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Bruce A White

Military law Attorney at Kirkland, WA

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About Bruce

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Practice area
  1. Military law
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    Bruce White served 25 years in the Marine Corps and retired as a Colonel, one the senior attorneys in the service. He has handled thousands of military cases and has received numerous awards for his work.

    33 years, 3,000 cases

Career Overview  

Bruce White completed his active duty service as a Colonel, one of the senior attorneys in the U. S. Marine Corps.   Throughout his military career, Bruce's focus was military justice and trial advocacy.  He personally tried or supervised the litigation of many landmark Marine Corps cases.  He also trained hundreds of the Corps finest trial attorneys. 

Military Awards and Ribbons  

Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Photos and videos

Bruce at Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego.
Bruce in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Licensed for 32 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2021
Updated 02/01/2023
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/06/2022
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/10/2022

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

Contact Bruce

Bruce White, Attorney at Law
P. O. Box 377
Kirkland, WA, 98083

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Settled
Bruce came onboard with my case very motivated and genuinely interested in winning. He is experienced, intelligent, and methodical. I was fortunate to have hired him and can now move forward with my career. I highly recommend him if you're in the military.
Posted by Michael | June 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An absolute professional. Worth 10x what he charges.
I first talked to Bruce right before NJP and he gave me free counsel. I hired him afterwards and never thought twice. I was facing two charges 112a and 92. He won my case with the best possible outcome; the Admin Board results were 3-0 no misconduct and 3-0 retention, a unanimous win. His extensive experience and tremendous talent was the reason my board went so well. No matter what the details of your case are, he will ensure you get the best possible outcome. I have 12 years in the Navy and now I will be able to continue my career. I am eternally grateful for that.
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Posted by Mike | June 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best Lawyer ever!
I was facing TWO allegations in my Command which are 112a and 93. With 16 years in the Navy, I knew the Navy has ZERO tolerance when it comes to illegal drugs and I take it very seriously. I got so worried that my 16 long years I spent my life in the Navy would just flush thru a drain like waste. As soon as I found out about it, I didnt hesitate to call Mr White and he gave me some advises before I even hire him and met in person. The moment I met Mr White, I felt very comfortable and ease. He is so flexible that I can meet or call him almost anytime of the day to answer any questions and worries I had. I will never forget that time he told me that he will go to war for me to win this battle. The day of my Adsep board he truly proven me what he said by shutting down our opponents who tried to take me down. I highly recommend Mr Bruce White to anyone who is facing the toughest time in life.
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Posted by Jeff | January 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unbeatable.
I couldn't be more satisfied with his work. I'm an E-4 in the Navy and was facing drug possession accusations under article 112a. Immediately following the NJP I hired him on and he's been a huge asset ever since; putting together an NJP appeal, helping me to put together a strong book for the board, and spending countless hours going over the case with me. It was a hard-fought board in which his skills as an attorney really shone, but in the end it was a victory of 3-0 with no misconduct found. I have no doubt in my mind that if I hadn't gone to Mr. White, I would have lost and been processed out of the Navy with at most a General discharge in-hand. Hiring him was the best decision I could have made, and I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by Bill | December 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hiring Mr. White was the best decision I have ever made.
Mr. White is a true professional. He spent countless hours preparing my son and me for the board. He also assembled an extensive file containing material that was beneficial to our defense. He was a strong advocate during the proceedings and it was obvious that he had the respect of the board members. As a result of Mr. White's representation we came away with a complete victory.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Respectful, Reliable, and Effective
