Tim Heaphy

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Timothy J. Heaphy
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United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia
In office
December 2009 – January 1, 2015
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by John L. Brownlee
Succeeded by Anthony P. Giorno
Personal details
Born 1964 (age 52–53)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater University of Virginia (B.A.)
University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)

Tim Heaphy (born 1964) is a white-collar criminal defense attorney, law professor and a former United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.

Education and early career[edit]

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, the daughter of Eric Shinseki.[1]

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.[2]

After a judicial clerkship with District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge John A. Terry, Heaphy joined the law firm of Morrison Foerster in San Francisco.[3]

Federal career[edit]

Following a two-year stint at Morrison & Foerster, Heaphy joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. [3]

In 2003, Heaphy joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in The Western District of Virginia based in Charlottesville, Virginia. After three years, Heaphy returned to private practice, serving as a partner with the law firm of McGuireWoods.[4] In 2009, Heaphy was nominated by President Barack Obama and became the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia on December 11, 2009.[3][5]

Return to private practice[edit]

He left the U.S. Attorney's office in December 2014 to join Hunton & Williams.[5]

In 2016, Heaphy founded a nonprofit organization which will provide low interest loans to formerly incarcerated persons - The Fountain Fund. Heaphy assembled a Board of Directors, pursued tax-exempt status, and raised capital to establish this new organization. The Fountain Fund aims to identify formerly incarcerated people with actual or viable job prospects, provide them with low-interest loans to be used to repay court-imposed debt, purchase job-related clothing or equipment, or start small businesses. The Fund will also provide peer support and basic financial literacy training to loan recipients. The Fund operates in Charlottesville, Virginia and aims to expand to other locations in the future. www.fountainfund.org.


In 2003, The National Law Journal named Heaphy one of its 40 Important Lawyers Under 40.[6]


  1. ^ Bell, William Gardner (1981). Quarters One: The United States Army Chief of Staff’s Residence (PDF). p. 31. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Timothy J. Heaphy". Hunton & Williams LLP. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Timothy J. Heaphy, Western District of Virginia". U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Graham, Lerone (31 July 2009). "Richmond lawyer Timothy Heaphy tapped for U.S. attorney post". Roanoke Times. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Vozzella, Laura (November 25, 2014). "Timothy Heaphy, U.S. Attorney in Virginia, steps down". Washington Post. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ 40 Under 40: A Look at Some of the Most Important Young Litigators in America. The National Law Journal July 29, 2002.


  • 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.

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