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Ben Vernia

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Washington, DC

The Vernia Law Firm
1455 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-349-4053
Fax: 866-572-6728
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in Washington DC Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: White Collar, Civil Litigation: Defense
Attorney Profile

After 11 years working with the United States Department of Justice, Ben Vernia is the founder of the Vernia Law Firm. He represents clients in the Washington, D.C., area and the surrounding cities in white collar criminal defense cases. With extensive experience in all phases of civil and criminal litigations, trial, discovery and appeals, he has almost two decades of work dealing with criminal law. In 2005, he was given the John Marshall Award by the United States Department of Justice and the National Exploited Children’s Award by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, Mr. Vernia earned his Juris Doctor in 1992 and was admitted to practice in 1993. During his long, successful career, he was the DOJ’s prosecutor in the criminal division, where he investigated, indicted and tried cases of RICO and tax fraud, money laundering and internet crimes against children.

Mr. Vernia spent four years of his career doing pro bono work and defending a Mississippi man from a conviction of wrongful homicide. In private practice, he has defended individuals and corporations in government investigations. He also taught at the National Advocacy Center, educating federal agents and prosecutors on white collar crimes. In topics related to cybercrime investigation and law, he taught at the Organization of American States, Interpol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

After being involved in history’s largest False Claims Act case, Mr. Vernia opened his firm with a focus on protecting whistleblowers and clients who face government investigations under state and federal statutes such as the False Claims Act. He has represented internet companies, attorneys, home health care companies, pharmaceutical companies and the CEO of one of the largest banks in the world.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 50%Civil Litigation: Defense


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022

About Ben Vernia

First Admitted: 1993, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals National Summit, Washington, DC (3/9/2006), "Responding to a Subpoena: A Privacy Practitioner's Guide"
  • Cybercrime Law and Investigations, Organization of American States, Teacher
  • Cybercrime Law and Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Interpol, Teacher
  • Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, Teacher
  • A legal blog covering the False Claims Act and related statutes, 2009 - 2010,
  • (with David Szuchman) 52 U.S. Atty. Bull. 1, Co-Author, “Prosecuting Web-Based Obscenity Cases”, 2004
  • 45 Vand. L. Rev. 199, "The Burden of Proving Incompetency to Stand Trial: Due Process at the Limits of Adversarial Justice (Note)", 1992
  • 57 A.L.R.5th 633, "Right of Attorney to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews with Former Corporate Employees", 1998
  • Pike & Fischer Internet Law & Regulation, Co-Author (with Mali Friedman and Ryan Calo), "Criminal Law and the Internet", 2009
  • Pike & Fischer Audio Conference (3/15/2006), "The Emerging Law of Search Engines"
  • Legal Times (8/21/2006), "Here's Your Story, and You're Sticking to It"
  • Symposium on Health Care Fraud Investigations, American Conference Institute, Washington, DC (3/31/2008), "Negotiating Corporate Integrity Agreements in Case Settlements"
  • Covington & Burling LLP Podcasts, "False Claims Act Update", 2008

Educational Background

  • A.B., University of Michigan (Biology, English), 1984


  • U.S. Department of Justice, John Marshall Award, 2005
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National Exploited Children’s Award, 2005
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Office Location for Ben Vernia

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

Phone: 202-349-4053

Fax: 866-572-6728

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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