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Colby Claude Vokey

Military law Attorney at Dallas, TX

5.0   15 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

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Practice areas
  1. Military law
    80%
    Trial, Court-martial, BCNR, BCMR, administrative separation boards, Article15, NJP, Physical Evaluation Boards (PEB), National Security Cases, Delays and Exemptions from activation for Reservists, Article 32 investigations, war crimes

    26 years

  2. Criminal defense
    10%
    All crimes, with an emphasis on military law, white collar crimes, corporate liability, and violent crimes.

  3. Federal crime
    10%
    All federal crimes, to include violent crimes, sexual assault, MEJA, drugs, white collar crimes

RETIRED MARINE LTCOL VOKEY IS A HARD-NOSED, ZEALOUS MILITARY AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE TRIAL ATTORNEY.

Mr. Vokey is one of the most well known and prominent military lawyers in the world. He has earned a national reputation as a hard-nosed, zealous criminal defense trial attorney. A retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Marine Corps, he has been involved in some of the most highly publicized military cases this century. He served as the lead counsel for a Canadian teenager detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and held for trial by a military commission on murder and terrorism charges. Mr. Vokey also defended the Marine squad leader accused of killing 18 people in the now infamous city of Haditha, Iraq.

Mr. Vokey served his country as a Marine Corps officer for over 20 years. He first served as an artillery officer, to include a combat tour during the first Persian Gulf War. Mr. Vokey also handled a variety of critical jobs involving sensitive or classified information. He was then selected for the highly competitive military law program. After graduating with distinction from law school, where he was also honored with selection to the Order of the Barristers, Mr. Vokey began a career as a trial lawyer. With the exception of one year spent obtaining his Masters of Law, he spent all of his time as a military judge advocate in the courtroom as either a prosecutor or defense attorney.

Mr. Vokey has tried hundreds of cases as both a prosecutor and defense counsel. As chief prosecutor for the busiest trial team in all of the Department of Defense at Camp Pendleton, California, he supervised or tried hundreds of cases. Not the one to sit on the sidelines, Mr. Vokey served as lead prosecutor for many cases to include murder, drug distribution, rape and a highly publicized bank fraud case involving the attempted theft of millions of dollars from the Federal Reserve. Mr. Vokey often worked closely with law enforcement organizations such as NCIS, FBI and military investigators during both the investigation and trial stages. As a result of his performance, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary of the Navy.

As a defense attorney, Mr. Vokey earned the reputation as an aggressive and tough advocate for his clients, both military and civilian. As the Chief of all Marine Corps defense counsel in the Western half of the United States and in Iraq, he was responsible for the defense of service members charged with a variety of crimes. Many of those cases would come out of combat actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and included numerous cases of war crimes cases against U.S. service members. He personally defended numerous clients, to include those charged with murder, manslaughter and other major offenses. He constantly fought for the rights of accused servicemembers in and out of the courtroom. Observing our men and women returning from multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr. Vokey noticed that many were suffering from post traumatic stress, combat stress or other mental health issues. In an interview with USA Today newspaper, Mr. Vokey became a strong supporter of the rights of service members who returned from combat with a variety of mental health disorders only to find themselves being kicked out of the service.

Mr. Vokey has continued representing service members in the most difficult and, sometimes, notorious cases.  He has represented at trial more service members charged with war crimes and crimes originating in a combat zone than any other attorney in the country.  Mr. Vokey has also handled a great number of sexual assault cases over the years.  In the last three years, after the military focused on prosecuting such cases, Mr. Vokey has won trial after trial involving sexual assault, rape and similar offenses.  His zealous and dogged representation of his clients is noticeable no matter the type of case, no matter the location of the court.

Mr. Vokey has been asked to speak all over the United States and overseas on criminal law, international law, veterans’ rights and a variety of other topics. His speeches and presentations include those at Harvard Law School and Harvard International Legal Studies; Keynote Speaker for 2008 Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Banquet; University of Virginia International Law Symposium; Human Rights Conference, House of Commons, London, England; Dallas Bar Association; Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; John Marshall Law School, Atlanta; Texas A&M University; Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego; South Texas College of Law, Houston; University of North Dakota School of Law; Federal Bar Association, Dallas Chapter; Banyard Inns of Court, Orange County, California; San Diego Public Defenders Association; Mira Costa College, Vista, California. In addition to hundreds of television, radio, magazine and newspaper interviews in the United States and abroad and his own entry on the online Wikipedia website, Mr. Vokey has been the subject of several feature stories, such as: the segment All Things Considered on National Public Radio; Texas Aggie magazine, San Diego Union Tribune newspaper; and the Dallas Morning News.

