Jodi Avergun is Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group. Her practice focuses on representing corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory matters involving, among other things, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities enforcement, health care, and general white collar matters. Jodi has successfully represented both companies and senior executives in internal investigations, matters before regulatory bodies including the SEC and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and in civil and criminal matters in federal court. She has also designed and implemented compliance programs for a variety of her clients.
Jodi was selected to Global Investigation Review’s Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2017 and recognized in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500 US as a ”Key Individual” in the white-collar criminal defense area. She frequently speaks on topics in her field, including conducting recent webinars for the Association of Federal Defense Attorneys on the topic of Risks and Defense Strategies in Proffer Sessions and for Clearlaw Institute on How to Comply with the SEC's Whistle-Blower Bounty Programs. Jodi has recently lectured to the ABA National Institute on Securities Fraud on the FCPA's Prosecutions of Individuals, the ABA FCPA Institute on Collateral Consequences of FCPA Investigations, and to the ABA White Collar Crime Institute on Best Practices for Handling Federal Criminal Investigations and on Health Care Fraud. She has also made presentations at several Food and Drug Law Institute conferences on controlled substance regulation, and at the Health Care Distribution Management Association's supply chain conference. Since the implementation of the SEC’s whistleblower regulations, Jodi has written and spoken about the topic and has represented companies implementing the new rules. Jodi also contributed to the leading treatise on corporate investigations, co-authoring a chapter titled “Publicity: The US Perspective” in Global Investigation Review’s “The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations,” published in 2017.
Prior to joining the firm, Jodi served in numerous capacities in the Department of Justice, including as chief of staff of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. As a prosecutor, Jodi oversaw and conducted money laundering and financial fraud investigations and prosecutions, including mortgage and securities fraud matters, tried numerous cases, and argued more than one dozen appeals in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jodi is a graduate of Brown University and a graduate, magna cum laude, of Brooklyn Law School, where she was an editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. Jodi is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and New York State, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and various other federal circuit and district courts, including the Second Circuit, the District of the District of Columbia, and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.