Rebecca Worthington’s practice focuses on litigation, investigations, and white collar criminal defense. She has experience in defending cases brought under the False Claims Act (FCA) and representing clients in internal and government investigations, including matters involving economic sanctions, money laundering and the Bank Secrecy Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). For multiple years, she has been named a Washington DC Super Lawyers – Rising Star, among the top up-and-coming lawyers, defined as 40 years of age and younger or in the practice of law for less than 10 years.

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    • Representing foreign financial institutions in investigations of potential violations of US sanctions and money laundering laws.
    • Representing a former employee of a government contractor during parallel criminal and civil investigations (including grand jury testimony), following a federal qui tam complaint alleging that the company submitted claims for work that was not performed.
    • Representing a manufacturing company in a False Claims Act complaint alleging that the company falsely certified parts complied with NAVAIR standards. 
    • Achieving dismissals in favor of a professional basketball player in two separate actions. In the first action, asserting various fraud and breach of contract claims, the motion to dismiss was granted by the federal district court with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholding the dismissal. The second action, alleging that the basketball player defamed the same plaintiff based on an interview published in Sports Illustrated, was also dismissed by the federal district court on a motion for summary judgment.
    • Representing a federal government contractor in a False Claims Act complaint alleging that the company paid gratuities to influence the award of a government contract.
    • Serving as second chair in a jury trial in Virginia state court involving breach of contract claims, securing a favorable outcome for the client.
    • Drafting a successful demurrer in which the court dismissed, without leave to amend, an employment lawsuit alleging claims of intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
    • Assisting, during a secondment with a client’s in-house counsel, with the review, renegotiation, and revision of existing third-party contracts in anticipation of a corporate spinoff.
    • Serving as second chair in a jury trial in the Eastern District of Virginia, assisting throughout the case including discovery, motions practice and all phases of the trial. The jury returned a verdict completely in favor of the client, awarding it monetary damages for breach of contract and finding in favor of it on a counterclaim.
    • Assisting in drafting a successful motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in a case based on the conspiracy theory of jurisdiction.
    • Drafting and arguing a successful opposition to a motion to dismiss in which the defendant claimed a later agreement superseded another contract at issue. 


    • Duke University, J.D., articles editor, Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, 2009
    • Vassar College, B.A., 2006


    • District of Columbia, 2010
    • Virginia, 2009


    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Columbia
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of Virginia
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. of Virginia
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association
    • Selected by peers as a Washington DC Rising Star, among the top up-and-coming lawyers in the region

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