After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2008, Mr. Vokey joined the prestigious Dallas criminal law firm of Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl LLP, where he was made a Partner.  Adding to his military and criminal justice experience, he then worked at two different civil law firms, representing injured persons in personal injury cases.  No matter the type of case – military, criminal or civil – Mr. Vokey brings to the courtroom a wealth of trial experience and an expertise. His trial record and reputation along with his impeccable qualifications and solid work ethic put him among the very best in the representation of injured persons and  service members, citizens and businesses that find themselves subject to investigation and prosecution in criminal matters.

Additionally, Mr. Vokey has served as an expert witness and consultant in military matters for both state and federal cases. His wide and varied experiences qualify him to provide expert opinion, advice and testimonial in: general military matters; strategy, tactics and operations; military administration; military benefits, separation and retirement; criminal law; military law; and government contracting and ethics.

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Licensed for 24 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2004
Updated 10/23/2022
State ND
Status License Expired
Acquired 1998
Updated 01/21/2023

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Posted by J | April 22, 2015
The best in the business!
His legal work is impeccable. My case was extremely complicated but his knowledge and expertise kicked in and what should have be complex turned out to be simple.
Posted by SGT USMC | April 22, 2015
Has your back!
After initially speaking with Mr. Vokey on the phone I immediately felt better about my case and knew that he was the right man for the job. Watching Mr. Vokey work my case in the court room was astonishing. There wasn't a single time that things didn't go the way he wanted in my particular case. Even though he worked out of Texas and my case was in Camp Lejeune, Mr. Vokey and my Military appointed lawyer worked hand and hand to make sure every thing was in order for my case. When it came time for the closing of the trial it seemed every lawyer in the building was in the court room to watch Mr. Vokey work. I would recommend Mr. Vokey to any military personnel who are facing a Court Martial. From beginning to end, he had my back, and made sure the facts were heard. I couldn't have had any better experience with Mr. Vokey
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Posted by Michael | June 17, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exonerated After "Founded" SHARP Allegations
I was falsely accused of egregious professional misconduct under the Army’s SHARP program. Due to the notoriety of SHARP in the current command climate of the Armed Forces, that false allegation resulted in me facing not only an other-than-honorable involuntary termination of my military service but also irreparable and irrevocable harm to my professional career. The opprobrium of being labeled a “predator” presumed guilty of false sexual misconduct and the subsequent isolation stemming from the Army’s stance of ‘guilt by accusation’ in matters pertaining to SHARP showed my family and me a new level of hellish fear as we felt the weight of the Department of Defense smothering our integrity, honor, and livelihood. I was referred to Colby Vokey by a trusted friend, and that referral changed our lives. Mr. Vokey told my story; the truthful story. He provided encouragement and support and continuously stoked the will to fight back against the injustice of a system designed to protect victims but that was being weaponized against me. Thanks to Mr. Vokey, I was exonerated of all charges, including an overturn of the “founded” SHARP allegations and subsequent administrative actions, and I was vindicated. If you are reading this, searching for the best military attorney for your case, stop here. You’ve found him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I was looking at life in prison. Colby made the difference
When you are facing an opponent with the power of the US government behind them, you absolutely need a lawyer/warrior like Colby. The prosecution has unlimited resources, shady investigators, & journalists which can leave most in a state of hopelessness but hiring Colby leveled the playing field for me. His leadership and expertise during my trial is THE reason why I'm home now, raising my family, and not languishing in a prison cell for years. If you are involved in a serious legal issue, HIRE Colby. He will see you through!
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Heavyweight hitter
I am a mid-level Officer in the USAF. I was offered an Art 15 on Article 120, 128 and 134 accusations for something I didn't do. Colby was there with me and my wife the whole way. I rejected the Art 15, went to a court-martial, and won (easily, in hindsight). I had never hired an attorney before, and that process itself is daunting. Colby took my phone call, explained everything in detail and helped settle me down. If you call and he doesn't get back to you fast...know he's probably in court kicking butt like he did for me. He will get back to you. HIRE COLBY. His knowledge of the UCMJ and defending against todays political military leaders is essential to your livelihood. I have my military career, my marriage and my future thanks to his actions in court and leading up to court. He also works very well with your appointed military lawyer. HIRE COLBY. PERIOD.
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Posted by MGUNZ T. | March 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Colby leaves no stone unturned!
After an in-depth search for the best Military Law, Criminal defense lawyer, it was obvious after my conversation with Mr. Vokey that I would be retaining him to defend my son. Colby Vokey is highly recommended, he is extremely knowledgeable, and an utmost professional. He takes a personal interest in his clients. Colby makes his case personal and introduces every bit of passion into his case. He is well versed in all facets of criminal law and the UCMJ/MCM. Mr. Vokey’s persistence and steadfast abilities was instrumental in not just convincing, but proving to a “senior” jury panel, to deliver nothing less than a “NOT GUILTY” verdict in this (Sexual Assault case), in which my son WAS falsely accused. Our family is extremely grateful to Mr. Vokey. Without his presence, perseverance, and in-depth knowledge, I am confident that this case would’ve had a different outcome. Mr. Vokey fights to bring forth the evidence, truth, and ultimately justice in the courtroom. I highly recommend that you make whatever sacrifices you need to, in order to secure/retain this highly qualified Criminal Defense lawyer. Thank you, Mr. Vokey.
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Posted by Rickey | February 6, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Absolutely an amazing attorney
