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Ernesto Carlos Gapasin Jr.

Military law Attorney at Springfield, MO

4.9   43 reviews

also known as GAPASIN LAW GROUP, LLC


Licensed for 23 years

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  1. Military law
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    E.C. Gapasin focuses 100% of his practice to courts-martial defense. He is committed to defending servicemembers from all branches around the world when they face prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. E.C. Gapasin values the lives and the sacrifice of every servicemember. E.C. Gapasin is passionate about protecting each of those members’ rights when they face prosecution under the UCMJ.

    1,000 cases

FORMER JAG ATTORNEY WITH THE EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS TO WIN YOUR COURT-MARTIAL. CHARGED WITH A CRIME? UNDER INVESTIGATION? WE CAN HELP YOU!

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Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2021,2017,2016
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Licensed for 23 years
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 01/01/2023
State NV
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 12/11/2022

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

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GAPASIN LAW GROUP, LLC
1736 E. Sunshine Street, Ste. 713
Springfield, MO, 65804

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  43 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
Ernesto received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Carlos Prieto, LT USN | November 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Experience
If you’re where I was just a year ago, you’re in a bad spot, with your career, reputation, and everything else you’ve worked your butt off for in jeopardy. I searched for the BEST military lawyer upon being notified of an allegation of a gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Knowing how the story and allegation was twisted, knowing the government has not done their investigation properly, charges were brought against me, I knew I faced an uphill battle and long road ahead. I submitted a form, giving a brief synopsis on what I was up against, and Mr. Ernesto Gapasin quickly called me back. Right away, I knew I had found my lawyer to defend me as I navigated this nightmare of a process. Today, I type this with an immense amount of relief, as Mr. Gapasin successfully won the BOI, convincing the panel members their claims were UNSUBSTANTIATED and that I had committed NO MISCONDUCT! Being accused of something you know you didn’t do, and coming to terms with something that can have devastating, lifelong implications is horrifying, but Mr. Gapasin never faltered as the government made every attempt at kicking me out. This man is worth triple his price and is worth his weight in gold. The joy and relief I feel, after being able to put this all behind me is simply indescribable. I don’t think it’s fully settled in yet that I can now put all this in my rear view mirror, and move forward with my career, along with my reputation and dignity in tact. If you’re being charged, then you need to fight back. Not tomorrow, not now, but YESTERDAY!!! Don’t hesitate to hire Mr. Ernesto Gapasin so he can start fighting back. He’s easily the best military lawyer, and the way he shoots the prosecution down is simply a work of art. I owe Mr. Gapasin my life and am forever indebted to him. The road wasn’t easy, or quick, but as I lay here and give hope to others who find themselves in the same place I was back in January, I assure you that Mr. Gapasin is THE MAN for the job. Thank you for everything Mr. Gapasin. I’ll never forget you and words simply cannot describe how grateful I am for all your amazing work.
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Posted by Ian | June 26, 2022
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Great Choice
Mr. Gapasin helped me and my wife with each of our military legal issues. He represented me at my separation board. Against all odds I received a favorable verdict. In addition to brining results, he is personable, patient and experienced. A great lawyer and a great person to have in your corner when the waste hits the proverbial fan. Can not recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by Shane | May 3, 2022
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Military Separation Board
Ernesto was well prepared and extremely articulated. He was prepared for my separation board and was able to prepare the witnesses. My wife was a witness and ernesto worked well with her; he was courteous , knowledgeable and answered all of her questions before testifying. Ernesto is without a doubt a lawyer that I would hire again, especially in regards to military matters. His experience helped me get the best possible outcome which no separation Warrented, he went above and beyond what a TDS lawyer would have done. He always worked very well with my TDS lawyer and stayed in connect throughout the whole process.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2022
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Found Not Guilty of 14 Charges UCMJ
