Timothy J. Heaphy (Clas ’86, Law ‘91) currently serves as University Counsel and Senior Assistant Attorney General at the University of Virginia.
As University Counsel, Mr. Heaphy advises the University President, senior staff, members of the Board of Visitors and the University of Virginia Health System on a wide array of legal issues, including academic and student affairs, finance, real estate, employment, data security, and crisis management. Mr. Heaphy is responsible for a managing the University’s litigation, facilitating its diverse business transactions, and ensuring regulatory compliance. He also provides strategic advice and counsel to University leadership to anticipate potential problems and address actual ones. Mr. Heaphy supervises the attorneys in the Office of University Counsel, managing workflow and monitoring attorney work product.
Prior to joining the University Counsel’s office, Mr. Heaphy was a partner at the international law firm of Hunton Andrews Kurth, where he chaired the firm’s White Collar Defense practice group. In that capacity, he represented clients in criminal and regulatory matters, conducted internal investigations, and provided compliance counseling to individual and corporate clients. From 2009 through 2015, Mr. Heaphy served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, a position for which he was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. As United States Attorney, Mr. Heaphy was the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Western District of Virginia, responsible for prosecuting federal crimes and defending the United States in civil actions. Mr. Heaphy previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC and Charlottesville, Virginia and prosecuted criminal cases involving violence, illegal drugs, financial fraud, public corruption, civil rights, and environmental crimes.
Practice Areas: Governance/Board of Visitors, University leadership/management team, Critical Incident Management (CIMT), Communications/public affairs, Legislative review/Management Agreement, and Constitutional issues including Time, place, and manner policy, First Amendment, and Equal protection