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Colby Claude Vokey

Practice areas:

Military Law, Criminal Defense, Federal Crime

About Me

Mr. Vokey is one of the most well known and prominent military lawyers in the world. He has earned a national reputation as a hard-nosed, zealous criminal defense trial attorney. A retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Marine Corps, he has been involved in some of the most highly publicized military cases this century. He served as the lead counsel for a Canadian teenager detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and held for trial by a military commission on murder and terrorism charges. Mr. Vokey also defended the Marine squad leader accused of killing 18 people in the now infamous city of Haditha, Iraq.


Mr. Vokey served his country as a Marine Corps officer for over 20 years. He first served as an artillery officer, to include a combat tour during the first Persian Gulf War. Mr. Vokey also handled a variety of critical jobs involving sensitive or classified information. He was then selected for the highly competitive military law program. After graduating with distinction from law school, where he was also honored with selection to the Order of the Barristers, Mr. Vokey began a career as a trial lawyer. With the exception of one year spent obtaining his Masters of Law, he spent all of his time as a military judge advocate in the courtroom as either a prosecutor or defense attorney.


Mr. Vokey has tried hundreds of cases as both a prosecutor and defense counsel. As chief prosecutor for the busiest trial team in all of the Department of Defense at Camp Pendleton, California, he supervised or tried hundreds of cases. Not the one to sit on the sidelines, Mr. Vokey served as lead prosecutor for many cases to include murder, drug distribution, rape and a highly publicized bank fraud case involving the attempted theft of millions of dollars from the Federal Reserve. Mr. Vokey often worked closely with law enforcement organizations such as NCIS, FBI and military investigators during both the investigation and trial stages. As a result of his performance, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary of the Navy.


As a defense attorney, Mr. Vokey earned the reputation as an aggressive and tough advocate for his clients, both military and civilian. As the Chief of all Marine Corps defense counsel in the Western half of the United States and in Iraq, he was responsible for the defense of service members charged with a variety of crimes. Many of those cases would come out of combat actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and included numerous cases of war crimes cases against U.S. service members. He personally defended numerous clients, to include those charged with murder, manslaughter and other major offenses. He constantly fought for the rights of accused servicemembers in and out of the courtroom. Observing our men and women returning from multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr. Vokey noticed that many were suffering from post traumatic stress, combat stress or other mental health issues. In an interview with USA Today newspaper, Mr. Vokey became a strong supporter of the rights of service members who returned from combat with a variety of mental health disorders only to find themselves being kicked out of the service.


Mr. Vokey has continued representing service members in the most difficult and, sometimes, notorious cases.  He has represented at trial more service members charged with war crimes and crimes originating in a combat zone than any other attorney in the country.  Mr. Vokey has also handled a great number of sexual assault cases over the years.  In the last three years, after the military focused on prosecuting such cases, Mr. Vokey has won trial after trial involving sexual assault, rape and similar offenses.  His zealous and dogged representation of his clients is noticeable no matter the type of case, no matter the location of the court.


Mr. Vokey has been asked to speak all over the United States and overseas on criminal law, international law, veterans’ rights and a variety of other topics. His speeches and presentations include those at Harvard Law School and Harvard International Legal Studies; Keynote Speaker for 2008 Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Banquet; University of Virginia International Law Symposium; Human Rights Conference, House of Commons, London, England; Dallas Bar Association; Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; John Marshall Law School, Atlanta; Texas A&M University; Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego; South Texas College of Law, Houston; University of North Dakota School of Law; Federal Bar Association, Dallas Chapter; Banyard Inns of Court, Orange County, California; San Diego Public Defenders Association; Mira Costa College, Vista, California. In addition to hundreds of television, radio, magazine and newspaper interviews in the United States and abroad and his own entry on the online Wikipedia website, Mr. Vokey has been the subject of several feature stories, such as: the segment All Things Considered on National Public Radio; Texas Aggie magazine, San Diego Union Tribune newspaper; and the Dallas Morning News.


After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2008, Mr. Vokey joined the prestigious Dallas criminal law firm of Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl LLP, where he was made a Partner.  Adding to his military and criminal justice experience, he then worked at two different civil law firms, representing injured persons in personal injury cases.  No matter the type of case – military, criminal or civil – Mr. Vokey brings to the courtroom a wealth of trial experience and an expertise. His trial record and reputation along with his impeccable qualifications and solid work ethic put him among the very best in the representation of injured persons and  service members, citizens and businesses that find themselves subject to investigation and prosecution in criminal matters.


