Ms. Mitchell is a Los Angeles-based litigator who conducts internal investigations for clients in regulated industries, and represents those clients in government investigations and related enforcement proceedings, including litigation under the False Claims Act. She has over 30 years of experience representing corporations in claims, disputes and investigations involving complex engineering, procurement, data rights and accounting issues.
Ms. Mitchell has managed litigation in several high-profile Civil False Claims Act cases, including representation of one of the defendants in Allison Engine Co. v. United States ex rel. Sanders. She advises clients on FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule reporting, compliance issues under other federal regulations and statutes, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Federal Acquisition Regulations System, the Truth in Negotiations Act and the Cost Accounting Standards. Ms. Mitchell also has represented clients in civil jury trials in California federal and state courts involving breach of contract, unfair competition and employment disputes.
- DoD Civil subpoena, internal investigation and FCA litigation for aerospace defense contractor involving allegedly defective inertial navigational device used in a variety of aircraft platforms.
- DoD OIG subpoena and related internal investigation involving specification compliance issues for an electronic assembly used in multiple space-based platforms.
- Internal investigation for aerospace defense contractor involving alleged latent defect in several deployed military satellites.
- Internal investigation for aerospace defense contractor involving alleged structural integrity and FAA airworthiness non-compliances in developmental unmanned aircraft.
- DoD OIG subpoena, internal investigation and negotiations with DOJ regarding alleged false testing of component used in dozens of military platforms for multiple government customers over 15-year period.
- Internal investigation of alleged noncompliances with software development specifications and associated EVMS reporting to government customer.
- Internal investigation of allegedly defective specification compliances involving unmanned aircraft mission computer software.
- Non-DoD agency OIG subpoena and related internal investigation of allegedly noncompliant construction of federal facility.
- Non-DoD agency investigation and internal investigation of alleged testing noncompliances and potentially counterfeit components in deployed spacecraft.
- Internal investigation of alleged NISPOM noncompliances.
- Internal investigation alleging noncompliances with Sarbanes-Oxley reporting.
- FCA litigation for major retailer alleging noncompliances with GSA Schedule requirements.
- "The Civil False Claims Act and Statutes Providing Criminal Liability," West, Government Contract Disputes, Ch. 23, 2014.
- "Doing Business with the Federal Government: Five Common Areas of Litigation Risks," Dentons Client Alert, January, 2013 (co-authored with Gail D. Zirkelbach)
- "FERA Retroactivity Still Controversial Under FCA" Law 360, November 2012 (with Matt Carter).
- "Implied Certification Liability Under the False Claims Act," West Briefing Papers, March, 2011 (with Tom Abbott and Agustin Orozco).
- "D.C. Circuit Addresses FCA ‘Implied Certification' Theory in United States v. Science Applications Int'l Corp." BNA Federal Contracts Report, December 16, 2010, (with Jason Workmaster and Phillip Carter).
- “Investigations Checklist: Best Practices for Organizing and Conducting Attorney-Client Privileged Internal Investigations,” August 2010, American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, (co-authored with David Ginsberg)
- "The FAR Mandatory Disclosures Rule: Emerging Practices and Recurring Issues," BNA's Federal Contracts Report, July 13, 2010
- "Changes to FCA Public Disclosure Bar Open Door to More Qui Tam Filings," BNA's Federal Contracts Report, April 20, 2010, (co-authored with Brian Cruz and Mary Buxton)
- "Proposed Change To Federal Acquisition Regulation Would Extend Some Personal Conflicts Of Interest Restrictions To Government Contractor Employees," Bloomberg Law Reports, December 3, 2009, (co-authored with Alison Doyle)
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