Ali Kamalzadeh, Esq.
Attorney Ali Kamalzadeh is a native Floridian, born in Melbourne and raised in Orlando. In college he was active with the Mock Trial team, traveling throughout the country to compete at the national level. While earning his legal studies degree Mr. Kamalzadeh was a teacher’s assistant for Legal Writing and Contracts courses. In law school, Mr. Kamalzadeh earned a certification in Litigation Advocacy with High Honors.
Mr. Kamalzadeh has 6 years in federal criminal practice, which includes trial, appellate, and habeas law. Specifically, he has been a trial attorney for the Federal Defender’s Office (FDO) since 2019. Before that, he was an appellate attorney for the FDO beginning in 2015. During law school, as a CLI, he assisted with foreclosure defense at the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society (SCBALAS). Mr. Kamalzadeh organized SCBALAS’s first Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic to assist low-income residents with preparing and filing their federal tax returns. During law school he clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert (Bob) LeBlanc. Before his legal career, Mr. Kamalzadeh was a federal regulations compliance and operations director for a national bank in their mortgage division.
Mr. Kamalzadeh is very active in the community. He has served on the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (CFACDL) board since 2015. He served as President of the organization from 2020-2021, and is now serving in the role of Immediate-Past President. He serves as one-of-three CFACDL Chapter Representatives to the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s (FACDL). His service with FACDL includes the long-range planning, federal practice, and membership development committees. Mr. Kamalzadeh serves on the Orange County Teen Court Advisory Board since 2018, recently extended to 2024. Since 2015, Mr. Kamalzadeh has volunteered as co-counsel for the Middle District of Florida Intensive Re-entry Program, in the Orlando Division. For over 5 years he has played a part in assisting post-incarcerated participants receive support in a non-traditional supervisory setting. Mr. Kamalzadeh is an active member of the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Trial School.
- Juris Doctor, Dwayne Andreas School of Law
- Bachelor of Science, Legal Studies, University of Central Florida
- Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration, University of Central Florida
- Associate of Arts, Valencia Community College (now Valencia State College)
- Florida Bar
- The Supreme Court of the United States
- The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Court of the Middle District of Florida
- 6:04-cr-00150-JA-KRS, United States of America v. Detreville, Clemency granted by President Obama
- 2:05-cr-00076-VMC-DF, United States of America v. Crumbly, Clemency granted by President Obama
- 3:10-cv-00323-TJC-MCR, Arthur v. Secretary, Department of Corrections et al., In 2006, Petitioner was sentenced in state court to 25 years in prison. He requested habeas relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, alleging that his conviction was obtained in violation of his due process right to a fair trial and in violation of the holding in Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150 (1972). After an evidentiary hearing, the State of Florida agreed to offer a plea to a lessor offense reducing his sentence to 15 years with credit for time served and no supervision to follow. This result was achieved with Assistant Federal Defender Lisa Call.
- 6:14-cv-01707-ACC-KRS, Littlefield v. United States of America, Petitioner requested habeas relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255, she claimed that counsel rendered ineffective assistance by failing to file a notice of appeal after she requested him to do so. After an evidentiary hearing, the Court granted relief allowing for a new judgment entered in her criminal case affording her the opportunity to appeal her original criminal judgment and sentence. This result was achieved with Assistant Federal Defender D. Todd Doss.
- 6:17-cv-00445-JA-GJK, Clumm v. Secretary, Department of Corrections et al., In 2012, Petitioner was sentenced in state court to 30 years in prison. He requested habeas relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, alleging that state counsel rendered ineffective assistance by failing to advise him of the maximum prison exposure he faced if he refused the State's plea offer. After an evidentiary hearing, relief was granted requiring the State of Florida to offer a 70-month plea offer.
- 6:20-cr-00134-PGB-LRH, United States of America v. Reynolds, Client charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A statutory enhancement applied raising the minimum mandatory penalty to 15 years imprisonment. After a 3-day jury trial, the jury returned a not guilty verdict. This result was achieved with Assistant Federal Defender Joshua Lukman.
- United States v. Gonzalez-Murillo, 852 F.3d 1329 (11th Cir. 2017), briefed and argued in both the district and appellate court. A narrow issue of whether a mandatory adjustment under USSG § 5G1.3(b), applied at defendants original sentencing hearing, would apply again when a defendant sought relief pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c) based on a retroactive change in the applicable Guidelines range.