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William Emil Cassara

Military law Attorney at Augusta, GA

4.4   55 reviews
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  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 26 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 36 years
    Maryland - MD 36 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Military law
    100%
    My law practice is exclusively limited to representing current and former military members in courts-martial, administrative hearings, court-martial appeals, discharge upgrades and other military related matters.

    37 years, 3,000 cases

EXPERIENCED HARD WORKING AND DEDICATED MILITARY LAW ATTORNEY. CONTACT ME FOR A FREE CONSULTATION.


I spent six years in the Army JAG Corps on active duty and another 16 in the reserves. Most of my time on active duty and in the reserves was dealing with military law, as a prosecutor, defense counsel and appellate counsel. For over 30 years my private practice has been in the area of military law. I love what I do. I love helping current and former service members who find themselves in trouble. I practice mainly in the areas of court-martial appeals, military discharge upgrades, correction of military records, security clearances, Grade Determination Boards, and other military related matters.

I am married and have two grown children. If I can be of any assistance or if you just want to discuss your situation, please contact me for a free consultation.

Awards

Top Contributor 2024,2023,2022,2021,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2024 2023 2022 + 8 ...
Client's Choice 2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Client's Choice
2016 2015 2014 + 2 ...

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Location

William E. Cassara, P.C.
918 Hunting Horn Way West
Augusta, GA, 30809

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  55 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Daniel | September 13, 2012
Best military attorney around!!!!!!!
i just want to say that Mr. Cassara is great at what he does! Extremely knowledeable in military law, allways kept me up to date on my case and his response time was great. I was serving 25 years and Mr. Cassara was able to over turn my case and now im a free man with a loving family. just want to say thank you to Mr. Cassara for giving me my life back.
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Posted by Chief | September 26, 2012
CID Special Agent accused of Felony and Bill Cassara is the only lawyer you want in your arsenal
I am a senior Special Agent with Army CID. I have worked hundreds of cases and have seen many lawyers throughout my career. Never would I have thought a routine day at the office would have ended in muliple Felony allegations against me. I will tell you CID Agents are not immune from prosecution. The allegations against me went to a Art 32 and then referred to a General Court Martial. I have friends who are attorney's and when i asked who was the "best Attorney" I was given the name Bill Cassara. Bill is highly respected within the legal community and his experiance is unrivaled. Bill worked dillegently on my case and when it came time for my court martial I had no doubt we were prepared. At the end of the day I was aquitted on all charges and specifications. You would think the aquittal would have been the end, however my case was review again to see if they could give me a GOMAR. Bill's advice again was paramount as the decision was made to take no further action against me. I wouldn't wish what I have been throught the past year on my worst enemy, however if you find your self in a situation requiring legal assistance, you should stop right now and call Mr. Cassara. You won't regret it.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very good lawyer
Very good lawyer, gives important advice, I shared my problem and got a suitable comment I recommend it
Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
very fast and good response
helped me assess a sticky situation was very good at getting me out of doubts so i have to give him five stars
Posted by Jody | June 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest
thank you for a quick response, straightforward and honest.I did not hire this attorney but he took time to answer me in an online forum. I appreciated the quick response and kindness in his answer.
Posted by Andre | December 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got me to remain on active duty and retire.
William is an excellent attorney. My family and I hired William in 2003 for my case. William knows military law. I give William the upmost respect. if it was not for William I would not have retired from the active duty army 7 years ago and maintain my benefits which allowed me to graduate from college and get a great job after my retirement. I owe this all to William. My family still to this day tells me he was a God send.
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Response from William Cassara January 7, 2021
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Barbara | May 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended: Mr.Cassara helped me get my life back!
After being blind sided with an investigation from the United States Air Force I had no idea where to turn. I was a 4 year enlisted Airman who had never been in trouble /never been issued a piece of paperwork and felt helpless. I Googled Court Martial Experts called around and Mr. Cassara was the only lawyer who would even agree to meet with me. He was extremely easy to work with and at no point did I ever feel left out of my court martial process. He was there every step of the way and was able to give me answers my Area Defense Council couldn't. When it came time for my court martial I felt confident and knew I had a strong team in my corner. Unfortunately we lost the case and I served time ,lost rank ,the whole nine yards. We immediately put in for an appeal and let the process begin. Flash forward 2 years later and my entire case was OVERTURNED!! My BCD turned into a HONORABLE, SSgt reinstated, and most importantly benefits and my G.I BILL!! I can not thank Mr. Cassara enough for being there, keeping me updated, never judging and staying positive through a terrifying time in my life.
