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Legal Practice Areas

 

 Known and respected nationwide for my excellent work, I'm a broadly experienced, aggressive, fair, compassionate, loyal and hard working attorney with over a decade of experience practicing law in a variety of areas, and many years as a Defense lawyer and Prosecutor.   I've practiced law in front of over a dozen Judges, in many Courtrooms, on several military bases in many states, and against dozens of opposing attorneys.  My clients have experienced overwhelming success with me as their lawyer.  What I bring to the table is my legal experience, and also my varied world and career experience.  I was a former United States Army Soldier, Officer and Judge Advocate.  As a professional Soldier, I had multiple deployments to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Always a Soldier, I believe in the Army Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.  
 
You have rights. Let me put my litigation and other wide array of experience to work for you.   
 
Military Criminal Defense

 

  • General Court Martial (felony type crimes)

  • Special Court Martial (misdemeanor type crimes)

  • Summary Court Martial

  • Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP) - Article 15

 

Typical allegations include assault, sex assault, rape, theft, illegal drugs, robbery, fraud, drunk driving, possession of contraband and military specific offenses including false statements, adultery, disrespect, failing to follow orders, AWOL, and dereliction.

 

These are serious matters and Court Martials can result in prison, discharges (Bad Conduct or Dishonorable), loss of rank, pay, privileges, and other serious ramifications.

 

I have had great successes in these cases.

 

 

 
Military Post Trial Appeals & Clemency Actions, Discharge Corrections, & Veterans Benefits

​If you suffer any unfavorable result in a Court Martial, Article 15, Separation, or other action, you generally have the ability to file a request for a better result from a higher authority.  After a discharge, you can also request an upgrade or correction of records through various organizations.  

I help Veterans file for VA Disability Compensation and Benefits.   This is a very complex area of law.  Let me help you!

 

I have had great success in filing appeals and request for clemency and getting other results for my clients. 

 

Military Discharges

 

  • Involuntary Separations, boards and hearings

  • Medical Retirement Issues

  • Wrongful termination

  • Voluntary Releases

 

Separations typically occur following an criminal case or an Article 15 conviction.  Service Members are faced with the loss of their career, retirement, medical retirement, and other benefits of employment.  The three types of discharges are Honorable, General Under Honorable Conditions, and Under Other Than Honorable Conditions. 

 

I have had great success in these actions.

 

Criminal Defense and Civil Lawsuits (Washington State)

  • Felony

  • Misdemeanor

  • Civil Lawsuits (as plaintiff or respondent counsel)

  • Employment/EEOC 

 

As an experienced litigator, I'd be proud to put my efforts to work in defending you.  There is no legal matter too big or small.  Call for a free consultation. 

Military Administrative Law

 

Military Administrative Law

  • Reduction boards

  • Reprimand rebuttals

  • Clearance loss

  • NCOER/OER Rebuttals

  • TAB revocation

  • Medical credentialing suspension or revocation

 

Service members can lose rank, service tabs, clearance, be fired from positions, receive negative paperwork, and other serious career ending administrative actions. 

 

I have been very successful in representing my clients in these actions. 

 

2nd Amendment Rights (Washington State)

  • Lautenberg bar on ownership

  • Felony bar on ownership

  • Mistaken denial based on NICS or background check

 

If you have a 2nd Amendment Right deprivation, I want to help you get your rights restored. 

4th Amendment, Bill of Rights, US Constitution
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
 
5th Amendment, Bill of Rights, US Constitution
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
 
Article 31, Uniform Code of Military Justice
Compulsory self-incrimination prohibited.  (a) No person subject to this chapter may compel any person to incriminate himself or to answer any question the answer to which may tend to incriminate him. (b) No person subject to this chapter may interrogate, or request any statement from an accused or a person suspected of an offense without first informing him of the nature of the accusation and advising him that he does not have to make any statement regarding the offense of which he is accused or suspected and that any statement made by him may be used as evidence against him in a trial by court-martial. (c) No person subject to this chapter may compel any person to make a statement or produce evidence before any military tribunal if the statement or evidence is not material to the issue and may tend to degrade him. (d) No statement obtained from any person in violation of this article, or through the use of coercion, unlawful influence, or unlawful inducement may be received in evidence against him in a trial by court-martial.
 
6th Amendment, Bill of Rights, US Constitution
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.