Christopher C. Sabis

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Chris Sabis heads the firm’s Government Compliance & Investigations group. Chris concentrates his practice in the areas of Government Investigations, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has extensive experience in False Claims Act (FCA) matters involving allegations of healthcare and procurement fraud, white-collar fraud investigations, commercial litigation, and government investigations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs). Chris has significant experience in the mediation of FCA cases; he is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court and a listed mediator and arbitrator with the American Health Law Association’s Dispute Resolution Service. He also has advised clients on election-related issues and provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the CARES Act, including the Paycheck Protection Program.

Before joining the firm, Chris served nearly a decade as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Tennessee. In addition to his regular duties, he was the District’s Elder Justice Coordinator and International Affairs Coordinator.  Before becoming an AUSA, Chris represented clients in complex commercial litigation at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Washington, D.C. 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 Chair and former Secretary of its Historical Committee and a Nashville Bar Fellow. Chris is also a member of the American Health Law Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, and the American Bar Association.

Active in the community, Chris is a Past Chair of the Board and member of the Honorary Board of 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 and the Board Secretary of Autism Tennessee and is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville. Chris has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Belmont University.  He enjoys hockey, theater, and spending time with his wife and two young boys.

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Selected Experience
  • Currently representing criminal defendant in large-scale federal white collar case containing allegations of illegal opioid distribution and kickbacks
  • Part of team that obtained a temporary injunction restoring a candidate to a primary ballot due to alleged violations of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act (the injunction was vacated on emergency appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court)
  • Secured favorable settlement and release terms for mental health provider in Tennessee Medicaid False Claims Act investigation
  • Co-counsel in successful petition to reinstate prior level of TennCare benefits for 10-year-old girl with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and numerous additional co-morbidities
  • Secured CMS rescission of revocation of Medicare enrollment and billing privileges for veteran emergency physician
  • United States v. Chambers, et al., No. 18-cr-00355 (M.D. Tenn.) (former credit union teller and co-conspirator sentenced to prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft) (during his tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney)
  • United States ex rel. Dorsa et al. v. Miraca Life Sciences, Inc., No. 13-cv-1025 (M.D. Tenn.) (pathology laboratory paid $63.5 million for allegedly providing illegal EHR system kickbacks to referring physicians in one of the ten largest FCA settlements of 2019) (during his tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney)
  • United States ex rel. Newman v. OPKO Health, Inc., 3:13-cv-0700 (M.D. Tenn.) (former CEO and laboratory paid $9.35 million to settle FCA allegations involving illegal EHR system kickbacks to referring physicians in first-of-its-kind settlement) (during his tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney)
  • United States v. Woody Medlock, Sr., et al., No. 10-cr-0004 (M.D. Tenn.) (member of trial team that obtained convictions of former owners of Murfreesboro Ambulance Service) (healthcare fraud convictions affirmed by 792 F.3d 700 (6th Cir. 2015)) (during his tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney)
  • United States ex rel. Meadows v. Mountain States Contractors, LLC, No. 3:12-cv-0523 (M.D. Tenn.) (construction company paid $2.25 million dollar to settle allegations of fraud involving a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)) (during his tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney)
  • United States ex rel. Gonzales v. J.W. Carell Enterprises et al., No. 12-cv-0389 (M.D. Tenn.) (home health company paid $25 million to settle FCA allegations) (during his tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney)
Education & Bar Admissions

Education

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

Bar Admissions

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

Recognition, Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Speaker, “Government Enforcement Trends in Health Information Technology,” TBA Health Law Forum, October 2022
  • Speaker, “False Claims Act Allegations & Resolutions Based on Statistical Sampling and Extrapolation,” AHLA Fraud & Compliance Forum, September 2022
  • Named to Tennessee Justice Center Pro Bono Hall of Fame, June 2022
  • Speaker on Fraud, Becker Private Equity & Business Podcast, May 2022
  • Speaker, Fraud and Abuse: Recent Developments Related to Electronic Health Records, AHLA’s Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 2022
  • Published in Law360, What FCA Bar Can Learn from District Court Hospice Ruling, April 2022
  • Co-Author, Compliance Today Magazine, Co-management agreement pitfalls and best practices: a case study, copyright 2022 Compliance Today Magazine, a publication of the Health Care Compliance Association, March 2022
  • Speaker, “Government Enforcement Trends in Healthcare and Procurement Fraud,” Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – Middle District of Tennessee, March 2022
  • Panelist, “Switchbacks at the DOJ: the Sessions, Brand, and Garland Memos,” The Federalist Society, March 2022
  • Published in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, Could everything be a kickback?, December 2021
  • Panelist, “False Claims Act Today – Middle Tennessee,” Federal Bar Association, November 2021
  • Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers in America 2022-Present (Health Care Law; Litigation-Health Care)
  • Named to 2021 Attorneys for Justice Pro Bono Honor Role by Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Nashville Bar Foundation’s Class of 2021 Fellows Program
  • Published in the 2021 Edition of Health Law Watch, chapter co-author, Fraud Enforcement in the Digital Arena— Electronic Health Records
  • Published in the August 2021 Edition of The Health Lawyer & ABA eSource, DOJ’s Agency Guidance Dance: A Tempest in a Teapot for Healthcare Fraud Cases?
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
  • Member, Health Care Compliance Association, February 2020-present
  • Member, American Health Law Association, May 2012-present
  • Member, American Bar Association, Appx. 2003-present

Civic Activities

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

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