Margaret S. Ververis

Senior Associate
ververis@ferrariassociatespc.com
Telephone : 1-202-759-7596

Margaret Ververis, Senior Associate with Ferrari & Associates, P.C., has practiced extensively in the field of U.S. sanctions compliance. To this end, Ms. Ververis frequently assists U.S. and foreign clients to navigate the complex regulatory framework of U.S. sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to ensure that proactive measures are undertaken to achieve stability and confidence when making important business decisions.

Ms. Ververis advises clients seeking to pursue business ventures in the Middle East and Africa, which requires due diligence with respect to several country-based and target-based sanctions, as well as compliance with the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List). Ms. Ververis’ past representations include developing tailored compliance programs on behalf of:

  • U.S. and foreign financial institutions and money service businesses
  • U.S. companies seeking to broker and export in sanctioned regions
  • Domestic and foreign companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges
  • Educational institutions hosting visiting students from sanctioned countries
  • Media outlets pursuing journalistic activities

Ms. Ververis also represents clients seeking to comply with OFAC sanctions through the licensing and self-disclosure process. Ms. Ververis’ efforts have resulted in obtaining licenses to unblock funds under the Cuban Asset Control Regulations and the Ukraine-Related Sanctions Regulations, in addition to favorable dispositions of OFAC administrative investigations involving Iran.

In addition to OFAC compliance, Ms. Ververis is a skilled defense attorney and litigator. She has defended clients in federal courts throughout the country, and most recently, served as counsel in a federal trial where the defendant was acquitted of unlawful exporting under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Ms. Ververis has also helped to shape Fourth Amendment law by successfully challenging the legal standard for the search and seizure of cell phones and laptops at the U.S. border. In Ms. Ververis’ years of practice, she has represented clients in numerous federal defense cases including money laundering, tax fraud, drug trafficking, public corruption, embezzlement and unlawful exporting.

Ms. Ververis is equally experienced in civil litigation and has worked to bring lawsuits against the U.S. government for violations of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). She recently drafted briefs for submission to the D.C. Circuit to challenge an SDN designation of an individual under the APA. She has also negotiated settlements on behalf of clients faced with civil enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Ms. Ververis received her B.S. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She graduated with her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2011. Ms. Ververis was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity. While in law school, she was an Associate Editor for Corporate Counsel Review, the journal of the Corporate Counsel section of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Ververis was one of a select few visiting students with the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Legal Externship Program in Washington, D.C., and also studied abroad at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Ms. Ververis has clerked with a prestigious federal criminal defense firm in Washington, D.C., and with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

Ms. Ververis actively writes on topics relating to federal criminal defense on dcfederaldefenseattorney.com and is a contributing author on OFAC compliance with sanctionlaw.com.

South Texas College of Law

J.D.- Juris Doctor

University of Texas at Austin

B.S. - Bachelor of Science

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State Bar of Texas

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

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