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Amelia Schmidt defends clients who come from different walks of life but live the same nightmare: finding themselves caught up in white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement cases that involve complicated laws and life-altering consequences.
As part of this practice, Amelia uses her substantial regulatory experience – particularly in government contracts and export control cases – to defend clients in investigations that involve complicated factual and legal issues. Facing a government investigation, or a civil or criminal enforcement proceeding of any kind, is a serious and unsettling experience for anyone – especially when the investigation involves dense regulations that are difficult to navigate. Amelia’s experience in both white-collar and regulatory matters gives her the ability to cut through the jargon and advocate for her clients caught in the government’s crosshairs, including clients who work in highly sophisticated and heavily regulated industries.
Amelia also works on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters. She has advised lawyers and their clients on attorneys’ ethical obligations, including attorney advertising restrictions and conflict of interest rules.
In addition to her work in these areas, Amelia represents clients in complex civil litigation, and both accused students and sexual assault victims in campus disciplinary proceedings.
Amelia’s passion for helping clients from all walks of life includes fighting for justice for her pro bono clients. She has maintained an active pro bono practice throughout her career. She has represented indigent criminal defendants, both at trial and in postconviction proceedings. She has represented immigrants seeking asylum in U.S. Immigration Court for fear of being harmed or even killed if forced to return to their native countries.
Amelia is also a co-chair of the Solo and Small Practice Forum of the Women’s Bar Association for the District of Columbia.
Before joining KaiserDillon, Amelia worked at other law firms in the District, where she represented clients in white collar, government contracts, and international trade-related matters, including government and internal investigations, litigation, and regulatory compliance counseling. She represented both individual and corporate clients in investigations for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act, U.S. export control laws and sanctions, and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations.
Amelia is a 2010 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 2007 graduate, summa cum laude, of the University of Notre Dame. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Lawrence E. Kahn, Senior U.S. District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.
Amelia is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
- J.D., Harvard Law School
- B.A., University of Notre Dame - summa cum laude
- Clerkship, The Honorable Lawrence E. Kahn, Senior U.S. District Judge, Albany NY
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Law 360 – “Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era” co-authored by Bill PittardJanuary 17, 2019
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon in The Washington Post: The Education Department wants to make campus sexual misconduct hearings fairer. It should go further.September 6, 2018
Justin Dillon Opinion Piece in The Washington Post – “The Common App will no longer require disclosure of criminal history. But what it still asks is more troubling.”August 23, 2018
Law360 – “The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform On The Hill” by Bill PittardFebruary 23, 2018
Law 360 – “When Russia Investigations Collide” by Bill PittardJune 7, 2017
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed: Minnesota’s Failed Football Boycott Was a Blow to Fairness in Campus Sexual Assault HearingsDecember 20, 2016
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.April 21, 2016
Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed on Lawnews.com: Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of Students Accused of Sexual MisconductApril 13, 2016
Matt Kaiser Guest Blogs on Washington Legal Foundation The Legal Pulse: Overcriminalization Timeline: Mens Rea, Public Welfare Offenses and Responsible Corporate Officer DoctrineNovember 16, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Los Angeles Times: How to Punish Campus Sexual AssaultNovember 14, 2015
Matt Kaiser Publishes an Editorial in The Washington Times: Being an Executive is not a CrimeNovember 11, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.September 16, 2015
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in the National Law Journal: The DOJ’s Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates ‘Cruel Alternative’September 14, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It WorseAugust 6, 2015
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-ed in The Washington Post: We’ve defended lots of campus sexual assault cases, so we know just how unfair they areJuly 24, 2015
Matt Kaiser Publishes Editorial in Baltimore Sun: A Minimum of ReformNovember 14, 2014
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on CampusSeptember 3, 2014
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Boston Herald: College Courts Flunks Fairness TestAugust 16, 2014
Matt Kaiser Publishes an Article for Time Magazine: Some Rules about Consent are “Unfair” to Male Students”May 15, 2014
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual AssaultMay 5, 2014
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the AccusedApril 28, 2014
Jennifer Short authors “The False Claims Act,” and “Settling With The Government,” in The Corporate Compliance Answer Book 2010 by the Practicing Law Institute in June 2010.June 8, 2010
Publication by Jennifer Short appears in the Holland & Knight Health Law and Life Science Alert, titled “Health Care Reform: While Debate Rages, Enforcement Proposals Take Shape.” This article was published August 2009.August 8, 2009
In May 2009, Jennifer Short pens and publishes an article titled “President Obama Signs Landmark Anti-Fraud Bill Into Law,” in the Holland & Knight Government Contracts Alert.May 8, 2009
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Some of the matters that Ms. Schmidt has handled include:
- Represented an individual witness in an investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving allegations of violations of environmental protection statutes and regulations.
- Represented numerous corporate clients in internal investigations and disclosures of violations of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to various government agencies.
- Represented a U.S. government contractor that was a potential witness in an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, relating to prosecutions of U.S. government official and subcontractor based on allegations of procurement fraud.
- Represented clients in internal investigations for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and researched and drafted portions of submission to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on behalf of a high-ranking corporate employee in FCPA investigation, resulting in a decision by SEC staff not to recommend charges against the employee.
- Represented clients in litigation—both trial and appellate stages—and internal investigations for allegations of state and federal False Claims Act (FCA) violations.
- Represented clients accused of sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct in Title IX disciplinary proceedings on college campuses.
- Represented client in a criminal case at oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.