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About me

After more than a decade of service at the Department of Justice as a prosecutor and handling False Claims Act cases and qui tam (whistleblower) suits, and after four years as counsel at Covington & Burling, I launched my own firm in 2009.

I now bring my lengthy False Claims Act experience to the needs of individuals and small and medium-size companies facing government investigations or wishing to file whistleblower suits.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Investigations: 60%
    19 years, 80 cases
  2. White Collar Crime: 25%
    12 years
  3. Privacy: 15%
    12 years



Hourly ($380-480/hour), contingent (40%), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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  • Timothy R Clinton

    Ben is a phenomenal lawyer. Although he's a brilliant guy, he has a knack for stating arguments in a clear and unpretentious way. The combination of his keen intelligence with his calm demeanor and easy charm is killer. I give Ben the highest marks.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Vernia Law Firm

1455 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC, 20004


DCActive 199405/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
John Marshall Award for Outstanding Achievement in LitigationU.S. Dept. of Justice2005
National Missing and Exploited Children's AwardNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Special CounselCovington & Burling LLP2005 - 2009
Trial AttorneyU.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Div.2002 - 2005
Trial AttorneyU.S. Department of Justice, Civil Div.1994 - 2002
Clerk to Hon. Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr.U.S. District Court, M.D. Tenn.1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Mississippi v. Cory MayeDeath sentence vacated; new trial granted. Plea to greatly reduced manslaughter charge accepted with time served.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal Times MagazineHere's Your Story, and You're Sticking to It2006
Pike & Fischer Audio ConferenceThe Emerging Law of Search Engines2006
International Association of Privacy Professionals National SummitResponding to a Subpoena: A Privacy Practitioner's Guide2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of Michigan, Ann ArborEnglishA.B1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Symposium on Health Care Fraud InvestigationsNegotiating Corporate Integrity Agreements in Case Settlements2008