Chris Vergonis has more than 20 years of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on the representation of businesses and trade associations in constitutional, statutory, and regulatory litigation against the United States and other governmental entities. He has argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the federal district courts.
Chris frequently represents clients seeking to set aside federal, state, and local regulation on constitutional and statutory grounds. Significant undertakings include assisting clients in rulemakings by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau); challenging local labor and environmental regulations as pre-empted by federal law; litigating a successful separation-of-powers challenge to the authority of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; assisting a foreign bank in a regulatory dispute with the U.S. Treasury Department; challenging commercial advertising restrictions under the First Amendment; and representing plaintiffs (including biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies) in lawsuits against the United States and its agencies under the APA (Administrative Procedure Act), the FTCA (Federal Torts Claims Act), and the U.S. Constitution.
Chris has written or coauthored several articles and white papers on constitutional law and statutory interpretation and previously served as the publications chair of the Administrative Law & Regulation Section of the Federalist Society.
Massive, Unchecked Power by Design: The Unconstitutional Exercise of Executive Authority by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, NYU Journal of Law and Business
The Blocking of Terrorist-Related Assets Under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a White Paper published by THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY for Law and Public Policy
The Federalism Implications of International Human Rights Law, a White Paper published by THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY for Law and Public Policy
- Harvard University (J.D. cum laude 1995; Supreme Court Editor, Harvard Law Review; Member of Winning Team, Ames Moot Court Competition; B.A. cum laude 1992)
- District of Columbia, New York, and Florida
- Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1995-1996)