As a provider of military defense services, we work tirelessly to defend our clients’ interests. We understand what it takes to mount a successful defense in the face of a military trial. Our team of military defense attorneys has extensive experience in handling complex cases from investigation through trial and appeal. Our defense group is comprised of former federal, state and military prosecutors. Our attorneys’ broad experience as former prosecutors allows our firm to represent clients effectively.
Experienced Team Leadership
After having practiced law for approximately a year, Tom Dunlap made the decision to serve his country. He enlisted in the Army and immediately attended basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Tom later graduated from the Army OCS, and until May of 2009, Tom was a Captain in the Virginia Army National Guard. He served as Recon Scout Platoon Leader, and XO for A Troop, 1-158th CAV(RECON), and served as the aide de camp to the Commanding General, 29th Infantry Division and as the Commander of HHC, 116th BSTB Infantry (demolitions qualified, expert qualified M-9 pistol & M-16).
As a military law attorney, Ellis L. Bennett is a former JAG major and former Special Assistant United States Attorney. Ellis was Honor Graduate of the 155th JAG Officer’s Basic Course, and continued to excel during his military career serving as a military prosecutor for several years before serving as a military defense attorney. Ellis has prosecuted and defended courts-martial around the world including Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Stuart, Georgia, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Fort Rucker, Alabama, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and Fort Meade, Maryland. Ellis also successfully prosecuted several cases while serving as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Military Representation vs. Civilian Representation
You are entitled to representation by a military lawyer at no cost to yourself. However, unfortunately many military lawyers are inexperienced. Moreover, military lawyers face the same struggles as you may face in serving your country such as pressures of command, heavy workloads, lack of resources and support staff, and budget constraints. These factors can inhibit the effectiveness of a military defense lawyer can have in your case, in turn potentially impacting your career and freedom in an adverse manner. Alternatively, our firm does not face those challenges. The attorneys of our firm, instead bring the full resources of our firm to assist with on your specific case. Our focused approach may well be the difference between a career ending conviction and an adverse discharge versus an outcome that allows you to continue to serve your country.