Kamal Ghali is an experienced trial and investigations lawyer, a former U.S. Department of Justice cybercrime and white-collar crime prosecutor, and he leads the firm’s Cybersecurity & Privacy and White Collar Criminal Defense practices. He focuses on cybersecurity, government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and related complex litigation.
As a federal prosecutor and a Deputy Chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he investigated global cyber threats, state-sponsored cyber intrusions, cases involving over 100 data breaches, and he led high-profile prosecutions of significant international cyber-criminals. He also tried complex multi-defendant, corporate fraud and bribery cases to juries, including a five-week trial against corporate executives charged with orchestrating a fraud involving over $600 million in currency sales.
He returned to Bondurant after serving as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice for over six years, as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in Atlanta, Deputy Chief of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crime Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the law enforcement point of contact for all cyber events impacting the Northern District of Georgia, and an AUSA in the Economic Crimes Section as well as the Narcotics and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).
He has extensive experience in a broad array of federal enforcement actions, including cross-border criminal investigations in Asia and Europe, parallel criminal and civil investigations, False Claims Act litigation, complex business litigation, as well as investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and multiple DOJ components, on matters ranging from health care fraud and insider trading to corporate bribery and sophisticated cyber-attacks against healthcare providers.
He is the recipient of a DOJ Director’s Award from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for superior performance in co-prosecuting the promoters and developers of SpyEye, a pernicious malware that inflicted nearly a billion dollars in losses around the world. He has also received the United States Attorney Award (public corruption prosecution of a sitting member of the Georgia General Assembly) and a commendation from the FBI Director for "demonstrated excellence" in a complex securities fraud and market manipulation jury trial involving a Title III wiretap.
Cyber Investigations and Data Breach Response
As a federal prosecutor and founding member of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Cyber Unit, he worked closely with the FBI and Secret Service on international criminal investigations involving over 100 corporate and governmental data breaches, including state-sponsored cyber intrusions, proprietary data theft, attacks on energy companies and defense contractors, attacks in the payment processing environment, election database attacks, ransomware variants, business email compromises, and some of the largest breaches in U.S. history including the successful prosecution of a crew responsible for the theft of 45.5 million payroll and debit card numbers. He has prosecuted a number of complex and high-profile international cyber cases involving numerous targets from Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Algeria, Iran, Nigeria, the U.K., and others. As a DOJ cybercrime coordinator, he regularly trained prosecutors and law enforcement agents on cutting-edge electronic surveillance techniques, worked closely with the DOJ National Security Division and Computer Crime Section, and conducted sensitive national security investigations.
He draws on his background to advise clients on data security and privacy issues, develop cyber incident response plans, respond to data breaches and other cyber events, represent clients facing government investigations and breach notification obligations, and manage the wide spectrum of complex litigation that follows cyber incidents and data thefts.
White Collar Investigations and Jury Trials
He has successfully tried several high-profile and complex fraud cases before juries, including cases alleging corporate bribery schemes, financial institutions fraud, market manipulation, securities and investment fraud, mail and wire fraud, and money laundering. He first-chaired a federal bribery trial against three corporate executives charged with bribing a public official in exchange for multi-million dollar service contracts; he obtained fraud convictions after a five-week jury trial against three corporate executives who operated a money services business that generated over $600 million dollars in currency sales; and he tried a multi-week market manipulation and securities fraud case developed from a Title III wiretap investigation.
As a prosecutor, he successfully led money laundering investigations into overseas digital currency exchangers; investigated state-sponsored corporate espionage and trade secret thefts; co-prosecuted one of the largest criminal copyright and cyber-piracy cases in DOJ history; and investigated healthcare fraud, drug prescription fraud, investment fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement, accounting fraud, military contractor fraud, tax crimes, and other financial crimes.
He has extensive experience in hotly contested business litigation matters. He has successfully litigated RICO, Lanham Act, unfair competition, breach of contract, trade secret theft, fraud, and various privacy-related civil claims in federal courts. He was also part of a trial team that represented a major airlines carrier in a billion dollar breach of contract dispute before the International Center for Dispute Resolution. He has particular experience with obtaining temporary restraining orders and injunctions involving the loss of sensitive data.
- January 7, 2019
- April 18, 2011Fulton County Daily Report
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2006, magna cum laude
- Order of the Coif
- Note Editor, Michigan Law Review
Emory University, B.A, 2001, magna cum laude
- President, Alben W. Barkley Forum
- Ranked Best College Debate Team of the Decade, 1999-2009
Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, Nov. 2012-Dec. 2018
Deputy Chief, Cyber and Intellectual Property Crime Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jan. - Dec. 2018
Law Clerk, Judge Frank M. Hull, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2008-2009
Law Clerk, Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr., U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2006-2008
- State Bar of Georgia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- Georgia Court of Appeals