Thomas M. Brown

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T: (213) 613-9494
F: (213) 613-0550



Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (1995-2005), Chair, White Collar Crime Practice Group (1999-2002); Assistant United States Attorney, Central District of California, Criminal Division, Major Frauds Section (1991-1995); Partner, Hufstedler, Kaus & Beardsley (1987-1991); Associate, Horvitz & Levy (1985).


Education and Honors

Loyola Law School (J.D., 1984, Honors); Editor-in-Chief, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review (1983-1984); St. Thomas More Law Honor Society; American Jurisprudence Award: Constitutional Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Contracts; Scott Honors Moot Court; Loyola Marymount Graduate School (M.A., English Literature, 1981); Rotary Foundation Scholar (1980-1981); Loyola Marymount University (B.A., English, Political Science, 1979, Honors); Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society; Pi Gamma Mu, National Social Science Honor Society.



Law Clerk, Hon. Arthur L. Alarcón, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1986-1987); Law Clerk, Hon. Donald Gates, California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District, Division Two (1984-1985).


Professional Associations

American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee; State Bar of California’s Litigation Section and Criminal Justice Section; National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys; Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Committee; Los Angeles County Bar Association Foundation, Board of Directors (2003-2005); Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter, Board of Directors (2004-2010).


Bar Admissions

California (1985); United States District Court, Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of California; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States Supreme Court.

A representative sampling of Mr. Brown’s experience is as follows:

Government Fraud Investigations
  • Successfully defended Fortune 50 government contractors in many civil and criminal fraud cases involving false testing, mischarging, and deceptive billing practices involving the manufacture of strategic bomber, carrier based fighter aircraft, and missile systems.
  • Successfully represented military aircraft defense government contractor in action involving fraudulent billing practices.
  • Successfully represented nation’s largest manufacturer of military-grade binoculars for export violations.
  • Successfully represented corporation and its president for export violations involving guidance missile technology.
General Fraud Cases and Internal Investigations
  • Defended and prosecuted numerous fraud cases involving investors in Ponzi schemes, advance fee schemes, telemarketing schemes, SEC cases, FTC cases, boiler-room schemes, real estate fraud, loan fraud, home loan modification cases, tax evasion, health care fraud, and fraudulent conveyance cases.
  • Participated and undertook numerous internal investigations involving computer hacking, trade secret theft, embezzlement, wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, public corruption, and bribery.
  • Successfully sued law firms for breach of fiduciary duty and attorney malpractice.
Securities Fraud Investigations and Cases
  • Represented officers of companies involving securities fraud, insider trading and financial statement fraud.
  • Successfully defended brokerage house involving allegations of false statements to regulators, stock irregularities and manipulation.
  • Defended general partner in a $320 million real estate mortgage case involving allegations of securities fraud and obtained a very favorable sentence.
  • Defended named law partner in prosecution involving allegations of mail and wire fraud, and money laundering.
  • Served as national counsel in defending financial firm in civil, criminal and administrative forfeiture proceedings.
  • Successfully sued banks and credit unions for improperly cashing checks, accepting fraudulent endorsements, opening fraudulent accounts, and not complying with banking policies and procedures.
Tax Cases
  • Successfully represented numerous individuals and corporations in federal and state tax investigations and prosecutions involving tax evasion, IRS seizures, criminal tax defense, and failure to file.
Insurance Companies and Brokers
  • Successfully represented many national insurance companies against group of attorneys committing insurance fraud against them.
  • Successfully represented many insurance brokers and agents in lawsuits involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty in sale of insurance.
  • Represented aerospace, electronics, satellite, and consumer manufacturers in civil and criminal investigations and lawsuits involving false billing practices, false labeling allegations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and flawed quality control programs.
Whistleblower Suits
  • Represented defense contractor in civil and criminal cases involving false testing, mischarging, and deceptive billing practices involving the manufacture of fighter aircraft and missiles;
  • Represented defense contractor in civil and criminal cases involving TINA violations.
  • Successfully represented major healthcare provider in qui tam lawsuit involving fraud.
  • Successfully represented hospital officer in criminal investigation involving mail and wire fraud.
State Criminal Matters
  • Represented numerous individuals and companies in cases involving theft, copyright infringement, assault, vehicular manslaughter, narcotics cases, driving while impaired, and embezzlement.
Public Corruption Investigations
  • Successfully defended elected city official involving charges of threats against public officials and criminal threats.
  • Defended county Risk Manager in state criminal case involving for accepting bribes in connection with his duties and obtained a very favorable sentence.
  • Involved in federal criminal investigation involving several members of law enforcement involving public corruption in performance of duties.
  • Frequently represent City, City Council, City Council Members, and elected state officials in grand jury investigations, often obtaining favorable results.
Bribery and Extortion Investigations
  • Successfully represented national trucking company and its president in commercial bribery case.
  • Investigated subsidiary of multi-national corporation involving allegations of extortion involving the CFO and President of the subsidiary.
  • Successfully defended national land developer and homebuilder in investigation involving allegations of bribing city and redevelopment officials in connection with billion dollar redevelopment project.
  • Conducted internal investigation of one of the largest satellite manufacturers regarding a hundred million dollar bribe of foreign officials.
Government Tort Liability and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Successfully represented municipalities in government tort liability involving wrongful termination, discrimination, premises liability, and breach of contract matters.
Campaign Finance Investigations
  • Successfully represented executives of world’s largest shipping company for allegedly improper political contributions.
  • Successfully represented international engineering and construction firm investigated for making improper political contributions.
  • Successfully defended national title company in campaign contribution and finance investigations conducted on the local and state levels.
  • Successfully represented California State elected official in federal and state investigation involving campaign contributions.
  • Defended contributors to national political party during congressional investigation of contributions involving presidential election and campaign.
Representation of Professionals
  • Defended international accounting firm in U.S. Customs proceedings concerning the alleged receipt of laundered money.
  • Successfully defended top executive of international financial institution in grand jury investigation involving the financing issues.
  • Successfully represented officer of regional hospital in obtaining favorable settlement following termination.
  • Successfully represented pharmacists in federal criminal investigations and prosecutions involving improper dispensing of prescription drugs.
  • Represented numerous physicians in state and federal criminal investigations for fraud.
  • Successfully representing federal court-appointed receiver in prosecuting cases and conducting investigations involving tax fraud and evasion by third parties.
  • Defended law firms and individuals in connection with California State Bar matters and proceedings.
  • Defended numerous real estate agents and brokers in numerous cases involving breach of contract and fraud.
Environmental Investigations
  • Defended overnight shipping corporation in state criminal case involving the transportation of hazardous materials.
  • Defended international computer manufacturer in groundwater contamination lawsuit brought by water district.
  • Defended individuals and corporations in connection with criminal, regulatory, and civil environmental matters, including the Clean Water Act, transportation and discharge of hazardous materials, CERCLA, and hazardous waste disposal.
  • Defended a financial institution in a criminal investigation involving the work place death of an employee.