Kevin M. Lally, who prosecuted numerous high-profile cases over nearly two
decades as an assistant U.S. attorney, has joined McGuireWoods’ nationally
recognized Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation
Department as a partner in downtown Los Angeles.
Lally served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of
California since 2001, most recently as senior litigation counsel in the
Major Frauds Section. His cases include RICO, money laundering, wire fraud,
computer fraud, wiretapping and perjury prosecutions that resulted in
convictions of organized crime figures and leaders of international fraud
rings, among others. While leading the office’s Organized Crime Drug
Enforcement Task Force Section, he founded a multi-agency Cartel Strike
Force targeting drug kingpins that produced the FBI’s “top 10”
transnational prosecutions of 2017 and 2018.
The Los Angeles County Bar Association named Lally its 2009 Prosecutor of
the Year for prevailing in a three-month racketeering trial of celebrity
private investigator Anthony Pellicano and four associates and a related
wiretapping trial of entertainment lawyer Terry Christensen. Lally received
a California Lawyer of the Year award from California Lawyer
magazine in 2013 after winning a 10-week racketeering trial that included
charges stemming from the murder of a 23-day-old baby.
Lally has argued 18 cases before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals, including a sweeping victory in the consolidated Pellicano
appeals. He earned the Director’s Award for Superior Performance by an
Assistant United States Attorney for appellate matters in 2017, one of only
two appeals recognized that year by the Executive Office for United States
“Kevin prosecuted some of the largest and most difficult cases brought by
the U.S. attorney’s office in the Central District and distinguished
himself as an outstanding trial lawyer,” said
Todd Steggerda, chair of McGuireWoods’ Government Investigations & White Collar
Litigation Department. “Given his tremendous experience as a federal
prosecutor and his reputation among the West Coast white collar bar,
Kevin’s arrival deepens our California bench and makes our
nationally-recognized government investigations and white collar practice
“The depth and breadth of Kevin’s experience in federal criminal law
provides powerful advantages for our clients,” added
Hamid Namazie, managing partner of the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.
With offices in downtown Los Angeles, Century City and San Francisco,
McGuireWoods’ California litigation team represents clients in regulatory
and criminal investigations and in class action, financial institutions,
labor and employment, environmental and product liability matters.
“McGuireWoods is respected nationally for excellence in government
investigations and white collar matters, and I look forward to helping the
team build on its success in Los Angeles,” Lally said.
McGuireWoods ranks among the world’s premier investigations firms in the
2018 edition of the GIR 100, a guide to leading cross-border investigations
practices based on independent research by Global Investigations Review. The firm holds a nationwide ranking
for corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense in
The Legal 500 United States.