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Christopher C. Sabis

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Chris Sabis is the head of our Government Compliance & Investigations Practice Group. Chris concentrates his practice in the areas of Government and Internal Investigations. He has extensive experience in False Claims Act matters involving allegations of healthcare and procurement fraud, white-collar investigations, and government investigations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (“MLATs”).

Before joining the firm, Chris served nearly a decade as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. Chris represented the United States in civil and criminal healthcare and procurement fraud investigations and ADA and MLAT compliance matters. He served as the District’s Elder Justice Coordinator and International Affairs Coordinator.  Prior to that, Chris represented clients in complex commercial litigation at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Washington, D.C.

Chris earned his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. where he was Senior Notes Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester. Chris was a law clerk to the Honorable Noël Anketell Kramer of the D.C. Court of Appeals and the Honorable Joan Zeldon of the D.C. Superior Court.

Chris serves as a Hearing Examiner for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. He is a member of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court and of the Tennessee Bar Association, where he has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Federal Practice Section. He is a member of the Nashville Bar Association and is the Chair and former Secretary of the NBA Historical Committee. Chris has significant experience in the mediation of federal False Claims Act cases and has completed a Tennessee Rule 31 mediation course.

Active in the community, Chris is the Co-Chair of the Board for Stars Nashville, a non-profit that provides prevention, intervention, treatment, and training programs addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and social and emotional barriers to success in Tennessee schools. He is a board member of Autism Tennessee, and he serves as the Environmental Sustainability Chair for Rotary Club of Nashville. Chris has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Belmont University.

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Selected Experience

During his tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chris represented the United States in several significant matters, including

Education & Bar Admissions

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2003
  • University of Rochester, B.A., 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts (retired)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Fourth, Sixth, and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Middle Tennessee, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Massachusetts
Speaking Engagements & Recognition

Speaking Engagements & Recognition

  • Panelist, Nuts & Bolts of False Claims Act Practice, ABA Fall Educational Program, November 2018
  • Panelist, Ask an Expert: S/M/W/SDVBE Resources, Challenges & Fraud, Metro Business Assistance Office, July 2018
  • Panelist, Settling FCA Cases, ACE Seminar – National Advocacy Center, October 2017
  • Panelist, Fraud & Abuse in Managed Care, AHLA Fraud & Compliance Forum, October 2016
  • Watertown High School Wall of Honor, Watertown Public Schools, Watertown, CT, October 2016
  • Speaker, Healthcare Fraud Trends, TN Ambulance Serv. Ass’n, September 2016
  • Speaker, Amendments to the Fed. R. Civ. P., TBA Federal Practice Seminar, July 2016
  • Speaker & Panelist, Much Ado About Ethics, Nashville Shakespeare Festival CLE, May 2016
  • Speaker, Tennessee Association on Higher Education & Disabilities Annual Conference, March 2016
  • Speaker, Law and Regulation of the Healthcare Industry, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, Professor Jim Cooper, February 2016
  • Panelist, Filter Teams, PROs’ Conference – National Advocacy Center, January 2016
  • Speaker, Overview of Fraud & Abuse Laws, TBA 15th Annual Health Law Primer, October 2015
  • Panelist, Moving to Outcome-Oriented Care, AHLA Fraud & Compliance Forum, September 2015
  • Panelist, Emergence of a Whistleblower – How Do You Respond?, HCCA, November 2014
  • HHS OIG-OI Integrity Award, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, March 2014
  • Speaker & Panelist, Don’t Blow Your Whistleblower Case, TBA, June 2014
  • Speaker, Effective Strategies for Dealing with Physician-Related Fraud & Abuse Trends, AHLA Physicians & Hospitals Law Institute, February 2014
  • Certificate of Commendation, Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, November 2012
  • Panelist, Law 772-01: Health Care Fraud & Abuse, Vanderbilt School of Law, October 2012
  • S. Supreme Court: “Honest Services” Fraud Limited to “Bribes and Kickbacks,” with Charles S. Leeper & Michael R. Miner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, June 2010
  • Executing the Laws or Executing an Agenda: Usurpation of Statutory and Constitutional Rights by the Department of Justice, 37 Mich. J. L. Reform 257 (2003)
  • Recent Developments Under the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, with Jonathan A. Shapiro, Esq., Trends in Massachusetts Class Action Practice, BBA CLE (2003)
  • Congress and the Treaty Power: An Originalist Argument Against Unilateral Presidential Termination of the ABM Treaty, 31 J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 223 (2002)
Professional & Civic Activities

Professional Activities

  • Hearing Examiner, Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, District V, May 2018-present
  • Master of the Bench, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court, August 2016-present
  • Certificate of Completion: Rule 31 Civil Mediation Training, Lipscomb University, August 2016
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association, December 2015-present
    • Past Vice Chair & Chair, TBA Federal Practice Section
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association, November 2015-present
    • Past Secretary & Current Chair, NBA Historical Committee
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Belmont University College of Law, Pretrial Litigation, Fall 2013

Civic Activities

  • Board Member, Secretary, Board Chair & Co-Chair, Stars Nashville, 2013-present
  • Board Member, Autism Tennessee, 2019-present
  • Member & Environmental Sustainability Chair, Rotary Club of Nashville, June 2016-present
  • Member, Economic Club of Nashville, May 2016-present

Blog Posts

The Brand Memo is Dead

Do I have your attention? Okay, forgive me. The headline is a little click-baity. The centerpiece of the Brand Memo – the January 25, 2018 Memorandum by former Associate Attorney General Rachel [...]

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