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Tiffany Heavlin is an associate in McKool Smith's Washington, D.C. office, where her practice focuses primarily on whistleblower/False Claims Act litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she was a lawyer in the Disclosure Unit of the United States Office of Special Counsel, where she was responsible for evaluating government whistleblower disclosures alleging violations of laws, rules or regulations, gross mismanagement, gross wastes of funds, abuses of authority, and substantial and specific dangers to public health and safety.    

While attending law school, Tiffany gained experience in both state and federal prosecution and as a student lawyer serving as defense counsel for indigent clients charged with misdemeanors before the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.  


Representative Matters

  • False Claims Act.  Currently represent Relator and numerous governmental entities in a False Claims Act action in the Central District of California against the largest manufacturer of PVC pressure pipe in the United States.
  • False Claims Act.  Represented Relators in U.S. ex rel. Washington and Mahoney v. EDMC.  This intervened case resulted in the largest settlement ever paid by an educational institution under the False Claims Act.
  • DFS Monitorship.  Firm was appointed monitor of an international financial institution as a result of an enforcement action by the New York State Department of Financial Services.  With a team of attorneys, conducted a global, 18-month investigation and analysis of the entity’s BSA/AML compliance program.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2012

B.A., Law and Society with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, University of California Santa Barbara, 2006

Court Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Bar Associations

  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
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