Musa M. Ghanayem

Musa M. Ghanayem

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Ghanayem & Rayasam, LLC
 | 1936 North Druid Hills Road Northeast, Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30319
Phone: 404-561-0202
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Arabic
Attorney Profile

Musa M. Ghanayem, attended University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he majored in Criminal Justice and Philosophy. After college Musa attended Law School at Michigan State University College of Law, where he was a Dean's List member every semester, and a Cum Laude graduate. Musa was also a member of the Michigan State University School of Law, Moot Court Board where was awarded the honor of, "Best Oralist," and was selected to represent The College of Law in a National Competition. Musa is licensed to practice in Georgia and New York and has been involved in a variety of areas of Legal Practice.

As a 1st year associate Musa was a senior associate in a complex commercial litigation and Qui Tam boutique law firm. After two years as an associate, he realized his passion as an advocate for civil rights, human rights, and the protection of the Constitution. In 2002 Musa joined the office of the Fulton County Public Defender, excelling quickly and earning the award for "Employee of The Quarter." 

Musa was later appointed as an Assistant District Attorney where he prosecuted all felony cases ranging from possession of Drugs to Murder, Musa was then appointed to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Team (H.I.D.T.A.), which is a joint State and Federal program to prosecute major drug crimes. 

In 2007 Musa Started his own practice and is in 2012 became a founding member of Ghanayem & Rayasam, LLC. Musa has handled many high profile cases, which were profiled on Dateline NBC, CNN, New York Times, New York Post, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and many other media sources. Musa has received national recognition for his representation of Sheriff Victor Hill and the ultimate acquittal of the Sheriff on all alleged counts of the indictment.

Musa has been selected as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Attorneys the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 and Top 10 under 40 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Musa focuses his practice on Criminal Defense, Political Advisory, and Civil Rights. Musa has represented politicians, elected officials, musicians, and many other High Profile Cases. Musa serves as the Legal Adviser for two 501(c) 3, Non-for-Profit organizations, and sits on the board of both.

Musa was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and still proudly roots for The Green Bay Packers.

About Musa Ghanayem

Admitted: 2001, Georgia

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Honors and Awards:

  • Selected to Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys, National Trial lawyers, 2015
  • Client's Choice, Avvo, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys, National Trial lawyers, 2014
  • Client's Choice Award,, 2014
  • Top 10 under 40, NACDA, 2014
  • Top 40 under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Client's Choice Award, AVVO, 2013
  • Client's Choice Awards, AVVO, 2012
  • Moot Court Best Oralist, 2000
  • Michigan State College of Law Cum Laude Graduate

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member of National 501 (c) 3, 2012

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • State v Victor Hill Clayton County Case Concluded August 14th, 2013 Practice Area:  Criminal Defense Outcome: Acquitted on all charges after Jury Trial. Description:  The Elected Sheriff was original charged with 37 counts of Racketeering, Influencing and Corrupt Organization Act (R.I.C.O.).  Client was acquitted of all charges., 2013
  • Wrongful Arrest Case Conclusion Date: September 4th, 2013 Practice Area:  Civil Rights Outcome:  Large Cash Settlement and Dismissal of Criminal Case., 2013
  • Fulton County Domestic Violence Battery Case Case Conclusion date:    May 15, 2012 Practice Area:  Criminal Defense Outcome:  Acquitted on all Charges after Jury Trial., 2012
  • Marijuana Trafficking over 200 lbs. DeKalb County Case Conclusion Date: February 29, 2012 Practice Area: Criminal Defense Outcome: Case dismissed Description: Defendant arrested with over 200lbs in vehicle. Case dismissed, upon motion., 2012
  • Muskogee County Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Case Conclusion Date: April 1, 2012 Practice Area: Criminal Defense Outcome: Case Dismissed Description: client was arrested after fleeing a roadblock and subsequently charged with Possession with intent to distribute Cocaine, 2012
  • Henry County Deposit Account Fraud Case Conclusion Date: May 18, 2012 Practice Area: Criminal Defense Outcome: Henry County Deposit Account Fraud Case Dismissed Description: Case Dismissed by Written Motion., 2012
  • DeKalb County Double Homicide Case Conclusion Date: May 24, 2012 Practice Area: Criminal Defense Outcome: Case Dismissed. Description: Defendant charged with 2 counts of Murder and 1 count of providing false statements. After a year of tiring investigation and hard work, this case was dismissed prior to indictment., 2012
  • P.O.S.T. Hearing for Police Officer Case Conclusion Date:    February 20, 2012 Practice Area:    Criminal Defense Outcome:  Officer reinstated. Description:  Officer who was certified was denied employment and suspended due to an expunged arrest from 2005.  Defense demanded a hearing and presented evidence supporting the reinstatement of the police officer, 2012
  • Fulton County aggravated assault, armed robbery, battery Case Conclusion Date: December 12, 2012 Practice Area: Criminal Defense Outcome: Nolle Pros (Dismissed post indictment). Description: After a detailed and exhaustive investigation by Ghanayem & Rayasam, it became obvious that the State could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt and dismissed the case after it had been indicted., 2012
  • Dismissal of a Homicide due to Defense Motion of Client’s violation of Constitutional Speedy Right Case Conclusion Date: June 1, 2011 Practice Area: Criminal Defense Outcome: Dismissed on Constitutional Speedy Issues. Description: Client had a Warrant outstanding from 2001 and Defense Counsel availed Client to the Court and prevailed., 2011
  • NY Attempted Murder Charge Case Conclusion Date: January 8, 2008 Practice Area: Criminal Defense Outcome: Plea to a Misdemeanor with no period of incarceration. Description: Client was charged with attempted murder.  Case profiled in NY Post, NY Times and Newsday Long Island., 2008
  • Fulton County Homicide Case Conclusion Date: November 7, 2002 Practice Area: Criminal Defense Outcome: Dismissed at the preliminary hearing. Description: Client was charged with Murder, Felony Murder, and possession of a Knife or firearm during the commission of a crime case was dismissed at the preliminary hearing for lack of probable cause., 2002


Educational Background:

  • Attorney Musa Ghanayem Graduated from Michigan State School of Law Cum Laude, winning awards for brief writing, Moot Court and represented his alma mater in a national competition., 2000
  • Attorney Musa Ghanayem graduated from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee with degrees in criminal justice and philosophy and immediately attends Law School, 1997

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  • Office Location for Musa M. Ghanayem

    1936 North Druid Hills Road Northeast
    Suite B
    Atlanta, GA 30319


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