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Benjamin J Vernia
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Benjamin J Vernia

Practice areas:

Investigations, White Collar Crime, Privacy

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.

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Languages Spoken: French

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

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

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($380-480/hour), Contingent (40%), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Check

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • 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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    Timothy Clinton Lawsuits & Disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

The Vernia Law Firm

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

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 199407/19/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
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

Associations
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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Publications
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

Education
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