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 and Litigation. 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 provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the CARES Act, including emergency leave provisions and the Paycheck Protection Program enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 earned his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center, 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 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. Chris is also a member of the American Health Law Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, and the American Bar Association.

Active in the community, Chris is the Past 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 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.

Selected Experience
  • 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


  • 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
Recognition, Speaking Engagements & Publications

Recognition, Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers in America 2022 (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?
  • Panelist, Hot Topics in Health Care Law, Nashville Bar Association, November 2020
  • Panelist, Hot Topics in Fraud and Abuse, Tennessee Bar Association 32nd Annual Health Law Forum, October 2020
  • Panelist, Fraud Enforcement in the Digital Arena: Trends and Considerations for EHR, AHLA Fraud and Compliance Forum, September 2020
  • Speaker, Their Business is Your Business: Healthcare Enforcement Trends Affecting You and Your Facilities, Tennessee Ambulance Services Association (TASA) Virtual Compliance Conference, September 2020
  • Speaker, A Punch List for Construction – of Statutes and Contracts, TBA Federal Practice Section’s Annual CLE, September 2020
  • Presenter, Civil Fraud Enforcement in America’s Healthcare Capital, Economic Club of Nashville, August 2020
  • Published in the August 14, 2020 issue of the American Health Law Association’s Health Law Weekly, Federal Magistrate Judge Grants Government Late Intervention in Health Care Fraud Case
  • Published on the July 12, 2020 Nashville Medical News Blog, Telehealth is Here to Stay
  • Published in the July 2020 issue of Compliance Today Magazine, EHRs are a DOJ priority: Recent cases may explain why, Copyright 2020 Compliance Today, a publication of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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

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