June 11, 2015

Practice Areas

Verdi & Ogletree represents companies and individuals in court, before regulatory agencies, and in arbitrations.  We listen carefully to our clients and provide counsel based on decades of experience.  We always aim to resolve matters efficiently – and on the best possible terms.

Civil Litigation and Arbitration

The attorneys at Verdi & Ogletree 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, Ms. Verdi and Mr. Ogletree have accumulated significant experience in representing businesses (large and small) and individuals in disputes involving healthcare, insurance, securities, employment, defamation, discrimination, shareholders’ and creditors’ rights, corporate governance, contracts and tort suits, and unfair trade competition cases—to name just a few. Ms. Verdi and Mr. Ogletree also help clients prevent lawsuits before they arise by devising and improving internal compliance programs, policies and procedures. 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 lawyers at Verdi & Ogletree have 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. We 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.  We have experience in assisting our clients through this difficult process, and aggressively litigating any charges if that is ultimately deemed to be the course in the best interest of the client.

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 Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, FINRA and other federal and state regulators. Verdi & Ogletree provide sophisticated legal advice to clients in navigating the heavily-regulated securities industry. They also conduct internal investigations and, when necessary, defend investigations, as well as private and regulatory enforcement actions, and criminal proceedings.

Appellate Advocacy

The attorneys at Verdi & Ogletree are successful appellate advocates in both state and federal courts, on a wide range of criminal, civil and administrative legal issues. Ms. Verdi and Mr. Ogletree not only brief and argue appellate cases, they also serve as resources to other attorneys at the trial and appellate levels. They often are involved in providing guidance at all phases of litigation, researching and drafting appellate briefs, and preparing for and conducting oral argument.

Internal Investigations

The lawyers at Verdi & Ogletree have represented Boards of Directors, as well as private companies, to conduct independent internal investigations.  These investigations have included conducting internal investigations to ensure compliance with all laws in highly regulated industries, to providing compliance training in connection with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As a result of our investigations, we ensure that corporate management is aware of all compliance issues and possible enforcement risks, so as to create compliance programs to help minimize any future litigation risks.

Criminal Defense

In addition to our white-collar practice, the lawyers at Verdi & Ogletree have represented clients in a wide-variety of criminal cases, including cases involving obstruction of justice, conspiracy to misdemeanor cases including traffic matters, theft, destruction of property, violation of open container laws and misdemeanor possession of narcotics.  In addition, we have represented many high-profile defendants and are experienced in coordinating public relations campaigns in connection with a criminal defense when necessary.  We always consider all possible resolutions to a criminal matter and work closely with our clients to determine the most appropriate strategy for navigating each stage of the process.  We also have experience in assisting clients with collateral matters that arise from the filing of criminal charges, including the effect such a charge may have on security clearances to charges leading to disciplinary action at the college or university level.  Our lawyers also have experience in successfully expunging records in qualifying cases.  We are confident that our lawyers can assist our clients through this difficult process by providing thoughtful and responsive guidance in a cost-effective manner.