Thomas D. Bever

Thomas D. Bever

Thomas D. Bever

White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer AtlantaPartner

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: (404) 233-4171
Fax: (404) 261-2842

Tom Bever is a former federal prosecutor who focuses his practice on White Collar Criminal Defense and commercial litigation.  He is listed in U.S. News The Best Lawyers in America© for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Criminal Defense for White Collar Crime and for Commercial Litigation.  He was named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Atlanta Criminal Defense: White-Collar “Lawyer of the Year” in Atlanta.  For 2018 Tom is also ranked as a Georgia Super Lawyer (Criminal Defense: White Collar) and is listed in Chambers USA for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations.  He has had a top AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell for more than 20 consecutive years. He is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial honorary society.The National Trial Lawyers

Tom earned his JDA and MBA from the University of Virginia, and practiced in Atlanta with Alston & Bird. He then served in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, prosecuting fraud, public corruption, and general crimes. The U.S. Department of Justice awarded him a Special Commendation for his prosecution of a major FHA mortgage loan fraud case. Tom later served as Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel conducting the “Iran/Contra” investigation.

Tom returned to private practice with Chilivis Cochran Larkins & Bever LLP. Tom is focused primarily on White Collar criminal defense, representing individual and corporate clients in all stages of criminal investigations in federal and state courts, from the initiation of the investigation through trial. He also represents clients in civil litigation and trials, as well as administrative hearings and regulatory matters. Tom has served as lead counsel on behalf of companies on a variety of internal investigations. His cases have primarily been in healthcare, government contracting, securities, tax, environmental, and commercial disputes.

Tom speaks and appears regularly at a variety of professional seminars. These have included the National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the American Bar Association’s Healthcare Fraud Institute, and annual seminars in Georgia on White Collar Crime, Healthcare Fraud, Federal Criminal Practice, and Internal Corporate Investigations.

Areas of Practice

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

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1983
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1983
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 2016


    • 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


  • Moderator of Panel, “Use of Experts in White Collar Criminal Cases,” 2016 White Collar Crime Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Panelist, “How Compliance Efforts Can Be Used As Evidence Against Health Care Providers”, ICLE Healthcare Fraud Institute, 2015
  • Panelist, The Knowledge Group Webinar, “Emerging Issues in Health Care Enforcement: New Tactics, New Theories”
  • Panelist, The Knowledge Group Webinar, “State False Claims Acts Enforcement in 2015”
  • Panelist, “The Effective Use of Criminal Discovery: Tactics for the Defense”, Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, 2014
  • Panelist, “Investigative and Trial Tactics”, ICLE Annual Healthcare 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 Healthcare 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 Healthcare Fraud Institute, 2010
  • Speaker, “False Claims Act Amendments and Financial Impact”, Healthcare 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 Healthcare 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, 1997, 1998
  • Speaker, ICLE Annual Seminar in Georgia on Healthcare Fraud, 1997, 1998
  • “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 Healthcare 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

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2019)
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys (Georgia 2018)
  • Georgia’s Super Lawyers (Criminal Defense: White Collar), Atlanta Magazine, 2005-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2015-2018 (Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar)
  • US News Best Lawyers in America (Criminal Defense – White Collar), 2006 – 2015
  • US News Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation), 2009 – 2015
  • Georgia’s Best Lawyers, 2016 (Criminal Defense: White-Collar)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 1992 – 2015
  • Chambers USA for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Special Commendation, FHA Mortgage Loan Fraud Prosecutions, Department of Justice, 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (Trial Honorary Society), 2014-2015
  • Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court, 1987 – 1989
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of Independent Counsel, Associate Counsel, Iran/Contra Investigation, 1990-1991
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Georgia, 1985 – 1990
  • Alston & Bird