Jamal Sadat Muhammad

Partner ( San Francisco )

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Over the course of Jamal Muhammad’s legal career, which includes private practice and public service, he has developed a reputation for being tenacious, strategic, and efficient. Jamal earned that reputation both in the courtroom and the corporate boardroom.

During his tenure as a Trial Attorney for Federal Defenders of San Diego, Jamal was known for innovative legal strategies. For example, he was able to use the directives of one federal law enforcement agency against another to secure the dismissal of a case where his client was apprehended with contraband strapped to his body and allegedly confessed. Jamal and other attorneys in the district were thereafter able to obtain dismissals in hundreds of criminal cases due to Jamal’s pioneering strategy.

In private practice, Jamal has secured millions of dollars in damages, defended clients in class action lawsuits, and has helped clients to testify in front of government agencies and committees. Further, in addition to the investigations that he led at the Federal Defenders’ Office, he has led and participated in civil investigations involving derivative shareholder litigation, sexual harassment, wire fraud, mail fraud, and honest services fraud.


Representative Engagements

  • Served as first chair in numerous trials.
  • Secured a victory in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully led an internal investigation for a Fortune 5 company, involving a rogue employee whose conduct potentially threatened the company’s ability to participate in a government program worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Successfully led an investigation of a school board’s and school district superintendent’s decision not to fire a principal accused of sexual harassment.
  • Represented a food company’s Vice President of Science and Regulatory Affairs in front of the Federal Trade Commission related to the food company’s claims about the asserted benefits of the product.
  • Represented and helped prepare an oil company’s executives for interviews with federal and state investigators and various governmental entities investigating the Deep Water Horizon disaster and oil spill.
  • Won a $2.2 million verdict and more than $500,000 in attorneys’ fees on behalf of a financial institution in a breach of contract action.
  • Won a dismissal of a federal felony with prejudice on the eve of trial after strategically forcing the government to make an error fatal to its case.
  • Won a not guilty verdict on three counts of felony aggravated battery where the alleged victim suffered and had scars from multiple stabs and slashes, and the client was uninjured.
  • Won a mistrial on a two count federal felony indictment; won a not guilty verdict on retrial of count one, and then won dismissal with prejudice of count two after further investigation before the third trial uncovered Brady material the government had failed to produce.



Howard University School of Law, J.D., 2005
Howard Huver L. Brown, Trial Advocacy Team

Knox College, B.A., Integrated International Studies and Spanish, 1999

Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association

Teaching Appointments

Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola University Los Angeles School of Law
Introduction to Trial Advocacy (Fall 2011)

Assistant Instructor, Howard University School of Law
Legal Research and Writing

Languages Spoken & Fluency

Spanish, Fluent

Publications & Presentations

“Recent Changes to Pre-merger Notification Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act,” Navigant Legal Roundtable (February 2006)