5.0 stars 17 totalReview Philip Cave
Posted by Seth
I hired Phil when I was accused of an Article 120 offense for sexual assault. The details of my case aren't important, since it was just another in the long list of cases dealing with a member deciding after the fact that they were too drunk to consent, couldn't remember, etc etc.
Phil worked with my military lawyer and did a great job keeping me in the loop at all times. There are so many motions and procedures that do not involve the defendant that it is easy to lose track of what's happening as the various lawyers, judges and paralegals email each other and ignore you entirely. Phil made sure I was never left behind.
But where he really shines is his experience. 35 years is a long time to be practicing, but in the military you simply will not find anyone with even half that time. His knowledge of case law and evidentiary rules shines, and the prosecutor (and judge, often) will have to play catch up.
He also brings an element of familiarity and comfort to an experience that is often very rigid and formal. When you see him in court you get the sense he has been around the block a time or two... and he has.
His style is slow and meandering, and you may find yourself wondering where he is going with a line of questioning, but when he finishes you will have no doubt. Quality over quantity is what you get with Phil, and at the end of it all when I was found not guilty of all charges, there wasn't a moment where I debated if he was worth the cost.
Posted by a client
In the Military, I was accused of falsely accused of rape and related charges. Mr. Cave represented me during the course of the investigation, and on through the Article 32 hearing. His arguments and questions during the 32 resulted in the accuser changing her story, and even refusing to answer questions. As a result, it was dismissed.
Posted by a Military Law client
A few months back I was falsely charged with coercive sexual assault. The accuser claimed that although the past relations were consensual, she was coerced due to the difference in rank and waited 4 months to claim this only after she was written up. During the investigation process, I proceeded through normal channels by utilizing military trial defense attorneys. I soon realized that the majority of information that I read regarding trial defense attorneys was true, in that although my military attorney was a very intelligent attorney, he had never been to a single contested trial. I immediately contacted Mr. Cave and presented my case. He immediately took my case and began litigating with the prosecutor on my behalf. When the trial date arrived, that is when Mr. Cave’s knowledge of the military legal system shined. Through objections and petitions, Mr. Cave consistently sighted case law by memory whereas the military prosecutor and even the judge had to continuously refer to their military manuals for clarification.
Although it is my opinion that Mr. Cave is one of the best attorneys regarding military law, he is also the type of lawyer that is truly invested in his client’s legal dilemmas. I will say that it is crucial for the client to be just as involved in the case as the attorney though. You will get out of a case what you put into it. The end results within the legal system may not always be what you expect, but Mr. Cave will definitely help you fight the fight and re-balance the unjust scales that the government tilts to its favor.
Posted by Chris
Mr. Cave proved to be an outstanding defense attorney and with decades of experience he is certainly one of the best and most experienced international military defense attorneys out there. He worked tirelessly on my case and was available at nearly any time of day despite me living in Korea. He was able to get 3 of 6 specifications of abusive sexual contact dismissed prior to trial. During the trial, two more were found not guilty and the third was dismissed. He is an expert in military law and well known in his field. He was always extremely professional, caring and dedicated to the outcome of my case. Even though he had other clients he always made me feel like I was his only one and never a burden. His fees are very reasonable and you could easily spend more and get less. With all of the work he did, including dozens of motions, hundreds of e-mails, phone calls, research, etc., I feel he could have easily charged more. If you are undergoing a potential court martial, particularly an Art 120 offense, you want a civilian attorney, and there is nobody I could recommend more than Mr. Cave. It was truly a pleasure working with him and I appreciate everything he did with my case.
Posted by Robert
I hired Mr. Cave to help my son with his case. He was very helpful during the initial consult and made me feel very comfortable and confident in his knowledge. There was a large amount of time between the consult and when I hired him but he immediately went to work. Mr. Cave worked well with my son's military lawyer which helped my son to make the right decisions.
After my son's case was over Mr. Cave gave me a prompt refund of the unspent money I provided up front. I am more than satisfied with Mr. Cave's knowledge, candor, honesty and work ethic. I would definitely recommend Mr. Cave.
