Former Prosecutor With Extensive Jury Trial Experience Joins Foley in San Francisco

02 February 2012 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Thomas Brown Brings Medi-Cal, Insurance Fraud, and Section 17200 Experience.

Foley announced today that Thomas S. Brown has joined the firm as of counsel in the San Francisco office working with the Government Enforcement, Compliance & White Collar Defense Practice Group. Previously, Brown was a Deputy District Attorney at the Marin County District Attorney's Office where he worked for more than 15 years.

Brown brings extensive jury trial experience to his new position at Foley, including work on a variety of civil and criminal cases involving issues of Medi-Cal fraud, public corruption, insurance fraud, asset forfeiture, and unfair business practices brought pursuant to California Business and Professions Code Section 17200. Brown is an accomplished trial lawyer who has tried more than 50 jury trials and prepared more than 200 cases for trial.

“Tom's background, jury-friendly manner, and experience will add further depth to our trial capabilities and expand our team's already wide range of trial experience,” said Pamela L. Johnston, chair of the firm's Government Enforcement, Compliance & White Collar Defense Practice. “His addition will be a valuable asset to clients who continue to face complex litigation matters in both civil cases and government enforcement matters. We are pleased to be adding another senior attorney to our Government Enforcement team in California, which already has partners located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Palo Alto.”

In his most recent role as Felony Intake Deputy for the Marin County District Attorney's Office, Brown reviewed all felony-level investigative reports and determined if criminal prosecution was warranted. Prior to that, he served in supervisory positions as the coordinator of trial teams and other specialized units within the District Attorney's Office. Earlier in his career, he led the Insurance Fraud Unit and investigated and prosecuted civil litigation matters involving health care fraud, consumer issues, insurance fraud, and asset forfeiture issues.

“Tom has a successful track record of litigating cases as well as leading complex investigations in the public sector,” said Eileen Ridley, managing partner of the firm's San Francisco office. “His expertise and leadership is a great fit for our talented roster of Bay Area attorneys.”

Brown is a distinguished educator in the field of insurance fraud and asset forfeiture while also frequently working as a mock trial instructor for educational institutions. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and has authored numerous publications on topics such as the seizure and initiation of asset forfeiture proceedings and insurance fraud investigation.

With approximately 900 attorneys in 21 offices, Foley & Lardner LLP provides award-winning business and legal insight to clients across the country and around the world. Our team-based approach, innovative technology, and focus on value and client service are continually recognized by our clients and the legal industry. In a recent survey* of Fortune 1000 corporate counsel, Foley received a top five ranking out of more than 300 firms for delivering exceptional client service. In addition, Foley received 19 national first-tier rankings on the 2011 – 2012 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list, and CIO magazine recognized Foley for technological innovation that enhances business value by naming the firm to its prestigious CIO-100 list in 2011. 

*The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Massachusetts)

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