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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.


Languages spoken: English, Arabic

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    15 years
  2. Ethics: 10%



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

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    Musa is an tenacious attorney who truly cares about his clients. He will work tirelessly to get the results they desire and deserve and is not afraid to take a case to the jury.


    Brian Hobbs Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Kathryn Roberta Elwart

    Musa is a tireless advocate who fights for every client. He cares for his clients and will work hard to get his clients the results that they need.


    Kathryn Elwart Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Ghanayem & Rayasam, LLC

North Druid Square
1936B North Druid Hills rd.
Atlanta, GA, 30319


NYCurrently registered 200707/10/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 200108/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThomson Reuters Super Lawyers2016
Client's ChoiceAvvo2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 40 Under 40National Academy of Legal advocates2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Client's ChoiceAvvo2014
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2014
Top 10 under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Clients Choice AwardAvvo2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2013
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2012
Employee of the QuarterFulton County Public Defender2004
Cum Laude Graduate (With Honors)Michigan State College of Law2000
Best OralistMichigan State College of Law Moot Court Board1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyGhanayem & Rayasam, LLC2011 - Present
PartnerCetero & Ghanayem, Long Island New york2007 - 2010
Assistant District AttorneyDekalb County District Attorney's Office2005 - 2007
Assistant Public DefenderFulton County Public Defender's Office2001 - 2005
Senior Associate Specializing in Qui Tam LawLaw offices of Mike Bothwell2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2013 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaN/AN/A
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Suffolk County Criminal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Northern District of GeorgiaMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fulton County Murder CaseNolle Pros while Jury was waiting to be selected
Constitutional Speedy on a Murder caseDismissed on Constitutional Speedy Issues
Muskogee County Possession With Intent to Distribute CocaineNot Presented to the Grand Jury (Dismissed)
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hathihe RamallahBoard of Director AFRP 501(c)32012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Wisconsin, MilwaukeeCriminal Justice & PhilosophyBS - Bachelor of Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AFRP Mid Year MeetingThe State of the Constution2016
Bianca Burwell ShowThe Grand Jury2014
AFRPConstitutional Committee Amendments2013
New Order Events, as well as Speaking Engagements at Alternative SchoolsLegal Adviser to the New Order Human Rights OrganizationN/A