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Thomas M. Findley


Tom Findley is a member of Baker Donelson's Government Enforcement and Investigations Group and has served as an Assistant United States Attorney.

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Professional Biography

A member of Baker Donelson's Government Enforcement and Investigations Group, Mr. Findley has more than 20 years of experience in handling white collar criminal cases, including complex cases involving allegations of health care fraud, bank fraud, corporate fraud, public corruption, criminal tax matters and a variety of other white collar matters.

Before he began private practice, Mr. Findley served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Major Crimes Division of the Middle District of Florida. He tried approximately 20 jury trials and handled more than 100 grand jury investigations.

Prior to serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Findley was a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph Hatchett on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Represented the chief financial officer of an insurance company in connection with reinsurance claims associated with Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances in a multi-week federal criminal trial.

  • Represented a bank president against allegations of fraud upon federal bank examiners in a multi-week federal criminal trial.

  • Represented city officials in two federal grand jury investigations into alleged corruption involving two municipalities in Florida.

  • Represented clients in Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigations into various matters related to billing and cost reporting.

  • Defended a government contractor charged under the Florida False Claims Act in a multi-week trial.

  • Represented a bank president in Liberty County, Florida, against allegations that the client had deceived bank examiners.

  • In a three-day jury trial, represented a businessman accused of lying to the IRS and other offenses.

  • Successfully represented an insurance executive who was acquitted of fraud relating to claims to the Florida CAT Fund during the 2004 hurricane season.

  • Represented a piano dealer in a case involving alleged Lacey Act violations.

  • Represented a defendant client in a state False Claims Act with a counterclaim by our client. The case settled with the Department of Banking, causing them to pay our client after a week of trial.

  • Represented a client accused of importing materials that were alleged to be in violation of FDA law.

  • Obtained dismissal of a criminal case against a social worker serving autistic children. The case was investigated by the Attorney General's Medical Fraud Control Unit, which maintained that the client was using case managers who did not meet administrative eligibility criteria used by the Agency for Health Care Administration. It was not disputed that the children the client served were eligible for Medicaid, but the Attorney General maintained that they could not receive case management services. The Court ruled that the State could not manufacture a criminal case out of a regulatory requirement and dismissed the case.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2021 – 2023)
  • Named to Florida Trend's "Legal Elite" (2018 – 2021)
  • Member – The Florida Bar
  • Past Director – Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Past President – Federal Bar Association, Tallahassee Chapter
  • Past Master Lawyer – William H. Stafford Chapter of the American Inn of Court
  • Northern District of Florida Court Committees
    • Public Defender Selection Committee
    • Magistrate Selection Committee
    • Local Rules Committee
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Committees
    • Judicial Conference Planning Committees
    • Public Defender Selection Committees for all Florida district courts


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Washington University, B.S., 1981


  • Florida, 1988

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