Verdi & Ogletree PLLC is a litigation boutique headquartered in Washington, D.C. Together, its founding members have over 30 years combined litigation experience. After beginning their legal careers together at the same large firm, Ms. Verdi and Mr. Ogletree pursued separate paths and both gained extensive experience at many of the most prestigious law firms in Washington, D.C. They united to form Verdi & Ogletree, a woman-owned law firm, to combine their experience and provide clients with first-rate and cost-effective legal services.
Together, the lawyers at Verdi & Ogletree have experience in the courtroom, board room, and arbitrational tribunals. They have argued cases throughout the country. Their lawyers are aggressive litigators but understand that oftentimes matters require creative solutions to produce the best possible result for their clients. While many lawyers advertise that they are litigators, the attorneys at Verdi & Ogletree have substantial courtroom experience trying both bench and jury trials.
Civil Litigation and Arbitration
The Verdi & Ogletree attorneys are accustomed to litigating a wide array of civil matters in state and federal courts, and before governmental agencies and arbitrators. Over their years of practice, they have accumulated significant experience in representing businesses (large and small, for profit and non-profit) and individuals in disputes involving business issues, insurance, securities, employment, healthcare, procurement fraud, defamation, discrimination, shareholders’ and creditors’ rights, corporate governance, contracts and tort suits, and unfair trade competition cases. Verdi & Ogletree also helps clients prevent lawsuits before they arise by devising and improving internal compliance programs, policies and procedures, and providing advice on employment matters. The lawyers at Verdi & Ogletree likewise have considerable experience in crafting and enforcing arbitration agreements and other alternative dispute resolution contracts.
White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations
The firm has extensive experience representing individual and corporate clients in investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal, state, and local agencies. Verdi & Ogletree attorneys have represented both individuals and corporations in matters involving allegations implicating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, bribery and gratuities, as well as health care fraud, mail and wire fraud, and criminal tax. The firm’s lawyers have experience assisting clients through this difficult process, and assertively defending against any charges.
The firm has represented Boards of Directors, as well as private companies, to conduct independent internal investigations on a wide array of matters, including employee misconduct, insider trading, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the Foreign Agents Registration Act. In conducting investigations, the firm ensures that corporate management is aware of all compliance issues and possible regulatory risks, and creates compliance programs to help minimize the danger of future litigation or government enforcement actions.
Employment Advice and Defense
Working as a partner with employers, Verdi & Ogletree provides advice to help companies manage their workforces. The firm represents employers of all sizes and types to analyze risk, conduct and guide internal investigations, review policies and internal documents, and defend charges, administrative actions, and litigation. Verdi & Ogletree recognizes that there is no “one size fits all” employment advice, and listens carefully to employers to understand the unique character of each workplace and the employer’s goals.
Securities Litigation and Enforcement
The lawyers at Verdi & Ogletree are fierce and experienced advocates for their clients in private securities litigation and enforcement proceedings instituted by the SEC, CFTC, FINRA, and other federal and state regulators. Verdi & Ogletree provides sophisticated legal advice to clients in navigating the heavily-regulated securities industry. The firm also conducts internal investigations and, when necessary, defends private and regulatory enforcement actions and criminal proceedings.
The attorneys at Verdi & Ogletree are successful appellate advocates in both state and federal courts on wide range of criminal, civil, and administrative legal issues. The lawyers not only brief and argue appellate cases, they also serve as expert resources to other attorneys at the trial and appellate levels. They often provide guidance at all phases of litigation, research and draft appellate briefs, and prepare for and conduct oral arguments.