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Peter Kageleiry, Jr.

Military law Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

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    I am a retired Judge Advocate and former paratrooper. In my military career, I earned a reputation as a tenacious fighter for the rights of service members. I have more than 20 years’ military experience. Since 1998, I have defended or prosecuted military courts-martial, court-martial appeals and adverse administrative actions.

    22 years

I am a retired Lieutenant Colonel and I served as both a line officer and a JAG. I began my military career as a platoon leader in the 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne) and 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1998, I became a Judge Advocate and since then I have focused on court-martial law. As a result of this experience, I know the military and I know the court-martial process. I have spent well over a decade perfecting the courtroom skills and legal knowledge required to win tough court-martial cases. I have successfully defended court-martial cases all over the world. As a former Platoon leader and military JAG, I got to know my Soldiers and understand their dedication to their families and their brothers in arms. The economic hardship and emotional toll that comes with being accused of misconduct is immense. I just want to get Soldiers back to the service they love, protect their futures, and mitigate those obstacles that could prevent them from taking care of their families.

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1LT Peter Kageleiry, Jr. stands far right, 1st row with his platoon, 1st PLT, 21st MP Company, 16th MP BDE (Airborne) during a deployment to Haiti for Operation Restore Democracy in 1993.
1LT Pete Kageleiry stands far left with colleagues at Fort Bragg, NC. Pete served as a Military Police Officer with the 82 Airborne Div and the 16th MP Brigade (Airborne).
Licensed for 24 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1998
Updated 09/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Office of Peter Kageleiry, Jr.
4445 Corporation Lane
Suite 173
Virginia Beach, VA, 23462

