Haggai Carmon: Attorney and Author


Haggai Carmon heads Carmon & Carmon, an international law firm, with offices in Tel Aviv and New York.

Between 1985 through 2016, the U.S. Justice Department has retained Carmon as its attorney to represent U.S. government interests in civil litigation in Israel. Carmon was also the legal counsel to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, the U.S Consulate General in Jerusalem, and to the Multinational Force and Observers, a UN peace keeping force in Sinai. Carmon has successfully represented the European Union in civil litigation in Israel. Additionally, Carmon represented business entities with transnational interests. Carmon is known for his aggressive yet ethical litigation practice, that led him to win 100% of the cases tried on their merit, when he had represented the United States government during his 31 years of representing the US government.

Asset Recovery and Intelligence Gathering: for two decades. The U.S. government has assigned him with the worldwide responsibility (except for the U.S.) for gathering intelligence that required work in more than thirty countries. His duties included international asset recovery, pre-litigation intelligence and evidence gathering. Carmon has traveled very frequently internationally on official U.S. government business.

Carmon is a member of the U.S Association of Former Intelligence Officers. In 2014 Carmon was accredited as the Honorary Consul of Estonia in Israel.  Carmon was selected by his peers as one of the world’s leading practitioners in asset recovery.

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 1987, he received an M.A degree from St. John’s University in New York  in combined studies of Government, Politics, International Law and Diplomacy.
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 Israel’s 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 31 years has given him a unique opportunity to develop deep expertise in issues of sovereign, diplomatic, and consular immunity. Representing the European Union gave him expertise in the immunity of international organizations.
Carmon is the author of FOREIGN JUDGMENTS IN ISRAEL – RECOGNITION AND ENFORCEMENT, published in Hebrew in 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 more than 31 judgments, including 10 by the Supreme Court. An extended and revised second edition was published in 2021.

Springer Publishing published the English version of FOREIGN JUDGMENTS IN ISRAEL – RECOGNITION AND ENFORCEMENT in hardcover and electronic editions.

Carmon has authored REMEDIES IN CROSS BORDER LITIGATION, with an introduction by the Honorable Hanan Melcer Deputy Chief Justice of the Israel Supreme Court.

In 2014 Carmon was accredited as an Honorary Consul of Estonia in Israel.

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 the U.S. Government. 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 Deception: 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. That thriller became #1 Bestseller in AMAZON in its genre.

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.

AMAZON Publishing has acquired the reprint  rights for the Dan Gordon Intelligence Thrillers, including an option to publish and distribute all future thrillers in the series. While all his five thrillers were included in AMAZON bestseller list, DEFECTION GAMES became #1 in its genre (espionage) on January 1, 2014.

Carmon was an occasional contributor of Op-Ed articles for Huffington Post, and Haaretz on political issues in the region.
Haggai Carmon is married to his law partner, Rakeffet Carmon. They have five children.