After having multiple sexual assault and maltreatment charges referred to court martial, I sought out Mr. Ernesto Gapasin. Although it was only three months until the trial, he took on my case and started working tirelessly. Mr. Gapasin was very good at communicating what he was working on and really learning my case inside and out. He was upfront about the possible outcomes but listened to me when I said no to different plea deals. He spent time prepping me for the stand and explained that without my side of the story we would have a harder time proving my innocence. Overall, I always felt comfortable and confident in his ability to prove my case. Hiring him was the best decision I could have made!
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2022
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Not Just a Great Attorney, A Good Friend
I was facing a Separation Board. Ernesto communicated effectively with me and with the JAG lawyers. He executed his duties seemlessly. Although he could not promise a specific outcome he always came up with ideas and avenues to approach the board. During the board he had quick thinking and was prepared. Words can't describe how he performed and his knowledge of the UCMJ system. He takes care of his clients and is well organized. I did research when hiring a lawyer and you are hoping to choose the right one cause your career is on the line. Other than his expertise, Ernesto was very personable, great decorum, and approachable. I would consider him a friend.
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Posted by Mark | June 28, 2021
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21 Court Mart
Mr. Gapasin worked with me for almost year. He was very straight up and explained the seriousness of my charges. He executed my case flawlessly.
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2021
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Ernesto Gapasin Review
I was facing a separation board for erroneous reasons and through the process he was above approach with his professionalism and work ethic. He was able to keep me retained and save my career which spanned over a decade. Anyone who needs a lawyer should hire him on the spot.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2021
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Ernesto Gapasin Review
I sought out to look for a military lawyer when I found out I was being court martial. Many lawyers wouldn’t take my case for various reasons but when I contacted Mr. Gapasin, I gave him a brief oversight of what I was going through and my case and he was very helpful with how he could save my career, and freedom. I quickly retained Mr. Gapasin to represent me, he did all the ins and outs in regards to the case leading up to trial. I was amazed by his work, and professionalism. Not once did I ever question him on anything he did. At the end result, the case went in my favor and I don’t think I could’ve done it without the help of Mr. Gapasin. Highly recommended military lawyer. Thank you again.
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2021
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Mr. Ernesto Gapasin
During one of the hardest years of my life, there was no one I would have rather had in my corner than Ernesto Gapasin. I was subjected to a prolonged investigation based on false accusations from an ex-wife that put me under the thumb of the military justice system. After I had the charges preferred against me, I began searching for a lawyer to defend me. I contacted his firm and we quickly scheduled a phone call. He gave clear insight into his potential plan of defense and related some of his experience with cases like mine. I spoke with one other firm and knew I had found my counsel with Mr. Gapasin. Through an unprecedented year, we executed our defense while on two different continents, and overcame some very disturbing elements of the military justice system. His ability to coordinate with the Trial Defense Counsel and understand the intangibles of the military legal system was invaluable. His aptitude to stand firm while remaining humble during multiple hearings, pre-trial, and trial were exactly what I needed. Overall, I do not know where I would be without his counsel through the nightmare of the last year. I cannot recommend Mr. Gapasin enough to anyone facing legal issues in the any of the jurisdictions Mr. Gapasin is credentialed in. I cannot thank him enough for his time and effort over the last year and I am truly thankful he was my defense counsel.
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Posted by Darline | January 11, 2021
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Highly recommend
Mr. Ernesto was lead attorney for a Military Court Marshall. He provided us with knowledgeable, professional, and reliable representation. I would highly recommend for clients who are seeking A+ representation, experience and someone who actually cares, do not hesitate to seek Mr. Ernesto.
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2020
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Hard Working and Reliable!!!
Mr. Gapasin is the attorney you need to hire if your in a UCMJ Court Martial Trial. Mr Gapasin is the absolute best. From the time that I hired him he immediately started working on my case he also briefed me on what to say what not to say to anyone. During the court martial proceedings, Mr. Gapasin was very prepared and organized. His experience and expertise was very evident in everything that he did. His cross examination was aggressive and precise. The end result acquitted me of all charges. I am extremely grateful to have Mr. Gapasin represent me and give me back my life.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2020
