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  I offer over a decade of criminal law trial experience to serve the men and women of the United States military. Upon my graduation from law school with honors in 2001, I spent over five years as an attorney at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office where I handled thousands of criminal cases. 


In 2006, I joined the Air Force JAG Corps. I received high marks as a prosecuting attorney. The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force then chose me to become a military defense attorney. Despite glowing reviews and a promotion to Major, I decided to leave active-duty to become a civilian defense lawyer.


I now serve those serving America as a military defense lawyer and court-martial attorney. I currently live in Colorado with my family.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 25%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    15 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  3. Military Law: 25%
    9 years, 600 cases
  4. DUI & DWI: 25%
    15 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington Military law Attorney
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  • Christopher D Cazares

    I worked with Matthew while on active duty. His preparation and diligence set him apart with outstanding results for every client whose cause he advocates. I endorse this lawyer.


    Christopher Cazares Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

James Defense

4845 Pearl E Cir #101
Boulder & Military Bases Worldwide, CO, 80301


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AvvoTop Contributor Award2013
Commendation Medal Oak Leaf ClusterUnited States Air Force2013
CGO of the Quarter- Florida Defense RegionAir Force Legal Operations Agency2012
Air Force Longevity ServiceUnited States Air Force2011
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Oak Leaf ClusterUnited States Air Force2011
Company Grade Officer of the Quarter1st Special Operations Wing2010
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold BorderUnited States Air Force2009
Air Force Overseas Ribbon - ShortUnited States Air Force2009
Iraq Campaign MedalUnited States Air Force2009
Joint Meritorious Unit AwardUnited States Army2009
Air Force Commendation MedalUnited States Air Force2009
Joint Service CommendationUnited States Army2009
Air Force Outstanding Unit AwardUnited States Air Force2008
Company Grade Officer of the Quarter90th Missile Wing2008
Graduation with Distinction (Honors)University of Iowa College of Law2001
Van Oosterhout Moot Court CompetitionUniversity of Iowa College of Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
JAGUS Air Force Jag Corps2013 - Present
Attorney & FounderJames Defense2013 - Present
Military Defense Attorney and ProsecutorUnited States Air Force Jag2007 - 2013
Criminal ProsecutorKane County State's Attorney's Office2001 - 2006
Legal InternU.S. Attorney's Office IA2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Boulder Interdisciplinary CommitteeAttorney Member2014 - Present
Boulder County Bar Association, Access to Legal Services SectionChair2014 - Present
Colorado Lawyers for Colorado VeteransAttorney Member2014 - Present
Veterans Helping Veterans NowVolunteer Attorney2013 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
Boulder County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
United States District Court for the District of ColoradoAdmitted to Practice2013 - Present
Air Force Court of Criminal AppealsAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
Boulder County Bar Association, Availability of Legal Services CommitteeCo-chair2014 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. E-4: Sexual AssaultCase dismissed
United States v. E-7: Violation of a Lawful OrderNot Guilty
United States v. E-6: Drug UseNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defending Heroes BlogDefending Heroes2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of ChicagoAnthropologyBA1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Colorado Bar Association Regional Mock Trial TournamentTrial Judge2014
Trial Advocacy CourseAccident Investigation / Flying Evaluation Board Overview2012
JAG Legal TrainingThe Role of the ADC2012
First Sergeants ConferenceMilitary Justice for First Sergeants2012
Air Force Commander's ConferenceMilitary Justice for Commanders2011
Citizen's Police AcademyProsecuting Domestic Violence2002
Annual DUI PreventionThe Costs of a DUI2002