Joseph McNally


Joseph T. McNally is the First Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, the largest U.S. Attorney’s Office outside of D.C., serving seven counties and nearly 20 million people.

Mr. McNally has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for over 15 years. Since joining the Office, Mr. McNally has prosecuted some of the most significant federal criminal cases in the US Attorney’s Office ranging from fraud to violent and organized crime matters. Some of Mr. McNally’s case work includes the ongoing Pacific Hospital investigation that has resulted in the convictions of 20 doctors and health care executives for their participation in a $50 million bribe and kickback scheme; trial convictions of a federal law enforcement officer and his wife for money laundering and narcotics trafficking; the conviction of a senior leader of the Mexican Mafia for racketeering following a multi-month trial; convictions of members of an international money laundering organization for laundering $60 million through Los Angeles-based jewelry businesses; and convictions of an Orange County lawyer and business partners for defrauding hundreds of homeowners out of millions of dollars in a loan modification telemarketing scheme.

In 2016, Mr. McNally received the U.S. Department of Justice’s prestigious Director’s Award for Superior Performance for his work convicting a Eurasian organized crime leader and others who were convicted at trial for operating a multi-million dollar bank fraud and identity theft scheme from state prison. Mr. McNally has tried 14 cases and argued before the Ninth Circuit a half dozen times.

Prior to serving as First Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. McNally served as Deputy Chief in the Violent and Organized Crime Section and the Orange County Office. In 2020, Mr. McNally served at the Department of Justice as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy where he advised senior DOJ leadership on criminal law policy. Mr. McNally has served as faculty member at the Department’s National Advocacy Center where he has trained other prosecutors. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. McNally clerked for the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen, United States District Judge, in the Northern District of California. Mr. McNally obtained his B.S. from Santa Clara University and his law degree from UC Berkeley.

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