Kamal Ghali is an experienced trial and investigations lawyer and a former U.S. Department of Justice cybercrime and white-collar crime prosecutor. He leads the firm’s Cyber & Digital Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practices. He helps clients strategically respond to fast-moving crises including data breaches and trade secret thefts; white-collar criminal prosecutions, government investigations, and regulatory enforcement actions; and complex civil litigation involving allegations of fraud, data theft, privacy violations, and criminal misconduct, including RICO actions. He is a frequent lecturer on cybercrime and economic espionage.
As a federal prosecutor and a Deputy Chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he worked with the FBI and Secret Service to investigate complex frauds, global cyber threats, state-sponsored cyber intrusions, and cases involving over 100 data breaches, including the City of Atlanta ransomware attack, as well as other high-profile white collar matters involving securities fraud, public corruption, bribery, healthcare fraud, money laundering, financial institution fraud, and narcotics offenses.
He has extensive trial experience and has tried complex multi-defendant, corporate fraud and bribery cases to juries, including a five-week trial against corporate executives charged with fraud involving $600 million in currency sales; a federal bribery trial against three corporate executives charged with bribing a public official in exchange for multi-million dollar service contracts; and a three-week securities fraud trial against the founders of a search engine platform.
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.
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 received the United States Attorney Award for his work on a public corruption prosecution of a sitting member of the Georgia General Assembly and is the recipient of a commendation from the FBI Director for "demonstrated excellence" in a complex securities fraud and market manipulation jury trial involving a Title III wiretap. He has been appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to represent indigent criminal defendants in federal prosecutions.
He serves as lead counsel in a series of civil federal RICO actions involving complex international bankruptcy issues;
He has represented companies, including Fortune 500 companies, in connection with grand jury subpoenas and ongoing criminal investigations;
He represents a healthcare company facing multi-state regulatory enforcement actions;
He has advised and counseled media companies on fast-breaking legal crises threatening to stop production and disrupt broadcasting, including a ransomware attack on one of the most recognizable TV brands in the U.S.;
He represents a CEO and company in an FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office criminal investigation into alleged securities fraud violations;
He has successfully litigated civil RICO cases, Lanham Act claims, breach of contract cases, securities fraud, and other matters in federal courts across the U.S;
His prior governmental experience in cyber-investigations includes business email compromises, proprietary data thefts, attacks on energy companies and defense contractors, trade secret theft, attacks in the payment processing environment, ransomware attacks, extortion, voting database intrusions, digital currency frauds, criminal copyright matters, and prosecuting numerous international targets including from Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Algeria, Moldova, Nigeria, and the UK.
Speaker, “Cybersecurity and Data Breach Class Actions,” Georgia ICLE Class Actions Seminar, October 4, 2019.
Dialogue Leader, The Sedona Conference Working Group 11 Midyear Meeting 2019 in Montreal on September 19 on “Model Data Breach Notification Principles.”
Co-Author, The Sedona Conference Draft Commentary on Proposed Model Data Breach Notification Law, June 2019
Co-Author (with John Floyd), How Corporate Data Breach Victims Can Use the Georgia RICO Statute to Recover their Data, Law.com, May 31, 2019
Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel Value Challenge, "What to do when a foreign government steals your company's data," April 30, 2019.
Author, How Private Trade Secret Cases Collide With DOJ’s War on Criminal Trade Secret Theft, Law.com, March 19, 2019
Author, What We Can Learn from the FBI’s Disruption of North Korea’s Botnet, Law.com, February 20, 2019
Speaker, Healthcare Compliance Association’s Regional Atlanta Conference, “Cybersecurity & Privacy,” Feb. 13, 2019
Speaker, Advanced Health Law, Continuing Legal Education of Georgia State Bar Seminar, “Cybersecurity: Anatomy of a Healthcare Data Breach,” October 12, 2018
Closing Keynote Speaker, Cybersecurity Summit Atlanta, “Conducting Cyber Investigations,” February 2018
Speaker, Atlanta Police Department, “Electronic Evidence Overview,” August 4, 2017
Speaker, Gastroenterology Practice Management Group Conference, “Cyber Threat Trends in the Healthcare Field,” March 2017
Author, “U.S. v. Panin: Sentencing Challenges in Botnet Cases,” U.S. Department of Justice Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Newsletter, CHIP NEWS, July 2016
Speaker, PLUS Lifecycle of a Cyber-Liability Claim Conference, Cyber Attack Trends in 2016 and Beyond,” May 2016
Speaker, Information and Cyber Governance, Data Analytics and Privacy Briefing, “View from the Government,” May 2015
- May 31, 2019Law. com
- May 13, 2019
- April 3, 2019
- March 19, 2019Daily Report
- February 20, 2019
- 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