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Don King

Military law Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   59 reviews

also known as Don C. King, Don King

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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 2 years
    Oregon - OR 27 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2021
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Don

Learn Don’s areas of practice.

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  1. Military law
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    court martial, appeals, security clearance suspension or revocations, administrative separation hearings, military records corrections discharge upgrades and pardons, nonjudicial punishment, NJP, military disciplinary actions.

    29 years, 3,000 cases

A COMPASSIONATE AND PROVEN WINNER WITH DECADES OF EXPERIENCE FIGHTING--AND WINNING--THE BATTLES YOU FACE NOW.

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

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Posted by Paul | November 2, 2021
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I can't thank King Military Law enough
I was facing a NJP for a innocent situation brought up by some disgruntled subordinates. The command was looking to ram through proceedings to save face, but upon hiring Don he quickly came to my defense and forced the command to blink, and stop proceedings. 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 and his team.
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Response from Don King November 3, 2021
Thanks for leaving a review, Paul. It was indeed discouraging to see your command threaten your retirement over such trivial and unsupported accusations. Unfortunately, at KML, we see this same type of threat more often than we should. I'm so glad you decided to fight and it was our honor to help you successfully fight back. You deserved that win and we celebrate that win with you! Best of luck to you and your family as you enjoy a well-deserved retirement! Don and the KML team
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Posted by Penny | March 13, 2021
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FIGHTER FOR YOUR RIGHTS
I worked as then Lieutenant Don King’s paralegal while we were stationed in Guam. Don had been assigned as defense counsel to a Sailor charged with murdering a fellow Sailor. He worked tirelessly on this case and truly believed in his client and had so much compassion for this Sailor. This Sailor was acquitted of all charges. Let me say that I have worked for many attorneys in my nearly 30 years as a paralegal and there have been none that even come close to Don’s professionalism, drive and determination. He gives everything to ensure the best possible outcome for his client.
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Response from Don King December 28, 2021
Thanks, Penny! I remember that case -- AND YOUR CRITICAL HELP -- well! We truly did "win one for the good guy" in that case! Thanks for the kind words. Don
Posted by RJ | January 31, 2021
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Was concerned and relieved dad
Spoke to Mr. King for over an hour about a few potential concerns about my child's future military career concerning some medical issues during the commissioning process. If your a parent that is losing sleep at night and has not eaten for a few days because you feel that the uncertainty of the military is bothering you when it concerns specific medical issues, and how the military would potentially react, then this is the man whom you need to consult with for your piece of mind and assurance. Mr. King went out of his way to talk to me on a Sunday evening after hours to address my questions and truly provided honest answers in a way that was decisive and reassuring which was greatly needed . I now feel very confident based on his extensive knowledge of medical issues and military procedures that my child will have a bright future serving our country .
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Response from Don King February 4, 2021
Thanks for the kind words, RJ. I was very happy to help you and your family through this anxious and uncertain time. As a retired JAG and the proud parent of a Marine, I know how easy it is to have sleepless nights. Thankfully, I look forward to hearing about your child's future service and success! Please call me if you ever need anything. Don
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Posted by Ariel | February 16, 2024
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King and his team will give you one hundred percent of their efforts.
I was once told by my command and even military lawyers that my separation from the military was inevitable and that there was no way to fight it. But, thanks to the guidance of Mr. King, I was encouraged to fight for my name and was even able to win my board. Angela and Kasheta were always there to assist me with any questions or concerns I had, and Angela did an amazing job scrutinizing the discovery and finding many flaws with the accusations. It was their hard work and dedication that eventually led to me being retained in the military. Mr. King was always professional and instilled confidence in me that I had nothing to fear. I would highly recommend his firm, knowing that his team will give you one hundred percent of their efforts and help you fight for what's right.
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Response from Don King February 23, 2024
Thanks for telling your story, Ariel. Unfortunately, many active duty members are given little hope when they find themselves accused of something in the military, and it can definitely be discouraging. But, in our experience, it's always best to at least try and fight back. The military makes mistakes, witnesses don't always tell the truth, and commands make decisions based on erroneous information. That's why all of us here at KML think "out of the box." We never assume, we never guess, and we never give up. Your case is a perfect example of why. Our very best to you, Ariel. So glad that you have your future back! Don
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2024
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Professional, Compassionate and plain worth it
I was facing separation from the military and was not sure what I could do about it. KML reviewed my case, diligently amassed all the information from all the sources necessary, implemented a clear plan and finally executed with overwhelming efficiency. All while treating me and all involved with decorum. I don't have much experience with lawyers and legal processes but they are a team and treated me with value and grace only to deliver when the time was right. This is what I think legal service should be.
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Response from Don King February 10, 2024
