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|Timothy J. Heaphy|
|United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia|
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||John L. Brownlee|
New Haven, Connecticut
|Alma mater||University of Virginia (B.A.)
University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)
Education and Early Career
Heaphy was raised in a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C. He attended college at The University of Virginia where he played football. He is married to Lori Shinseki, daughter of General Eric Shinseki.
Graduating from UVA in 1986, Heaphy taught at a private school for a year and then joined the staff of Senator Joe Biden (D-Del.) He returned to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1988 to attend law school, graduating in 1991.
As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Organized Crime and Narcotics Section, Heaphy supervised an investigation conducted by an FBI "Safe Streets" task force that resulted in a 158-count indictment charging 17 defendants with multiple murders and drug-trafficking violations. He also convicted the Capitol Hill Slasher. As of late 2002, he had prosecuted 55 cases and lost only 3. In 2003, The National Law Journal named Heaphy a Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.
In 2003, Heaphy joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in The Western District of Virginia based in Charlottesville, Virginia. He successfully prosecuted Brent Simmons, who had been serving 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the grisly deaths of two James Madison University students in Harrisonburg, Virginia on October 12, 1996. After public outcry over the leniency of Simmons’s sentence and the discovery of new evidence clearly implicating Simmons in the murders, prosecutors indicted Simmons for federal weapons and stalking charges. Simmons was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with no chance of parole.
Heaphy joined McGuireWoods, LLP, a prominent Richmond-based law firm in 2006, as a partner in the firm's commercial litigation department. He focused on white collar defense and government investigations, counting former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R) among of his clients. During this time, Heaphy also taught course in trial advocacy and a federal criminal practice seminar at the University of Virginia School of Law.
On July 31, 2009 Heaphy was nominated by President Barack Obama to become U.S. attorney for Virginia's western district. Heaphy was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia on December 11, 2009.
In 2003, The National Law Journal named Heaphy one of its 40 Important Lawyers Under 40.
- 40 Under 40: A Look at Some of the Most Important Young Litigators in America. The National Law Journal July 29, 2002.
- Lawyer nominated for western district U.S. Attorney
- Movers. The National Law Journal February 6, 2006
- Jen McCaffrey, Federal Jury Spares Convicted Killer’s Life in Double-Murder Case, The Roanoke Times, February 18, 2005.
- Jim Keary. "'Slasher' is sentenced; Robber terrorized residents on Hill", The Washington Times, December 17, 1997.