Jodi L. Avergun 

Partner – Washington
T.+1 202 862 2456
700 Sixth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001 V-CARD

Jodi Avergun is Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group and a noted expert in Anti-Money Laundering law and regulated substances. 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 is the former Chief of the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section of DOJ’s Criminal Division and the former Chief of Staff of the DEA.  She is also a former federal prosecutor, having been an AUSA in the Eastern District of New York for more than a decade.  She advises clients in the burgeoning legal cannabis space, particularly as it relates to banking and financial transactions, and represents companies and individuals in cases involving both traditional and unusual applications of the Controlled Substances Act. She counts among her clients companies throughout the entire supply chain, as well as private equity firms that invest in the pharmaceutical space.  She successfully represented the employees of FedEx in grand jury investigations and at trial, as well as the clubs of the NFL in CSA-related matters, and is the first independent reviewer appointed to oversee a CSA settlement.  She has written and lectured widely on all aspects of controlled substance law, and is a regular speaker and commentator at business seminars and conferences.

Jodi was selected to Global Investigation’s Review’s Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2017 and was profiled in Global Investigations Review’s 2018 Women in Investigations, a special feature highlighting remarkable women in the field of investigation. She also contributed to the leading treatise on corporate investigations, co-authoring a chapter titled “Publicity: The US Perspective” in Global Investigation’s Review’s “The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations,” published in 2017.

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 Fifth Circuit, the District of the District of Columbia, and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.  Jodi Avergun is a member of the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA). For more information visit:

Select representative matters include:

  • FedEx employees in connection with a federal criminal indictment alleging that the company conspired with certain online pharmacies to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs
  • The 32 clubs of the National Football League in connection with a class action filed by retired players alleging that the players suffer from injuries and addictions resulting from the alleged improper administration of prescription drugs and painkillers during their playing days


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Jodi L. Avergun 


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • New York
  • District of Columbia


  • Brooklyn Law School
    J.D., 1987, magna cum laude
  • Brown University
    B.A., 1984


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