Me. Vokey talked to me for over 30 minutes on the phone and broke my entire situation down to the extent of giving me contacts to resolve it as soon as possible. He openly tried to avoid charging me for hiring him by saying there is a better way and steered me that direction. I would honestly recommend a man of his stature and integrity to anyone that needs a defense attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended, prompt service
My husband is in a pinch with the US Army. Colby was attentive, courteous and quick to help in solving problems and giving advice. Although we did not hire him, I would highly recommend Colby Vokey. I thank you very much for your experience and expertise in the matter of my husband. I will definitely recommend you to anyone needing your type of services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Colby saved my career and my family’s way of life
Colby is hands down the best and most aggressive military law, federal crime, and criminal defense attorney out there! Thank the Lord, Colby came highly recommended by a professional acquaintance. Only after a brief phone conversation with him I knew he was exactly who I needed to represent me. I retained Colby and he immediately went to work on my behalf. His extensive military background combined with his military and civil legal experience and knowledge equip him with best defense tools to protect you and your career. Furthermore, Colby’s aggressiveness and tenacity is unparalleled. Colby has your best interest in mind with everything he does. He was available during all hours of the day and night and provided continuous updates which gave peace of mind to both my wife and I throughout a very stressful and lengthy process. Colby saved my career and my family’s way of life. If I had not retained Colby, I do not know how things would have ended up. Thanks again Colby!!!
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Posted by Sam | February 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in the business
I never could have fathomed being in the situation that I found myself, but there I was. And I was scared. I really didn't know what to do. I was told that the safest thing was to get the best lawyer I could find, which eventually led me to being referred to Colby Vokey. Throughout the lengthy process that I went through, Colby was there every step of the way and happy to explain everything. He prevented me from falling off the mark and losing sight of who I was; regardless of the nature of the allegations, and what came with them. The professional and diligent work of Mr. Vokey allowed me to sleep easy knowing he was going to bat for me. This is a man who knows what he is doing, who easily makes trial counsel look incompetent. If someone I know ever gets into a situation that calls for the best legal defense they can find, Colby Vokey will undoubtably be who I recommend.
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Posted by Shawn | August 2, 2015
1st Lt USMC
I can not say enough good things about Colby. I was charged with two counts of murder by my command in Afganistan. Facing court marshal and life in military prison I had many options when it came to pick a lawyer and I talked to quite a few of them. There was something special about Colby from the beginning he seemed different from the rest. He was honestly concerned for me and my family's future. I am currently a free man because of Colby's ability to tell my side of the story. I honestly believe if were not for Colby I would have been wrongfully Imprisioned.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2015
Colby Vokey is the man!
Colby Vokey is everything I wanted in a lawyer and more. He was attentive when it came to any concerns regarding my case. He always responded to my emails and answered or returned my phone calls promptly. He was aggressive in his approach and did not back down when others might have, resulting in a complete victory in my case. I continue to go to Lt.Col. Vokey for all of my legal matters, big and small. I absolutely recommend Mr. Vokey.
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Posted by Criminal Client | April 28, 2015
Mr. Vokey made me feel at ease and confident
Colby Vokey is top notch. My charge could have had an effect on my career and my personal life in a very negative way. He was knowledgeable and explained all of my options in terms that I could understand. He left the decision up me and assured me that he would stand behind me no matter my choice; take a deal or go to trial. Ultimately, I took the deal. A very good deal. I am pleased and would recommend him to anyone. I would trust him in any type of case and give him a glowing recommendation. He is an asset to our community and to the legal system.
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Posted by Michael | April 24, 2015
He saved my life!
While I was serving in the Army in Afghanistan, I was accused of multiple war crimes the most serious of which was premeditated murder. Mr Vokey with his vast knowledge of military law and regulations was successful in defending my case and getting all charges dropped. If it were not for Mr. Vokey the army would have had its way and I would have been serving life in prison or the possibility of the death sentence. Mr. Vokey fought tooth and nail for me and at times it seemed the prosecution just wanted to break down and cry. I owe my life to him for saving mine.
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Posted by Robert | April 23, 2015
A Lawyer Marine
Mr. Vokey provides the most thorough and sound legal advice for any service member that is being questioned or accused of wrong doing under the ROE or UCMJ. The political climate that exists on today's battlefield forces the service member to accept a substantial increase in risk to self through a severely restricted ROE without always receiving the backing by their chain of command. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, Mr. Vokey will provide you with the most thorough, sound and intelligent advice you can receive to make sure your rights are not violated and your interests are protected. His experience as a Marine and his resume as a defender speak for themselves and you will want to be represented by an attorney like Mr. Vokey that knows exactly how the military justice system works.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Firm of Colby VokeyPC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Regional Defense Counsel
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Chief Prosecutor and OIC
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Senior Defense Counsel
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Inspector-Instructor
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Combat Artillery Officer
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Artillery Officer
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1988 - 1991
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Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate
  • 2010
  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2003
  • University Of North Dakota
  • JD (Juris Doctor) with Distinction
  • 1998
  • Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1987
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Legal Cases

