Kevin M. Lally Partner

Kevin has extensive experience handling complex, high-stakes federal criminal investigations, enforcement proceedings, and litigation. He served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California for nearly two decades, most recently as senior litigation counsel in the Major Frauds Section. As a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department, Kevin’s strong trial and appellate record, demonstrated leadership, and keen understanding of the market provides a powerful advantage for clients.

During his 18-year tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, including five years as Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Section, Kevin led several of the highest-profile and heaviest-litigated cases brought by the Central District of California in the last two decades. He tried 15 cases, including four multi-month trials, and secured the conviction of every trial defendant. He successfully prosecuted five RICO cases and supervised more than a dozen more, many of which involved untested applications of the statute to novel fact patterns. Kevin was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association after prevailing in the three-month RICO trial of celebrity private investigator Anthony Pellicano. He has argued 18 cases before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including a sweeping victory in the consolidated Pellicano appeals.

Kevin supervised the successful prosecution of the nation’s first drug-based Hawala money laundering trial, which the DOJ recognized as the 2018 Transnational Money Laundering Case of the Year, as well as the indictment and guilty plea in the district’s first cryptocurrency money laundering case. Finally, Kevin led the operation of a DOJ award-winning and nationally-modeled opioid enforcement program that utilizes advanced data analytics to target physicians, pharmacies, and medical clinics engaged in illicit drug diversion and to secure convictions on charges including health care fraud, tax fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and acquiring DEA registrations and controlled substances through fraud.

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Director’s Award: Superior Performance by an Assistant United States Attorney – Appellate, Executive Office for United States Attorneys, 2017

Named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY), California Lawyer Magazine, 2013

Named “Prosecutor of the Year,” Los Angeles County Bar Association,  2009

  • Source, "Sentence Upheld for Ex-Celebrity Private Investigator Pellicano in Wiretapping and Racketeering Case," L.A. Times, July 31, 2017
  • Source, "Anthony Pellicano, Former Celebrity Private Eye, Loses Bulk of His Appeal," L.A. Times, August 25, 2015
  • Source, "Gang Members in Racketeering Case Stemming from Baby’s Death Get Life," MyNewsLA, May 22, 2015
  • Source, "Los Angeles a Major Hub for Drug Money Laundering," Epoch Times, September 16, 2014
  • Source, "Justice for Oxnard," Ventura County Reporter, April 4, 2013
  • Source, "Judge Denies Bail Request by Anthony Pellicano, Former Sleuth to the Stars," Daily Beast, August 14, 2012
  • Source, "A Hard Fall for Lawyer Who Struggled to Escape Gang Life," Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2012
  • Source, "Die Hard Director Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Lying to FBI," NBC News, October 4, 2010
  • Source, "The People v. Anthony Pellicano: A Review of the Hollywood Private Eye’s Trial," Daily Variety, April 11, 2008
  • Source, "Prosecutor Says Detective Bragged of Wiretapping," The New York Times, March 7, 2008
  • Source, "The Pellicano Trial: The Detective’s Special Services," Huffington Post, March 6, 2008
  • Duke University School of Law, JD, 1994
  • University of Notre Dame, BA, Government and Business Administration, cum laude, 1991
Future Forum (Recent Graduate Leadership Board), Duke University School of Law, 2006-2008
  • Standing RICO faculty member, The National Advocacy Center, Department of Justice, 2011-Present
  • Speaker, Combating Transnational Organized Crime, Mexico City, Mexico, 2015
  • Speaker, Prosecutorial Responsibilities in the United States Judicial System, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2005
  • Speaker, United States Counterterrorism Policy and Practices, Sibiu, Romania, 2003
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