Thomas S. Brown is of counsel and a trial lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he represents corporations and individuals in parallel criminal matters and enforcement proceedings in both state and federal courts. His practice also focuses on complex civil litigation in the areas of health care fraud, whistleblower investigations, financial services fraud, and consumer law and finance. Tom represents individuals in investigations for alleged violations of University Title IX policies and related criminal proceedings. He is a member of the firm’s Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice, the Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice, State Attorneys General Working Group and the Health Care Industry Team.
Before entering private practice, Tom worked for the Marin County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted more than 50 jury trials to verdict and prepared over 200 cases for jury trial. His experience includes felony prosecutions of high-profile criminal cases and civil litigation in the areas of consumer protection, insurance fraud and asset forfeiture.
As a consumer protection deputy, Tom, in connection with the California Attorney General’s Office, investigated and litigated unfair business practices, false advertising, environmental abuse, the Brown Act, and public corruption cases. Tom also investigated and prosecuted over 50 insurance fraud cases in coordination with insurance companies and their special investigations units.
Tom served as a felony department trial team coordinator where he managed a trial team specializing in prosecuting serious and violent offenses. He presented cases to criminal grand juries, reviewed law enforcement and investigative reports to determine whether prosecution was warranted, and served as a liaison to local law enforcement agencies.
As an instructor, Tom presided over mock trials for Psychiatry and the Law at the University of California (2009) and the Marin County Moot Court Competition (2008 – 2009).
Tom earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law (J.D., 1995) where he was literary editor for the U.S.F. Maritime Law Journal and participated in the National Admiralty Moot Court Competition. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1990).
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Tom is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts for the United States District Court of California. He is the President of the Marin County Bar Association (2018) and a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco Bar. He was also a member of the California Deputy District Attorneys Association (1996 - 2012) where he served on both the Asset Forfeiture and Insurance Fraud Committees. Tom also implemented a pro bono project with the Marin County Public Defender’s Office to provide representation to indigent clients.
Published Cases Where Thomas Was Trial Counsel
Criminal Cases Affirmed on Appeal