Kamal Ghali represents clients in criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions; federal criminal prosecutions; and complex civil litigation involving fraud, racketeering (RICO), cryptocurrencies, and data security. He is a former U.S. Department of Justice white-collar and cybercrime prosecutor, a former deputy chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, and he leads Bondurant’s White-Collar Criminal Defense and Cyber & Digital Litigation practices.
U.S. Department of Justice Investigations: He has successfully represented companies and corporate executives in criminal and civil investigations involving the U.S. DOJ and other agencies including the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigations, DEA, HHS-OIG, DOL, SBA, Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, EPA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Secret Service, multiple U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country, DOJ Tax, the Georgia Attorney General, and numerous state attorneys general and departments of insurance. These investigations typically involve allegations of bribery and kickbacks, healthcare fraud, medical billing fraud, tax crimes, securities fraud, market manipulation, accounting fraud, mail and wire fraud, cryptocurrency fraud, consumer deception, Paycheck Protection Program fraud, and money laundering. His clients have ranged from private equity firms, law firms, healthcare companies, retailers, and developers, to corporate executives and individuals. He has effectively obtained non-public resolutions on behalf of clients without the filing of any criminal charges, negative publicity, or business interruption.
Securities and Exchange Commission: As a federal prosecutor, he regularly coordinated with the SEC on a number of matters involving securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, cybercrime, and investor fraud, including on a three-week jury trial of two executives charged with perpetrating a “pump and dump” scheme with a publicly traded healthcare company. The trial was the first securities fraud trial in the Northern District of Georgia involving a Title III wiretap. He has successfully represented clients facing parallel investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC and DOJ.
RICO Civil Litigation and Representing Crime Victims: He has represented corporate plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases involving allegations of criminal misconduct, including violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. He recently obtained the dismissal of three corporate entities facing five different RICO suits (including allegations of bankruptcy fraud and money laundering), and he currently represents a plaintiff defrauded by the promoters of a fraudulent cryptocurrency. He draws on his background as a former organized crime and white-collar crime prosecutor to effectively use civil RICO statutes to represent clients victimized by a pattern of criminal conduct.
Cyber Litigation and Cybersecurity Counseling: He has advised companies on fast-breaking data security events, compliance with reporting statutes and regulatory requirements, cyber-insurance coverage issues, incident response plans, table-top exercises, law enforcement referrals, and sensitive data thefts involving proprietary information. And he has effectively represented technology companies including by obtaining the dismissal of a complaint filed in California federal court alleging massive privacy violations and by obtaining a temporary restraining order and injunction in federal court against a company vendor that refused to return sensitive customer information. As a former DOJ cybercrime prosecutor and Deputy Chief of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crime Section, he has deep experience in cases involving over 100 data breaches, state-sponsored cyber intrusions, intellectual property thefts, and sensitive national security matters. He is the recipient of a DOJ Director’s Award 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.
Cryptocurrency Matters: Kamal has handled dozens of matters and investigations involving digital and cryptocurrencies, including allegations of cryptocurrency fraud, money laundering using digital assets, civil forfeiture of cryptocurrency wallets, investment fraud, and litigation over the alleged sale of unregistered securities.
Before returning to Bondurant, he served as a federal prosecutor for over six years. He was a Deputy Chief of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crime Section, served in the Economic Crimes Section, the Narcotics & Organized Crime Section, and worked closely with the Public Corruption Section on several high-profile matters involving fraud and the bribery of public officials. He was also the lead cyber-prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and led trainings on the use of cutting-edge electronic surveillance techniques, search warrants for emails and computer devices, and other methods of obtaining digital information. He won numerous awards and commendations for his work on white-collar criminal matters including from the FBI Director, the Deputy Attorney General (DOJ Director’s Award), and the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta.
He has been appointed to serve on the Criminal Justice Act Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and previously served as a judicial law clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. (NDGA) and U.S. Circuit Judge Frank M. Hull (CA11). He is a frequent lecturer on white-collar and cybersecurity matters and has been quoted by numerous media outlets on cases involving complex fraud, False Claims Act actions, bribery, cybercrime, data theft, and state-sponsored economic espionage.
Additional background on his work:
- White-Collar Defense & Government Investigations Experience
- Cyber & Digital Litigation Experience
- Trial Experience
- August 5, 2020
- June 3, 2020Law360.com
- April 21, 2020
- Bondurant wins dismissals of three Hong Kong-based companies from a series of RICO actions filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of IowaApril 2, 2020
- March 3, 2020Atlanta Journal Constitution
- Kamal Ghali interviewed about Chinese economic espionage and threats to educational institutions, February 14, 2020, WSB-TVFebruary 21, 2020
- January 16, 2020
- January 6, 2020WSB-TV
- August 1, 2019Bloomberg Law
- May 13, 2019
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
- 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