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Posted by Kevin | March 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Did an excellent job for my daughter. Bill went above and beyond what we expected him to do. I wouldn't recommend anyone else
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wrongful Court Martial Overturned
I served overseas as an American Soldier. Feb 2013 I served a prison sentence for crimes I never committed under UCMJ until my release in Aug 2014. My family contacted the firm of Mr. Cassara and my case was overturned Aug 2015. Afterwards I was returned to active duty as a result and honorably discharged Apr 2016.
Posted by Donald | February 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney Fighting for Veterans
Bill was great, positive from the beginning my case would be successful, he is a true professional that knows how to work the Military Courts in your favor, if I ever have a case in the future, the only one I will call is Bill Cassara.
Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
G-RAP Defense
Mr. Cassara accomplished everything he set out to do in my case. Upon finding myself under investigation for G Rap allegations I hired him. At that point in time I had little confidence that my case was going to end up positive. He expeditiously reviewed my case and quickly drafted a contract with an objective of pre-indictment negotiation. They then set out to turn my reputation around with the justice department and negotiated a proffer agreement. The outcome of his efforts resulted in an avoidance of indictment altogether and was resolved with a pre-trial diversion. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Cassara and Mr. Carl Lietz I can now get my life back together and moving forward. If you are seeking a very good lawyer I highly recommend Mr. Cassara- especially if you are being investigated for G Rap.
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Posted by Robert | September 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Suite in federal court for retired pay
Provided outstanding service. He responded promptly to my questions and concerns. Represented my case well and got me an acceptable settlement in a few months.
Posted by Nicholas | August 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Change in discharge and reenlistment code would not have happened without him.
I cannot recommend Mr. Cassara enough. He is realistic, responds to emails quickly and answers questions truthfully. Do not go in front of a board without him. His experience was a make or break for me and I would not have been granted a change on my dd-214 without him with me at my hearing.
Posted by Brian | June 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my job!
I was facing losing my job due to some previous issues that had been dealt with but were not up to date at DOD CAF. Mr. Cassara handled my case and within 1.5 months my clearance was granted. This would not have happened if I had not hired Mr. Cassara to handle my case.
Posted by Johnny | April 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
William Cassara Best Military Law attorney in his field
After reviewing various attorneys over the phone in regards to a false rape accusation, I chose Mr. Cassara. At the time my world was upside down with no one but a handful of friends who supported me. Mr. Cassara assured me that he would take my case and handle it with the utmost discretion. He reviewed the files and gave me a no nonsense data dump telling me it didn't look good. He didn't give up or drop the case, but continued to push for more information. He spoke with the Trial Defense Services and the prosecution and gathered information from witnesses and the evidence presented. He created a plan of attack in which we had a 25% odd we could win at the Article 32 hearing. He kept me informed of all matters pertaining to the court martial allowing me to continue working as a soldier until the time came for the Article 32 hearing. We met and he introduced to me his plan of attack. He again provided a truthful assessment in which he said that if we didn't get the case thrown out at the Article 32 hearing, then we will proceed to a court martial and fight the allegations there. Mr. Cassara had interviewed all witnesses and reviewed the evidence and prepared me for the article 32 hearing. At the article 32 hearing, I was amazed by his knowledge of the military court system, his passion to fight on my behalf and his tenacity to show the court the true circumstances of the case. He provided an excellent cross examination of the witness calling into doubt her testimony. The preparation he provided me the evening before assisted me on the stand to discuss the facts of the case and to remain calm in the face of the prosecution. He countered the prosecutions claims and provided the court with the accurate picture through words, evidence and character witnesses. At the end of the article 32, the officer presiding over the hearing ruled that the evidence didn't sufficiently support the charge of rape. He found the evidence insufficient because it was based on the credibility of the accuser and he didn't find her to be credible after the expert cross examination of Mr. Cassara. The charges were dropped and the government's case against me was thrown out because of Mr. Cassara. I'm a free man because of him and his skills and ability to show the truth to the court. He is truly a lawyer you want by your side if you face a situation with the military and UCMJ. This isn't the only case where Mr. Cassara helped me, but it was the most serious. The next matter he assisted me on was the QMP. After the article 32, the government decided that they invested too much money in the rape case and decided to prosecute me on adultery. Mind you, I was legally separated at the time, but UCMJ doesn't recognize legal separation. Mr. Cassara assisted me with preparing the documentation and gather character references. He took time out his day to assist me. He was always available for questions and never left me uninformed. Lastly, his assistance helped me retain my clearance due to the debacle of the incident listed above. He again gathered the paperwork, assisted with the character references and then communicated directly with the Special Security Officer. He kept on top of the matter and ensured I was kept up to date on the matters that had transpired. On 16 January 2016 I was granted my TS/SCI clearance and gained employment as a contractor. If you need assistance for any matter pertaining to UCMJ, QMP or Security Clearance issues to include revoking of security clearance, CONTACT MR. CASSARA!
