Thomas D. Bever is a Partner in the Litigation Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.
Mr. 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 Georgia. Mr. Bever has also been ranked as a Georgia Super Lawyer (Criminal Defense: White Collar) since 2005 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.
Mr. Bever 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. He later served as Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel conducting the “Iran/Contra” investigation.
Mr. Bever 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. Mr. Bever 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.
Mr. Bever 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.