Hon. Marcia G. Cooke, Southern District of Florida
University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.)
University of California, Irvine Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Regents Scholar Honors in Economics
Yasin M. Almadani
Experienced Litigator & Trial Attorney
Berkeley Law Graduate Former Federal Prosecutor Experienced Trial Attorney
Founding attorney Yasin M. Almadani is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial attorney. He served as Assistant United States Attorney for nearly a decade in both the Central and the Eastern Districts of California. During this time, Mr. Almadani led and managed major grand jury investigations and tried numerous complex federal cases in counties throughout California, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, Fresno, Kern, Stanislaus, Madera, Merced, and Mariposa. Mr. Almadani’s cases involved major frauds, corruption, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, gun crimes, asset forfeiture, and immigration offenses. He also represented the United States in a death penalty case involving the first-degree murder of a federal officer.
As a prosecutor, Mr. Almadani worked closely with major federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA, IRS, ATF, DHS, ICE, CBP, Secret Service, and the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as with numerous state and local law enforcement agencies. He authored numerous wiretap applications, search and seizure warrants, and criminal complaints, developing expertise on the constitutional and statutory rights of individuals being investigated, arrested, or prosecuted by law enforcement.
White Collar, Corruption, and Money Laundering
Over the course of his prosecutorial career, Mr. Almadani worked closely with the Criminal Division at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to investigate and prosecute crimes involving bank and wire fraud, healthcare fraud, international money laundering, tax evasion, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and the Export Control Act. Mr. Almadani’s work on domestic and international money laundering crimes gained him a reputation at the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a go-to prosecutor on complex money laundering schemes, such as the Black-Market Peso Exchange or those involving the use of crypto currencies, like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum.
Mr. Almadani also has extensive experience with criminal and civil asset forfeiture having prosecuted cases involving personal and real property assets worth tens of millions of dollars. He understands the nuances of forfeiture law, including the similarities and distinctions between administrative, civil, and criminal asset forfeiture based on crimes ranging from major frauds to high-dollar drug trafficking offenses.
An experienced and thoughtful advocate and writer, Mr. Almadani has briefed and argued several criminal appeals before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. These appeals covered complicated factual and legal issues, including issues of first impression. Mr. Almadani’s appellate argument style is poised and polished, reflecting a mastery of the facts, law, and arguments in each case.
Complex Civil & Business Litigation
Before entering public service, Mr. Almadani worked at two distinguished U.S. law firms in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, where he represented Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes, complex civil litigation. He specialized in intellectual property and antitrust matters, working extensively for major pharmaceutical, software, and telecommunications companies. Mr. Almadani was part of the legal team that handled SAP’s first patent trial in the United States. During this time, he also regularly deposed and defended world-renowned inventors and scientists, including a Nobel laureate, and prepared dispositive motions and briefs in matters of national significance.
Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor and civil litigator, Mr. Almadani served as a judicial law clerk to District Judge Marcia G. Cooke in the Southern District of Florida, in Miami. In that role, he was chosen to assist in the criminal case of United States v. Jose Padilla, the very first Guantanamo-Bay-related terrorism trial of its kind on U.S. soil. Mr. Almadani assisted the Court at various stages of litigation while also managing half of the Court’s civil docket.
Mr. Almadani earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law – one of the nation’s most prestigious law schools. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics, with honors and distinction for his econometrics thesis in the subject of law and economics, from the University of California, Irvine, where he was selected as a Regents Scholar.
Mr. Almadani grew up in Southern California, graduating as valedictorian from Whitney High School, which at the time was ranked as the top public high school in California. Despite being granted direct admission to medical school after high school, Mr. Almadani forwent a career in medicine in order to pursue his true passion for the courtroom as a trial attorney and advocate.
In his spare time, Mr. Almadani can be found perfecting his practice of the martial arts, yoga, and meditation.