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.
During law school, Jennifer was editor-in-chief of the University of Virginia School of Law’s Journal of Law & Politics. After graduation, she was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James C. Turk, U.S. District Judge (W.D. Va.). In 2008, Jennifer served as Special Impeachment Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, during the impeachment investigation of federal district court judge Thomas Porteous.
In addition to serving on committees for numerous professional and community associations, Jennifer speaks frequently at professional conferences on the False Claims Act and related compliance and enforcement issues.
Outside the Firm
Jennifer enjoys running, hiking, and biking in the D.C. area and elsewhere (when travel permits). She is involved in voter protection and get-out-the-vote efforts, and has served as an elections official in Fairfax County, Virginia. A supporter of the Kennedy Center, Jennifer looks forward to the return of live theater and music events.