Mr. Vergnetti is President and Founder of Federal Employee Defense Services, Inc. (FEDS) headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, which has provided professional liability insurance coverage to the government employee and contractor community since 2007.
Prior to establishing FEDS, Mr. Vergnetti was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shaw, Bransford, Veilleux & Roth P.C. where he specialized in federal personnel and employment law, representing employees in disciplinary action cases, employment discrimination complaints, whistleblower and prohibited personnel practice cases, Inspector General (IG) and Internal Affairs investigations, security clearance issues (including federal contractors), and other employment matters in various forums such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), Department of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), as well as the federal district and appellate courts. He has also provided legal representation to small federal agencies on a multitude of personnel law matters.
Mr. Vergnetti frequently hosts FEDtalk, a weekly radio show on Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon (Eastern Time), Federal News Radio, 1500 AM that brings insider perspective from leaders in the federal community. He has also authored numerous articles and publications like the 2002 INSPECTOR GENERAL AND OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATIONS HANDBOOK (www.federalhandbooks.com); plus he has presented seminars to government executives and employees on numerous federal personnel law matters at training programs sponsored by FDR Conferences, Inc.
Prior to joining SBVR, Mr. Vergnetti was an attorney with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Office of Chief Counsel (1997-2001) where he represented the Bureau in personnel and other employment/labor law matters before the various administrative tribunals (MSPB, EEOC, FLRA) and the Federal district or appellate courts. He also worked as an Appellate Attorney for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (1996) and served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Hart. T. Mankin, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (1995).
Mr. Vergnetti has a B.A. degree from Arizona State University (1992) and law degrees from Widener University School of Law (1995) and the Georgetown University Law Center (1999 -- Masters of Law in Labor/Employment Law). Before college, he served on active duty in the United States Air Force (1985-1989). Mr. Vergnetti is a member of the Bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and holds several surplus lines property and casualty insurance licenses.