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General Court Martial
From day zero upon hiring Mr. Gapasin, I knew that things would be done with knowledge of the law, fair, partial and professionalism. I thought that I had no chance to present my innocence but Mr. Gapasin gave the Government a run for their money with tons of facts, justifications and factual data to present to the panel members. He saved my life, my career, gave me hope and peace that my family need it but most of all A Full Not Guilty Acquittal. Don't ever doubt your innocence, hire Mr. Gapasin to protect your freedom, rights, privileges, family and saved your military career, every single penny counts. Thank you Mr. Gapasin AAA.
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Posted by Jonathan | June 21, 2020
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The Best Decision I Could Have Made
In May of 2019 I was investigated by NCIS, along with 34 other Activated Reservists, for matters related to travel claim submissions and alleged “overpayment.” They had apparently received a tip that people were claiming “more than they should have been” for their lodging and interviewed everyone to figure out why it happened and what was going on. By the end of their investigation we thought that it would be clear it was a misunderstanding and we were instructed to do the process by our Reserve Admin and Command incorrectly, but what we didn’t know is that they compile results and the COMMAND decides what to do with them. As you can imagine, the powers that be weren’t interested in anyone with rank taking responsibility, namely the Convening Authority who ultimately decided what to do with us. He believed we were all guilty and wanted all of us to burn, take deals, and go home. So much for Leadership Traits and Principles. The only positive thing was I predicted as much before things happened and hired Ernesto Gapasin about 10 days before I was interviewed by NCIS. We reviewed the facts of case along with what would happen next and developed a flexible strategy moving forward. He was very approachable and listened to my daily concerns as things went from bad to worse and the command worked overtime to try and get me to take a deal. They even sent our 1stSgt (who we liked) to talk to us before ANYONE had a chance to talk to an attorney and say we had no chance and we should just take the deals we were given along with an OTH because even if we didn’t mean to do it, “we still did it.” For a Reservist with no background in law or investigations, I nearly took a deal as well but, again, Ernesto alongside my Assigned Defense Counsel kept me grounded and assured me that we would fight tooth and nail for what was right. We weren’t accepting any deals and I wasn’t going to take the fall for something that I didn’t do. The same couldn’t be said for about 30 others though who would take deals within a month or so after hearing that same conversation. I would eventually go on to be the only Reservist left from the original activation on an Active Duty Base where everyone believed I was a criminal. Very few people treated me well and I was an anxious mess needing someone to talk to regularly. I also couldn’t go home after being activated on TDY for over 2 years because I was on legal hold. Again, Ernesto and my defense counsel grounded me and kept me from breaking on a regular basis. My life was on the line and everything would end if I took any form of loss. GI Bill, Doctoral aspirations, everything. A federal conviction would ruin me. After several continuances from matters outside our control, I was finally able to go to court June 2020 (this week actually) to clear my name. It was a brutal dog fight but we were prepared, giving us the ability to catch EVERY government witness in Contradictory Testimony and put on a master class of a performance during cross and redirect. Which leads me to my final point—Ernesto is an amazing attorney. Ernesto is the type of attorney who uses his understanding of the facts and smooth delivery to set traps for the prosecution and illicit the truth during cross examination. NOT ONCE did I feel like, “wow we could have done more,” or “he should’ve done this.” Ernesto nailed everything from Opening to Closing and I waited in that deliberation fearful but confident I would be acquitted. And an hour and a half later...that’s exactly what happened. Ernesto Gapasin not only gave me the acquittal but he also freed me from being here after 3 years. He doesn’t like to lose and he takes your case as seriously as you do! NEVER talk to investigators and stay away from people who could use your conversations against you. He will be the best decision you could ever make when your back is against the wall. I’m living proof!
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Posted by Roland | December 5, 2019
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Phenomenal Military Attorney
Mr Gapasin represented me on a board of inquiry and he was incredible. After talking to him he put my worries to rest. He used an excellent strategy to represent me and I couldn't ask for anything more. He was caring, compassionate and not judgmental. He will do his best to represent you and you will not be disappointed. I would highly recommend hiring Mr Gapasin.
