Vernon Thomas joined Ropes & Gray as a litigation associate in 2016. He has a diverse practice, including government and internal investigations, white-collar crime, and tax controversy matters. Vernon’s experience includes counseling a Fortune 500 biotech company facing False Claims Act allegations, serving as trial and appellate counsel in a high-stakes, cross-border criminal action, and advising private equity clients on various regulatory and commercial issues. Vernon has also advised clients on the potential legal implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to joining the firm, Vernon was a research associate at a non-profit community development organization. During law school, Vernon was a member of the National Moot Court Team and co-president of the Black Law Student Association. He also interned at the Boston College Innocence Project and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.
- Managed fact and witness development in defense of hedge fund partner facing criminal charges overseas
- Defended multiple health care and life sciences companies in civil False Claims Act qui tam litigation
- Counseled private equity firm in connection to allegations for violations of Section 206(2) of the Advisers Act
- Represented individuals in dispute with Massachusetts Department of Revenue regarding responsible person liability
- Advised private equity client on issues related to performance of portfolio company CEO
- Pro bono represented criminal defendant in federal court
- Pro bono represented Ugandan refugee seeking asylum in the U.S.
- Contributor, “6 Ways Lawmakers Could Address COVID-19 Liability For Cos.,” Law360 (May 1, 2020)
- Co-author, “IRS Issues New Guidance on Cryptocurrencies for the First Time in Four Years,” Disputing Tax (October 30, 2019)
- JD, Boston College Law School, 2016
- BSBA (Economics and Finance), Xavier University, 2012