Sydney helps individuals and companies navigate complex investigations brought by universities, state attorneys general, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal and state agencies. Her work also involves guiding clients through internal investigations, helping to evaluate potential wrongdoing and develop solutions to remediate possible ethics and compliance violations.
As part of the firm’s Research Misconduct Group, Sydney represents scientists who have been accused of plagiarism, fabrication, or falsification of data in the context of scientific research supported by federal funds. Sydney also advises college and university students and their parents/guardians facing potential disciplinary proceedings and criminal investigations brought by their institution, particularly students facing charges of academic misconduct.
In addition, Sydney is an ATIXA-certified Level One Civil Rights Investigator experienced in navigating the Title IX process and investigating allegations of sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment, and other acts of misconduct at private and public colleges and universities. Sydney supports the White Collar Defense and False Claims Act practice groups, representing witnesses and whistleblowers in qui tam matters as well as defending clients accused of white collar crime.