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Posted by Andrew | October 31, 2019
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CS1 Andrew DeMarsico
Mr. Gapasin provided me with excellent counsel and delivered when it counted. He was definitely the attorney that I needed and I couldn't be happier with his services. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need without hesitation. THANK YOU!
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2019
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Highly Suggest Hiring
Attorney Ernesto was an amazing Lawyer. He worked hard and was so attentive to my case. He fought for my case like I would have fought for myself if I had the skills. He is intelligent and knows a lot about Military Law. He took into account my unique situation and molded the way he worked to my needs as a customer. He made me feel confident and like my case mattered. I would highly suggest him to anyone dealing with a military situation or other situations that could use a defense Lawyer. He does all of his research and does not like to lose! If you want a great chance at winning he is the Attorney to have in your court.
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2019
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USMC E6
Me. Ernesto thoroughly evaluated all evidence, witnesses, and testimonies. He fought for my case even though the military thought they had me guilty. He countered all allegations with facts and proof that there were flaws in the system and it’s staff! Fully retained no discharge!
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2018
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Ernesto gets results!
After having five separate charges against me including sexual assault and assault, I knew I needed more that just the ADC's assistance. After spending time online searching for the right attorney I came across Ernesto Gapasin. Obviously it is not easy to pick and choose a lawyer when the stakes are high let alone doing it while overseas and searching online. I thank God for coming across Ernesto. He is extremely good at what he does. His tactics in and out of the courtroom left me in awe. How can one put a cost on freedom? I could not have come out of this situation a free man without Ernesto's representation. Highly recommend! Thank you sir and God bless!
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2017
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#1 Military Defense Counsel
I was facing serious charges of UCMJ Article 120 for sexual assault and rape. It was an extremely long process that lasted years. I retained Ernesto and he immediately began working my defense and was very upfront about the conviction I could be facing. Ernesto was with me every step of the way and was available 24/7 whenever I needed any help or had any questions. Ernesto's professionalism, analytical skills, cross examination, and overall performance was simply outstanding. I would not trust any other attorney with my case other than Ernesto. During the court martial, Ernesto stood out well above anyone else and proved to be an extremely valuable member of the defense team from his preparation to his execution; he left nothing on the table and gave it all he had. In the end the court found me NOT GUILTY and acquitted all charges. Ernesto's overall performance was the best anyone could ask for. I would highly recommend Ernesto to anyone who is facing serious charges if you are looking for a serious defense attorney who will do anything he can to protect you.
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Posted by Robert | October 10, 2017
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Thank you Mr. Gapasin
In May 2017 my son, an active duty E5, was served with charges, Violation of UCMJ Article 120. (RAPE). As his father, I knew he was going to need a very good attorney with experience in military courts and procedures. We conducted a diligent search, via the internet, and found Ernesto Gapasin and his firm. My son and I were confident from our research Mr. Gapasin was well qualified to handle his case. I was fairly certain when I contacted his office, that it would take several days before we heard back from Mr. Gapasin. We were pleasantly surprised when he called us in less than 24 hours. During our initial conversation with Mr. Gapasin he was professional, compassionate, and down to earth. Mr. Gapasin was up front from the very beginning about what my son could expect as his case made it through the various procedures, motions, Article 32 hearing and unfortunately Court Martial, and final disposition. Mr. Gapasin also explained the services his office provides and his legal fees. It was a relief to know the financial burden was not going to break the bank. Even before Mr. Gapasin was retained, he began helping my son to prepare for the legal battle he was about to face. Mr. Gapasin traveled to my son's base to meet with him and stayed in touch with him throughout the legal process. During the court process, Mr. Gapasin was worth every dime we spent on his services. From the motions he filed, to the examination of witnesses at the Article 32 hearing and the Court Martial that followed, Mr. Gapasin was well prepared and effective. It took 7 months to go through all of the court processes. As a result of Mr. Gapasin's efforts on my son's behave, the Article 32 hearing officer recommended all charges be dropped. The military JAG office went forward to Court Martial, despite the recommendations of the hearing officer. At the Court Martial, Mr. Gapasin's trial experience was evident. As a father, I could not have asked for a better attorney to advocate for my son. Due greatly to Mr. Gapasin's efforts on his behave, my son was found NOT GUILTY. If you are facing the criminal process through the military, I highly recommend you contact Mr. Gapasin and his firm about representation. You will not find another attorney that will fight for you as well and as effectively as Mr. Gapasin.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Newsom & Gapasin
