The Vernia Law Firm

Authoritative counsel for whistleblowers and targets of white collar criminal, civil, and Congressional investigations.

Welcome to the Vernia Law Firm

A Washington, D.C., law firm focusing on the False Claims Act (whistleblower and defense), white collar investigations, and commercial litigation. Let us help you to achieve the optimal result.

Practice Areas

False Claims Act Whistleblowers

For whistleblowers, the good judgment of his or her attorney is critical to a successful outcome. But judgment in the unique context of a False Claims Act case can only be obtained through long experience in handling a wide variety of False Claims Act cases.

False Claims Act Defense

We bring decades of experience in the False Claims Act to our representation of corporations and individuals who are under investigation.

White Collar Defense

The true value of a white collar defense attorney is best measured by indictments avoided and cases settled on favorable terms. Not only have we zealously defended criminal cases, but we have years of experience in the diplomacy needed to keep clients off of indictments, and out of the courtroom.

Congressional Investigations

Congressional investigations and testimony are unlike civil and criminal litigation. Let us lead you through the process.

Suspension, Debarment, and Exclusion

When a federal agency proposes to take action against your ability to contract with the Government, we can help.

Civil and Commercial Litigation

Whether your civil or commercial dispute is large or small, we will draw on our long experience and seek the best result.


Ben Vernia Attorney
Andrew Murray Associate Attorney


“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.”

Kim Small businesswoman

“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.”


“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”

Anon.Health care investigation subject

“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!”

PWFormer grand jury target

“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.”

Anon.Former subject of federal investigation