Circuit Bar Journal Vol. 26

Bar and Court Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Languages

  • Spanish

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