  • Army SPC previously convicted of murder gets paroled
  • Parole Granted
  • Woman charged with social security fraud in federal court
  • Charges reduced to misdemeanor, no jail time, minimum probation
  • Air Force pilot charged with drug importation and distribution
  • Motion to suppress statement granted, case dismissed
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Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North American Law Center
  • Staff Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Institute of Military Justice
  • Advisory Board
  • 2009 - Present
  • The Constitution Project
  • Committee Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Center for American and International Law
  • Course Director
  • 2009 - Present
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Staff Instructor
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Military Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Charles R. English Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year
  • American Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2004
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2003
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2003
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2002
  • Order of Barristers, Excellence in Courtroom Advocacy
  • Order of Barristers
  • 1998
  • Honorable Order of Saint Barbara
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1995
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1995
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1992
  • All-Marine Rugby Team
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1992
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1991
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1991
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1991
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1991
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Publications

  • Texas State Bar College Summer School CLE Book
  • Guantanamo Bay - The Rule of Law "Black Hole"
  • 2013
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting Coursebook
  • Guantanamo Bay and the Golden Rule
  • 2010
  • Military Law Review
  • Article 107, UCMJ: Do False Statements Really Have To Be Official?
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Issues in War
  • The Just War Theory
  • 2015
  • Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Austin, Texas
  • Opening Statements - Staff Instructor
  • 2015
  • Local Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Dallas, Texas
  • Trial Skills – Staff Instructor
  • 2015
  • United American Patriots Rally, Washington,D.C.
  • Injustice in War Crimes Cases
  • 2015
  • A Taste of Voir Dire, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Houston, Texas
  • Selecting a Jury
  • 2015
  • Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, San Diego
  • Voir Dire and the Jury - Staff Instructor
  • 2015
  • The Indiana Public Defender Council, Trial Practice Institute, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
  • Trial Skills and Preparation
  • 2014
  • Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas
  • Defending Sexual Assault Cases – Co-Director and Lecturer
  • 2014
  • Three-Week College, Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming
  • Trial Skills Training – Staff Instructor
  • 2014
  • Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Grapevine, Texas
  • Voir Dire – Staff Instructor
  • 2014
  • Local Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Irving, Texas
  • Picking a Jury – Staff Instructor
  • 2014
  • Bob Chaloupka Trial Skills Seminar, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Putting Trials in Action: Witness Demonstrations
  • 2013
  • Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas
  • Defending Sexual Assault Cases – Co-Director and Lecturer
  • 2013
  • Three-Week College, Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming
  • Trial Techniques – Staff Instructor
  • 2013
  • State Bar College, Summer School CLE, Galveston, Texas
  • The Rule of Law “Black Hole”
  • 2013
  • State Bar of Texas, Bill of Rights CLE, Austin, Texas
  • The Guantanamo Bay Update
  • 2013
  • Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Pottsboro, Texas
  • Closing Arguments – Staff Instructor
  • 2013
  • Dallas Bar Association, Judicial Committee CLE, Dallas, Texas
  • Modern Jury Trials
  • 2013
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Veterans Seminar, Southern Methodist University, University Park, Texas
  • Military Justice
  • 2013
  • Three-Week College, Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming
  • Psychodramatic Techniques and Discovering the Story – Staff Instructor
  • 2012
  • Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas
  • Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation – Co-Director and Lecturer
