J.D. Thomas

J.D. Thomas is a partner in Waller’s Government Investigations, Healthcare, and Litigation practice groups.  He represents and advises companies and individuals in a broad array of criminal, civil, and regulatory matters, with a focus on government investigations and prosecutions, qui tam and False Claims Act defense, government enforcement actions, and other sensitive and non-routine legal matters.  While he has significant experience in the healthcare industry, J.D. also regularly represents and counsels clients in a myriad of other industries, including government contracting, transportation, manufacturing, real estate, financial services, and education.  

Prior to joining Waller, J.D. served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.  In the role of AUSA, J.D. 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 and the State of Tennessee, the largest in-patient short stay settlement ever obtained under the False Claims Act and one of the largest grant fraud settlements.  As a federal prosecutor, J.D. directed nationwide fraud investigations and understands what to expect when the government initiates an investigation and how to respond in the most expeditious manner possible while helping clients find closure and get back to business. 

In addition to his background in government investigations and enforcement actions, J.D. has significant litigation experience.  He has represented accounting firms, law firms, and broker-dealers in professional liability and civil RICO actions, defended criminal and civil antitrust actions, and handled noteworthy insurance coverage disputes.



  • Member, Executive Committee, Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section
  • Board Member, American Constitution Society, Nashville Chapter

Prior Affiliations

  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn., 2011-2014
  • Associate, Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, Nashville, Tenn., 2008-2011
  • Associate, King & Spalding, LLP, Washington, D.C., 2004-2008


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2004
    • Editorial Board, Virginia Journal of Environmental Law
    • Editorial Board, Virginia Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law
    • Vice President, Student Bar Association
  • B.A., Vassar College, Political Science, 1998

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • All State Courts Tennessee
  • All State Courts Virginia
  • All Courts District of Columbia

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A native of coastal New England, J.D. likes everything related to the sea and is an avid SCUBA diver and fisherman.  He and his wife are raising three daughters.