Additionally, Mr. Vokey has served as an expert witness and consultant in military matters for both state and federal cases. His wide and varied experiences qualify him to provide expert opinion, advice and testimonial in: general military matters; strategy, tactics and operations; military administration; military benefits, separation and retirement; criminal law; military law; and government contracting and ethics.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Military Law: 80%
    18 years
  2. Federal Crime: 10%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Michael Frederick Cardoza

    Almost nobody is more enthusiastic about a court fight than Colby Vokey. He loves it! He makes prosecutors cringe because he has all day to take their case apart. I've seen him in action and it works. I endorse this lawyer!

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    Michael Cardoza Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Paul H. McConnell

    I endorse Colby Vokey. Colby is a fantastic trial lawyer and ferocious fighter. I highly recommend Colby to anyone in Texas facing charges.

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    Paul McConnell Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Firm of Colby Vokey PC

6924 Spanky Branch Court
Dallas, TX, 75248

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200405/24/2015
NDNo longer licensed to practice law in N.D.199809/15/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Charles R. English Criminal Defense Lawyer of the YearAmerican Bar Association2007
Global War on Terrorism Service MedalUnited States Marine Corps2004
Army Commendation MedalUnited States Army2003
Outstanding Volunteer Service MedalUnited States Army2003
Meritorious Service MedalUnited States Marine Corps2002
Order of Barristers, Excellence in Courtroom AdvocacyOrder of Barristers1998
Honorable Order of Saint BarbaraUnited States Marine Corps1995
Navy Commendation MedalUnited States Marine Corps1995
Navy Achievement MedalUnited States Marine Corps1992
All-Marine Rugby TeamUnited States Marine Corps1992
Combat Action RibbonU.S. Marine Corps1991
Combat Action RibbonUnited States Marine Corps1991
Kuwait Liberation MedalUnited States Marine Corps1991
Southwest Asia Service MedalUnited States Marine Corps1991

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Firm of Colby VokeyPC2013 - Present
PartnerFitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl2008 - 2013
Regional Defense CounselUnited States Marine Corps2003 - 2008
Chief Prosecutor and OICUnited States Marine Corps1999 - 2002
Senior Defense CounselUnited States Marine Corps1998 - 1999
Inspector-InstructorUnited States Marine Corps1992 - 1995
Combat Artillery OfficerUnited States Marine Corps1991 - 1992
Artillery OfficerUnited States Marine Corps1988 - 1991

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Aggie Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2013 - Present
North American Law CenterStaff Attorney2012 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Individual Rights and Responsibilities SectionMember2010 - Present
Center for American and International LawCourse Director2009 - Present
The Constitution ProjectCommittee Member2009 - Present
National Institute of Military JusticeAdvisory Board2009 - Present
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeStaff Instructor2005 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Military Law SectionMember2004 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember2003 - Present
Veterans of Foreign WarsLifetime Member1992 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Marine Officer Acquitted of War CrimesNot guilty of attempted murders and aggravated assaults
Soldier Acquitted of BAH Fraud and False StatementsNot guilty to all charges
Senior officer charged with sexual harassmentCharges dismissed, retired with honorable discharge

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Texas State Bar College Summer School CLE BookGuantanamo Bay - The Rule of Law "Black Hole"2013
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting CoursebookGuantanamo Bay and the Golden Rule2010
The WarriorA Few Good Scenes - Combat and Betrayal: The Story of 1stLt Shawn Blair, USMC2007
Military Law ReviewArticle 107, UCMJ: Do False Statements Really Have To Be Official?2004

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeTrial LawyerGraduate2010
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyMaster of LawLL.M - Master of Laws2003
University Of North DakotaDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)JD (Juris Doctor) with Distinction1998
Texas A&M UniversityPolitical ScienceBachelor of Science1987

