Emily Voshell

evoshell@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 640-2850

As a former public defender, Emily knows what it takes to represent someone when the stakes are high. She brings her years of criminal defense trial and litigation experience to her current practice where she defends individuals accused of crimes and under federal investigation, and students and professors in disciplinary proceedings.

Emily has led or co-chaired defense teams in over 16 jury and 30 bench trials on charges ranging from drug possession to life without parole felonies.

She now represents professionals in government and the private sector, including small business owners and employees, at all stages in federal investigations and prosecutions. Her extensive experience in investigations, negotiations, and trials enable her to fight for the best outcomes for her clients in complex and difficult situations.

Emily also represents individuals accused of crimes at all stages in the proceedings, from arrest to seeking post-conviction relief. She brings her eight years of experience as a public defender and extensive trial and post-trial litigation experience to fighting for people in criminal court.

In her campus disciplinary practice, Emily represents clients at all stages of the disciplinary process—from the very beginning of an investigation to bringing federal lawsuits against universities. Her experience as a public defender representing individuals accused of sexual misconduct has proved valuable in the campus disciplinary process as well, both in court and during the critical period of investigation before a matter even gets to the courtroom.

As a staff attorney in the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, Emily litigated to obtain systemic reform for people accused and convicted of crimes in the nation’s capital. In addition to drafting pleadings, conducting hearings and representing clients seeking post-conviction relief, she also assisted in legislative reform and jury instruction revision.  She served as a member of the Service’s Forensic Practice Group.

At the New Orleans Public Defenders office, Emily acted as a trial attorney while supervising a team of attorneys, investigators, and client support staff. She also taught continuing legal education on litigating eyewitness identification cases.

Emily has spoken at conferences and trainings nationwide, from Mississippi to Idaho, on criminal and campus disciplinary defense matters.

She is actively barred in the District of Columbia, District Court for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, and is inactive in Louisiana.

  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • B.A., The George Washington University, summa cum laude
Government Service
  • Supervising Attorney, Trial Division, Orleans Public Defenders
  • Staff Attorney, Special Litigation Division, Public Defender Service for the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia

Emily Voshell

evoshell@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 640-2850

Law 360 – “Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era” co-authored by Bill Pittard

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon in The Washington Post: The Education Department wants to make campus sexual misconduct hearings fairer. It should go further.

Scott Bernstein and 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.”

Law360 – “The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform On The Hill” by Bill Pittard

Law 360 – “When Russia Investigations Collide” by Bill Pittard

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed: Minnesota’s Failed Football Boycott Was a Blow to Fairness in Campus Sexual Assault Hearings

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.

Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed on Lawnews.com: Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Matt Kaiser Guest Blogs on Washington Legal Foundation The Legal Pulse: Overcriminalization Timeline: Mens Rea, Public Welfare Offenses and Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Los Angeles Times: How to Punish Campus Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Editorial in The Washington Times: Being an Executive is not a Crime

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in the National Law Journal: The DOJ’s Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates ‘Cruel Alternative’

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It Worse

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 are

Matt Kaiser Publishes Editorial in Baltimore Sun: A Minimum of Reform

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on Campus

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Boston Herald: College Courts Flunks Fairness Test

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Article for Time Magazine: Some Rules about Consent are “Unfair” to Male Students”

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the Accused

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.

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.

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.

Emily Voshell

evoshell@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 640-2850

Emily Voshell

evoshell@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 640-2850

Some of the matters that Ms. Voshell has handled include:

  • Represented individuals in post-conviction criminal proceedings, including mounting challenges to ineffective assistance of counsel and faulty forensic practices.
  • Represented individuals accused of crimes ranging from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies and conducted numerous complex hearings and trials in association with that representation.
  • Represented small business owners and employees in federal government investigations and prosecutions for conspiracy, wire fraud, tax fraud, and false statements.
  • Represented individuals accused of sexual harassment in the workplace, including in the federal government and in academia.
  • Represented students in Title IX proceedings at colleges and universities across the country and in civil litigation associated with those proceedings.

Emily Voshell

evoshell@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 640-2850