Eva-Maria Ghelardi

Eva-Marie Ghelardi

Eva-Maria Ghelardi helps clients facing civil and criminal government investigations and enforcement actions. Eva-Maria has experience with cases involving U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations, alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, and internal corporate investigations into reported misconduct. She has also represented clients in contract breach cases.

Eva-Maria graduated from St. John’s School of Law, where she was part of the St. John’s Law Review and Moot Court Society. She also took part in the Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic, where she represented an elderly client scammed by a contractor.

Eva-Maria began her career in legal business development, then shifted her focus to study the law after helping on pro bono parole cases. That experience gives her a unique perspective on collaborating firmwide and finding useful resources to address client needs. Since joining Venable, she has worked on a pro bono appeal that resulted in a reduced sentence and conducted pro bono research related to COVID overpayments to part-time teachers.


Representative Matters

  • Conducted legal research and document review for an international company whose executives were accused of insider trading
  • Analyzed documents in multiple languages to build a timeline and assess risk for an international company conducting an internal audit to address potential bribery concerns
  • Assisted in defending a government contractor accused of defrauding the U.S. government
  • Researched legal questions, drafted subpoenas and document requests, and conducted document review for a company sued for breach of contract during COVID
  • Oversaw subpoena production for a company facing federal and state subpoenas related to January 6
  • Assisted in preparing for and conducting internal scoping interviews for a company accused of having employees work despite COVID furloughs




  • J.D. St. John's University School of Law 2021
  • M.A. History and Literature Columbia University 2015
  • B.A. History summa cum laude Catholic University of America 2014
    • Minor: Philosophy

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, The Historical Society of the New York Courts


  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish