Andrew W. Balthazor is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office and a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Mr. Balthazor's practice focuses on high-stakes complex commercial litigation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) disputes and solving problems born of emerging technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Complex commercial litigation: Mr. Balthazor represents the interests of corporations and business stakeholders in Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. His experience includes claims for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, statutory violations, commercial torts, product liability, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and fraud. Mr. Balthazor handles disputes for his clients in federal and state courts or through arbitration.
M&A disputes: Mr. Balthazor is involved in post-closing disputes arising from domestic and international transactions. On behalf of representations and warranties (R&W) underwriters, Mr. Balthazor investigates claims of loss and resolves subsequent disputes.
Emerging technologies: Mr. Balthazor uses his background in computer science and as a military intelligence officer to create systems to trace stolen or misappropriated virtual assets and cryptocurrencies. He works with third parties around the world – including law enforcement and cryptocurrency exchanges – to investigate, freeze and recover assets. He is knowledgeable in developing cryptocurrency claim and distribution systems for clients victimized by virtual Ponzi schemes and initial coin offering (ICO) securities frauds. As a 2018 summer associate, Mr. Balthazor worked on a case using blockchain and financial records to locate and freeze $1 million in stolen cryptocurrency held in Hong Kong.
Mr. Balthazor served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Cecilia Altonaga of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. During law school, Mr. Balthazor worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, as well as the Honorable Jose Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Prior to law school, Mr. Balthazor served as a military intelligence officer with the U.S. Army from 1999 to 2004 and was deployed to Baghdad during the initial year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is an active participant in the firm's Veterans Group and assists veterans with pro bono disability claims. He also volunteers as a mentor to pre-law and law students.
- Florida International University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
- United States Military Academy, West Point, B.S., Computer Science
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- West Point Society of Miami, Vice President, 2020–Present
- West Point Association of Graduates
- American Bar Association, Litigation Section
- American Bar Association, International Litigation & Dispute Resolution Committee
- American Bar Association, Business Law Section
- American Bar Association, Cyberspace Law Committee
- The Florida Bar, Business Law Section
- The Florida Bar, International Law Section
- Federal Bar Association, FIU Chapter President, 2018–2019
- Dade County Bar Association
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Federal Civil Procedure, Florida International University College of Law
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Legal Skills and Values (LSV I, LSV II, LSV III), Florida International University College of Law
- Dean's List, United States Military Academy, West Point, 1998-1999