Teresa J. Verges

Director, Investor Rights Clinic & Lecturer in Law

Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
J.D. 1989, DePaul University College of Law
B.A. 1985, Elmhurst College

Phone: (305)284-8548
Office: A312C

Teresa J. Verges joined the faculty in the fall of 2011 and directs Miami Law’s Investor Rights Clinic. The Clinic represents investors with claims against their brokers or investment advisers in arbitration and mediation proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The Clinic provides a resource to investors of modest means whose claims are too small for them to be able to find legal representation, while providing students with hands-on experience working on real cases under faculty supervision. Verges supervises the students at the Clinic and provides instruction 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 Law School, 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, 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, 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.


Technology in Legal Practice: Keeping Ethical Obligations in Mind , with Christine Lazaro, 3 PLI Current Art. 6 (2019).

Technology in Practice: Keeping an Eye on Lawyers' Ethical Obligations, Yes Practicing Law Institute (2018).

Evolution of the Arbitration Forum as a Response to Mandatory Arbitration, 18 Nev. L. J. 437 (2018).

Legal Ethics and An Aging Population: Securities Practitioners' Roles in Preventing Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, Yes Practicing Law Institute (2017).

The Broker-Dealer’s Role in the Detection and Prevention of Elderly Financial Exploitation, 23 PIABA Bar Journal (2016).

A 360 Degree View of Roles and Responsibilities Concerning Diminished Capacity: Financial Advisers’ Obligations to Clients, Lawyers Representing Clients, and Lawyers Preparing Their Practices, 23 PIABA Bar Journal (2016).

Opening the Floodgates of Small Customer Claims in FINRA Arbitration: FINRA v. Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., 15 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 623 (2014).

Phone: (305)284-8548
Office: A312C
Faculty Assistant

Cruz, Mary

Phone: (305)284-3123
Office: F305

Area of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Securities

Websites and Blogs

Investor Rights Clinic