PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
Elizabeth Tonkin
Office of US Atty
800 Market St Ste 211
Knoxville, TN 37902
Work Phone: (865)225-1654
Fax Phone: (865)545-4792
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Elizabeth Smoot Tonkin is a member of both the Tennessee and Florida Bars and has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Tennessee since 1997.  As Affirmative Civil Enforcement/Civil Health Care Fraud Coordinator and Senior Litigation Counsel, her primary responsibilities include oversight of investigation and prosecution of civil claims under the False Claims Act, with emphasis on health care and procurement and contract fraud involving government programs.  During her oversight of the ACE program, it has grown from one attorney and one paralegal to four attorneys and three paralegals.  Ms. Tonkin was awarded the Inspector General Integrity Award, U.S. Department of Health & Human Service Office of Inspector General, in 2006 and 2012. In 2009, she received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the Executive Office of United States Attorneys.  Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, she was in private practice in Knoxville handling matters involving investigation and prosecution of civil claims for fraud as well as commercial, banking, energy,  and general contract law with emphasis on litigation and dispute resolution and certified as a mediator in 1995.


Additional Information

TBA Membership Status: Member : 2014 - 2015
Legal Education: Stetson Univ College of Law
Year Licensed: 1978
Year Licensed in Tennessee: 1983
Other Licenses: FL 1978
Section Membership(s): Federal Practice Section, Health Law Section, TBA Members
Practice Areas/Areas of Interest: Government, Health & Hospital Law, Litigation - General Civil Practice, Litigation - Commercial