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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2022
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GOMOR Response
I consulted over 5 attorneys and I knew Peter was the right fit for me! Mr. Peter Kageleiry did an amazing job assisting me with my GOMOR response. I was able to get a local filing and continue on with my career! His advice was spot on and he gave my case his full attention. I wholeheartedly recommend Pete as a GOMOR Response lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2022
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Money Well Spent
Hiring Mr. Kageleiry was an excellent choice. His knowledge and experience of military law put me at ease, and he gave my case his full attention. I achieved an excellent result in my case, and I wholeheartedly recommend him. His advice was spot on, and his team was also amazing. Friendly, timely in responding and genuine. Money well spent!
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Posted by Anthony | October 3, 2022
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Board of Inquiry
Mr. Peter Kageleiry did an amazing job defending me at a Board of Inquiry. He saved my career, retirement, and my honorable service. His experience kept the government from rushing my case and he got me a fair unbiased trial. I can focus on my retirement process and transitioning into a new career. His advice was spot on, and he gave my case his full attention. I wholeheartedly recommend Pete as an AdSep or Board of Inquiry lawyer.
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Posted by Gabe | February 11, 2022
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Equal Opportunity Investigation and Article 15 Client
Mr. Kageleiry provided me with exceptional legal advice and service. I was falsely accused of violating the Army's Equal Opportunity policy. As soon as the allegation was made, my chain of command threatened to separate me from the Army with an Other Than Honorable Discharge. Pete's help and guidance during the investigation was superb. The peace of mind and expertise he provided me during the process was very needed and much appreciated. The packet of information he put together responding to the allegations made all the difference. Thanks to Mr. Kageleiry, I was able to complete my military service at the same rank I held before the investigation and receive an Honorable Discharge. Gabe : Fort Bragg NCO
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Posted by Army Field Grade Officer | January 27, 2022
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Pete's Knowledge and Experience Saved Me
I hired Mr. Kageleiry to help me respond to a General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand. The reprimand was based on a very flawed investigation. Thanks to Mr. Kageliery, the truth came out. I 100% know that his knowledge and experienced saved me. The way we packaged the response to the GOMOR saved me. I tell people about my experience and the value of paying for a great attorney. I appreciate everything Pete did for me and for sticking by me in my darkest hour.
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Posted by Navy Officer | May 7, 2019
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NCIS Investigation For Wrongful Use Of a Controlled Substance
Mr. Kageleiry provided excellent advice to me when I was under investigation by NCIS and my chain of command. I was falsely accused of wrongful use of a controlled substance and I knew I needed help from an experienced attorney. Pete's ability to talk me through the process was a great help. He patiently and thoroughly covered aspects of the investigation and different scenarios. Pete also explained the dangers of making statements to NCIS even if I am innocent of the allegation. I am grateful that I was eventually cleared of any misconduct and I am glad that Mr. Kageleiry was at my side throughout. I am looking forward to getting back to my regular military duties and continuing my career.
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Posted by US ARMY SOLDIER | April 17, 2019
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Court-Martial Client: NOT GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT and CHILD NEGLECT
I hired Mr. Kageleiry to defend me against false allegations made by my ex-wife. She accused me of five aggravated assaults over about 3 years and threatening her and our children, and other crimes I did not commit. I was facing decades in jail and a dishonorable discharge. It seemed like the world was against me – I felt like my command assumed I was guilty and I had no way of proving she was a liar trying to get sole custody of our kids. Mr. Kageleiry fought for me every step of the process. He took apart the prosecution’s case one allegation and one witness at a time. The case took ten months from the time I was charged. But because Mr. Kageleiry was so aggressive investigating and confronting the government witnesses – including the witness who was coaching my wife to lie – the prosecution gave in. Thanks to Mr. Kageleiry’s aggressive investigation and advocacy skills, I was found not guilty of all the aggravated assaults and other false allegations by my wife. Mr. Kageleiry’s hard work has allowed me to get on with my life and to be with my children. Thank you Pete!
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2019
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Army Officer Accused of Assault
I hired Mr. Kageleiry when my chain of command threatened to punish me with an Article 15. Long story short, I was accused of assaulting MPs. Thinking of my family, promotion, career, and future retirement on the line, I needed a lawyer with experience to help me figure out my best options. After researching multiple lawyers, I chose Pete because of his background and experience. Pete spent as much time as needed with me and with witnesses preparing a response to the allegations. He also talked me through the best way to address the Brigadier General who had to decide my fate. Pete is truly a strategist, he knew the right things to say and also the best way to say them. I am appreciative of Pete because of his mentorship that allowed me to present the best defense to my command. We put together a great packet and most important he prepped me thoroughly for the hearing. As a result of this preparation, the general threw out the Article 15. I am glad I hired Pete Kageleiry.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2018
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Art 92(Frat)/DFC/ADSEP Board
