Our reputation for "doing right by federal employees” was built through the service and dedication of every single one of our employees. Our leadership team is responsible for ensuring that education, coverage, claims management and legal representation meet the ever changing and expanding needs of federal employees and contractors.
Anthony F. Vergnetti, President
Tony Vergnetti is the President and Founder of Federal Employee Defense Services, Inc. (FEDS Protection) headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, which has provided professional liability insurance coverage to the federal government employee and contractor community since 2007.
Prior to establishing FEDS, Tony 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.
Tony 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, Tony 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).
Tony 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). Tony is a member of the Bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and holds several surplus lines property and casualty insurance licenses.
Brenda Wilson, Director of Marketing, Strategy and Business Development
Brenda Wilson is the Director of Marketing, Strategy and Business Development at FEDS Protection, the leading provider of professional liability insurance for federal employees. Brenda began her insurance career over 25 years ago in her sweet home of Chicago providing brokerage and risk management services for an MGA specializing in high risk operations. She developed into a niche industry expert in the Excess and Surplus lines industry during her tenure as a commercial wholesale broker with CRC Insurance Services, Inc.
Over the last decade with FEDS Protection, Brenda has overseen the strategy, marketing and development aspects of the Federal Employee Professional Liability Insurance program and developed the Federal Contractor, HR218 LEOSA for Active and Retired Feds, Military Police Officer, Federal Task Force Officer, and State and Local Veterinarian programs in addition to starting up a new division to provide Defense Base Act Coverage for federal contractors. Her attention, intensity and passion to protect and educate federal employees about their professional exposures, and to ensure superior coverage, risk management, and customer service propelled FEDS Protection’s reputation of doing right by federal employees.
True to her Midwestern roots, Brenda’s outgoing nature is a natural fit for her Federal agency and association partnerships with the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE), the Senior Executives Association (SEA), the Professional Managers Association (PMA), the Federal Managers Association (FMA), the FAA Managers Association (FAAMA), the National Council of Social Security Managers Association (NCSSMA), and other leading federal government associations including the ATF Association (ATFA), Association of Technical and Supervisory Professionals (ATSP), Diplomatic Security Special Agents Association (DSSAA), Executive Women in Government (EWG), FBI Intelligence Analysts Association (FBI IAA), Federal Court Clerks Association (FCCA), Federal Criminal Investigators Association (FCIA), Federally Employed Women (FEW), Federal Flight Deck Officers Association (FFDOA), Federal Physicians Association (FPA), Federal Wildland Fire Service Association (FWFSA), Interior Department Recreation Association (IDRA), National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys (NAAUSA), National Association of Black Narcotics Agents (NABNA), National Association of Credit Specialists (NACS-FSA & RD), National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV), National Wildlife Refuge Officer Association (NWROA), and the Personal Services Contractors Association (USPSCA).
Brenda is a regular contributor of FEDS articles for the Spotlight column in FEDagent, the Manager Matters column in FEDmanager, and exposure specific articles in federal association publications.
Sam Swoyer, Director of Operations and Risk Management
Sam Swoyer is the Director of Operations and Risk Management at FEDS Protection. Sam returned to FEDS Protection in June 2020, after previously working at FEDS from 2012 through 2015 before departing to attend law school at the Georgetown University Law Center. As Director of Operations and Risk Management and an attorney, Sam plays an integral role in overseeing the daily operations of the company. At FEDS, Sam’s portfolio includes responsibilities in compliance, marketing, data analysis, project management, and thought leadership. He is an active contributor of FEDS articles for a number of publications, including FEDManager and FEDAgent.
Sam obtained a B.A. and M.A. from American University before receiving his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Maryland bar. Prior to returning to FEDS, Sam worked at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. Sam also gained experience in the public sector at the Federal Maritime Commission during law school and was previously a Legislative Fellow at consulting firm McAllister & Quinn.
Darrin Sherman, Director of Claims
Darrin Sherman is the Director of Claims for FEDS Protection (FEDS) and has served in this role since 2013. Darrin is responsible for the daily operation and oversight of the FEDS Claims Division, including the administration of all FEDS insurance claims. Darrin implemented and maintains a "best practices” standard for the FEDS Claims Division, providing FEDS insureds with timely and efficient claims assistance that is unmatched in the industry.
Prior to joining FEDS, Darrin worked for various national insurance carriers and claims administrators, including Progressive Insurance, Royal Insurance, Wausau Insurance, GAB Robins, and Specialty Claims Management. Darrin’s almost 30-year insurance career includes extensive experience handling multi-line insurance claims involving general liability, professional liability, construction liability, commercial auto/trucking, and various specialty coverages. Darrin also gained vital insight into the workings of the insurance claims industry and the procedures that are necessary to properly run a claims operation and manage its human resources.
Darrin’s expertise in federal employee professional liability insurance claims dates to the early 2000s. When FEDS was founded, Darrin initially oversaw the FEDS claims administration for Specialty Claims Management before joining FEDS and spearheading the development of the FEDS Claims Division in 2013. Throughout his career, Darrin has handled a countless number of federal employee professional liability insurance claims and has developed an unrivalled expertise in the intricate federal employment claims arena.
Darrin graduated from Rutgers University in 1989 with a B.A. in Communications and holds a Series 7 brokerage license.