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Lawrence Arthur Willard II

Military law Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   58 reviews
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2014
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Attorney Lawrence Willard is a former JAG Officer and Army Captain who practices military law worldwide.  His experience and practice areas include legal representation for the following matters: courts-martial, separation boards, boards of inquiry, investigations, rights advisements, nonjudicial punishment, letters of reprimand, security clearance revocations, force reduction boards, evaluation responses/appeals, discharge upgrades, and FEBs.  Attorney Willard commissioned in the United States Army in 2011, and he served as a JAG Officer for nearly seven years.  He is a graduate of Elmira College and the Univeristy of Toledo College of Law. 

Attorney Willard will travel to any installation, worldwide, to represent a Servicemember. 

Location

The Law Office of Matthew Barry
4235 Hillsboro Pike
STE 300
Nashville, TN, 37215

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Posted by Anthony | July 8, 2024
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CID Investigation
I highly recommend Mr. Willard for his outstanding legal representation during my CID investigation. Throughout the process, he answered all my questions with clarity and provided constant updates, ensuring I was well-informed at every stage. His dedication and proactive communication with my local legal team here were instrumental in achieving a favorable outcome. Mr. Willard's professionalism and expertise gave me great confidence and peace of mind during a challenging time. If you need a dependable and skilled lawyer, look no further than Mr. Willard.
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Posted by James | June 26, 2024
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QMP Board Success
To begin, the firm and Mr. Willard demonstrated exceptional marketing efforts, facilitating my initial contact with their office. This step was pivotal in ensuring my comfort as I moved forward and made the crucial phone call. During the initial consultation, Mr. Willard provided me with essential baseline information and a realistic plan. His honesty and persistence were commendable as I deliberated on the necessary steps early in the process. Upon hiring him, he promptly supplied the additional materials required to build a strong case. Moreover, his flexible schedule accommodated my busy agenda seamlessly. Throughout the entire process, I never felt pressured without having all the relevant facts. One of Mr. Willard’s most significant contributions was his ability to highlight my accomplishments to the board in ways I hadn’t considered. His professionalism, extensive knowledge, and unwavering dedication to clients were evident. I submitted all the necessary documents, meticulously prepared with Mr. Willard’s assistance, well ahead of schedule for the QMP board. Without his guidance, I believe I would not have been retained, significantly impacting my family’s life. Thanks to him, we saved 18 years of service from going to waste.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2024
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BEST LAWYER
Hiring Attorney Willard is the best thing that I have ever did. I was falsely accused of Sexual Assault. Even with many witnesses that stated I didn't do it; the investigation came back founded and the "accuser" did not want to go to trial. So, my command decided to issue me a GOMOR to be filed permanently that would've initiated a mandatory separation. However, I chose to fight back because I did not do what I was accused of. But I needed help. Attorney Willard drafted an impressive rebuttal and, in the end, I was proven innocent. All SA and nonconsensual acts were dropped. He has been attentive and punctual during the nightmare that was going on for over a year. He has restored my name. Hire Mr. Willard RIGHT NOW! And Mr. Willard thank you for giving me my life and career back.
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Posted by Gage | May 3, 2024
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Committed
I had hired Mr Willard immediately as when I was charged and facing a court martial. Mr Willard first stood out to me as extremely competent in all matters regarding the UCMJ. Through the entire process he has proved such ! His concern for my well being and adequate treatment was something he immediately took action on! His ability and commitment for me to fully understand every step of the process and always answering every question I had throughly. He gave me such a relief to have outstanding legal representation that truly stood beside me and always had my best interest in mind ! One thing among many that Mr Willard does is he prepares you for every possible outcome and never gives you any sort of false hope. He adequately addresses any issues / questions and truly understands both sides of not only defense but also prosecution. He is extremely passionate about what he does and is aggressive with his defense in fighting tooth and nail for your best interest. I would not have had the outcome I had in my case if it wasn’t for Mr Willard and Matthew Barry and law office. If I didn’t have such outstanding representation I would not be where I am today. If anyone is reading this debating to hire Matthew Barry and law I highly recommend you do immediately and I have seen first hand their unwavering dedication to their clients. Thank you!
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Posted by William | April 25, 2024
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Outstanding Counsel
Attorney Willard assisted me during an investigation predicated by a DEOC Survey during my time as a company commander, where he helped me answer investigation questions, draft a response to the findings and recommendations, and draft a response to the resulting referred OER. His assistance throughout this process resulted in my command team choosing to forego any administrative or punitive action against me and I would recommend him to any service member in need of legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2024
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CID Indecent Viewing Investigation