Mr. White is a fighter. There is no other way to put it. I was within a year of my end of my active service and I found out I had been falsely accused of sexual assault. I am a Sergeant in the Marine Corps. I knew that this accusation could have been the end of me. Once I had found out of the accusations I immediately started looking for a good lawyer. I found Mr. White on this site and emailed him, and within two hours he called me despite the fact that it was a late evening around the holidays. From the minute I spoke with him I could tell I was going to hire him. He listened to every word I said and even though no official charges had been brought forward at that time, he started working on ways to counsel me. He even met with me to explain how everything would play out, mind you this was before I ever even mentioned hiring him. But then I did and it was the best decision I could have ever made. Nearly a year of litigation went by before I eventually faced a General Court Marshal. Over this time Mr. White worked with me listening to every word so he could view my case and our defense from every angle. The way he worked with my military defense counsel was beyond compare. If I ever had questions or even just had a rough day and needed a boost of confidence Mr. White was always a phone call away. If there was ever a time he couldn't answer, an email or a text was sent to me explaining that he would call me back as soon as he could get to the phone. Every lawyer has multiple clients, but it felt like I was the only client of Mr. White. He has a way of making his clients feel like they are nearly family, while never losing an ounce of professionalism. Through all of the hearings and finally the days in court it's clear that Mr. White's knowledge of the law, specifically military law, was second to none. If you feel backed into a corner and up against the ropes hire Mr. White and watch him fight for you, and your future. You will not be disappointed. I was acquitted of all charges in a time when sexual assault is such an up hill battle and I owe it all to Mr. White.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2015
I definitely recommend Mr. White
I had a legal investigation which had taken a year to finally be finalized. Once it was finalized and sent to the command, the CO proceeded with battalion level NJP documents for article 112a. I did not have a positive urinalysis, however, the CO after reading through an entire investigation, decided there was enough to process me out. Had I taken the NJP, I would have been reduced in rank, put on restriction, and kicked out with a discharge of OTH. Mr. White assisted me with any questions that I had even from the beginning when I was first notified of NJP. Because I refused NJP, it was then sent to an admin sep board. Any time I had a question or concern, he attended to it and gave me the absolute best advice I could have asked for. He explained every answer thoroughly, and never sugarcoated the potential outcomes of the board , either good or bad. Mr. White stayed on top of everything and kept me informed. He did an absolutely incredible job at piecing together a binder which depicted the Marine that I am, and ultimately, I won the board with no basis of discharge. I will now be getting my promotion backdated and all negative documents expunged from my record completely. I would recommend Mr. White to anyone who is seeking legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2015
Gets results! Always available!
If you need a lawyer, Mr White will be your tireless advocate. I was dealing with a difficult situation, and Mr White was recommended by my military counsel. He doesn't do a lot of hand-holding, but that might not be what you need in this situation. He was always available in person, by phone or email. He likes to win, and puts in the time that is required to prepare and present your case!
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2014
Thank you Mr White!
I was a newly frocked chief that was processed for separation by my command for fraternization and adultery. My command was ready to bust me down to an E5 and separate me as soon as the possibly could. Instead of kneeling down to the mercy of commanding officer's non judicial punishment, I hired Mr White after talking to 5 other attorneys. His attitude, professionalism, and knowledge won me over. His hard work and dedication paid off at my separation board as I was allowed to finish my enlistment contract and retire next year. I also got to keep my rank as a first class petty officer. My family is eternally grateful and Mr White gets my highest recommendation for any other service member with a legal issue.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2014
Very dedicated!
I hired Mr. White a few months ago, but my trial was just this month. I called roughly 15-20 different lawyers, and he was the one for me. He told me that he focuses on the case in hand from dusk till dawn. That is exactly what he did while handling my case here in Alaska. He had many different avenues of approach during the cross examination and it worked out great. Mr. White briefed me on everything and kept me informed on what would happen next. He prepared me from start to finish, and I had full confidence on all decisions he suggested to me. I am glad on the outcome of my case, and would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2014
The best defense lawyer in California!
When I first went to meet him, he patiently heard my case & explained the different options I had at that point. He explained me the entire process and answered all my questions. He personally reviewed all my documents and created a professional case. I'm still in the Navy because of him. Thank you for being my attorney and for safeguarding my future. Thank you for your professionalism, knowledge and all effort you put into my case. The extra hours you put in were greatly appreciated. Thank you!!! Thank you for everything!!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2013
The Best Military Lawyer!
I recently found myself in the middle of a personality conflict with my Commanding Officer and was recommended for a negative administrative action (Detachment for Cause) that I felt was unjustified and would prevent me from advancing to the next level and ultimately preventing me from meeting my career goals. I had a short time frame to submit a statement (telling my side of the story) and needed someone with a strong military background to ensure I got it right and enabled me to keep my emotions in check. After conducting some research and meeting for a quality free consultation, Mr. White and I work together to draft my statement. 

