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Benjamin J Vernia

Employment and labor Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 29 years
    Michigan - MI 31 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1994
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1993
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Benjamin

Learn Benjamin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Former Department of Justice trial lawyer who has well over one hundred False Claims Act cases. Represents whistleblowers as well as investigation targets. Experience also includes government employees in whistleblower retaliation cases.

    27 years, 150 cases

  2. White collar crime
    Former federal prosecutor with experience in grand jury investigations. Prosecutions included mail/wire fraud, RICO, tax fraud, and Internet-related crime.

    24 years, 45 cases

  3. Federal crime
    Former federal prosecutor with experience in grand jury investigations. Prosecutions included mail/wire fraud, RICO, tax fraud, and Internet-related crime.

    24 years, 10 cases

  4. Internet
    Former federal prosecutor with experience investigating Internet and computer crime. Have counseled Fortune 100 computer and Internet companies regarding compliance with federal privacy and data protection laws.

    21 years, 17 cases

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.

In addition, I and my associate. Andrew Murray, have extensive experience in handling federal criminal investigations, Congressional investigations, civil litigation, and federal employee whistleblower retaliation claims.

if you need dedicated and experienced counsel in any of these areas, please contact us.

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The Vernia Law Firm
1455 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC, 20004

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  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Maros | September 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Defeated two billion dollar companies
Mr. Vernia represented me in three cases against two billion dollar companies, single-handedly winning all three of them, securing a substantial monetary compensation. In the first case Mr. Vernia filed a successful qui tam (whistleblower) suit against a major aerospace company which was overcharging government clients. The DoJ thanked us for our efforts and rewarded us with a substantial relator share compensation, together with attorney fees. In the second, retaliation case, Mr. Vernia obtained a substantial monetary settlement from the company. In the third case, Mr. Vernia tirelessly defended me, my family, and my small business against a large company who filed a meritless strike suit in their attempt to take my business down as its only competitor. Mr. Vernia filed dozens of motions and fought to the end against the company and its 21-person team consisting of fourteen lawyers. As a result of Mr. Vernia’s effort and his knowledge of the Defense Trade Secret Act, we won the entire case on summary judgment, while exposing the company’s lies and fabrications.
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Posted by Shan | May 29, 2022
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Best Attorney!
Ben Vernia’s is an absolute gem of a lawyer. His calm personality made me feel safe when everything was falling apart. He took care of me like no other attorney has ever done. He got me the outcome I wanted and I highly recommend his law firm.
Posted by Laurie | November 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, skilled, and compassionate
He literally saved the case. I found myself in a bind: headed to a notorious Circuit Court and the senior attorney I had hired had pawned my case off to a junior associate who had botched it all. In fact, we were weeks from submitting the brief and they were totally unprepared. I was given the name of Ben Vernia from successful attorneys in that circuit and called. Most folks aren’t interested in federal whistleblowers who did the right thing but aren’t likely to yield lots and lots of cash, but Mr. Vernia cared more about saving my dignity and preserving my case. Mr. Vernia got right to work on my case and impressed me in several important ways. He was transparent about his fees. He estimated hours in advance so I could plan approximate costs. This kept my anxiety and budget within control. Mr. Vernia was calm and compassionate. He listened to me. He was respectful. He helped me understand the process we would be engaging in so I could know what to expect. Mr. Vernia was skilled. He developed careful arguments and delivered them expertly. I was so impressed. I would happily employ him as an attorney in the future. He is a wonderful person and professional.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2021
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Thankful for Ben Vernia
Ben Vernia is a professional, thorough, caring attorney who helped me through a multi-year, complex trial. I appreciated how how he kept me informed throughout the process and worked tirelessly to defend my case. Most importantly he believed in me. I am thankful to have had Ben on my team and would highly recommend him for anyone seeking legal representation!
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Posted by WH McDonald | October 22, 2021
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Yes, very pleased
I found Mr. Vernia, and his associates, to be extremely professional as well as patient. My case was somewhat difficult due to nuisances in US Code yet they navigated this difficult process with success. I would highly recommend this firm.
Posted by Tim | August 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal representation
I hired Mr. Vernia to represent. He clearly walked me through the legal issues and answered my questions thoroughly. He guided my legal strategy and executed my defense while keeping me informed and involved throughout the entire process. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Kim | November 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Ben Vernia worked tirelessly for me- always keeping my best interest in mind. He has a brilliant legal mind- always one step ahead and very prepared. He always kept me informed every step of the way and was always very honest and upfront about the possible outcomes. If you are looking for someone you can trust, to work hard on your behalf and walk alongside you during what is probably a very challenging time, I highly recommend Ben Vernia.
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Posted by RLB | February 1, 2015
Amended Life
My whole world had shattered from a devastating legal entanglement. I had nowhere to turn and I was lost forever. Then, my prayer was answered when I found Attorney Ben Vernia who took my case. He put my life back on track step by step, piece by piece until the case was over and we prevailed. Attorney Ben Vernia is very cool, calm and collective under high stress. He took my case when I thought I was fighting a losing battle even when I knew was innocent. I would definitely wholeheartedly with confidence recommend Attorney Ben Vernia to anyone who needs legal services.
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Posted by E. B. McCoy | January 13, 2015
A great attorney!
Ben Vernia was the calm in the middle of my professional storm. He was prepared and did not give into histrionics of the opposing party. He cleaned up a debacle when another attorney refused to work. He worked after-hours to meet filing deadlines. He promptly answered all substantive questions and returned phone calls. Most importantly, he reached a desired outcome for my case. I refer to Ben as a "cool cat", a reassuring quality in an attorney when you feel like your world is falling apart. I recommend Ben for any and all whistleblower claims.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2011
Extremely dedicated and knowledgeable
I was referred to Ben to take over my case and immediately there was light at the end of the tunnel. Ben is extremely dedicated, professional, knowledgeable, and honest. I only wish I retained his services earlier and would have saved considerable time and money on my case. Ben researched areas for my defense and stood up for me while honestly giving me all options and possibilities. I have worked with many attorney's in many different areas of law and only Ben has worked upfront and ethically in all areas from keeping lines of communication open between all parties, to timely returns of calls, to thorough research for my case and above all in a professional manner. I highly recommend Ben to anyone who is in need of his services
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2010
The Best
Ben is the best lawyer I ever had, and the best lawyer I could imagine having. He has a brilliant legal mind that gives him a mastery of the law, but is also savvy, strong and careful when dealing with his adversaries. He was always available to answer my questions and kept me informed. Having him as my attorney gave me tremendous piece of mind. Thank you!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 335-480 per hour
  • Contingency 40%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Special Counsel
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Div.
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Trial Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Div.
  • 1994 - 2002
  • Clerk to Hon. Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr.
  • U.S. District Court, M.D. Tenn.
  • 1992 - 1993
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  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • A.B
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States ex rel. Griffith and Carver v. Conn, et al.
  • Judgment for the government and the whistleblowers. Three conspirators convicted and sentenced to prison.
  • United States v. Hazelwood, et al.
  • Client was acquitted on four counts, convicted on one (which is now on appeal)
  • State of Mississippi v. Cory Maye
  • Death sentence vacated; new trial granted. Plea to greatly reduced manslaughter charge accepted with time served.