  • 2012
  • World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft.Worth, Dallas, Texas
  • You Don’t Like the Truth: Four Days Inside Guantanamo
  • 2012
  • Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Roundtop, Texas
  • Cross Examination Techniques – Staff Instructor
  • 2012
  • Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Cambria, California
  • Discovering the Story of the Case – Staff Instructor
  • 2012
  • Army Advanced Trial Advocacy Training, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Persuading the Jury
  • 2011
  • Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation Course, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas
  • Pretrial Investigation and Discovery
  • 2011
  • Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Defending Complex Cases
  • 2011
  • Regional Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Roundtop, Texas
  • Voir Dire – Staff Instructor
  • 2011
  • International Law Symposium, Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
  • Reform of Military Commissions
  • 2011
  • Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, University Park, Texas
  • Human Rights Law
  • 2011
  • Marine Corps Defense Conference, Mirimar, California
  • Developing Case Theory
  • 2011
  • Yavneh Prep School, Dallas, Texas
  • Legal and Moral Issues in War
  • 2011
  • Veteran’s Law Seminar, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, University Park, Texas
  • Military Discharge Upgrades and the Boards for Correction for Military Records
  • 2010
  • Mac Taylor Inn of Court, Dallas, Texas
  • Courts-Martial and Modern War Crimes
  • 2010
  • State Bar of Texas, Military Law Section, New Braunfels, Texas
  • War Crimes: Hamdania and Haditha
  • 2010
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Ft.Worth, Texas
  • The Future of Guantanamo Bay: Where Do We (And the Detainees) Go From Here?
  • 2010
  • State Bar of Texas, Bill of Rights CLE, Austin, Texas
  • Guantanamo Bay and the Golden Rule
  • 2010
  • Yavneh Prep School, Dallas, Texas
  • War Crimes Comparison: Haditha Versus Guantanamo
  • 2010
  • Rockwall County Bar Association, Rockwall, Texas
  • Lessons from Guantanamo
  • 2009
  • Knights of Colombus, Dallas, Texas
  • Rules of Engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • 2009
  • St. Ignatius Prep, Chicago
  • War Crimes and the Golden Rule
  • 2009
  • Metroplex Marines Association, Dallas, Texas
  • Marine Corps War Crimes
  • 2009
  • State Bar of Texas, Bill of Rights CLE, Houston, Texas
  • Lawyers and the Rule of Law
  • 2009
  • Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island
  • The Use of Media in High Visibility Cases
  • 2009
  • University of California, Davis, California
  • Human Rights Workshop
  • 2009
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
  • Military Trials and Rules of Evidence
  • 2008
  • Harvard International Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, Boston, Massachusettes
  • War Crimes
  • 2008
  • Criminal Law Association, University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Lawyers are the key to Freedom - Guantanamo to Iraq
  • 2008
  • HCCLA Annual Banquet, Houston, Texas
  • PTSD Among Servicemembers and Defending Military Cases - Keynote Speaker
  • 2008
  • Dallas Federal Bar Association CLE, Dallas, Texas
  • How 9/11 Has Changed the Practice of Law
  • 2008
  • June 2008 Texas Aggie Magazine
  • Standing Up For Justice
  • 2008
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual CLE
  • Defending a Detainee at Guantanamo Bay
  • 2008
  • Pacific Region Trial Advocacy Training, Hawaii/Okinawa, Japan
  • Trial Advocacy Skills Training
  • 2007
  • Mira Costa College, Vista, California
  • Interrogations and the Law of War
  • 2007
  • Western Region Trial Advocacy Training, San Diego, California
  • Trial Advocacy Skills Training
  • 2007
  • British Human Rights Conference - House of Commons, London, England
  • Legality of Guantanamo Bay Detentions
  • 2007
  • Texas A&M University Featured Speaker, College Station, Texas
  • Haditha, Iraq - Lessons Learned from the Marines Charged with War Crimes
  • 2007
  • NPR - All Things Considered radio show
  • Respected Marine Lawyer Alleges Military Injustice
  • 2007
  • Banyard Inn of Court, Orange County, California
  • Military Commissions and Tribunals
  • 2006
  • Trial Advocacy Training, Camp Pendleton,California
  • Cross Examination and Closing Argument with Gerry Spence
  • 2006
  • East Coast Trial Advocacy Training, Camp Lejuene, North Carolina
  • Trial Advocacy Skills Training
  • 2006
  • University of Virgina International Studies Conference, Charlottesville, Virgina
  • Guantanamo Bay and Issues of International Law
  • 2006
  • Dallas Bar Association CLE, Dallas, Texas
  • Defending an Accused Terrorist at Guantanamo Bay
  • 2006
  • John Marshall Law School Human Rights, Atlanta
