Tim is chair of the firm’s white collar defense and internal investigations practice.  He brings his vast experience as a prosecutor and a defense lawyer to his diverse practice and helps clients manage crises of varying scope and complexity, conducts confidential internal investigations, and implements effective compliance programs.  He brings extensive trial experience to every engagement and litigates in courts across the country.  

Prior to joining Hunton & Williams LLP, Tim was the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, serving as the chief law enforcement officer responsible for prosecuting federal crime and defending the United States in civil litigation.

During his tenure as United States Attorney, Tim served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, advising the Attorney General on emerging policy issues, He has testified before Congressional committees several times on issues ranging from guns to synthetic drugs to sentencing reform.

Tim’s experience includes investigations and prosecutions in a broad range of subjects including national security, financial and health care fraud, public corruption, international and national organized crime, environmental crime, money laundering and civil rights. He also has significant experience in matters involving public institutions, state agencies, and colleges and universities.

Before serving as the US Attorney, Tim was a partner at an international law firm where he represented individuals and business entities in white collar criminal defense matters. From 1994 to 2006, Tim served as Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and the Western District of Virginia. Prior to law school, Tim served on the staff of then-Senator Joseph R. Biden.

Relevant Experience

False Claims Act

  • As United States Attorney, Tim negotiated resolution of landmark False Claims Act case alleging off-label promotion by major pharmaceutical manufacturer. The company pleaded guilty to misbranding, settled civil claims, paid over a billion dollars in criminal and civil fines and forfeitures, and agreed to significantly change its marketing and compliance practices.
  • Represented a government contractor in a False Claims Act investigation of bills submitted to the US military for shipping logistics services.
  •  Represented two state government agencies in an investigation involving interpretation of Medicaid reimbursement rules and referral of claimants to third party payors.  Successfully resolved a federal investigation of a state agency faced with allegations of bias in its quality assurance review procedures.
  • Represented government contractor in False Claims Act investigation  involving the provision of reinforced building materials for use in constructing nuclear facility.   

White Collar Crime

  • As United States Attorney, Tim reached a novel restitution and remediation agreement with a financial services company which resolved claims that the company mismanaged its administration of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The company agreed to pay a multimillion dollar settlement to current and former customers. The company was also required to establish a multimillion dollar prevention fund which will be distributed in grants to local housing organizations, helping those groups counsel distressed homeowners.
  • Represented a multinational manufacturing company in government investigation of airline crash involving defective airplane parts.
  • Represented major insurer in Department of Justice investigation of company’s investment in mortgage-backed securities.
  • Represented financial institution in investigation of theft of proprietary information by former employee, facilitating report to law enforcement.
  • Represented a provider of telecommunications company in state Attorney General consumer protection investigation of the company’s provision of insurance to cellular telephone customers.
  • Facilitated investigation and ultimate report to law enforcement of infringement of pharmaceutical company’s patent by a competitor.
  • Advised court-approved monitor evaluating compliance with a settlement agreement between a financial institution, the SEC and New York Attorney General involving “dark pool” trading practices.
  • Represented a Department of Defense contractor in congressional investigation involving use of private security during Iraq war.

Individual Representations

  • Represented CEO and CFO of multi-level marketing company in FTC investigation of its business practices.
  • Facilitated testimony of former medical education professional at pharmaceutical firm in ongoing federal investigation of kickbacks paid to high-prescribing doctors.
  • Represented legislative affairs professional  in OIG inquiry of agency head’s statements to Congress.
  • Prepared investment counselors for witness testimony in criminal trial of former client.
  • Represented unlicensed importer of foreign-made pharmaceutical products in criminal sentencing.
  • Represented several members of Congress, including a former House Majority Leader in ethics matters and parallel criminal investigations.
  • Successfully defended defense contractor accused of bribery in federal criminal trial.
  • Successfully defended small business owner in federal criminal trial involving importation of animal parts.

Colleges/Universities

  • Successfully represented university athlete in settlement of civil litigation brought by former teammate involving alleged hazing.
  • Represent two university athletes in federal civil lawsuit involving allegations of hazing brought by former teammate.
  • Collaborated with college professor and former professional athlete to present life skills program to student-athletes at two Virginia colleges.

Pro Bono Representation

  • Founded and chair the board of The Fountain Fund, a nonprofit organization providing low-interest loans to formerly incarcerated persons.
  • Successfully represented a Sudanese national in challenge to executive order suspending immigration from certain countries, resulting in client’s immigration and lawful permanent residency in the United States.

Memberships

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, The Fountain Fund, 2016-present
  • Vice Chairman, Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section Board of Governors, 2016-2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Former United States Attorneys, 2016-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia, 2015-present
  • Member, Virginians for Common Sense, Americans for Responsible Solutions, 2016-present
  • Member, Jefferson Scholars Selection Committee, University of Virginia, 2014-present
  • Member, Response Working Group, President’s Ad Hoc Group on University Climate and Culture, University of Virginia, 2014-2015
  • Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Fair Trial Project, 2008-2009
  • Member, Board of Directors, Charlottesville Police Foundation, 2006-2009
  • Member, Board of Directors, First Amendment Monument, Thomas Jefferson Center for Free Expression, 2006-2009
  • Member, Community Resource Advisory Group, University of Virginia, 2006-2009
  • Member, Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission on Children and Families, 2003-2006
  • Member, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, Political Leaders Program, 2005
  • Member, President’s Commission on Equity and Diversity, University of Virginia, 2003-2004

Awards & Recognition

  • Appointed Member, Governor McAuliffe’s Commission on Parole Review, 2015
  • Named among the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, National Law Journal, 2003

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