Mr. Willard helped me in a CID investigation. He guided me seamlessly through a very scary process. The outcome in legal matters can be unpredictable, so he always briefed me on the various scenarios I could anticipate in my case. After every meeting I felt I left with a clear plan of action and less confusion. This was especially appreciated since I was deployed and didn't have the usual resources I would have had stateside. He also responded promptly to all my messages in clear language, giving the perfect amount of detail and not being afraid to say when he did not know something. The investigation was resolved in my favor, no probable cause found and no adverse action taken. I couldn't be happier with his representation. Great job!
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2024
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Fantastic layer for Soldiers
Attorney Willard is a very good lawyer who absolutely knows the ins and outs of Military Law. He took whatever time was needed to answer any and all my questions, gave insight to the process, and was patient with my schedule. If you have to hire an attorney due to a Military investigation (and you should in most circumstances), I highly recommend Attorney Willard.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2024
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Board of Inquiry for Officer Elimination
I was facing a board of inquiry for elimination as an O3. I went with attorney Willard because I needed someone with military experience who was familiar with regulation and military personas. Lawrence Willard is confident and professional. He is direct and tells you like it is, no sugar coating. He was the fighter I needed when I was ready to give up from a long and arduous legal process. He kept me encouraged and his gameplan was well thought out and strategized. I was retained so it was most definitely money well spent.
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Posted by Stephanie | March 2, 2024
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Separation Board Representation
Mr. Willard assisted me with an Involuntary Separation Board 2 years after receiving a GOMOR for a property situation that occurred 4 years previously as a Commander in which I self-reported on. He was very easy to work with and available whenever I needed to reach out with questions. He helped to make the process much smoother than when I previously had been working with a TDS-appointed attorney. He was recommended to me by someone else who had worked with him and I will gladly recommend Mr. Willard to anyone else who needs assistance in the military concerning GOMORs and Separations. The outcome of my board was favorable and the board members voted to retain me in the military. This would not have been possible without Mr. Willard’s assistance.
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Posted by Chloe | February 21, 2024
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Review on Attorney Willard
Attorney Willard is an aggressive, well-read, and incredibly effective defense lawyer. I was accused of sexual harassment and he was flexible, knowledgeable, and embodies a consummate professional. He prepared my written statement and appeal and I could not be more grateful. He is dependable, supportive, and I will forever be grateful for what he provided me in a very difficult time. Thank you Attorney Willard!
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Posted by Ian | February 9, 2024
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Saved my career
Recommend this firm to anyone seeking help. I was without hope when I reached out. Being falsely accused is hard to deal with and Matt was there every step of the way. It is hard to explain in words what his services meant for me.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2024
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False Allegations and an MEB
After struggling for over a year with medical issues and false allegations of misconduct, I was at my lowest point. The Fort Campbell justice system was seeking to end my career in a punitive manner, instead of allowing my MEB to proceed. They gave me thirty days to respond to an initiation of separation notification and I could barely muster the effort to open up my computer. The lawyer I was assigned by Fort Campbell Legal Assistance told me they had, "never seen anything like this before," that I should "keep my response to two pages," and offered only to "look over my response" the day before it was due. I found Lawrence online the next day. After a brief consult, he offered to collect all the relevant information, develop a strategy, and assembled a response that was over 100 pages long. Lawrence was the only person I meant that demonstrated competence, confidence, and offered me hope during a terrible chapter in my life. I was able to be medically retired because of the response he drafted and his support throughout the process was invaluable. I cannot recommend him enough.
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Posted by Adrian | January 15, 2024
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QMP Board process
Mr. Willard II really stuck by me throughout the whole process of my QMP board. He contacted me on numerous occasions, just to keep me up to date on the process and also he was readily available if I had any questions. He drafted an exceptional response to prove that I am an individual with limitless potential which earned me a second chance in military. I know my hard work was due to my performance in the military, but I could have not done it without him.
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Posted by PATRICK | December 16, 2023
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YOU NEED ATTORNEY WILLARD AND THE MATTHEW BARRY LAW FIRM
Mr. Willard was immediately in my corner, fighting for me against a very toxic command that labeled me guilty of harassment before the investigation was even done. I was flagged and under investigation for 15—yes, that's right—15 months. I was treated terribly by my Battalion Command, thrown aside as rubbish, while the person who falsely accused me was praised and promoted. Mr. Willard was hired when I was notified I was going to a separation board. After 12 years of active service, they were going to attempt to separate me from the Army on an OTH discharge. Without Mr. Willard, this would have definitely happened. He immediately gives you his 110% effort in providing the absolute best counsel possible, preparing you for interviews, cross-examination, board proceedings, the whole shebang. Because of Mr. Willard, my board findings were unsubstantiated, and I was retained without rehabilitation. He helped show the truth of the actual incident
