Theresa Van Vliet


100 Southeast Second Street, 44th Floor
Miami, Florida 33131

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Theresa Van Vliet concentrates her practice on white collar and securities litigation as well as civil and compliance matters, including international fraud and money laundering, Ponzi schemes, health care, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and general fraud offenses; USA Patriot Act of 2001 and Bank Secrecy Act and negotiations with federal law enforcement entities.

She has extensive trial experience in both the defense and prosecution of federal criminal, white collar, securities and complex commercial litigation including those involving trustees and other fiduciaries. For instance, she successfully defended a business owner charged with several federal felonies resulting in a fine and no period of incarceration and won dismissal of all charges against a foreign national extradited from her home country.

During her tenure with the U.S. Department of Justice, Theresa served as the chief of narcotics and senior litigation counsel, where she successfully tried more than 40 federal jury trials including a 14-month Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) trial that resulted in convictions for all defendants. She also oversaw national and international drug and drug money laundering policy, investigations and prosecutions, and dealt with national security classified information. She also served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.

Theresa was recognized for her outstanding performance by Attorney General Janet Reno and selected to assist on a special project involving terrorism. Additionally, she spearheaded an international investigation and prosecution of the highest echelons of Colombian-based money launderers and drug traffickers and received the Distinguished Service Medal for her work from the government of Colombia. She received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and the Drug Enforcement Administrator's Award for Exceptional Service.

Theresa is an active member of the American Bar Association and is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, where she has served as a member of the Thomas A. Mesereau Cup Selection Committee, The Trial Law Institute, and the Diversity Law Institute. Theresa also qualifies as a Barrister in the Order of Justitia. She is a frequent lecturer on anti-money laundering compliance matters, has published an analysis of the USA Patriot Act of 2001 and its anti-money laundering provisions and has recently co-authored an article in the Champion, NACDL’s monthly magazine, regarding compassionate release under the First Step and CARES Acts. 

Theresa is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Districts of Delaware and Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. She received her juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University Law School and her bachelor of arts from Trinity College.



  • Federal Controlled Substances
  • Financial Fraud
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • International Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • White Collar Litigation


  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Delaware


  • Nova Southeastern Law University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • Trinity College
    • B.A. - 1979


  • English