June 8, 2015

Kerry Brainard Verdi

Kerry Brainard VerdiKerry Brainard Verdi has a diverse litigation and investigations practice with expertise representing corporations and individuals in jury trials, administrative and regulatory hearings, internal investigations and arbitration, and was recently named by the National Law Journal as one of the Nation’s Top 50 White Collar Trailblazers. Ms. Verdi has broad experience assisting corporations with a range of matters, involving litigation, internal investigations, compliance and arbitration. Ms. Verdi has represented corporate clients in sensitive public corruption grand jury investigations, internal investigations related to corporate espionage and theft of trade secrets, insurance and securities regulation enforcement proceedings, and discrimination lawsuits. With regard to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Ms. Verdi has assisted large corporations with due diligence, internal investigations, and compliance training.

In addition to her corporate practice, Ms. Verdi has aided individual defendants navigating a wide variety of investigations, prosecutions and appeals in state and federal courts and agencies across the country. These matters have included complex financial fraud allegations, sensitive national security matters, widely reported public corruption cases, and many others.

Beyond corporate and individual clients, Ms. Verdi has represented not for profit organizations and, recently served as outside counsel the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics in a difficult and lengthy investigation of a Member of Congress, including an in depth review of the actions of the Committee itself.

Practice Areas

  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • General Criminal Defense
  • Corporate and Internal Investigations
  • RICO
  • AAA Arbitrations
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Securities Litigation
  • Criminal Tax
  • Complex Civil Litigation


  • William R. “Billy” Martin & Kerry Brainard Verdi, The Subprime Mortgage Crisis: Somebody has to Pay, First Focus: The Subprime Crisis, Perspectives and Legal Insights on the Subprime Lending Crisis (West 2008)
  • Frank Razzano & Kerry L. Brainard, How Separate Must a “Person” and an “Enterprise” Be Under Section 1962(c)?, RICO L. Rptr. (Sept. 2002)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Associations

  • Women’s Bar Association of DC
  • American Bar Association


  • J.D., cum laude, American University, Washington College of Law, 2001
  • B.A., Phi Beta Kappa Honors Graduate, Michigan State University, 1998