As an associate in the Litigation and Enforcement group, Thanithia Billings represents clients in a wide array of complex litigation matters from pre-suit strategy through trial and appeal. Her practice also includes internal investigations, anti-corruption due diligence, and white-collar criminal defense. Thanithia works with a diverse group of clients, including private equity firms, public companies, and investment management firms. She also maintains a robust pro bono practice, including representation in housing and immigration court, as well as providing aid to nonprofit organizations in constitutional challenges to government actions.
During law school, Thanithia served as the editor-in-chief of the Boston College Law Review and on the executive board of Boston College's Black Law Students Association and Boston College's LGBT student organization. She also worked as a teaching assistant for Property Professor Zygmunt Plater, Criminal Law Professor Paulo Barrozo, and Law Practice Professor Elisabeth Keller.
Before joining Ropes & Gray, Thanithia clerked for the Honorable Jill A. Pryor in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Honorable William H. Orrick, III in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
- Represents major international technology company in connection with federal and multi-state antitrust investigations.
- Represents medical device company in connection with federal investigation.
- Represents a New York based private equity firm and its limited partners in fraudulent conveyance litigation in Alabama in connection with a dividend recapitalization of a portfolio company.
- Represented the City of Boston in a First Amendment case, Shurtleff v. City of Boston, before the United States Supreme Court.
- Represented S&P 500 health care provider in multibillion dollar False Claims Act qui tam action brought in Florida federal court, leading to grant of summary judgment in client's favor.
- Represented employee witnesses in connection with federal investigation into alleged violations of U.S. fraud, anti-corruption, procurement integrity, and anti-kickback laws.
- Conducted investigation on behalf of a private equity company into allegations of criminal misconduct by a former member of senior management.
- Represented federal contractors and grantees in successful challenge of Executive Order that prohibited workplace diversity trainings and grant-funded work that explicitly acknowledges and confronts the existence of structural racism and sexism in our society.
- Co-author, “Sweeping Anti-Money Laundering Legislation Requires Registration with FinCEN,” Ropes & Gray Alert (December 24, 2020)
- Co-author, “DOJ Provides Framework for Cryptocurrency Enforcement,” Ropes & Gray Alert (November 19, 2020)
- Thanithia Billings, “Death is Not the End: The Second Circuit Allows Posthumous Division of Pension Benefits in Yale-New Haven Hospital v. Nicholls,” 57 B.C. L. Rev. E. Supp. 51 (2016)
- Thanithia Billings, “Private Interest, Public Sphere: Eliminating the Use of Commercial Bail Bondsmen in the Criminal Justice System,” 57 B.C.L. Rev. 1337 (2016)
- JD, magna cum laude, Boston College Law School, 2017; Editor-in-Chief, Boston College Law Review; Order of the Coif; Richard G. Huber Award for Scholarship and Leadership in Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities
- BA (Psychology), Princeton University, 2011; Captain, Varsity Track and Field
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 2017
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- The Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch (2023-2024)