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Timothy Belevetz

Holland & Knight LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Related Practices:  Litigation and Dispute Resolution, White Collar Defense and Investigations, Securities Litigation, Financial Investigations, Financial Services, Compliance Services, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Healthcare Fraud and Abuse, Risk and Crisis Management, Broker-Dealer Regulation and Compliance


Timothy D. Belevetz is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia offices. A former federal prosecutor and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) attorney, he practices in the area of white-collar criminal defense, SEC enforcement, compliance and internal investigations. Mr. Belevetz represents companies and individuals in a range of government investigations and enforcement actions. He also conducts internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) along with other potential corporate misconduct and provides compliance counseling to companies designed to help prevent the need for such investigations. He is a member of the firm's National White Collar Defense and Investigations and Securities Litigation teams.

During his 12 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Belevetz served both in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and at the Tax Division, where he prosecuted a wide array of white collar offenses against both individuals and entities. During his eight years at the

U.S. Attorney's Office, where he most recently served as chief of the Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Unit, he prosecuted and investigated a range of complex financial crimes. As a trial attorney in the Tax Division's Criminal Enforcement Section, Mr. Belevetz led the prosecution of federal tax offenses. He has extensive trial experience, having served as counsel in numerous federal trials involving securities and corporate fraud, tax offenses, health care fraud, fraudulent investment schemes, money laundering, bank fraud, identity theft, and arson, among others. In addition, he has prosecuted other white-collar matters such as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, theft of trade secrets, and campaign finance offenses.

While at the Justice Department, Mr. Belevetz held a top secret security clearance.

Mr. Belevetz has extensive securities litigation experience. Prior to his tenure at the Justice Department, he spent two years at a leading national law firm defending civil securities fraud actions and representing clients in SEC enforcement matters. Before that, he served for five years at the

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, where he investigated and prosecuted federal securities law violations, including complex financial fraud, insider trader, accounting violations, unregistered securities offerings, and broker-dealer violations.

  • Recent Representative Engagements
  • Provides Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance counseling to a multinational infrastructure engineering and construction company
  • Led an internal investigation related to potential FCPA violations by the Latin American affiliate of a U.S. software company
  • Conducted an internal investigation into possible FCPA offenses as part of the due diligence relating to the sale of a multinational corporation's Latin American subsidiary
  • Conducted an internal investigation into potential FCPA risk exposure relating to an international defense procurement bid
  • Led a team appointed by a U.S. District Court to perform pretrial services as a special master in a criminal healthcare fraud case
  • Represented a technology company owner in a clawback action brought by a receiver appointed in an SEC enforcement case


U.S. Department of Justice Experience

  •  Prosecuted four defendants in a 16-week jury trial involving allegations of securities fraud, accounting fraud, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
  • Obtained a conviction against the former chairman and CEO of a publicly traded company in a trial involving securities fraud allegations.  United States v. Johnson, 553 F. Supp. 2d 582 (E.D.Va. 2008), aff’d, 387 Fed.Appx. 402 (4th Cir. 2010).
  • Tried numerous criminal cases to jury verdicts, including obtaining convictions of individuals charged with healthcare fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
  • Briefed and won an argument in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the constitutionality of a federal statute prohibiting the production of false identification documents. United States. v. Jaensch, 665 F.3d 83 (4th Cir. 2011).
  • Led a grand jury investigation that produced charges against a major South Korean corporation and five of its executives for conspiracy to steal trade secrets from a U.S. Fortune 100 company.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement and Securities Litigation Experience

  • Obtained a preliminary injunction freezing the principal investment and profits of securities transactions in an insider trading case with overseas traders. SEC v. Heden, 51 F. Supp. 2d 296 (S.D.N.Y. 1999).
  • Obtained dismissal of an investor class action alleging securities fraud by a publicly traded real estate investment trust and its officers and directors. In re Humphrey Hospitality Trust, Inc.
  • Securities Litigation, 219 F. Supp. 2d 675 (D. Md. 2002).