  • Human Rights and Guantanamo Bay
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Military law Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brilliant. Dedicated. Fearless. What else do you need to know about a lawyer like Colby?"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've worked with Colby for a number of years. He is a very hard worker, and a strong and compassionate advocate. He takes pride in his work and law practice. He is able and willing to put in the time to properly represent his clients. Colby will not be "pushed around" by the government. He stands up for his clients. His study and application of the law is meticulous. I consider Colby to be one of the most effective and knowledgeable advocates in the United States. He pays attention to the details of his cases. Most important, Colby listens to and works to understand his clients. I highly recommend him."
Military law Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Mr. Vokey from our work together on the Military Commissions. I found him to be a tenacious litigator who will fight for his client at every opportunity. I would trust him with the most complex legal matters."
Military law Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Almost nobody is more enthusiastic about a court fight than Colby Vokey. He loves it! He makes prosecutors cringe because he has all day to take their case apart. I've seen him in action and it works. I endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Colby Vokey. Colby is a fantastic trial lawyer and ferocious fighter. I highly recommend Colby to anyone in Texas facing charges."
Military law Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colby is hands-down one of the best military defense attorneys in the world. I have known him since 2009, seen him handle many different matters, and have been inspired each time. He takes a personal interest in his client's case and fights with genuine passion. Plus, the guy is masterful in the courtroom. That combination explains his exceptional results. Lawyers, young and old, consult with Colby on their own matters, including myself. If you are looking at Colby's profile, congratulations, you found a heavy-hitter advocate, not just some "case-handler," faking it to get your business."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colby was one of my instructors at TLC, and I was amazed at his ability to covey and teach. A tremendous trial lawyer. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Colby is a go-to guy in Texas for criminal defense and military law."
Military law Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Vokey is a talented litigator, hardworking advocate, and courtroom warrior."
Military law Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Colby for over a decade. He is a leader in the community, an exceptionally aggressive and effective advocate for his clients, and just an all around professional to work with. Enthusiastically endorsed and recommended!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Colby has an excellent reputation, because he gets excellent results for his clients."
Military law Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Colby Vokey on active duty from 2000 to 2004. He was a zealous advocate as both a defense and prosecuting attorney. He was deeply committed to fight for the rights of the individual service member and he would not hesitate to advance his client's case, even if doing so resulted in jeopardizing his own personal standing with authority. In my opinion he is an experience military justice practitioner who will provided you dedicated and loyal representation."
Military law Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Colby Vokey while serving as a Marine defense attorney, and am honored to call him a colleague now in Dallas. He is quite simply one of the most aggressive and imaginative lawyers I have known in my 9 years of practicing trial law. Colby Vokey is the lawyer to hire if you are in the fight of your life."
Military law Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I fully endorse Colby Vokey's work. Colby is an extremely hard working and dedicated attorney who will leave no stone unturned in zealously defending a client. He is very loyal and trustworthy. Bottom line -- they don't come any finer. Bruce White Col USMC (Ret)"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Lieutentant Colonel Vokey is one of the top attorneys serving on active duty now. He takes on the toughest cases, he handles a huge workload, and he supervises other attorneys all over the world. He is an superb Marine officer, a very knowledgable and capable attorney, and utterly devoted to his clients and their welfare. It will be a great loss to the Marine Corps when he finally does move on to civilian practice."
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