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Nicole Hughes Waid

Partner, Roetzel and Andress

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Nicole focuses her practice on white-collar litigation, healthcare regulatory matters, compliance assessments, and data privacy issues. Nicole conducts internal investigations of companies when fraud is suspected, conducts risk assessments of corporate high-risk areas, and investigates data breach incidents.

She represents companies under civil and criminal investigation by the Department of Justice, as well as financial investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nicole regularly represents clients in complex litigation, including allegations of violations of the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, HIPAA, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In addition, she assists companies with due diligence requirements regarding third party vendors, financial transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Nicole was a federal prosecutor for 12 years where she honed her litigation and investigative skills.

She was the Chief Assistant United States Attorney, Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division from 2010-2013 and an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colombia from 2002-2009, where she held a number of supervisory positions. During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, she handled complex white-collar matters including bank fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, public corruption and national security matters. She uses her extensive experience with federal government to counsel clients on the handling of government investigations and regulatory issues.

She also assists companies in the implementation of effective and efficient compliance programs for companies and their global operations.While serving as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., Nicole was heavily involved in the Community Prosecution and Project Safe Neighborhood programs. She prosecuted violent crime, narcotics cases and gang cases. During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Waid gained in-depth experience in law enforcement training, compliance and community policing policies and programs.

Nicole uses this knowledge to conduct risk assessments for law enforcement agencies, assess policies and procedures, and conduct training for officers to implement new community policing standards.