Ismail Ramsey is a veteran trial lawyer specializing in white collar and general criminal defense, as well as commercial litigation. He has more than fifteen years of experience litigating and trying highly sensitive, complex criminal and civil cases. Before co-founding Ramsey & Ehrlich in 2006, he was a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, serving as a member of the White Collar Crime Section, as well as a founding member of the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Unit. He also worked for four years at the premier San Francisco law firm, Keker & Van Nest.
Mr. Ramsey has handled numerous complex cases involving securities and investment fraud, antitrust price-fixing and bid-rigging, FDA “off-label” promotion, pension fraud, insider trading, environmental offenses, trade secret theft, stock option backdating, health care fraud, tax evasion, contract disputes, and obstruction of justice. He has successfully tried numerous cases before juries and judges in various state and federal courts.
Over the years, the District Court for the Northern District of California has selected Mr. Ramsey to serve the court in various capacities. In 2012, Mr. Ramsey served as Co-Chair of the Lawyer Representatives for the Northern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Twice — in 2009 and 2011 — he was a member the U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, helping select four magistrate judges for the Northern District of California. He currently serves on the Court’s Criminal Justice Act Panel.
Additionally, numerous peer review publications recognize Mr. Ramsey for his expertise. Among others, he is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized in the International Who’s Who of Business lawyers a leading practitioner in Criminal Defense. He is also profiled in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers, which noted: “He is scary-smart and excellent in trial.”
Mr. Ramsey graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude and was an Editor on the Harvard Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Between college and law school, Mr. Ramsey also served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. After law school, Mr. Ramsey served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Mr. Ramsey serves on the faculty for the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Stanford Law School, and has been a speaker in various classes at Berkeley Law School and numerous continuing legal education programs for bar associations, including the American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
He also coaches the mock-trial team at Kennedy High School in Richmond, California.