Overview

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 and solving problems born of digital-era innovations such as distributed ledger technologies and cryptocurrencies.

Emerging technologies: Mr. Balthazor uses his background in computer science and as a military intelligence officer to trace stolen or misappropriated digital assets and cryptocurrencies. He works with third parties around the world – including law enforcement and cryptocurrency exchanges – to investigate, freeze and recover assets. He has also developed first-of-their-kind cryptocurrency claim and distribution systems for victims of 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.

Complex commercial litigation: Mr. Balthazor specializes in disputes involving multiple jurisdictions, inscrutable business entities, and obscure financial transactions or evidentiary trails. His experience includes claims for fraud, breach of contract, promissory estoppel, statutory violations, commercial torts, product liability, breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference, as well as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) disputes.

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.

Mr. Balthazor represents, pro bono, offenders sentenced to life – with a possibility of parole – for crimes committed while they were juveniles, ensuring they receive a meaningful opportunity for release based on maturity and rehabilitation. He also volunteers as a mentor to pre-law and law students and works with high school students as part of the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) Teen Discourse and Decisions program.

Credentials

Education
  • Florida International University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, B.S., Computer Science
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Memberships
  • 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, Florida International University Chapter President, 2018–2019
  • Dade County Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2021
  • 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
Spoken Languages
  • English

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