Lawyers

Kamal Ghali, Partner

Kamal Ghali is a Partner at Bondurant, an Atlanta-based litigation powerhouse. He represents clients in government investigations and enforcement actions; federal criminal prosecutions; and complex civil litigation involving allegations of fraud, racketeering (RICO), and other misconduct. 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.

He is a battle-tested courtroom advocate and trial lawyer, with substantial first-chair experience in high-stakes federal jury trials. His trial experience ranges from first-chairing a complex multi-defendant, multi-week corruption trial in Atlanta to representing a major airline carrier in an arbitration involving claims worth hundreds of millions of dollars before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

He has deep experience in complex civil litigation—including contentious and intractable business disputes—and multi-agency criminal investigations and prosecutions involving fraud, kickbacks, bribery, tax crimes, healthcare fraud, cybercrime, and other sensitive white-collar matters.

Securities and Complex Business Fraud Litigation:

He has successfully represented clients in contentious fights over business ownership interests, partnership distributions, investment returns, and other complex fraud. He has particular experience litigating civil cases alleging criminal misconduct including violations of state and federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) statutes. As a federal prosecutor, he regularly coordinated with the SEC on a number of matters involving securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, cybercrime, cryptocurrency fraud, 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 draws on his background as a former organized crime and white-collar crime prosecutor to effectively represent clients victimized by criminal conduct or facing parallel civil and criminal litigation.

U.S. Department of Justice Investigations:

He has successfully represented clients facing criminal investigations by obtaining non-public resolutions without the filing of any criminal charges. His experience includes representing companies and corporate executives in criminal and civil investigations involving the U.S. DOJ and other agencies including the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigations, DOL, SBA, Homeland Security Investigations, HHS-OIG, ICE, EPA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Secret Service, multiple U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, DOJ Tax, the Georgia Attorney General, and other state attorneys general and administrative agencies. These investigations have involved allegations of bribery and kickbacks, healthcare fraud, medical billing fraud, tax crimes, securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, cryptocurrency fraud, consumer deception, Paycheck Protection Program fraud, cybercrime, and money laundering. His clients have ranged from private equity firms, healthcare companies, and retailers to corporate executives and individuals.

Cyber and Intellectual Property Litigation:

He has advised companies on fast-breaking data security events, compliance with reporting statutes and regulatory requirements, cyber-insurance coverage issues, incident response plans, law enforcement referrals, and sensitive data thefts involving proprietary information and other intellectual property. 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.

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. He won numerous awards and commendations for his work from the FBI Director, the Deputy Attorney General (DOJ Director’s Award), and the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta.

He has been appointed by federal judges to serve on the Criminal Justice Act Panels of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the Middle District of Georgia. He 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 media outlets on cases involving complex fraud, False Claims Act actions, bribery, cybercrime, data theft, and state-sponsored economic espionage.

Recent Successes

Successfully represented the target of a U.S. Department of Justice criminal investigation involving cryptocurrency fraud by negotiating a civil resolution without the filing of any criminal charges;

Won a dismissal of civil RICO claims against several executives and manufacturers facing money laundering, wire fraud, and customs fraud allegations;

Successfully represented the target of an FBI and SEC securities fraud investigation by obtaining a resolution without the filing of any criminal charges; 

Currently representing a university in a class action seeking tuition refunds based on a shift to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic;

Currently representing several corporate executives and companies in a contentious business dispute involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and RICO claims;

Won a dismissal of a complaint filed against one of the world’s leading data analytics companies in California federal court alleging violations of the California Unfair Competition Law, the Gramm-Leach Billey Act, the California Insurance Information and Privacy Act, and other privacy regulations;

Won a temporary restraining order and injunction in federal court on behalf of a major data services company against a contractor that refused to return sensitive customer information;

Successfully represented a major media company in a ransomware attack that threatened to disrupt broadcasting and advised on the immediate data security incident and potential litigation;

Currently representing a corporate executive in a parallel civil and criminal U.S. DOJ False Claims Act investigation involving the pharmaceutical industry.

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Atlanta
1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 3900
Atlanta, GA 30309

Education

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

Previous Experience

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

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