On My Side 2020 Honoree
Champion of the Year
Cynthia J. Robertson
Partner at Jenner & Block LLP
The Champion of the Year Award honors a single advocate who has gone above and beyond to provide pro bono services to survivors. Cynthia “Cindy” Robertson successfully handled two complex immigration cases for trafficking survivors, winning T-visas for both of the clients. These cases demanded creativity, tenacity, attention to detail, and excellent legal research. In both cases – one a forced labor case, the second a sex trafficking case – Ms. Robertson's clients prevailed, winning T-visas permitting them to remain in the United States. Through it all, Ms. Robertson supported the clients, providing trauma-informed legal guidance.
About The Honoree
Cynthia “Cindy” Robertson is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office. Ms. Robertson advises clients on a host of issues facing government contractors, including FAR and DFARS regulatory compliance and claims, including claims that can arise from subcontractor/prime contractor disputes. Ms. Robertson has also drafted and reviewed compliance policies for public procurement divisions of larger commercial corporations, and for aerospace and defense giants. Ms. Robertson has tailored anti-trafficking compliance plans for foreign subcontractors and routinely counsels on anti-trafficking regulations and reporting obligations. She has also counseled on counterfeit parts, cybersecurity, intellectual property, commercial items, lobbying/election law restrictions, procurement integrity, and labor and employment issues such as Service Contract Act, wage statement, and meal-break compliance.
Ms. Robertson conducts both large and small investigations for government contractors. She has conducted a nationwide FCA investigation of alleged bribery for a client’s public procurement division, and evaluated allegations of mischarges and improper pricing. As part of this effort, she conducted a nationwide survey of state procurement bribery laws. She has also directed FCA investigations of alleged product failures, where lead scientists and quality assurance personnel played a critical role. Ms. Robertson has been the lead negotiator with DOJ regarding Civil Investigative Demands and subpoenas. She has also represented corporate officers and employees in connection with government investigations of potential wrongdoing. She has assisted companies with mandatory disclosures.
Ms. Robertson routinely presents on government contracting issues for clients and industry associations. She also monitors and shapes government contracts policy through routine submissions of public comment on behalf of clients and industry associations in rulemakings, especially those implementing the annual National Defense Authorization Act.