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Former Federal Prosecutor Kamal Ghali Returns to BME After Six Years with the Department of Justice

January 7, 2019

Kamal Ghali rejoins the firm 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.

“Kamal’s experience leading some of the most sophisticated cyber-investigations and trials in the country will help our clients navigate the wide spectrum of legal challenges that cyber threats present,” said Bondurant Mixson partner John Floyd. He added that “Kamal began his career at BME and we are delighted that he is coming back home.”

As a federal prosecutor and a Deputy Chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kamal worked with the FBI and Secret Service to investigate some of the world’s most pernicious cyber threats, including state-sponsored cyber-intrusions, investigations involving over 100 corporate and governmental data breaches, and the successful prosecution of a number of significant international cyber-criminals. 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. Kamal’s work has spanned the successful prosecution of a Russian-national for his involvement in one of most sophisticated hacking schemes in history, the filing of criminal charges against Iranian nationals alleged to have attacked the City of Atlanta with ransomware in March 2018, and the arrest and prosecution of a former State Department employee responsible for a prolific international cyber-stalking campaign targeting hundreds of women.

Mr. Ghali’s experience as a white collar fraud prosecutor will expand the firm’s investigation, trial, and criminal defense capabilities. 

As a prosecutor, he tried several complex fraud matters, including a five-week fraud trial against three corporate executives of a currency exchange that made $600 million; a three-week trial against a company president and two corporate executives charged with bribing a public official for multi-million dollar service contracts; and a complex securities fraud and market manipulation jury trial against the owners of a publicly-traded company who were the targets of a Title III wiretap.

Before serving as a federal prosecutor, Kamal worked at Bondurant Mixson from 2009-2012 as a litigation associate. Prior to that, he served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and Judge Frank M. Hull, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Emory University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School.

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