  • 2012 - Present
  • Judge Advocate General
  • United States Army, J.A.G. Corps
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Lewis & Shreve
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Rawlings, Olson, Cannon, Gormley & Desruisseaux
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Summer Associate
  • Rawlings, Olson, Cannon, Gormley & Desruisseaux
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Clerk Intern
  • Eighth Circuit Federal District Court
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • Commission
  • 2005
  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. E-7
  • Not Guilty to all charges and their specifications.
  • U.S. vs. O-2
  • Not guilty to rape.
  • U.S. v. E-3
  • Dismissed without prejudice.
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Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar, Military Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Nevada State Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Nevada
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2012
  • Army Commendation Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • U.S. Army
  • 2010
  • Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • U.S. Army
  • 2007
  • Tower of Strength Award
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Communique (Clark County Bar)
  • The Changing Supreme Court
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Offsite Training, Springfield, Missouri
  • Ethics for the Military Law Office
  • 2012
  • Annual CONUS Trial Defense Service Conference, Tampa, Florida
  • Cross-Examination in Sexual Assault Cases
  • 2011
  • USATDS Pacific Rim Regional Conference, Seoul, South Korea
  • Innocence Lost: Cross-Examining Child Victims
  • 2010
  • USATDS, Pacific Rim Regional Conference, Dongducheon, South Korea
  • The Art of Taking Depositions
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (11)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Truly phenomenal trial attorney. I have known and tried cases with Ernesto for nearly five years and can say without hesitation that he is one of the finest criminal defense attorneys I have ever seen. He thoroughly investigates his cases, uses advanced strategy and litigates to win. Gapasin's trial record speaks for itself. If you are facing serious court martial charges, Gapasin can level the playing field."
Military law Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ernesto is a fantastic courtroom savvy litigator. I was opposing counsel on a case against Ernesto in Korea and he proved to be a superb advocate for his client. With years of experience representing service members, Ernesto is certainly one of the best. I give him my highest endorsement."
Military law Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ernesto is a superb military justice practitioner. Few lawyers have his wealth of military justice experience and his knowledge of the ins and outs of the system and where to go to get results. I wouldn’t hesitate to have him represent me."
Military law Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ernesto is the hardest working military defense counsel I know. I have had the privilege of seeing first hand his zealous approach to defending his clients. If you are facing a court-martial, you should call Ernesto."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"Top-notch attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for his dedication to the community."
Military law Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent lawyer who is highly respected in the community!"
Military law Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Gapasin is one of the brightest lawyers I know practicing military criminal defense. He has a nationwide reputation as a hard hitting defense lawyer who is relentless in his representation of his clients."
Military law Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ernesto is ever the tactician. More importantly, Ernesto is not afraid to push the limits in order to get the best results for his clients. He is a great attorney who always relates well to his juries."
Military law Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ernesto is a dedicated attorney, who aggressively advocates for his clients. He is detailed-oriented, and has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience in various military law matters. I highly recommend him."
Military law Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ernesto. He is a renowned lawyer and advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He gets great results for his clients!"
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