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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 – 2011).  Tom is also listed in U.S. News Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense for White Collar Crime (2006–2011) and for Commercial Litigation (2009–2011) and in Chambers USA (2010, 2011) in Band One for White Collar/Criminal Investigations and Band Four for Litigation.

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 (1995), the American Bar Association's national Health Care Fraud seminar (1995), and annual seminars in Georgia on White Collar Crime (1994, 1997, 1998), Health Care Fraud (1997, 1998, 2000), and Real Estate Law (2004). 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 and securities.

A sampling of Tom's cases are listed below:

United States of America v. Timothy P. Heath, 1:01-CR-174, U.S. District Court, E. District of Tennessee (negotiated plea, 9 level downward departure obtained);

State of Georgia vs. Asutosh C. Vyas, M.D. , Case No. 99CR03399, State Court of Clayton County (charges dismissed).

Year Joined Firm

  • 1991

Areas of Practice

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

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J. D. - 1982
  • 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

Classes/Seminars

  • Panelist, "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Defending the FCPA Case", ICLE Annual White Collar Crime Seminar, January 27, 2012
  • Panelist, "The Stakes are Raised: Enforcement Actions Against Individuals", ICLE Annual Health Care Fraud Institute, December 15, 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
  • Speaker, HCCA Southeast Regional Annual Conference on the Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act, 2008
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Corporate Internal Investigations, 2008
  • 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, Commercial Leases Conference, Georgia, 2004
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Real Estate Law, 2004
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Health Care Fraud, 2000
  • 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, 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

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 2014 - Present
  • Georgia Super Lawyers 2014 Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Georgia Trend’s 2013 Legal Elite
  • Inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for in the practice areas of: Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers, 2012 Edition, Civil Litigation
  • Chambers USA 2010, 2011: Band One for White Collar/Criminal Investigations; Band Four on Litigation
  • Top Attorneys in Georgia, March 2011 by Atlanta Magazine
  • US News Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation), 2009 - 2013
  • US News Best Lawyers in America (Criminal Defense - White Collar), 2006 - 2013
  • Georgia's Super Lawyers (Criminal Defense: White Collar), Atlanta Magazine, 2005 - 2013
  • Georgia's Legal Elite (Criminal Law), Georgia Trend Magazine, 2007
  • Special Commendation, FHA Mortgage Loan Fraud Prosecutions, Department of Justice, 1988
  • Finalist, Univ. of VA Law Sch. William Minor Lile Moot Court Comp.
  • University of North Carolina Fellows and Honors Programs

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 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

  • Jones, Bird & Howell
  • Alston & Bird
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia, 1985 - 1990
  • Office of Independent Counsel, Associate Counsel
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