I hired Mr. Kageleiry to represent me at an administrative separation board. With my career and retirement at risk, I did not want to take any chances so I spoke with several civilian attorneys before finding Pete. Those other attorneys either wanted an absurd amount of money and/or did not know what they were talking about. When I talked with Pete, it was obvious he has done this before. Pete did an excellent job throughout the process. Before the board, I worked closely with him (not some assistant) to come up with a winning strategy. He patiently answered all my questions and gave me clear advice. The day prior to the board, I met the attorney the Navy gave me -- he had not read the file and had a crazy approach to the board that might have gotten me kicked out of the Navy. On the other hand, Pete knew exactly how to approach the board -- on the day of the board hearing, he quickly established trust with the board members and was able to talk directly and honestly with them about the best outcome not just for me but also for the Navy. Pete's military experience and his legal knowledge allowed him to speak with authority. The board members respected him and appreciated talking to an experienced attorney who obviously knows what he is doing. After listening to Pete talk, reviewing our letters, and my record, the board members voted unanimously to keep me in the Navy. Mr. Kageleiry even convinced them to write a letter of support to Navy personnel command. This was the best outcome I had hoped for. I am grateful I found Mr. Kageleiry and look forward to continuing in the Navy and reaching retirement in a few years.
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Posted by Navy Master Chief | June 21, 2018
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Great Result At Navy Separation Board
After 28 years of Navy service, I was up against a tidal wave of allegations at an administrative separation board. I hired Mr. Kageleiry to represent me because of his experience and reputation for fighting for his clients. Pete fought tooth and nail to keep the government attorney from making unfair and irrelevant arguments. He gave a passionate closing argument that made a big difference in the outcome. I am very pleased with the result of the board. Mr. Kageleiry fought like a bulldog. I am relieved that I will retire as an E9 with an honorable discharge. Hiring Mr. Kageleiry paid off for me and my family.
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Posted by Yolanda | April 3, 2018
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Overturned Wrongful Sexual Assault Conviction
I hired Peter to help my son during his military appeal. That turned out to be a great decision! My son did not receive a fair trial for sexual assault and was sentenced to sixteen years in prison. After the court martial, the military gave my son a "free" appellate lawyer, but that lawyer told my son there was nothing he could do to help him and wanted to submit the case right away without arguing on my son's behalf. However, Mr. Kageleiry knew that the law was changing in some important ways that could help my son win his appeal, so he told my son to be patient. He turned out to be 100% correct. Peter did a very thorough and professional job. He answered all my questions and my son's questions and showed that he really cares about his clients. Most important, Mr. Kageleiry knows military law. The appeal court overturned my son's convictions and sentence. I am grateful that we found an experienced military lawyer to handle my son's appeal. If you or your family member is in trouble with the military, hire Mr. Kageleiry!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2017
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Mr. Kageleiry is a True Professional
I hired Pete to represent me at a Board of Inquiry. My ex-wife falsely accused me of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and other misconduct. Pete crushed the government’s witnesses during cross-examination: he exposed their motives to lie and exaggerate. Pete also called witnesses whose testimony demonstrated my ex-wife, not me, was the abusive person in our relationship. She had assaulted me on numerous occasions, abused me emotionally, and when I caught her cheating on me she accused me of all those things. However, because she claimed to be the victim my chain of command was afraid and/or ignored the evidence that she was making up the allegations. During the separation hearing, the government military lawyers did everything they could to smear my good name and to depict me as a monster. They argued I should receive an other than honorable discharge. Pete fought back at every stage of the two-day hearing to get the truth out – he made tough decisions before and during the hearing that paid off huge in the end. At the end of the case, I was nervous – the government used all their resources to come after me. But Pete delivered a masterful closing argument convincing the three board members I had committed NONE of the misconduct. I was stunned that my two-year ordeal was finally over. I am thankful to Mr. Kageleiry for the work he put into my case. He saved my military pension, my medical benefits, and gave me a chance to get my life back on track. If you are an officer or enlisted in the military and fighting for your career, your pension, and the benefits you’ve earned, hire Mr. Kageleiry!
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2017
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Navy Special Operations Sailor diagnosed with PTSD
I served in the Navy for more than 17 years, including ten combat deployments.  I served in combat in multiple countries including Iraq and Afghanistan.   I also received six awards for valor in combat.  Because of my prolonged exposure to combat, I suffer from a number of health issues, including PTSD.  It had become difficult to function in a “normal” environment, but I continued to want to serve.  Members of my command manipulated me into waiving my entitlement to an administrative discharge board hearing – they did not know what else to do with me, so they were going to kick me out without any retirement or access to the long term medical care I need.  When I contacted Mr. Kageleiry, I was just a few weeks  away from being administratively separated from the Navy with a General Discharge.  Pete convinced the next higher level of command to stop the adverse separation process and give me a chance to go through the medical evaluation process instead.  At the time, the Navy had no requirement to process me through medical channels even though I was obviously suffering from PTSD.  Thanks to Mr. Kageleiry’s efforts over more than 18 months, I was given the time needed to be diagnosed and subsequently given a very high disability rating.  Recently, I received my DD214 with an Honorable Discharge and will start receiving my medical retirement / disability pay.  I will also have access to medical care through the VA.  Pete fought for me every step of the way through the administrative process and through the threat of a Special Court-Martial.  In large part because of Mr. Kageleiry’s advocacy on my behalf, my chain of command came to realize that the right thing to do was to process me through medical channels and eventually supported my effort to receive a medical retirement.  Pete understood how to communicate with the chain of command and how to craft an effective argument making then see the right course of action.  He was able to effectively fight for me when no one else knew what to do.  Pete is an exceptional military lawyer who understands what it means to serve our great country and who fights tirelessly to protect service members’ rights.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2017