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
United American Patriots Rally, Washington,D.C.Injustice in War Crimes Cases2015
Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, San DiegoVoir Dire and the Jury - Staff Instructor2015
Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Austin, TexasOpening Statements - Staff Instructor2015
Local Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Dallas, TexasTrial Skills – Staff Instructor2015
Legal Issues in WarThe Just War Theory2015
A Taste of Voir Dire, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Houston, TexasSelecting a Jury2015
Three-Week College, Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, WyomingTrial Skills Training – Staff Instructor2014
The Indiana Public Defender Council, Trial Practice Institute, Lawrenceburg, IndianaTrial Skills and Preparation2014
Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Grapevine, TexasVoir Dire – Staff Instructor2014
Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, TexasDefending Sexual Assault Cases – Co-Director and Lecturer2014
Local Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Irving, TexasPicking a Jury – Staff Instructor2014
Three-Week College, Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, WyomingTrial Techniques – Staff Instructor2013
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Veterans Seminar, Southern Methodist University, University Park, TexasMilitary Justice2013
State Bar of Texas, Bill of Rights CLE, Austin, TexasThe Guantanamo Bay Update2013
State Bar College, Summer School CLE, Galveston, TexasThe Rule of Law “Black Hole”2013
Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Pottsboro, TexasClosing Arguments – Staff Instructor2013
Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, TexasDefending Sexual Assault Cases – Co-Director and Lecturer2013
Dallas Bar Association, Judicial Committee CLE, Dallas, TexasModern Jury Trials2013
Bob Chaloupka Trial Skills Seminar, Scottsbluff, NebraskaPutting Trials in Action: Witness Demonstrations2013
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft.Worth, Dallas, TexasYou Don’t Like the Truth: Four Days Inside Guantanamo2012
Three-Week College, Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, WyomingPsychodramatic Techniques and Discovering the Story – Staff Instructor2012
Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Roundtop, TexasCross Examination Techniques – Staff Instructor2012
Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Cambria, CaliforniaDiscovering the Story of the Case – Staff Instructor2012
Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, TexasMilitary Defense Counsel Trial Litigation – Co-Director and Lecturer2012
Yavneh Prep School, Dallas, TexasLegal and Moral Issues in War2011
Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Roundtop, TexasVoir Dire – Staff Instructor2011
Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode IslandDefending Complex Cases2011
Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, TexasPretrial Investigation and Discovery2011
Marine Corps Defense Conference, Mirimar, CaliforniaDeveloping Case Theory2011
International Law Symposium, Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New JerseyReform of Military Commissions2011
Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, University Park, TexasHuman Rights Law2011
Army Advanced Trial Advocacy Training, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaPersuading the Jury2011
Yavneh Prep School, Dallas, TexasWar Crimes Comparison: Haditha Versus Guantanamo2010
Veteran’s Law Seminar, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, University Park, TexasMilitary Discharge Upgrades and the Boards for Correction for Military Records2010
State Bar of Texas, Military Law Section, New Braunfels, TexasWar Crimes: Hamdania and Haditha2010
State Bar of Texas, Bill of Rights CLE, Austin, TexasGuantanamo Bay and the Golden Rule2010
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Ft.Worth, TexasThe Future of Guantanamo Bay: Where Do We (And the Detainees) Go From Here?2010
Mac Taylor Inn of Court, Dallas, TexasCourts-Martial and Modern War Crimes2010
University of California, Davis, CaliforniaHuman Rights Workshop2009
State Bar of Texas, Bill of Rights CLE, Houston, TexasLawyers and the Rule of Law2009
St. Ignatius Prep, ChicagoWar Crimes and the Golden Rule2009
Rockwall County Bar Association, Rockwall, TexasLessons from Guantanamo2009
Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode IslandThe Use of Media in High Visibility Cases2009
Metroplex Marines Association, Dallas, TexasMarine Corps War Crimes2009
Knights of Colombus, Dallas, TexasRules of Engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan2009
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CaliforniaMilitary Trials and Rules of Evidence2008
June 2008 Texas Aggie MagazineStanding Up For Justice2008
HCCLA Annual Banquet, Houston, TexasPTSD Among Servicemembers and Defending Military Cases - Keynote Speaker2008
Harvard International Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, Boston, MassachusettesWar Crimes2008
Dallas Federal Bar Association CLE, Dallas, TexasHow 9/11 Has Changed the Practice of Law2008
Criminal Law Association, University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North DakotaLawyers are the key to Freedom - Guantanamo to Iraq2008
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual CLEDefending a Detainee at Guantanamo Bay2008
Western Region Trial Advocacy Training, San Diego, CaliforniaTrial Advocacy Skills Training2007
Texas A&M University Featured Speaker, College Station, TexasHaditha, Iraq - Lessons Learned from the Marines Charged with War Crimes2007
Pacific Region Trial Advocacy Training, Hawaii/Okinawa, JapanTrial Advocacy Skills Training2007
NPR - All Things Considered radio showRespected Marine Lawyer Alleges Military Injustice2007
Mira Costa College, Vista, CaliforniaInterrogations and the Law of War2007
British Human Rights Conference - House of Commons, London, EnglandLegality of Guantanamo Bay Detentions2007
University of Virgina International Studies Conference, Charlottesville, VirginaGuantanamo Bay and Issues of International Law2006
Trial Advocacy Training, Camp Pendleton,CaliforniaCross Examination and Closing Argument with Gerry Spence2006
John Marshall Law School Human Rights, AtlantaHuman Rights and Guantanamo Bay2006
East Coast Trial Advocacy Training, Camp Lejuene, North CarolinaTrial Advocacy Skills Training2006
Dallas Bar Association CLE, Dallas, TexasDefending an Accused Terrorist at Guantanamo Bay2006
Banyard Inn of Court, Orange County, CaliforniaMilitary Commissions and Tribunals2006