5.0 stars 21 totalReview Philip Cave
Posted by Douglas
Mr. Cave knows what he is doing. I am in the USAF, was charged with an Article 132 offense (fraud), and was found not guilty in a special court martial this afternoon. He was the only lawyer outside of the local area I contacted because of his biography; he’s “seen it all.” From the beginning, he was straightforward and insightful. Our initial consultation was brief. I contacted a few other local UCMJ lawyers, but they wanted to charge me just for a consultation. Mr. Cave’s was free. I am stationed a few hours away from his office and he took the time to come and meet with me (after he was retained) a few weeks before the trial. In the interim, we were hashing out the finer points of my defense. His knowledge of military law was impressive to say the least. I would also like to speak a bit about his personality. Mr. Cave is personable (in my opinion; he was to me) to his clients, but his presence demands respect, especially from the prosecution and judge. My ADC was amazing, absolutely amazing, but I decided to hire Mr. Cave because I wanted to keep the prosecution on their toes and I’m glad I did. Watching him work in the courtroom was an amazing sight. Of course the judge was running the court, but Mr. Cave was commanding it when he was on the floor. Needless to say, he worked flawlessly with my ADC throughout the entire process, made very strong arguments in my defense, and successfully defended me. I would highly recommend Mr. Cave to anyone that is facing a court martial!
Posted by LR
When you face a serious case like the one I had to endure you must look for an experienced attorney. Someone you can rely on. Someone who has the legal expertise and skills to manage the government machine, someone who can defend YOU! A co-worker of mine made an allegation against me despite the fact that we had a good working relationship but destiny took a wrongful turn and an exaggerated lie put me against a rock and a hard place.
I was unintentionally involved in an unfortunate human emotions mishap that almost brought my career to an end. After researching the internet looking for a SOLID expert in the Sexual Assault/Misconduct Allegation field I had to act quickly because the odds were against me despite my strong will to defend myself.
When I first contacted Mr. Cave’s office and got the call back within 24hrs, I was certain that I made the correct decision. Mr. Cave gave me peace of mind – despite the fact that – nothing in military legal matters can be guaranteed. However, Mr. Cave was eager to hear me, to know the facts and to get to know me personally and professionally and to get to work right away. He will visit you personally to establish the initial and crucial dialog…the connection.
Mr. Cave, can be intriguing, unorthodox, and at times mysterious…you may think, is this attorney going to help my case? And the answer is YES! He is an extraordinary and very knowledgeable attorney. His military justice acumen is bar none. He was very accommodating in working with my military attorney and with my needs. He claimed overall control from the get go. He knew what to ask, how to properly prepare me for my defense and knew how to question the “evidence” against me – which was an exaggerated case made out of a lie.
Feel confident that Mr. Cave is worth e-v-e-r-y penny you invest in your defense, especially if you are facing a Board of Inquiry. Your life, reputation and lifetime work CANNOT be bargained at ANY cost. Mr. Cave can work your case and can construct a viable and comforting defense to help you in your needs.
Having gone thru an experience like the one I had to endure for 9 months was no easy task. But Mr. Cave was there for me, my military legal team and family. He truly defended me well and my reputation and career was saved. Rely on an experienced attorney like Mr. Cave. Its high power that you can afford!
Posted by a client
Atty Cave was very professional and was able to provide positive results against all odds. He was very responsive and kept us informed throughout the entire process. I ask a lot of questions and he never got frustrated with me, if he did, he never let on. I would absolutely recommend him or use him again in the future.
Posted by Mia
Retained Mr. Cave after speaking with other lawyers. He asked questions that no other attorney asked.He is genuine, honest ,reliable and true, qualities you want in a lawyer, in a situation where his services are needed. In the end the situation resolved itself and he sent a refund from retainer.Would highly recommend Mr 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