Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever LLP is a litigation boutique with a broad client base of businesses and individuals, including executives, corporate officers, employees, physicians, physician practice groups, attorneys, and others facing high-stakes civil, white collar criminal, business litigation, health care, and administrative law matters in federal and state courts. Three of our five partners are former Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Georgia. Five partners are named as Super Lawyers. Three of our partners are in U.S. News & World Report as Best Lawyers in America. The firm has defended against and represented relators in false claims act cases since the early 1990s.
For more than six decades, Steptoe has established a reputation for vigorous advocacy in complex litigation and arbitration, successful representation of clients before governmental agencies, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions. The firm has more than 500 lawyers and other professionals in offices in Beijing, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix, and Washington.
The firm is known for its ability to help clients solve high-stakes, multidimensional problems, particularly those with a governmental aspect.
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 Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense for White Collar Crime (2006–2015) and for Commercial Litigation (2009–2014), ranked as a Georgia Super Lawyer (Criminal Defense: White Collar), (2005-2015), Tom is 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.
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.
Patrick Linehan is a partner in Steptoe & Johnson, Washington, DC office, where he is a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Litigation & Enforcement groups. His practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in enforcement matters in the areas of health care fraud and abuse, antitrust, and securities fraud, among others, as well as in securities-related litigation. Clients in the health care area have included, among others:
- Former CEO of pharmaceutical company against allegations of violations of FDA laws governing current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
- Former associate general counsel of pharmaceutical company against false statement and obstruction of justice charges
- Former marketing executive of pharmaceutical company, in connection with investigation involving allegations of off-label promotion and False Claims Act violations
- Former executive of pharmaceutical company in connection with investigation of possible violations of Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act
- Bay Area-based biologics company, in connection with investigation involving allegations of off-label promotion and False Claims Act violations