Thomas Fraysse


Thomas E. Fraysse


Walnut Creek

Los Angeles

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Thomas Fraysse represents victims of fraudulent practices and schemes in actions based on common law fraud, California’s Insurance Frauds Prevention Act, qui tam or whistleblower cases, and state and federal False Claims Acts. His cases have involved a broad spectrum of defendants, including doctors, chiropractors, corporate officers and directors, lawyers, hospitals, clinics, management companies, medical device manufacturers, distributors, pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies, and automotive repair shops, among others. His favorite quote on fraud comes from a California Supreme Court case, which, ironically, did not involve fraud: “When profit is involved, the ingenuity of man spawns limitless varieties of unfairness.”

He files lawsuits for insurance companies and union health and welfare trusts against those engaging in fraudulent activities, including:

  • Healthcare providers billing for treatment or services that were not rendered
  • Doctors and lawyers paying cappers, runners or steerers for the referral of patients or clients
  • Persons falsifying medical records
  • Healthcare providers improperly using billing codes to falsely increase revenue
  • Persons making false, fraudulent or misleading insurance claims
  • Persons illegally owning, operating and controlling professional practices, such as medical facilities, clinics and law offices
  • Healthcare providers, lawyers or others paying monetary kickbacks for the referral of patients or clients
  • Healthcare providers rendering unnecessary medical services or diagnostic procedures
  • Physicians prescribing unnecessary drugs, including compounded drugs
  • Physicians engaging in prohibited self-referral

Representing clients in high exposure and complex civil litigation cases in the areas of fraud, unfair business practices, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and mass tort, Tom’s clients range from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. He believes in the concept of justice for all and strives to ensure that everyone has access to our court system.

With more than three decades of trial experience, Tom maximizes recovery for clients through pragmatic and strategically planned litigation. He enjoys trying civil cases before juries and firmly believes that our imperiled  jury system is essential to the concept of justice for all.

Tom has litigated more than 2,000 matters, represented parties and witnesses in more than 100 trials, and has handled hundreds of arbitrations and mediations. His experience and skill in trying cases has resulted in successful outcomes. Judge Ernest H. Goldsmith of the San Francisco Superior Court observed in a written decision and order on a post-trial motion, “Mr. Fraysse has extensive experience and expertise in insurance law and bad faith litigation” and “has demonstrated the highest level of professional skill.”

While he focuses on healthcare fraud, Tom has successfully handled numerous catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims and actions, actions based on injury or death due to exposure to asbestos-containing products, and product liability, negligence, premises liability and dangerous condition of public property cases. In addition, he represents totally disabled individuals in insurance bad faith cases against disability insurers for wrongfully withholding payment of insurance benefits.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1978

Honors and Awards

  • AV® rating with Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the Super Lawyers list in Northern California (2005-present)
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  • Associate Member, ABOTA

Community Involvement

  • Tom believes in taking matters pro bono for individuals who have little or no ability to access the legal system.