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