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2023
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Overseas Representation
I reached out to Lawrence Willard while serving under a rotational unit in Germany for an alleged General Order 1 violation. I received assistance throughout both the investigation and GOMOR rebuttal phases despite being in entirely different timezones. Attorney Lawrence Willard spoke with me to draft a sworn statement, an initial GOMOR rebuttal letter, and assisted me through multiple revisions while compiling my entire rebuttal packet. With Attorney Willards representation, I was able to avoid a permanently filed gomor. Attorney Willard also helped provide clarity on the entire process as I worked through the investigation, and I felt much more secure having him in my corner.
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Posted by Carol | September 22, 2023
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Highly Recommended
After being told I was facing a 15-6 investigation for some false allegations that was detrimental to my career, I took to the internet. It had to be a stroke of luck to find Mr. Willard. I sent him an email and I received an immediate response from him. After speaking with him, I knew I had found the right person to represent me. He was clear and concise about each step of this investigation. He set realistic expectations and did not give me any false hope. His years of service as a JAG and civilian lawyer was clearly evident during this ordeal. My career was on the line but with Mr. Willard representation, all charges were dismissed. I am glad I did not listen to my command and go to a Trial Defense Lawyer to represent me because they are really not there for us. Mr. Willard provided me with top notch representation, and so with that said I highly recommend him. If you are looking for an attorney to represent you, look no further. Mr. Willard is here for you. Because of him I have my life back, and I can move on and continue doing great things in the military. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you, Mr. Willard.
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Posted by Brandon | August 31, 2023
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I Owe My Freedom to Mr. Willard!
If you find yourself searching for a defense attorney to represent you in a military case, search no further; you’ve come to the right place here with Mr. Lawrence Willard II. You absolutely cannot go wrong in retaining him. I know exactly what you are thinking and exactly what you are going through because I was just there and felt bombarded with questions and uncertainty. You’ve given numerous years of service to your country but if you are facing criminal investigation/charges, you are about to see a side of the US military that very few people have seen and the odds will be severely stacked against you. The military judicial system is in place to protect the government and not you as the service member so for that alone, you absolutely NEED a solid defense team that has a breadth of experience, competence, knowledge, and tenacity, all of which you will find with Mr. Willard. Once I was notified of an OSI investigation being opened on me for false allegations, I immediately began searching for an attorney who would fight for my innocence which led me to Lawrence. He reached out to me the same day and began to put my mind at ease knowing he would be in my corner bringing his years of experience both as JAG and as civilian counsel in UCMJ cases. Throughout the entire two years of my proceedings, Mr. Willard never missed a beat and was on top of everything at each and every turn. He was clear and concise about each step and always made sure to explain everything that was happening and also gave realistic expectations for what was next to come in anticipation of the government’s next move(s). You can put your faith and trust in Mr. Willard as he proved to me that he was very experienced and knowledgeable in these cases, and know they UCMJ inside and out. The detail and thoroughness that Mr. Willard puts into his work is impressive and unmatched. The prosecution team would have been put to shame with what our defense team was bringing to the fight. Luckily in my case, things were resolved before trial but I am more than confident that we would have obtained a victory nonetheless even if we had gone to trail. I was facing life in prison due to the actions of a vindictive former spouse but I am here today thanks to Lawrence. My family and I are extremely grateful for Mr. Willard’s help and representation and he was worth every penny! Do yourself a favor and contact Mr. Willard to start laying the groundwork for your defense. The peace of mind alone will be worth it.
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Posted by Jacob | August 1, 2023
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Success
Helped gather, organize, and prepare a QMP response to HRC. His thorough process resulted in the board members deciding retention in the US Army.
Posted by Grace | July 26, 2023
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Best Military Law Attorney
Attorney Lawrence Willard was the best lawyer I have ever hired. His candor, timely communication, and expertise helped me get the best possible result for my case. I would absolutely recommend this law office to anyone seeking an attorney with expertise in military law.
Posted by Dave | July 25, 2023
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Amazing Lawyer
Lawrence was extremely knowledgeable and always made himself available for questions. Great communicator which is hard to find in a lawyer. I highly recommend him and would definitely hire him in the future if needed.
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  • University of Toledo
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  • English

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Military law Attorney | Aug 19
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"Larry is an incredible advocate for Servicemembers. He is who you want in your corner if you are accused of misconduct. Hard-working, smart, and experienced in all military legal matters."
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Nashville Military law Lawyer Lawrence Arthur Willard II
Lawrence Arthur Willard II
Military law Attorney
Nashville, TN
Licensed for 9 years
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