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • 2014
  • John Marshall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Litigation
  • U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • 2005
  • National Missing and Exploited Children's Award
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • 2005
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  • West Legalworks
  • United States ex rel. Fox Rx, Inc. v. Omnicare, Inc. (N.D.Ga.)
  • 2014
  • West Legalworks
  • State v. Maye (Miss.)
  • 2010
  • West Legalworks
  • United States ex rel. Kaplan v. Metropolitan Ambulance & First-Aid Corp. (E.D.N.Y.)
  • 2008
  • Legal Times Magazine
  • Here's Your Story, and You're Sticking to It
  • 2006
  • Pike & Fischer Audio Conference
  • The Emerging Law of Search Engines
  • 2006
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals National Summit
  • Responding to a Subpoena: A Privacy Practitioner's Guide
  • 2006
  • West Legalworks
  • United States Ex Rel. Norbeck VS. Base Electric Power
  • 2000
  • West Legalworks
  • United States ex rel. Lamers v. City of Green Bay, Wisconsin (E.D. Wis.)
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Symposium on Health Care Fraud Investigations
  • Negotiating Corporate Integrity Agreements in Case Settlements
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
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White collar crime Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of working with Ben for several years. His commitment to his clients, command of the law, and collegiality are second to none. Ben is a phenomenal attorney."
White collar crime Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked together with Mr. Vernia for several years on an extended and complex white-collar fraud case that included a multi-month federal trial. I could not endorse him more highly."
Consumer protection Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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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