J.D. Thomas is a former federal prosecutor who knows how to respond to sensitive and non-routine criminal, civil and regulatory matters, including government investigations and prosecutions, qui tam and False Claims Act defense and other enforcement actions. He represents and advises companies and individuals in a broad array of criminal, civil, and regulatory matters. He regularly advises healthcare clients in matters involving the Department of Justice, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), state Medicaid Fraud Control Units and other civil and criminal law enforcement entities.

Previously, Mr. Thomas served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. As an AUSA, he investigated and prosecuted numerous actions brought under the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law, among others. He served as the lead attorney for the United States in a number of notable cases, including the largest civil False Claims Act recovery in the Middle District of Tennessee, the largest short-stay inpatient admissions settlement ever obtained under the False Claims Act, and one of the largest grant fraud settlements.

As a former federal prosecutor, Mr. Thomas has a unique understanding of what to expect when the government initiates an investigation, and how to respond in the most expeditious manner possible while helping clients minimize exposure, find closure, and get back to business.

While Mr. Thomas has significant experience in the healthcare industry, his background as a prosecutor makes him uniquely suited to advise clients in high-stakes matters that involve the potential of significant public exposure, reputational harm, or financial loss. To that end, he regularly represents and counsels clients in a myriad of other industries, and has assisted accounting firms, law firms, and broker-dealers in professional liability and civil RICO actions, defended criminal and civil antitrust actions, assisted clients with unwinding and recovering assets lost to Ponzi schemes, and managed numerous other confidential and sensitive legal matters.

Additionally, he represents healthcare providers – both applicants and opponents – in contested Certificate of Need (CON) matters.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • Vassar College, B.A., Political Science
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Tennessee
  • All State Courts in the District of Columbia
  • All State Courts in Virginia
  • All U.S. District Courts in Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section, Executive Committee, Chair
  • Neighborhood Health, Board of Directors, Member and Governance Committee Chair
  • Hillsboro West-End Neighborhood Association Board
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud (Tennessee), 2020-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Health Care Law, 2018-2023; Litigation - Health Care, 2023; Qui Tam Law, 2023
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2020-2021