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Honest and helpful
I called Pete late on a Friday afternoon. He answered the phone himself which was a pleasant surprise because I really needed to talk. After explaining my situation he gave me an honest assessment and walked me through some ideas to think about. He listened closely and because he is former military, knew exactly what I was dealing with. I appreciated that he told me up front that my situation dealt with areas in which he did not specialize. For anyone who decides to consult with Pete, know that your conversation is confidential. I had not talked with a lawyer before and was concerned about explaining my situation to anyone, but my concern was unfounded.
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Posted by A | January 13, 2017
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USNR LCDR
Tested positive for DAMP due to ADHD medicine. Despite a medical professional testing, diagnosis with treatment, and five medical doctors and pharmaceutical professional supportive documentation the Navy required me to show cause for retention at a BOI. I hired Pete to represent me and it was the best course of action I could have taken. His professional experience as an Army JAG & with military law was crucial in representing my case to the Board. The Board's final decision was in my favor, and they decided 'no misconduct and recommmended retention in military service.'
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2016
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Board of Inquiry
I hired Pete to represent me during a Board of Inquiry in which I was required to “show cause” for staying in the Navy. The results speak for themselves – Thanks to Mr. Kageleiry’s advocacy I was exonerated of the allegations against me. Pete was well prepared and he did a great job convincing the board that I had not committed any misconduct. I was previously taken to Captains Mast for Assault (Article 128), Conduct Unbecoming an Officer (Article 133) and Drunk and Disorderly Conduct (Article 134). Pete correctly anticipated the issues in my case and was able to use his military experience as well his understanding of the legal issues to convince the board that I should be allowed to continue my military career. I highly recommend Mr. Kageliery for anyone stuck in a similar situation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2016
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Mr. Kageleiry Fought For Me
Mr. Kageleiry represented me at my court martial. From the very beginning of a year long ordeal, Pete was on my side aggressively fighting for me. I was accused of killing another person, but Pete proved to the jury that I acted in self-defense. Pete was prepared for every part of the case and he knew how to take over the court room, especially when he confronted the prosecution's witnesses. Thanks to him, I was able to prove my innocence. The very next week I was promoted and since then I have gone on with my military career. Thanks to Mr. Kageleiry I am still having a great life."
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Posted by Johnny | November 3, 2016
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Pete gets it done!
I hired Pete to represent my son in a court martial case .The charges were over exaggerated by his junior grade commanding officer who didn't really know what he was doing.Then add over zealous military prosecuting attorneys trying to put notches on their belt and my son was heading for a disaster. As soon as Pete got involved everything changed.They immediately dropped all the piled on frivolous charges,and made a plea agreement. We trusted the free defense military attorney at first."big mistake" I believe if I would have hired Pete from the very start all charges would have been dropp ed. Don't trust the government with your sons and daughters when it comes to legal matters.They could end up incarcerated. After this incident he immediately got out of service with a honarable condition discharge. You get what you pay for. John
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Posted by Kenneth | November 3, 2016
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Court Martial
LTC (Ret) Peter Kageleiry is an outstanding lawyer and a true patriot. I must say that he did an outstanding job defending me at my Army court martial trial. This was a very critical time in my military career . It was also very stressful for my family . Pete fought for me every step of the way and always kept a positive attitude no matter the obstacles he encountered. The prosecution came at us with two pages of charges and Pete never wavered but attacked the governments case one witness at a time until it fell apart. After Several months of investigation and a week long trial, I was exonerated. I continued my military career and retired with and honorable discharge
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Court-Martial Defense Firm
  • 2014 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • College Of William & Mary Law School
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
  • US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Deputy Chief
  • US Army Defense Appellate Division, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Senior Defense Appellate Attorney
  • US Army Defense Appellate Division
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Branch Chief
  • US Army Defense Appellate Division, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Senior Defense Counsel
  • US Army Trial Defense Service, Mannheim, Germany
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Senior Prosecuting Attorney / Chief of Military Justice
  • US Army, Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Graduate Student
  • Us Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center & School
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Senior Defense Counsel
  • US Army Trial Defense Service, Fort Gordon, GA
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • US Army Southern European Task Force (Airborne), Vicenza, Italy
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Chief of Operational Law
  • US Army Southern European Task Force (Airborne), Vicenza Italy
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Group Judge Advocate
  • US Army Support Group, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Judge Advocate
  • 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Platoon Leader
  • 82nd Airborne Division
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Platoon Leader
  • 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne)
  • 1991 - 1994
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Education

