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Thomas D. Bever

Thomas D. Bever

Partner
Location:
Atlanta, Georgia
Phone:
404-233-4171 (Atlanta)
912-330-4339 (Savannah)
Fax:
404-261-2842
Email:

Tom Bever focuses his practice on White Collar Criminal Defense. He is ranked as a Georgia Super Lawyer (Criminal Defense: White Collar) in Atlanta Magazine (2005 – 2014). Tom is also listed in U.S. News Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense for White Collar Crime (2006–2014) and for Commercial Litigation (2009–2014) and in Chambers USA (2010-2012) in Band One as a lawyer for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations and Band Four for Litigation as the law firm. He has been AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell for more than 20 consecutive years (1992-2014). Tom is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial honorary society.

After obtaining his JD and MBA from the University of Virginia in 1982, Tom began his legal career in Atlanta with the law firm Jones, Bird & Howell, which later merged to become Alston & Bird, practicing commercial litigation. In 1985, Tom joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia, prosecuting general crimes, fraud and public corruption. He received a Special Commendation from the Department of Justice for his work prosecuting FHA mortgage loan fraud. In 1990, Tom left the United States Attorney's Office to become Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel conducting the "Iran/Contra" investigation.

Tom returned to Atlanta in 1991, where he joined the firm now known as Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever LLP. Since joining the firm, Tom has focused primarily on the area of White Collar criminal defense, representing many clients in all stages of criminal investigations, from the initiation of the investigation through trial. Tom also has spoken and appeared regularly at a variety of seminars, including the Fourth Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the American Bar Association's national Health Care Fraud seminar, and annual seminars in Georgia on White Collar Crime, Health Care Fraud, and Internal Corporate Investigations. Although Tom focuses on white collar criminal defense, he also has represented many clients in other civil and regulatory arenas, including health care, government contracting, tax, environmental, securities, and commercial contracts.

Areas of Practice

  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Health Care
  • Government Contracting
  • Internal Investigations
  • Tax
  • Environmental
  • Securities
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1983
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1983
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1983

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J. D. - 1982
    • Honors: Finalist, Lile Moot Court Competition
  • University of Virginia Darden Graduate Business School, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • M.B.A. - 1982
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B. A. - 1976
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Honors Program
    • Honors: N.C. Fellows Program
  • London School of Economics, London, England
    • Certificate - 1976

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Panelist, "Investigative and Trial Tactics", ICLE Annual Health Care Fraud Institute, 2013
  • Panelist, "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Defending the FCPA Case", ICLE Annual White Collar Crime Seminar, 2012
  • Panelist, "The Stakes are Raised: Enforcement Actions Against Individuals", ICLE Annual Health Care Fraud Institute, 2011
  • Speaker, "Representing Employees in a Corporate Internal Investigation", ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on White Collar Crime, 2011
  • Moderator of Panel, "Preparing for and Conducting Interviews", ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Corporate Internal Investigations, 2010
  • Speaker, ICLE, Georgia State Bar Southeastern Health Care Fraud Institute, 2010
  • Speaker, "False Claims Act Amendments and Financial Impact", Health Care Compliance Association, Southeast Regional Conference, 2010
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Corporate Internal Investigations, 2009
  • Panelist, "Preparing for and Conducting Interviews", HCCA Southeast Regional Annual Conference on the Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act, 2008
  • Moderator, "Preparing for and Conducting Interviews", ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Corporate Internal Investigations, 2008
  • Panelist, "Sentencing in an Advisory Guidelines World", ICLE Seminar on Evolution of Crime in 21st Century, 2006
  • Speaker, "Defending an Employee in the Context of an Investigation," Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2005
  • Speaker, ICLE Seminar in Georgia on Federal Criminal Practice, "Sentencing After Blakely", 2005
  • Speaker, CLE International 4th Annual Conference, Negotiating Leases, "Ethics, Considerations for Practitioners", 2005
  • Speaker, CLE International, Commercial Leases Conference, Georgia, 2004
  • Speaker, "Ethics Tips: How to Avoid Going to Jail", ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Real Estate Law, 2004
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Health Care Fraud, 2000
  • Panelist, "Ethics, Don't Let Your Good Deal Turn Bad", Lorman Commercial Leasing 2000, Atlanta
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on White Collar Crime, 1998
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Health Care Fraud, 1998
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on White Collar Crime, 1997
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Health Care Fraud, 1997
  • Speaker, "Real Estate Lawyers and Federal Prosecutions", Annual Real Property Law Institute, 1996
  • Speaker, Fourth Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 1995
  • Speaker, American Bar Association's National Health Care Fraud Seminar, 1995
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on White Collar Crime, 1994
  • Speaker, "Ethics, A Case Study", ICLE Residential Real Estate Practice, 1989
  • Speaker, "Civil Ramifications of Criminal Actions", ICLE Seminar on Business Torts, 1989
  • Author, "Stays and Injunctions Pending Appeal", ICLE Appellate Procedure Seminar, 1984

Honors and Awards

  • US News Best Lawyers in America (Criminal Defense - White Collar), 2006 - 2014
  • US News Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation), 2009 - 2014
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (Criminal Defense: White Collar), 2005 - 2014
  • Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers, 2012 Edition, Civil Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 1992 - 2014
  • Chambers USA 2010 - 2012: Band One for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations; Band Four on Litigation for Law Firm
  • Special Commendation, FHA Mortgage Loan Fraud Prosecutions, Department of Justice, 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (Trial Honorary Society)
  • Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court, 1987 - 1989
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1982 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of Independent Counsel, Associate Counsel
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia, 1985 - 1990
  • Alston & Bird
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3127 Maple Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: 404-233-4171
Fax: 404-261-2842
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7 East Congress Street
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Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-330-4339
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