Haggai Carmon heads Carmon & Carmon, an international law firm, with offices in Tel Aviv and New York.
Since 1985, the U.S. Justice Department has retained Carmon as its attorney to represent U.S. government interests in civil litigation in Israel. Carmon is also the legal counsel to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, to the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, and to the Estonian Embassy in Tel Aviv. Carmon has successfully represented the European Union in civil litigation in Israel. In addition, he represents business entities with transnational interests. Carmon is the Israeli member of FraudNet, a network of lawyers established by the International Chamber of Commerce.
Haggai Carmon, son of a banker and writer, grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. He went to Tel Aviv schools and served in the Israeli Air Force. He graduated Political Science and Developing Countries, and in 1981, he graduated cum laude from the Tel Aviv University School of Law. In 1986, he graduated from St. John’s University in New York with a Certificate in International Law and Diplomacy, followed in 1987 by an M.A. from St. John’s in Government and Politics.
During the 1984 Israeli general elections, Carmon was a member of Shimon Peres’ personal campaign team. Upon the election of Peres as Prime Minister, he appointed Carmon as the Chief Delegate of the Israeli Labor Party to the United States. In 1985, Prime Minister Peres and Finance Minister Yitzhak Modai appointed Carmon as their representative to The Task Force, a 400-member organization of top US business leaders created to promote closer U.S – Israeli economic cooperation. In 1986, Prime Minister Peres dispatched Carmon as a special envoy to the Philippines to establish broader cooperation with the new Aquino government in combating terror.
Active in public life, Carmon was a member of the Executive Committee of the Israel- America Chamber of Commerce, a member of its Presidium, and ultimately a vice president. His close contacts with the Israeli business community led to his inclusion in the team that negotiated the U.S-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
On the transactional side, Carmon established – as a joint venture with a U.S. conglomerate – an Israeli insurance group, that included representation with binding authority of Lloyd’s of London, insurance and re-insurance, brokerage and underwriting, that had various subsidiaries in Israel and New York.
Haggai Carmon is an acknowledged expert in public and private international law. Representing the United States in Israel for more than 27 years has given him a unique opportunity to develop deep expertise in issues of sovereign, diplomatic, and consular immunities. Representing the European Union gave him expertise in the immunities of international organizations.
Carmon is the author of FOREIGN JUDGMENTS IN ISRAEL – RECOGNITION AND ENFORCEMENT, published in Hebrew in late 2011 by the Israeli Bar Association, with an introduction by the Honorable Eliezer Rivlin, Deputy Chief Justice of the Israel Supreme Court. The book became an immediate authority, cited in reliance by Israeli courts, including the Supreme Court.
In 2013, Springer Publishing brought out the English version of FOREIGN JUDGMENTS IN ISRAEL – RECOGNITION AND ENFORCEMENT in hardcover and electronic editions. Springer is one of the largest publishers in the world, with 55 publishing subsidiaries in 20 countries, and 5,500 employees.
As a hobby, Carmon has authored five intelligence thrillers. The Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller® series includes Triple Identity, The Red Syndrome, The Chameleon Conspiracy, Triangle of Deception, and Defection Games. The intelligence thrillers that Haggai Carmon authors are inspired by the sensitive undercover work he performed for two decades. The U.S. government assigned him with the worldwide responsibility (except for the U.S.) for gathering intelligence that required work in more than thirty countries. Carmon is a member of the U.S Association of Former Intelligence Officers. The thrillers describe CIA/MOSSAD cooperation where the protagonist Dan Gordon, a MOSSAD veteran now working for the U.S Department of Justice in foreign intelligence gathering, discovers that the seemingly routine cases he is handling are espionage or terrorist related. Although these are fiction, they draw on Carmon’s decades of professional experience, and are thus unusually authentic, as the identities of those contributing their introductions indicate.
• For Triple Identity: Sarah McKee, former General Counsel, INTERPOL, USA, and “Anonymous,” a former top executive of the MOSSAD.
• For The Red Syndrome: Brigadier General Ephraim Sneh, Israel’s former Deputy Minister of Defense and Minister of Health.
• For The Chameleon Conspiracy: Andre LeGallo, former top CIA operative.
• For Triangle of Defection: Jacob Perry, former director of SHABACK, Israel’s internal security service.
• For Defection Games: David Epstein, former Director of Foreign Litigation for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Carmon’s intelligence thrillers have been published in hardcover, trade paperback, mass-market pocketbook, audio, Kindle, and other eBook editions. Triple Identity has also been translated into Hebrew and published by Israel’s largest publishing house, Yediot Acharonot, for distribution in Israel.
In September 2012, AMAZON Publishing acquired the re-publishing and distribution rights for the Dan Gordon Intelligence Thrillers®, and published them in March, 2013. AMAZON has also acquired an option to publish and distribute all future thrillers in the series.
Carmon is an occasional contributor of Op-Ed articles for Huffington Post, the International Herald Tribune, and Haaretz on political issues in the region.
Haggai Carmon is married to his law partner, Rakeffet Carmon. They have five children.