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill is an amazing Attorney
I was facing multiple charges, which included Grand Larceny, False official statement etc. which covered the entire span of my military career, and amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars in BAH payments. To state the obvious, I was completely innocent of these accusations, nonetheless I thought my life was over because the U.S Government was after me. I did some research for a competent attorney and hired Bill, who was very responsive. After we meat, he immediately sprung into action on my behalf. He used his leverage with CID to find out exactly what those accusation entailed. Once that was done he had a course of action that included a meeting with CID and played hard ball. I recalled Bill stating if CID comes with any nonsense we get up and walk out. I was nervous but I followed his lead. After our meeting with CID I thanked Bill furiously because I saw for the first time how weak and nonsensical the case against me. Bill told me to sit and wait on them (CID). We did not require any further meetings with CID and the investigation was later dropped for No wrongdoing on my part. If the Army accuses you of any crime, you want Bill to represent you. He is direct, extremely skillful, well networked, and understanding. I was able to retire honorably after the ordeal.
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Posted by Tracey | April 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me fix my records.
Mr. Cassara was a huge asset in helping me get my records corrected. On his advice, I sought out a Psychiatrist to conduct a forensic psychological evaluation to determine the truth with my past and current mental health issues. Once it was determined that I DID NOT suffer from Personality Disorder, Mr. Cassara took that information (among other things) and presented my case before the AFDRB. Not only did the board come to the decision that my records were in error and needed to be corrected, they also concluded that I had not been treated fairly by my chain of command at the time of my discharge. It was wonderful to feel that the truth had finally come out, and that I could hold my head high again re: my discharge. I owe that ALL to Mr. Cassara. Thank you, Sir!
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Posted by Eric | March 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best in Military Law
I retained Mr. Cassara as my lawyer when my case entered appeal and it has been success after success since. He was able to get a criminal conviction on an invalid urine drug screen set-aside by proving that I didn't get a fair trial and that my military lawyer had made some egregious errors. I am no longer a convict, I am an exonoree! After that he worked diligently with a forensic team to scientifically prove that this urine sample was contaminated with a major contribution of DNA from another person. There were attempts to discredit the evidence, which Mr. Cassara skillfully parried. At a subsequent Board of Inquiry alleging the same charges as the court-martial he kept all stakeholders focused on one central issue - this urine drug screen was invalid and when taking additional exculpatory evidence into account, such as a negative hair follicle test and negative polygraph - my innocence is proven. The government did not meet it's burden of proof! If you are a military service member who is in pursuit of justice - you need this man by your side!
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Posted by Chris | August 26, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Discharge Upgrade
Mr. Cassara is a very knowledgeable and seasoned attorney. In my opinion and personal experience working with many other attorneys, hands down Bill is one of the best in the country. My case was extraordinarily complex. He is very thorough, a master at his craft, dedicated to seeing his cases win the best possible outcome. If you have military legal issues needing to be resolved, I highly suggest contacting William Cassara.
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Posted by Richard | July 17, 2015
One lawyer that we've had to deal with that I trust
Bill was compassionate and worked with our family to help resolve issue our son had with the army. He met with us as a family, and was able to help us present our case to the Army. His help was excellent.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • William E. Cassara
  • 1997 - Present
  • Attorney
  • William E. Cassara, P.C.
  • 1997 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of South Carolina School Of Law
  • 1998 - 2007
  • Military Law Attorney
  • Stark & Little
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Baltimore School Of Law
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Appellate Attorney and Defense Counsel
  • U.S. Army Reserve Jag Corps
  • 1994 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Law Office Kevin L. Beard
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Defense Attorney and Prosecutor
  • United States Army JAG Corps
  • 1987 - 1993
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Education