Posted by Wayne
Phil Cave, is one of the finest men I have ever had the honor of knowing. His professionalism, knowledge, and ethical standings are beyond reproach. He made me feel comfortable, and most importantly, safe. His integrity, along with his compassion were such a wonderful surprise for me. After being mistreated by those I should have been able to trust, Phil Cave's presence and respect has relit my faith in mankind. Thank you so much Mr. Cave for being the Man you are. With all my Respect, Wayne E. Naylor SSG, U.S. Army Reserve
Posted by a Military Law client
Let me start out by saying based off the reviews, and demonstrated knowledge of Mr Cave I was expecting more. Last year I facing multiple sexual assault type charges. Shortly after hiring Mr Cave all of the charges were dropped except one. CID had no proof, just hearsay and rumors. The 1 charge they
didn't drop was a sexual assault on a E4 female. Who found a male soldier corroborate her story. I knew that this was false, and that the burden of proof would fall on me. Mr Cave, and I looked over all of the statements, and saw a lot of inconsistencies. We also discussed why this soldier might be making this up, and phone contact we'd had with each other. He informed me how long phone companies usually keep client records, and that Ft Lee had a machine that could pull up deleted messages. At no time did we pull deleted messages off my phone using this machine, which would've at least showed no explicit, or inappropriate sexual natured text that I was accused of sending. My other issue is that this soldier was about 8 months pregnant. Every Army supervisor that has ever had a pregnant soldier knows 3 things. 1. You better not violate their profile. 2. They can't be in certain environments and are limited with things they can do workwise. 3. After a certain time in the pregnancy they work limited hours. The statements that were wrote against me were very conflicting. The female victim stated she was touched by me in the morning, and her witness stated afternoon (after lunch). We also worked with 3 or 4 other enlisted soldiers that state they never saw anything, 2 NCO's that stated the same thing, and according to witness no NCO's was present during the act. We also worked with 6 warrant officers. There had never been at anytime outside of lunch where at least not 1 warrant officer was present. There were no statements gathered by CID of any of the officers. The
final issue during this accusation was that the office was being painted every morning. The alleged victim was never allowed in the office during painting, but her statement said that I arrived at work a little after everyone started painting, and she was nearby sorting through paperwork for change of command inventory..I just felt with so many discrepancies in what was being said I'd receive help in hi-lighting that to prove my innocence. I wasn't allowed in the work area to talk to a lot of potential witnesses, and my attorney knew this. If my attorney had gathered eye witness statements from my accuser as well as former co-workers, and documented deleted text through his sources. I would've been better prepared to fight my article 15, and honestly feel I would have beat the charge. What I ended up paying for was advice that all charges could be brought back up at a court martial (any lawyer can tell you that during a free consult), and I had a statement prepared for my article 15 hearing that I came up with alone...but Mr Cave proof-read for grammatical errors (my BN S1 OIC could've handled that for free). I tried to ask my TDS for assistance to prepare for my article 15 hearing, and was informed they couldn't help, because they were preparing for a court martial. I knew an attorney couldn't represent me at a article 15 hearing, but I expected a lot more assistance to prepare for it. If I had known upfront I would have received minimal assistance because I was going into a article 15 hearing versus a court martial..I would have went a completely different route, and after the article 15 hearing I never heard from Mr Cave again. Not even to find out the outcome of the hearing. So personally that told me a lot without verbally telling me.
Posted by Mel
If you find yourself in a situation where you need an experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated attorney who knows military law inside and out - and who will fight for you - Mr. Cave is the person you want on your side. Mr. Cave recently handled my case and despite the uphill battle, we had positive results in the end. While he was handed my case late, he quickly turned it around and we were successful in outcome. I do not know what I would have happened to me without him in my corner. Yes, I do know what would have happened...my career would have ended.
This gentleman cares about servicemembers, gives it to you straight and fights hard for you. The most important thing is that you can trust him. You can't ask for more. If you ever find yourself needing a good military attorney who will stand up for you, this is the guy.
Posted by Richard
I received a letter of intent to revoke my TS/SCI security clearance and was referred to Phil Cave from another attorney who successfully represented me in a related matter. Phil was responsive, accessible, knowledgeable, and empathetic. He takes the time to help you understand the process and all of your options. As a veteran, he understands the military and is extremely flexible with regards to consulting with you - even if it means he has to contact you on nights or weekends due to time zone differences. He replied to most emails I sent him within hours. Hiring an attorney is never cheap, but Phil has structured his retainer fee to be fair and reasonable. I would recommend him to anyone dealing with security clearance issues. The investment in retaining a competent attorney to help guide you through the process is small compared to the potential loss of income due to the loss of a security clearance.
Posted by John
I had the privilege of working with Mr. Cave in December 2012. My son was being put up for NJP, and as a former Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marines, I felt like the charges were predatory in nature and did not represent the facts. Out of concern that my son might lose rank, I contacted Mr. Cave to discuss our options. Mr. Cave immediately turned full attention to the matter and made himself available both before and after normal business hours. The NJP was only two days away, so we had to move very quickly. Mr. Cave spoke several times with both Me and my Son. He then drafted a letter to the Commanding Officer specifically stating our concerns and the facts of the situation. The Commanding Officer took the mater very seriously and began communication down the chain of command. The NJP was dropped, and the Company Commander met with my son to ensure the matter was appropriately addressed. The Letter sent a clear message that higher rank does not give you the power to use the NJP system to effect punitive damages without accountability. I highly recommend Mr. Cave for both his expertise and his ability to raise the flag without offending those who will have to address whatever the situation may be.