Timothy D Belevetz

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Timothy D. Belevetz is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., and Tysons 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 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 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement matters. Before that, he served for five years at the SEC'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

  • Provided Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance counseling to a Danish energy company
  • Defended an attorney in a criminal money laundering prosecution
  • Defended the president of an aviation maintenance and repair company in a criminal FCPA case
  • Obtained a dismissal in a False Claims Act action against a major government contractor
  • Performed an assessment of the anti-corruption compliance program of a U.S.-based, multinational company in connection with an M&A transaction 
  • Represented a self-employed investor in an insider trading investigation in which the SEC declined to bring an enforcement action 
  • Conducted an internal investigation into potential revenue recognition issues at a publicly traded technology company
  • Represented the president of a government contractor in a procurement fraud and false statements investigation in which the Justice Department declined to prosecute
  • Defended a creditor in a proceeding brought by the debtor's equity committee in U.S. Bankruptcy Court alleging civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations
  • Provided 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
  • Represented a technology company owner in a clawback action brought by a receiver appointed in an SEC enforcement case

Honors & Awards

  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2015, 2016, 2018 
  • 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


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