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Extensive criminal trial experience, government installation, and operational law background with 8 years of practice in the United States, Guantanamo Bay, and Asia.  A unique background focused on domestic criminal trial work, international law prosecution, detention operations, and classified & complex litigation experience.


Nominated as the American Bar Association USMC Young Lawyer of the Year for 2010 and 2011 and for the 2012 George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award.


Active Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance.


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Practice areas


  1. Military Law: 100%
    10 years, 310 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (45 minutes)

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  • Andrew David Cherkasky

    I endorse this lawyer. John has proven he brings it in military cases and will fight for the record to get set straight.


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    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Military Justice Attorneys

219 Scott Street
PMB 315
Beaufort, SC, 29902-5554


GAActive Member in Good Standing 201308/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Defense Meritorious Service MedalDepartment of Defense2013
Joint Service Commendation MedalDepartment of Defense2011
Certificate of AppreciationCJIATF-435 Detainee Review Boards- Afghanistan2011
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation MedalU.S. Marine Corps2010
CALI Excellence for The Future AwardThe Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction2003
Nominated USMC Young Lawyer of the Year 2010 & 2011American Bar AssociationN/A
Nominated George Van Cleave Military Leadership AwardUSON/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMilitary Justice Attorneys2013 - Present
Judge AdvocateU.S. Marine Corps2004 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/A2006 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
NATO Training Mission/Combined Security Transition Command- AfghanistanHigh Profile Cases Successfully Prosecuted
Guantanamo Bay, CubaAlleged Terrorists Brought to Justice
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
United States Marine Corps UniversityMilitary ScienceMA - Masters2013
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Pepperdine UniversityADR (Mediation, Arbitration, & Negotiation)MA - Masters2005
Calvin CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
University of TegucigalpaSpanish and Latin American StudiesStudy Abroad2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Moot Court BoardMoot Court2005
Moot Court BoardMoot Court2004
Moot Court BoardMoot Court2003