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Chris Vergonis is a trial and appellate lawyer who focuses a significant amount of his practice on constitutional, statutory, and regulatory litigation against the United States and other governmental entities. He represents clients at all levels of the state and federal judiciaries, and has argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the federal district courts.Chris recently argued before the Supreme Court in Simmons v. Himmelreich, a case concerning the circumstances under which the "judgment bar" of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) precludes a constitutional Bivens action against federal officers. Other recent undertakings include litigating a successful separation-of-powers challenge to the authority of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; challenging local labor and environmental regulations as pre-empted by federal law; assisting a foreign bank in a regulatory dispute with the United States Treasury Department under the Patriot Act; 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 Administrative Procedure Act, the FTCA, and the U.S. Constitution.