  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2006
  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006
  • Boston College Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
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Legal Cases

  • SOLDIER CHARGED WITH KILLING A CIVILIAN MAN AT A BAR IN HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
  • Not guilty of all charges. A week later the soldier was promoted to sergeant and continued his military career.
  • SAILOR WITH FOURTEEN YEARS SERVICE ACCUSED OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL (DUI) ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS
  • Allegations of misconduct unfounded and sailor retained in the Navy and continued his career.
  • SENIOR OFFICER ACCUSED OF FRAUD, MULTIPLE LARCENIES, FALSE OFFICIAL STATEMENTS, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, AND CONDUCT UNBECOMING
  • Not guilty of all but least serious offenses. Sentenced to a fine and a reprimand. Officer continued his career and retired from active duty with full pension and benefits.
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Associations

  • National Association of Military Defense Lawyers
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Court Martial Lawyers
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • 82nd Airborne Division Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Military Law
  • 2017
  • US Army Trial Defense Service Leadership Conference
  • Interlocutory Appeals and Petitions For Extraordinary Relief in Military Courts
  • 2012
  • US Army Trial Defense Service Leadership Conference
  • Interlocutory Appeals and Petitions for Extraordinary Relief in Military Courts
  • 2011
  • European Region Trial Defense Service Conference, Nuremberg, Germany
  • Basic Cross-Examination For New Defense Counsel
  • 2008
  • Trial Defense Service Conference, Garmisch, Germany
  • Post-Trial Requests For Clemency in the military justice system
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
Military law Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Pete for over 15 years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to see his abilities both at the trial and appellate level. Pete is a zealous advocate for his clients. His reputation as one of the truly outstanding military trial and appellate attorneys is well earned. I enthusiastically endorse him."
Military law Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Pete is an outstanding military defense lawyer. I have worked with and against him on numerous cases since 2003, including several high profile court martial cases. He is a bulldog in and out of court when it comes to fighting for his clients."
Military law Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Pete. I have known him for over 12 years. He is a highly skilled and aggressive criminal defense lawyer. He has the trial experience and confidence that allows him to take difficult cases to trial and win."
Military law Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Pete. Pete has extensive experience working at the trial and appellate level. His 20+ years of experience in the military justice system sets him apart from others. Pete diligently investigates each case in order to get the best possible results for each of his clients."
Military law Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Pete Kageleiry is one of the best lawyers out there. I have worked with Pete at both the trial and appellate levels, and his work is superb. He goes all out for his clients. Now that he is retired from the military, he will continue to serve clients as a civilian attorney. If you need a court-martial lawyer, you can't go wrong with Pete Kageleiry."
Military law Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Peter Kageleiry is nothing short of a military appellate expert. When I am navigating a complex issue at the trial level and want to ensure that I am considering all potential second and third order effects, I call Mr Kageleiry. His analysis is systematic, learned, and spot-on each time. Mr Kageleiry possesses a true gift to be able to comb his mind through the layers of military appellate caselaw and then apply your facts to the law. His knowledge of the body of military law is nothing short of encyclopedic. I recommend him without hesitation for work on any military appeal. Likewise, his knowledge of caselaw and his down-to-earth demeanor make him a fierce ally in the trial courtroom. He is able to relate to military panels and to advocate to the junior and most senior members of the panel. He obtained a just result of full acquittal in a murder case after countless hours of preparation and flawless execution at trial. I endorse him without reservation for military trial work."
Military law Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. LTC Kageleiry is an excellent US Army lawyer and officer. His specialty is in the area of military justice and is a superb courtroom strategist. He knows the Rules of Courts-Martial and the Rules of Evidence inside and out. I definitely call on him to help me on my toughest and most impossible cases."
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Virginia Beach Military law Lawyer Peter Kageleiry, Jr.
Peter Kageleiry, Jr.
Military law Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 24 years
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