Honors & Awards

  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2015, 2016
  • Outstanding Attorney Award, U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, 2004 Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Law Enforcement from:
    • Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation
    • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    • Central Intelligence Agency, Office of the Inspector General
    • Virginia Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
    • Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts


  •  Supreme Court Clarifies Insider Trading, Holland & Knight Alert, December 8, 2016 What is Political Intelligence?, Holland & Knight Political Law Blog, June 20, 2016
  • DOJ Announces Pilot Program to Standardize Cooperation Credit in FCPA Cases, Holland & Knight Alert, April 8, 2016
  • Corporate Compliance Answer Book, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Chapter, Practising Law Institute, 2016 Edition
  • DOJ Appoints Compliance Counsel to Provide Advice in FCPA Investigations, Holland & Knight Alert, August 11, 2015
  • A Warning on Doing Business in Cuba, CNBC, July 30, 2015
  • Major Changes Coming To Sentencing Guidelines For Fraud, Law360, April 21, 2015
  • U.S. Sentencing Commission Approves Major Changes to Fraud Guidelines, Holland & Knight Alert, April 16, 2015
  • DOJ Criminal Division Renews Efforts to Investigate Whistleblower Allegations, Financial Fraud Law Report, February 2015
  • 2015 May Be 'Year Of The Individual' At DOJ, Law360, December 17, 2014
  • Much More Pressure On Banks Under DOJ Operation Choke Point, Law360, June 24, 2014
  • The Risks and Rewards of Corporate Disclosure on the Internet, Journal of Internet Law, No. 4, 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • FCPA and Corruption in Colombia: Challenges and Future, Bogotá, Colombia, October 19, 2016
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Compliance, Mexico City, Mexico, September 27, 2016
  • Global Risk & Investigations, Financial Services IT – Avoidance of Risks Conference, Practicing Law Institute, New York, May 17, 2016
  • Disclosure Requirements and Issues that Drive Investigations, Holland & Knight Program, April 5, 2016
  • Internal Investigations 101, Holland & Knight Program, November 10, 2015
  • Creating an Anti-Fraud Culture in Your Organization, Global Compliance & Risk Management Conference, Global Outsourcing Association of Lawyers, Washington, D.C., November 13, 2014
  • Risks of Parallel Prosecutions, American Health Lawyers Association Annual Conference, NewOrleans, LA, February 6, 2014
  • Making an Effective Sentencing Argument, Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court, Washington, D.C., October 17, 2013
  • Use of Financial Records in Fraud Investigations, Financial Crimes Seminar, Davao, Philippines, June 27, 2013
  • Organized Fraud Rings: Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Response, Federal/Mid-Atlantic Insurance Fraud Summit, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Arlington, VA, October 11, 2011
  • Sentencing Considerations for Prosecutors, U.S. Sentencing Commission Annual Seminar, NewOrleans, LA, June 19, 2009


  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
  • Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni


  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Securities Regulation
  • William & Mary Law School, J.D.
  • Amherst College, B.A., cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Timothy Belevetz is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Financial Services Technology - Global Risk and Investigations - Financial Services Technology 2017: Avoidance of Risk, Monday, May 08, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Financial Services Technology - Global Risk and Investigations - Financial Services Technology - Global Risk and Investigations, Monday, May 08, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Financial Services Technology - Global Risk and Investigations - Financial Services Technology - Global Risk and Investigations, Monday, May 08, 2017
Answer Book Chapters  Answer Book Chapters Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Corporate Compliance Answer Book (2018 Edition), Friday, September 22, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Financial Services Technology 2018: Avoidance of Risk, Monday, April 30, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Financial Services Technology 2018: Avoidance of Risk, Monday, April 30, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Financial Services Technology 2018: Avoidance of Risk, Monday, April 30, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Financial Services Technology 2018: Avoidance of Risk, Monday, April 30, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Financial Services Technology 2018: Avoidance of Risk, Monday, April 30, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ

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