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EXPERIENCE, WHEN EXPERIENCE MATTERS MOST
At KML, we are passionate about championing those who face the wrath of the government. Whether you've been charged with a crime or have an administrative battle, we treat it -- and fight it -- like a war. And with decades of experience fighting these same kinds of battles, we know how to win that war.
Don recently founded King Military Law after spending nearly thirty years in uniform, the last twenty-four of those years practicing military law. When he retired, Don was one of the most experienced military criminal lawyers on active duty.
Don began his military career as an enlisted Marine, where he served five years as an infantryman. He spent most of those years providing security for the U.S. Department of State at various U.S. Embassies around the world.
Once his enlistment ended, Don was honorably discharged and used his GI Bill to attend college in his home state of Oregon where he earned both his college and law degrees in under six years. In 1996, he returned to active duty as a Judge Advocate in the Navy where he dedicated himself to a career in criminal law. Don's string of victories began immediately. Shortly after arriving at his first duty station, Don was assigned to defend a Sailor charged with various serious crimes, including murder. After a full trial against two senior prosecutors, Don's client was acquitted of every charge.
EXPERIENCED MILITARY TRIAL ATTORNEY
Don went on to serve in every job relevant to military criminal law, including several tours as senior prosecutor and senior defense counsel--litigating and supervising lawyers in hundreds of trials and separation boards, most of them before juries, and involving nearly every crime under the UCMJ.
“The best litigator I have ever known. . . brilliant legal mind already proven capable of handling the most complex litigation.” Commanding Officer, 1999
“Polished, dynamic, masterful defense counsel. Superb representation in high profile, complex murder, sexual assault and drug distribution cases. Tenacious litigator whose performance is marked by superb pre-trial investigation, strategic motion practice, innovative use of expert witnesses, surgical cross examination and compelling argument.” Commanding Officer, 2000
Don also served as the Director of the Navy's Defense Counsel Assistance Program, where he was responsible for providing training and experienced trial assistance to military defense counsel world-wide. In this capacity, Don lectured extensively on all facets of defending servicemembers, from Administrative Separations and Boards of Inquiry, to pretrial tactics, to trial techniques, to effectively pursuing clemency and appeals. In 2010, Don was one of the first military attorneys to ever be board-selected by the U.S. Navy as an "Expert" in military justice litigation--the highest rating possible.
“MILITARY JUSTICE EXPERT. [As Director of Defense Counsel Assistance Program], [a]vailed himself to defense counsel all around the globe, fielding . . . calls at all hours . . . and assisting in nearly every active Navy court martial! Lauded by [Defense Counsel] leadership and defense counsel for his expertise[.]” Navy Defense Chief of Staff, 2013
Equally as important, Don served several tours as a Staff Judge Advocate, the legal advisor to the Commanders responsible for making decisions regarding non-judicial punishment, security clearance access, administrative separation, whether to bring criminal charges, and how to dispose of those charges.
“Best JAG ever! Anticipates and resolves legal issues before they have an impact.” Navy Vice Admiral, 2008
EXPERIENCED MILITARY JUDGE
Not only did Don spend years litigating cases and administrative hearings, he served multiple tours as a military judge, at both the trial and appellate levels, including two tours as a Senior Judge on the Navy Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals.
“As trial judge, expertly handled complex litigation from day one.” Supervising Military Judge, 2011
“[As Appellate court judge] AT PINNACLE OF JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE. Unmatched depth of military justice experience[.] Adroit jurist with unsurpassed legal acumen[.] Has established a well-deserved reputation as an erudite jurist with impressive mental dexterity and competency.” Chief Judge of the Department of the Navy, 2015
Don was also appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve as an appellate judge on the Court of Military Commission Review. He also serves as an instructor and judge for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the nation's premier training organization for trial lawyers.
Finally, Don remains active in the local community, volunteering with the ABA's Military Pro Bono Program, teaches and judges high school and college mock trial competitions, as well as provides pro bono hours to assist veterans.
Don's practice now focuses on helping those serving our country, in and out of uniform, with issues ranging from security clearance suspensions or revocations, to court martial trials, to administrative hearings. If you face one of these issues, please give us a call and let us see if we can help.
"Don did the impossible for me.” Naval Officer, May 2021
"I was less than a year from retirement and needed to make sure I was protected. My rank and retirement and everything I had worked hard for were at risk. However after Don’s tenacious defense on my behalf I ended up only having 45 days of EMI. Don and the rest of King Military Law were worth every cent, and I’m beyond grateful that I hired him.” Navy Chief, 2021
King Military Law: Decades of Experience in YOUR Corner--When Experience Matters Most
27 years, 3,000 cases
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Invitation||National Trial Lawyers||2019|
|Outstanding Judge Advocate||Judge Advocates Association||2009|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2007|
|Trial Advocacy Award Winner||American Trial Lawyers Association||1996|
|Military Attorney||U.S. Navy Jag Corps||1996 - 2020|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2020 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Military Law||2020 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Military Law Section||2000 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Criminal Law Section||2000 - Present|
|Deskbook for use by Navy and Marine Corps defense attorneys||U.S. Navy Criminal Defense Counsel Deskbook||2014|
|Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army||Appellate Judge||2019|
|Judge Advocate General's School, U.S Air Force||Advanced Ethics Counselor||2013|
|Naval Justice School||National Security Litigation||2010|
|Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army||Military Judge||2009|
|Naval Justice School||Advanced Trial Litigtion||2002|
|Naval Justice School||Basic Trial Advocacy||1999|
|Naval Justice School||Basic Trial Litigation||1997|
|University of Oregon School of Law||J.D.||1995|
|Advanced National Security Litigation Course||National Security Litigation||2014|
|Defense Counsel Assistance Course||Defense Counsel Litigation Skills||2013|
|Naval Justice School||Advanced Trial Advocacy||2011|
|Basic Lawyer Course||Trial Advocacy||2006|
|U.S. v. Shaw||Full acquittal|
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