Mr. White was straightforward, responsive and very professional. He worked tirelessly for several days reviewing all the technical information and applicable regulations, and was very instrumental in helping express my story. 

The product we produced was much better than I could have done on my own. I took comfort knowing Mr. White and I had done all we could in submitting my side of the story. 

The hard work paid off as the requested Detachment for Cause was disapproved and all reference to this action was removed from my official personnel record. I am very thankful I chose a fellow Officer and formal Marine. I will always remember you as a good friend. Thank you and Semper Fi!
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2013
100% worth the wait
My administrative case dragged out for well over a year, Mr. White remained committed and realistic about my options and potential outcomes. Pricing was incredibly reasonable, although I would have gladly paid three times his cost for the quality and skill of his services. He is genuinely dedicated to achieving your goals while providing a tempering voice of reason. The friend that referred me described him as "a bulldog that will fight for you and won't let up." After disappointing interactions with several active duty JAG representatives and previous unsatisfactory outcomes during the administrative process, Mr. White was just that. I continue to have a military career because of hard work and dedication.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2013
Unforgettable Representation
Bruce White was recently hired to represent me in an administration hearing. From the beginning, Mr. White was honest and straightforward about my possible future, my possible other-than-honorable discharge. He did not try to sugarcoat how the process was going to be. I had been pushed to the back of the pile with the JAG lawyers and hiring Mr. White was the best decision I made. Mr. White treated me like I was his only case on hand. He was always available and willing to answer my questions. His diligence and responsiveness to my case was superb. The quality of his services goes beyond words. Mr. White prepared the best defense he possibly could and by doing so also saved my career and my future. I will forever be thankful to Bruce White and his unforgettable representation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2013
General Court Martial USN
During my GCM Mr. White kept me informed, up to date and aware of everything going on. It was obvious to me and everyone who witnessed the GCM that Mr. White had out worked the government in every aspect of the case. His meticulous preparation and attention to detail helped with the facts to prove my innocence. There is no way I will ever be able to thank Mr. White enough.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2012
Excellent!
I was recommended for negative administrative action (Relief for Cause) that I felt was unjustified and would prevent me from assuming command and advancing, ultimately preventing me from achieving my career goals. I had a short time frame to submit a statement on my behalf, and wanted to hire someone with a strong military back ground to ensure I got it right. After some quick research and a quality initial consultation, Mr. White and I agreed to work together to draft my statement. Mr. White was straight forward and professional. He worked tirelessly for four days reviewing my information and applicable regulations, and was instrumental in helping express my story. He gladly worked with my assigned Military attorney to help ensure all service specific details were covered. The product we produced was much better than I could have done on my own, and no matter how the final decision turned out, I took comfort knowing Mr. White and I had done all we could in submitting a solid rebuttal. The hard work paid off as the recommended Relief for Cause was determined to be unfounded. I have since advanced to E8, and assumed my first command. I am very thankful I chose the right professional for the job. Thank you Bruce!
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2011
Military Defense Client
I recently had a case for positive urinalysis due to accidental ingestion. I had been trying very hard to obtain good counsel through the Navy JAGs. With a rapidly approaching NJP date and repeated attempts to contact the JAG without a response, I struck out to find my own counsel. From the initial phone conversation, Bruce made me feel confident that calling him was the right move. Throughout the entire process, which lead to an Administrative Separation Board finding of "No Misconduct," Bruce was always availible to me and worked hard to save my career. He professionalism, knowledge, and dedication to me as a client were more than I could have hoped for. I can honestly say that had I not called Bruce White I would not have retained my rank and I might not be in the Navy today! I would definitely reccomend that anyone facing legal difficulties, military or civilian, call Bruce White!
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2010
When you back is to the wall...
