Teresa J. Verges joined the University of Miami School of Law faculty in the fall of 2011. She is the founding director of Miami Law’s Investor Rights Clinic, which launched in January 2012. The Clinic represents investors who have claims against their brokers in arbitration proceedings before FINRA, but whose claims are too small for them to be able to find legal representation.
Professor Verges supervises the students at the Clinic and teaches a seminar on the substantive law of securities arbitration, broker-dealer regulation, professional responsibility and practical skills allowing the students to undertake all aspects of client representation. Prior to joining the School of Law’s faculty, Professor Verges served as Assistant Director of Enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission at the Miami Regional Office, where she led investigations of potential violations of the federal securities laws, including cases involving financial fraud, pay-to-play and municipal securities offerings, market manipulation, insider trading, offering fraud, violations by broker-dealers and investment advisers, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Before her appointment as Assistant Director, Professor Verges served as Regional Trial Counsel, where she supervised litigation of civil injunctive actions and administrative proceedings instituted by the SEC’s Miami Office.
While at the Commission, Professor Verges led the investigative or litigation teams on some of the most significant cases brought by the SEC, and received awards and recognition for her work, including the SEC’s 2011 Arthur F. Matthews Award. Ms. Verges has been recognized as one of “The Top Government Attorneys” in South Florida Business Guide, 2004-2009 is a 2009 Recipient of noted “Florida Legal Elite Government Attorney” in Florida Trend. Ms. Verges was also selected for Women of Color Magazine’s 2010 Top Women in Finance.
Prior to joining the Commission in 1998, Ms. Verges was in private practice for 8 years in Chicago and Miami. Ms. Verges has an undergraduate degree from Elmhurst College (1985) and a law degree with highest honors from DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois (1989).
Ms. Verges has published articles and participated on panels discussing securities arbitration, SEC investigations and enforcement, regulation of financial intermediaries and ethical issues in securities litigation and arbitration. She served on FINRA’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee from 2014-2018.