|United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia|
December 4, 2009 –January 1, 2015
|Preceded by||John L. Brownlee|
|Succeeded by||John P. Fishwick,Jr.|
|Born||1964 (age 58–59)|
|Education||University of Virginia (BA,JD)|
Timothy J. Heaphy (born 1964) is a white-collar criminal defense attorney,law professor and a former United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. He served as the lead investigator for the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
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.
After graduating from the University of Virginia 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.
Heaphy was a law clerk to Judge John A. Terry of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals before joining the law firm of Morrison &Foerster in San Francisco.
Following a two-year stint at Morrison &Foerster,Heaphy joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
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.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.
He left the U.S. Attorney's office in December 2014 to join Hunton &Williams.
In 2016,Heaphy founded a nonprofit organization that will provide low-interest loans to formerly incarcerated persons,The Fountain Fund.
In 2017,Heaphy authored a report,commissioned by the City of Charlottesville,on the city's handling of the August 2017 Unite the Right rally.
Heaphy served as an assistant Virginia attorney general and as counsel for the University of Virginia before taking a leave of absence from both positions in August 2021 after being appointed as chief investigative counsel for the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
In 2003, The National Law Journal named Heaphy one of its 40 Important Lawyers Under 40.
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