  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
  • Certificate
  • 2004
  • U.S. Army JAG School
  • Advanced Course
  • 2002
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. Army LTC
  • Retirement
  • Former Marine's OTH Discharge upgraded
  • Discharge Upgraded
  • U.S. v. SSG M
  • Charges reversed on appeal
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Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2011
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • United States Army
  • 1995

Publications

  • Georgia Bar VA Symposium
  • Military Discharge Upgrades
  • 2012
  • University of Baltimore Law Forum
  • Division of Marital Property
  • 1988
  • The Baltimore Lawyer
  • Settling Fee Disputes
  • 1987

Speaking Engagements

  • U.S. Army Trial Defense Service CLE
  • Court-Martial Appeals
  • 2010
  • Appellate Advocacy Workshop
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (61)
Given (44)
Endorse William
Military law Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Excellent lawyer and a go-to source for all matters of military law and UCMJ."
Military law Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been following the superlative answers of Mr. Cassara for years on Avvo, and mistakenly thought I had endorsed him long ago. His answers are to the point, customized and reflect all the qualities a client would look for when hiring an attorney."
International law Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I find his answers on Avvo to be short and simple; leading the asker to the correct issues involved in the question."
Libel and slander Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cassara provides excellent guidance in the law in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very kind and knowledgeable good emancipation response."
Military law Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Cassara. He is a truly asset to our legal community. Very helpful on AVVO and a great expert in the field."
Military law Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Bill. He has been a mentor of mine for years. Bill has a wealth of knowledge and experience. He deeply cares for his clients and fights to get the best results in each case."
Military law Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill Cassara is a lawyer's lawyer. Over the last sixteen years I have worked with Bill on cases and referred clients and matters needing his skill and expertise. On every occasion I have observed a a high level of professionalism and a passion for achieving justice for his clients. You will be well served when you engage the services of Bill Cassara."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"Top-notch attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill Cassara is a professional who understands military law inside and out. I fully endorse him."
Military law Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you need a lawyer that is not afraid to go to court and knows how to fight and Win, choose William Cassara. He is simply a Superb lawyer. I endorse him."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"This is offered in my personal capacity, and is not to be attributed to the federal government, the Air Force, or anyone else: I've been detailed to with Mr. Cassara on appeals as his military co-counsel. He does a great job, is skilled and knowledgeable, is diligent, and easy to work with."
Military law Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill Cassara is one of the finest military law attorneys I have known, both in his role as a civilian military law attorney, as well as a fellow Army officer in the JAG Corps. I refer clients to Bill on a regular basis when they are facing military criminal charges or adverse administrative personnel actions, because I know he will fight for his clients and exhaust every course of action available in their defense. For these reasons, as well as others too numerous to fully address in this limited space, I endorse Attorney Cassara without reservation and will continue to recommend both clients and fellow Soldiers to him in the future."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer goes to great lengths to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His breath of knowledge is an asset to his clients."
Military law Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Augusta Military law Lawyer William Emil Cassara
William Emil Cassara
Military law Attorney
Augusta, GA
Licensed for 36 years
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