Mr. White was engaged to represent our son in an administration hearing, as a result of a positive drug test. Drug pops are low on the serious scale of legal cases, but Mr. White took our son’s case with all the seriousness and diligence as if it were a capital offense. This was not a life-or-death matter but it did involve our son’s potential dismissal from the USMC for drug use. This would have had a devastating impact on his life and self-esteem. When we first emailed Mr. White’s office he responded to us in about 15 minutes. From the beginning Mr. White was realistic about our son's chances (not good) of avoiding an other–than-honorable discharge. He got on the case immediately (he texted our son while he was in the field)! JAG lawyers come and go which is the nature of their jobs, but Bruce was there from beginning to end. For 16 months he advised and guided our son through a maze of legal ups and down that characterize many legal matters. He kept our son on an even keel and even though our son was his client, he was always willing and available to talk to us and keep us informed. Our son was well represented. Early on, when it looked like our son might be discharged without being afforded the option of an administrative hearing, Mr. White offered a partial refund. This is an example of his outstanding character. In our research, we contacted a friend, whose brother in law is a USMC Sergeant Major. The Sergeant Major told us that our son’s chances of beating a drug pop was about 1 in 5,000. But with Bruce’s help the Marine Corps, via an administrative hearing, retained our son. When your back is to the wall, especially if you are facing a serious disciplinary/legal issue, you will need a lawyer. You could not find a better-connected or experienced advocate. If you are looking for “touchy-feely” you might be disappointed. But if you want competence, diligence and a vigorous defense, call Bruce White’s office.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2009
Bruce A. White - The Best Lawyer There Is!
Tenacity — Bruce White really fought for me ‘til the end. He never backed down from a fight, especially, inside the courtroom. He has a reputation that commands respect. He was focus, fearless, and always alert and quick to control issue immediately. He’s always prepared to do what it takes to get the win. Experience — I had no doubt, Bruce White had the skills and experience. We know that every case is different, and my case was that and my situation was unique. But Mr. White’s strong experience under his belt, he has dealt with the actual specifics that he encountered with my case to prepare himself at best to provide the best possible defense every time. Workload — Mr. White has really done the work for me. He’s done more than everything to win the case and earn his fee. He’s a busy lawyer who worked hard for my case personally including weekends and nights. He poured long hours for my case personally to prepare for the best defense possible. Mr. Bruce White is the kind of a lawyer who gives you the best chance of getting top quality representation. He saved my career from a scurrilous allegation, and won my case at the trial of courts martial consisting with very high ranking, intelligent members. Biggest thanks Mr. White! I’ll never forget this for the rest of my life.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2009
An Attorney Who Goes The Extra Mile
We hired Bruce to help our nephew with a 4-year UA case. A retired Marine, Bruce is very knowledgeable about the process and explained in simple language how things work. What we like best about Bruce is the way he emphasized good values and how he coached and prepped our nephew to deal with the consequences of his action. We followed his advice as closely as possible, and our nephew will be getting out of his base in less than two months after turning himself in.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Bruce White, Attorney at Law
  • 2008 - Present
  • General Counsel/Staff Judge Advocate
  • U.S. Marine Corps -- MCRD San Diego
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Managing Attorney/Litigation Supervisor
  • U.S. Marine Corps -- Camp Pendleton CA
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Vice President (Commanding Officer) Headquarters Battalion
  • U.S. Marine Corps --MCB Hawaii
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Senior Defense Counsel/Managing Attorney
  • Legal Services Support Section (LSSS), Camp Pendleton, CA
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Operational Law Attorney
  • U.S. Forces Korea/Seoul South Korea
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Administrative Law Attorney
  • U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) at the Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Attorney Assignments Coordinator
  • Headquarters Marine Corps -- Office of SJA to CMC, Washington, DC
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Chief Prosecuting Attorney
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Company Executive Officer, Recruit Training Regiment
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Aircraft Maintenance Officer, F/A-18 Program
  • 3rd Marine Air Wing, MCAS El Toro, CA
  • 1983 - 1987
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Education

