Thomas E Stevens may be best known for his handling of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case against a US construction and engineering company accused of bribing Nigerian and Ecuadorian officials.
The company, Willbros Group, agreed in 2008 to pay a US$22 million fine in connection with bribes prosecutors said the firm made to Nigerian and Ecuadorian companies to secure oil and gas construction projects.
Stevens began his legal career as a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County in 1995, before going into private practice two years later at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, where he rose to counsel.
Stevens joined the Justice Department in 2004, serving as a trial attorney in the criminal division's fraud section. The prosecutor began to handle fraud cases as a San Francisco-based assistant US attorney in 2008.
In 2014, he was appointed as a judge in the Superior of Alameda County, California.
The judge received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, in 1988. The University of California, Berkeley, awarded him his law degree in 1993.