Jennifer Short has broad experience in the public and private sectors with government and internal investigations, particularly related to government contractors and healthcare providers. Jennifer advises clients about how best to manage the risks of government enforcement, whether through disclosures, compliance counseling, or litigation, and always with an eye towards the client’s overall business objectives and needs.
From her years as a criminal defense and commercial litigator, and serving as a partner at Am Law 100 firms, Jennifer has learned the importance of responding to client demands, questions, and concerns—particularly when a business’s financial well-being and reputation are threatened by a government investigation or prosecution. She has defended numerous complex commercial and civil fraud matters, led internal investigations, responded to government investigations, prepared disclosures, negotiated settlements, and tried disputes on behalf of corporations and C-level executives.
Jennifer is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia (2010–2018), where she investigated and litigated civil False Claims Act matters as an Affirmative Civil Enforcement prosecutor. Her government experience provided Jennifer with insights into how the Department of Justice and other agencies operate. During her government tenure, Jennifer was responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries, through settlements and judgments that addressed nationwide healthcare and procurement fraud schemes.