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
Experience & Philosophy
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 numerous grand jury investigations and complex federal trials. His cases spanned the gamut of federal law, including major frauds, corruption, money laundering, murder, narcotics trafficking, firearms offenses, immigration fraud, and asset forfeiture. Mr. Almadani’s attention to detail and commanding courtroom style earned him a reputation as a formidable trial lawyer. Known for his poise and polish in oral argument, he also argues federal appeals in the U.S. circuit courts.
As a former prosecutor, Mr. Almadani understands that the government has finite resources and cannot possibly investigate and prosecute every illegal activity, which creates loopholes that corporations use to slip under the government’s radar. Mr. Almadani draws upon his prosecutorial experience to close these loopholes, representing aggrieved victims who have been defrauded or suffered traumatic injury as a result of corporate greed. He has filed numerous multi-million-dollar lawsuits, representing individual plaintiffs—proverbial Davids to corporate Goliaths who would otherwise trample their rights.
Mr. Almadani also practices class action litigation and believes that class action lawsuits can provide a powerful vehicle by which a private citizen working with an experienced attorney can essentially take on the mantle of an attorney general to stop unlawful corporate activity en masse that would otherwise go unchecked.
Mr. Almadani keeps the government honest by providing a defense to those who have been unjustly investigated or charged with a crime and leaves no stone unturned to ensure that important constitutional rights of the accused are not violated.
Mr. Almadani also has extensive experience with criminal and civil asset forfeiture having worked on cases involving personal and real property assets worth tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. He understands the nuances of forfeiture law, including the similarities and distinctions between administrative, civil, and criminal asset forfeiture.
Before his public service as a prosecutor, Mr. Almadani worked at distinguished national law firms on high-stakes litigation. During this time, he regularly deposed and defended world-renowned inventors, scientists and Nobel laureates, and drafted filings in matters of national significance. He was selected to be part of the legal team that handled SAP’s first trial in the United States involving a complex patent case at the intersection of software and business methods.
Federal Judicial Clerkship
Early in his career, Mr. Almadani served as a judicial law clerk to a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In that role, he assisted the Court with the very first Guantanamo-Bay-related terrorism trial in a civilian court—a test case for the country.
Education & Background
Mr. Almadani earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics with honors, from the University of California, Irvine, where he was selected as a Regents Scholar.
Mr. Almadani grew up in Southern California and continues to reside there with his wife and two sons. His wife is a visiting clinical professor at U.C. Irvine School of Law, specializing in immigrants’ rights.
In his spare time, Mr. Almadani can be found practicing martial arts and yoga and playing guitar, long-standing passions of his, but his favorites pastime is spending time with his family.