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Natalie Thingelstad

Of Counsel

Natalie Thingelstad has 15 years of experience helping clients effectively and efficiently resolve complex legal problems and managing difficult cases involving the U.S. and other governments, both domestically and in some of the most challenging operating environments in the world.

About

Natalie Thingelstad has extensive experience providing advice to clients on suspension and debarment matters, developing robust internal control and compliance programs, and risk management. She has served in senior compliance roles both within the U.S. Government and in private industry in which she gained an expertise in the development of effective risk management and compliance programs, while also promoting the client’s business interests.

Natalie has been the lead attorney in several of the largest suspension and debarment cases facing the international development sector, has served as lead investigator in scores of internal investigations, has worked extensively with the Department of Justice and Offices of the Inspector General, and has successfully represented clients in “bet the company” matters.

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Education

University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 2002

Georgetown University, B.A., 1997

Experience

  • Lead Agency counsel for one of the largest False Claims Act settlements in the development industry that resulted in a $60+ million settlement for the U.S. Government, criminal prosecution of former executives, and the imposition -- and successful completion of -- a three year Administrative Agreement.
  • Lead Agency counsel in what is believed to be the most significant USAID suspension and False Claims Act case ever brought, followed by a complex transaction to novate 1,000+ programs and transfer approximately 3,000 employees to an acquirer.
  • Extensive coordination with the Office of Inspector General and the Department of Justice in a number of significant False Claims Act cases.
  • Senior Executive responsible for the successful implementation of an organization-wide risk management program and extensive overhaul of company’s compliance systems.
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Education

University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 2002

Georgetown University, B.A., 1997

Practice & Expertise

  • Investigations
  • Suspension & Debarment
  • Compliance Programs
  • Risk Management
  • Audits & Claims
  • Crisis Management
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Education

University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 2002

Georgetown University, B.A., 1997

Recognition & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional
  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
*not admitted in the District of Columbia; her practice is under the supervision of a D.C. Bar member.
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Education

University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 2002

Georgetown University, B.A., 1997

Meet the Rest of the Team

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  • Suspension & debarment, bid protests, claims, investigations
  • Creative problem solver
  • Chambers USA: “outstanding strategist, good communicator, has an excellent bedside manner with executives and boards under stress…”
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  • Investigations, False Claims Act litigator, white collar defense
  • Former DOJ Trial Attorney and agency General Counsel
  • Frequent speaker, author and commentator on procurement fraud issues
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Bob Rhoad

Partner
  • False Claims Act Litigator
  • "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers® in Civil Litigation
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  • Suspension & debarment; internal investigations; civil and criminal fraud litigation
  • Air Force Debarring Official for 16 years
  • Managed 20 global investigations for Fortune 500 corporations
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  • Congressional and legislative advocate
  • Federal program expert (DOD, Energy, Army Corps Civil Works, Transportation)
  • Risk management and opportunity assessments
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  • Bid Protests and Claims
  • Former Partner and Founding Member of Crowell and Moring
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  • Crisis management, government relations, host country relations
  • 40 years of government experience
  • Political and developmental strategist and leader
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  • Government and internal investigations; False Claims Act; Health Care Fraud
  • Former DOJ Trial Attorney in Civil Fraud Section
  • Significant experience with False Claims Act litigation, including jury trial and appellate experience
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  • Bid protests, claims, False Claims Act, and investigations
  • Former clerk for a U.S. District Judge and Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
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Annie Kim

Investigator and Special Counsel
  • Investigations, false claims, suspension & debarment
  • Former USAID and Energy OIG agent with extensive experience conducting criminal, civil, and administrative investigations
  • 5 years spent leading investigations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Near East
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  • e-Discovery solutions and litigation support
  • Project management
  • 6 years in private practice
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Adrian Wigston

Investigator and Cost Accountant
  • Incurred cost audits, indirect cost rates, bid proposals, sub-recipient and sub-contract Management, cost-share contributions for cooperative agreements.
  • Former DCAA auditor and OIG auditor (Energy & Veterans Affairs) with extensive experience conducting incurred cost and performance audits.
  • CAS covered and non-major contractors. Award management for cooperative agreements with non-profit, education, and research and development award recipients.