Natashia Tidwell

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Clients and Industries

Natashia represents businesses and individuals in connection with white collar criminal and civil litigation matters. Her practice also focuses on internal investigations, monitorships and compliance where she applies her specialized knowledge of law enforcement practices, including the internal affairs process and policy development and review.

Practice Areas and Experience

Natashia brings a strong background spanning law enforcement, academia and federal prosecution to Collora LLP.  

Most recently, Natashia was an Associate Professor of Law at New England Law, Boston where she taught a range of doctrinal courses in criminal procedure, evidence and white collar crime. Her research interests included community policing, legitimacy, and procedural justice.

Before joining the New England School of Law faculty, Natashia served as a prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, Organized Crime Strike Force.  In this role, she handled a wide variety of investigations, enforcement proceedings and trials related to conspiracy, extortion,narcotics and organized crime. Natashia’s career as a federal prosecutor began with her work as a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section in Washington DC. Natashia was appointed to the Department of Justice through the highly competitive Attorney General’s Honors Program.  In this role, she prosecuted and managed investigations of serious misconduct by public officials.

Natashia’s interest in the law took root before she became an attorney, while serving as a police officer with the Cambridge, MA police department. During her tenure with the department, Natashia rose through the ranks to become the first female lieutenant in the department’s history.  As a sergeant, Natashia served as detective in the Internal Affairs Division where she investigated civilian complaints of police misconduct as well as allegations of criminal conduct against members of the department.  She also headed the internal investigation of a police-involved fatal shooting. Upon graduation from law school, Natashia resigned her position as Police Academy Director to join the Department of Justice.

Natashia entered private practice with Collora LLP in 2016, bringing with her, a rich background across the legal industry and law enforcement landscape. Her hands-on experience positions her perfectly to help clients through white collar criminal investigations and other allegations of misconduct. She has a practical approach which meets the highest standards for accountability and fair methods for resolving legal matters.

Sample Results in Practice*

  • Served as as a subject matter expert on the Ferguson and Newark monitoring teams following a DOJ investigation into unconstitutional policing practices.
  • Secured the convictions of two sitting state court judges and a prominent local trial attorney following a months-long bribery and conspiracy trial.
  • Appointed by two Mayors to police oversight panels tasked with ensuring fairness and thoroughness in the internal affairs process. 
  • Member of team that conducted review of policies and practices of private hospital security force following critical incident resulting in a patient’s death
  • Served as trial counsel in multi-defendant conspiracy, extortion and narcotic trials and managed post-conviction asset forfeiture proceedings following money-laundering and related financial crimes prosecution.
  • Supervised investigations of drug trafficking, racketeering and traditional organized crime-related activities through the use of grand jury, cooperating witnesses and electronic surveillance.

*This sampling of cases represents a selected, small portion of this lawyer’s total experience and past performance is not intended to be a representation of likely future results, which must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

About Natashia

Natashia grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and remains actively involved in civic affairs particularly the city’s schools and youth programs. 

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Education

  • New England School of Law, Boston, MA, J.D., summa cum laude,  2003
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, B.A., 1999

Admissions to Practice

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • Commissioner’s Advisory Group, Cambridge Police Department
  • Boston Bar Association, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section, Incoming 2018 Co-Chair
  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Civil Rights", Framingham District Court Law Day (2017)
  • Plenary Panelist, "Policing in America," Fair Housing & Civil Rights Conference, Springfield, MA (2017)
  • Co-Presenter, "Protecting Critical Players and Risk Management Considerations in Law Enforcement," National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, Richmond, VA (2017)
  • Panelist, "Race and Policing: What Can We Do to Restore Public Trust?" Boston College Law School, Boston, MA (2016)
  • Panelist, “Black and Blue: The Relationship Between the Boston Police Department & Communities of Color,” Boston, MA  (2015)
  • Panelist, “Town Hall Forum: Police Oversight in the City of Boston,” Boston, MA (2015)
  • Panelist, “Ferguson Reality Check: Know Your Rights,” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (2014)
  • Panelist, “Federalist Society: Supreme Court Review,” New England Law Boston, Boston, MA (2014)

Pro Bono and Community Service

  • Ombudsman, Boston Police Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, Boston MA (2001-present)
  • Member, Cambridge Police Commissioner’s Advisory Group (2011-present)

Learn More About Natashia

Education

  • New England School of Law, Boston, MA, J.D., summa cum laude,  2003
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, B.A., 1999

Admissions to Practice

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • Commissioner’s Advisory Group, Cambridge Police Department
  • Boston Bar Association, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section, Incoming 2018 Co-Chair
  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Civil Rights", Framingham District Court Law Day (2017)
  • Plenary Panelist, "Policing in America," Fair Housing & Civil Rights Conference, Springfield, MA (2017)
  • Co-Presenter, "Protecting Critical Players and Risk Management Considerations in Law Enforcement," National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, Richmond, VA (2017)
  • Panelist, "Race and Policing: What Can We Do to Restore Public Trust?" Boston College Law School, Boston, MA (2016)
  • Panelist, “Black and Blue: The Relationship Between the Boston Police Department & Communities of Color,” Boston, MA  (2015)
  • Panelist, “Town Hall Forum: Police Oversight in the City of Boston,” Boston, MA (2015)
  • Panelist, “Ferguson Reality Check: Know Your Rights,” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (2014)
  • Panelist, “Federalist Society: Supreme Court Review,” New England Law Boston, Boston, MA (2014)

Publications and Press

Pro Bono and Community Service

  • Ombudsman, Boston Police Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, Boston MA (2001-present)
  • Member, Cambridge Police Commissioner’s Advisory Group (2011-present)

News & Events

WGBH Interviews Natashia Tidwell on the Justice Department's Suit Against Ferguson

WGBH interviewed Collora's Natashia Tidwell and the ACLU Massachusetts' Director of Racial Justice, Rahsaan Hall regarding the Justice Department's suit against Ferguson, Missouri.  The suit was filed after city councilors...

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