Vernon Thomas maintains a hybrid practice, representing clients in both securities transactions and litigation disputes.
Vernon’s transactional practice focuses on advising underwriters and issuers in Initial Public Offerings for Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). As a litigator, Vernon represents clients in complex commercial litigation disputes, as well as various administrative and criminal proceedings. Vernon’s clients include asset managers, investment banks, and Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies. Vernon also maintains a robust pro-bono practice that includes representing asylum seekers and indigent criminal offenders.
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.
- Represented underwriters and issuers in over $2 billion worth of Special Purpose Acquisition Company IPOs
- Managed fact and witness development in defense of hedge fund partner facing criminal charges overseas
- Directed discovery in expedited litigation related to a proposed multi-billion dollar take private deal
- 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
- Defended multiple health care and life sciences companies in civil False Claims Act qui tam litigation
- 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