On October 16, 2009, the United States Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Timothy J. Heaphy as United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Since taking office, Heaphy has managed the prosecution of federal crimes and defense of claims against the United States in this diverse district. He has supervised and personally handled a broad array of criminal cases. He has ensured the recovery of millions of dollars in civil fines and penalties. Heaphy has also pioneered a novel program of community outreach within the Western District, through which he has enhanced the Department of Justice’s support of crime prevention and prisoner reentry programs.
Prior to being appointed United States Attorney, Heaphy’s career included 12 years of service (1994-2005) as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Western District of Virginia and the District of Columbia. During his time as an AUSA, Heaphy prosecuted a broad spectrum of criminal matters including, narcotics, weapons offenses, homicides, sexual offenses, white collar fraud cases and racketeering.
In 2002 and 2003, he was counsel for the United States in the longest-running criminal trial ever held in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia -- a RICO prosecution of a violent drug gang in which the defendants faced capital punishment. He also briefed and argued more than a dozen criminal appeals. After moving to Charlottesville, Va., he spent three years prosecuting environmental, national security, narcotics, violent crime, and public corruption crimes as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Virginia.
From 2006 through 2009, Heaphy was a partner at the law firm of McGuireWoods, LLP. While there, his practice involved the representation of individuals and business entities in white collar criminal defense matters. In addition to his criminal defense work, Heaphy represented corporations in complex commercial litigation. He applied his considerable trial experience to these criminal and civil matters, appearing in state and federal courts, and before administrative and regulatory agencies.
Heaphy is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia Law School. Upon graduation from law school in 1991, Heaphy served as a law clerk to The Honorable John A. Terry of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He subsequently spent two years as a litigation associate at the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, California.
In addition to practicing law, Heaphy has taught several classes as a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law. He has also lectured frequently at the U.S. Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center in Columbia, S.C.