Trials & Litigation

Media Interest In Petraeus Scandal Casts Spotlight on Florida Lawyer's Life


The widening scandal over the sudden resignation last week of CIA Director David Petraeus has cast an unexpected spotlight on a Florida lawyer whose sister reportedly received hostile emails from a woman with whom the retired four-star general had had an extramarital affair.

As the media delved into the life of Jill Kelley, after she was reportedly targeted by Paula Broadwell, they also began focusing on Kelley’s lookalike twin sister Natalie Khawam, an attorney. She can be seen with her twin, her twin’s husband, Petraeus and his wife in at least one widely publicized photo.

The 37-year-old lawyer has struggled with a number of issues in recent years. They include a hard-fought District of Columbia Superior Court child-custody case that resulted in a blistering opinion by a judge last year, a sexual harassment lawsuit Khawam filed against Cohen, Foster and Romine, a Tampa, Fla., law firm at which she formerly worked, and an effort by an attorney who once represented her to collect a $100,000 bill he contends is owed to him, according to the New York Daily News and the Tampa Bay Times.

A bankruptcy filing earlier this year showed Khawam owed millions.

Additional and related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Another Woman at the Center of the Petraeus Scandal Has Retained Counsel”

Burlington County Times: “Petraeus scandal creates ‘nightmare’ for Mount Laurel lawyer and family”

Daily Mail: “Beyond the call of duty: How Petraeus AND General Allen helped ‘unstable’ twin of Florida housewife at center of scandal with her bitter custody battle”

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