Kamal Ghali is a partner at Bondurant and a top-ranked trial lawyer recognized in the 2022 edition of “Best Lawyers in America” and “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” He is described in Chambers as an “excellent trial lawyer” with a “fantastic ability to explain complex legal and technology-related topics“ and as having a “particular expertise in matters concerning cybercrime.” He represents clients facing high-stakes business disputes involving racketeering (RICO) and fraud allegations, government investigations and white-collar criminal matters, and a range of cybersecurity issues.
Before returning to Bondurant, he served as a U.S. Department of Justice white-collar and cybercrime prosecutor for over six years, including as a deputy chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta. He won numerous commendations including from the FBI Director, the Deputy Attorney General, the head of DOJ Tax, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta. He is the recipient of a DOJ Director’s Award for superior performance in co-prosecuting the promoters and developers of SpyEye, a notorious malware that inflicted nearly a billion dollars in losses around the world. He previously served as a judicial law clerk to U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. (NDGA) and U.S. Circuit Judge Frank M. Hull (CA11). He leads Bondurant’s White-Collar Criminal Defense and Cyber & Digital Litigation practices and serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.
White-Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations
Chambers has recognized Mr. Ghali for his “impressive white collar criminal defense practice.” He has successfully resolved numerous criminal investigations—including complex securities fraud, healthcare fraud, Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, bribery, public corruption, environmental crime, and cryptocurrency fraud investigations—without the filing of any criminal charges against his clients. He has represented clients in connection with interviews, grand jury subpoenas, and other records requests involving numerous federal and state agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, IRS Criminal Investigations, the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Defense, state attorneys general, and several components of the U.S. Department of Justice including the fraud section, the national security division, and the environmental and natural resources division.
He has successfully represented clients charged with white-collar crimes and has particular experience challenging email and social media search warrants. He is one of the only attorneys in the United States to have won a motion to suppress the results of a social media search warrant and obtained a court order barring the Department of Justice from using the evidence under the “good faith” exception in United States v. Leon.
Complex Civil, RICO, and Business Fraud Matters
Mr. Ghali has extensive experience litigating fraud allegations, federal and state RICO claims, business ownership disputes involving minority shareholders, the appointments of receivers and auditors, and other contentious fights for corporate control. He has been quoted by major media publications—including Reuters, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Law360, and others—on a variety of litigation topics including the False Claims Act, federal RICO claims, public corruption investigations, cybercrime, and complex business litigation.
Cyber, Digital, and Cryptocurrency Litigation
Mr. Ghali is an authority on cybercrime and data security matters and is frequently invited to lecture on legal issues involving cryptocurrency transactions. He has successfully represented clients facing cybersecurity events such as ransomware attacks and data breaches, digital thefts including cryptocurrency fraud, and civil litigation involving privacy claims. As the former lead cybercrime prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Mr. Ghali has led cases involving over 100 data breaches, state-sponsored cyber intrusions, intellectual property thefts, cryptocurrency fraud and money laundering, ransomware attacks including the attack on the City of Atlanta, business email compromises, dark web markets, and successful prosecutions against international targets of cybercrime investigations including defendants from Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Algeria, and others.
Mr. Ghali has particular experience representing technology companies, including digital advertising firms, data analytics companies, and online media platforms in cases alleging fraud, RICO claims, breach of contract, and antitrust violations. He has advised clients on disputes involving technology vendors, software applications, unauthorized digital access to corporate networks, and cryptocurrency fraud.
Corporate Asset Recovery and Crime Victim Representation
Mr. Ghali represents corporate clients, executives, and organizations victimized by criminal conduct including by fraud, theft, embezzlement, and cybercrime. He has deep experience with targeted referrals to law enforcement, including to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, and he advises clients on ways to potentially recover stolen funds and assets via the restitution or forfeiture processes.
- White-Collar Defense & Government Investigations Experience
- Representative RICO and Business Litigation Experience
- Cyber & Digital Litigation Experience
- Trial Experience
- Press Coverage
- Speaking Engagements
“excellent trial lawyer”
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. 2018 - 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
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- 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