  • University of Washington
  • MSRE -- Real Estate
  • 2020
  • Georgetown College
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1996
  • Univ of Oregon
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Michigan
  • B.S.
  • 1983
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Legal Cases

  • Military Court-Martial Defense
  • Not Guilty
  • Military Administrative Law
  • Favorable for clients
  • United States v. Staff Sergeant D
  • Client received military retirement
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Associations

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Accredited Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • Veterans Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • California State Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Member/Chair of Military Law Committee
  • 2008 - 2018
  • Wallace Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2008 - 2012
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Honors and Awards

  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • State Bar of California
  • 2009
  • Named one of the top attorneys in San Diego
  • OurCity San Diego Magazine -- June 2009
  • 2009
  • Legion of Merit
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 2008
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 2002
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 2000
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1998
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1996
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
  • Excelling in the Navy and Marine Corps in a Legally Complex World
  • 2007
  • City of Escondido Veteran's Day Keynote Speaker
  • Paying Tribute To Our Veterans
  • 2006
  • City of Escondito Memorial Day Keynote Speaker
  • Remembering Our Fallen Heroes
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
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Military law Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bruce White is an experienced, thoughtful litigator. He will work hard to discover each and every issue in your case, and will remain your committed advocate throughout the entire process. He is always honest and straightforward with his clients, and has the experience as an active duty judge advocate to understand your case and your situation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Recommended with complete confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Military law Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bruce. He is a top notch criminal trial attorney with a track record of outstanding results."
Military law Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Unquestionably competent, consistently conscientious, endlessly hardworking, always helpful, and highly dedicated, it is well-known this exceptional lawyer is an excellent trial attorney who is a tremendous asset to San Diego's Military Law Bar community. Any person in need who hires this superb attorney will know he or she is in capable hands. For a number of positive reasons, I am honored to endorse Mr. White."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked for Bruce White for 3 years while I was on active duty in the Marine Corps. I regularly observed Bruce White in his role as Staff Judge Advocate for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and the entire Western Recruiting Region. He earned the trust of the Commanding General and other tenant commanders by consistently providing sound/competent advice. During this time he served as my mentor and provided me expert guidance in my formative years as an attorney. Beyond being an expert in criminal law, Bruce White is an extremely hard worker and is extraordinarily tenacious. He is also an exceptionally gifted communicator capable of articulating his case in a very persuasive manner. If you are looking to hire an attorney in the San Diego area to work for you on any military law or criminal law matter I would recommend Bruce White."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce White is a competent, hard-working, knowledgeable attorney. I worked alongside Bruce for several years and witnessed his capabilities first hand. Smart, analytical and zealous - he always served his clients extremely well. Was a constant thorn in the side of prosecutors and they wanted to avoid him at all costs. His clients, however, loved it. Bruce White is the smart choice for anyone facing criminal charges who wants a fighter on their side."
Military law Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce White had a very successful career as a Marine Corps judge advocate because he was bright, dedicated, and very ethical attorney and Marine officer. Our careers intersected over twelve years, and he had superior reputation in our profession. He has earned every bit of honors and good name.”"
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Kirkland Military law Lawyer Bruce A White
Bruce A White
Military law Attorney
Kirkland, WA
Licensed for 32 years
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