Thanks for the review! All of us here at KML really do value our clients and it's gratifying to read that our efforts show that. Best of luck to you and please let us know if we can help again.
Posted by Jacob | January 24, 2024
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Senior Leader Family in Crisis
I was facing a hopeless situation and risked losing everything my family sacrificed for during my 19 year career. At my lowest point my spouse called King Law to see if they could help us—she knew from that first conversation that we would hire King Law. Everyone at King Law treated me with dignity and went out of their way to ensure I was comfortable and informed throughout the process. I faced a General Court Martial which was ultimately sent to a Special Court Martial at which Don masterfully secured a letter of reprimand as punishment. Hiring King Law was without a doubt the right move. I feel so indebted to this team; I wish I could do more to endorse them.
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Response from Don King February 2, 2024
Thanks, Jacob. It was such an honor to not only represent you, but to get to know you and your family. I know you won't mind if I say how proud I am of the way you confronted your combat-related mental health difficulties and turned this event into something good. It makes me proud that you and your wife have fought so hard and plan to continue to fight to make sure that good will come of this and that others who may suffer in similar circumstances will suffer less because of you. I wish I could take credit for the positive outcome of your case, but I believe the authorities saw what I saw and awarded you the lowest punishment they could as a result. All of us here at KML will be forever grateful and proud that you let us fight this battle with you. And we will all be watching as you and your wife surely turn this all around for something good. Please send us a copy of that book! And please stay in touch. Godspeed.
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Posted by Lucas | January 10, 2024
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Captain's Mast
Mr. King and his staff have been nothing but helpful throughout my entire process. I can't thank them enough. Before hiring them, I was lost and scared of what would happen with my career. They guided me through the case and made me feel confident to attack the case head on. With their help, my name was cleared. Blessed to have stumbled upon his website. If you're having legal issues, at least call for a consultation. You will not regret it!
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Response from Don King January 11, 2024
Thanks, Lucas! Anytime a servicemember has military legal issues, it's a scary and worrying process. All of us here at KML are retired active-duty members, and we get that. And so we work very hard to help make the process less scary, whether you're the servicemember, a spouse, the parent, or a grandparent. We do this by explaining the process, your rights, and the likely outcomes. Once the "unknown" is explained, it can put a lot of what you're going through in perspective and give you that "confidence" you mentioned. Then, we get to work for you. In nearly every case, there is SOMETHING we can do to help the process work out in your favor. With over a hundred years of combined military law experience at our firm, we look for it, find it, and then make it work for you. So glad that you found us, and all of us here at King Military Law are happy and honored to have helped you. Congratulations on your victory, and best of luck in your future endeavors! Don and the KML team
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Posted by Christopher | December 4, 2023
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Most prepared and helpful attorney
Mr. King is very knowledgeable in military law. He was able to help me and made sure to explain everything in the most simple terms so that I can ensure I was in good hands. He is quick to help you address the issues you are going through and help you find solutions.
Response from Don King December 6, 2023
Thanks for the note, Chris! It was my honor to help you over the phone and I hope everything goes smoothly for you! And thanks for your service!
Posted by Kyle | November 1, 2023
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Exceptional service!
Don King and his practice, "King Military Law," have been an absolute game-changer in my life. From the moment I spoke to Don for a free consultation over a year ago, I knew I was making the right choice. The journey that followed has been nothing short of extraordinary. I had the opportunity to consult with several military lawyers, but it was Don's unwavering commitment and his word that won me over. He assured me he would stand by my side, and that promise has been upheld most remarkably. Don, along with his exceptional paralegals, Angela and Katesha, embarked on a tireless journey to fight for my rights and my future. The most significant battle they helped me win was against an administrative separation board. The dedication and diligence they put into my case were unparalleled. They left no stone unturned, meticulously examining every detail and aspect of my situation. Their level of commitment to my case was nothing short of inspiring. What truly sets Don King and his team apart is their exceptional communication. They consistently went above and beyond, ensuring I was informed at every stage. Their accessibility and willingness to answer any questions I had, no matter the time or day, gave me peace of mind during what could have been an extremely stressful period for my family and me. Don and his team didn't just treat my case as another file; they treated it as a number one priority. Their genuine care and concern for my well-being and the well-being of my witnesses were evident throughout our time together. They provided support and advocacy that goes above and beyond the call of duty. In conclusion, I couldn't be more thrilled with my experience with King Military Law. Don King and his exceptional team have met and exceeded my expectations in every way. If you need military legal representation, I wholeheartedly recommend Don King and his practice. They are not just legal professionals; they are compassionate allies who will fight relentlessly to ensure that justice prevails. Thank you, Don King and King Military Law, for giving me a second chance and being the unwavering support I needed during a challenging time. You are nothing short of amazing.
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Response from Don King November 2, 2023
Thank you, Kyle! We're all so thankful that this is now behind you! Thanks also for choosing us to help you fight these battles. It’s never easy to face separation from the job you love and the military life that you and your family have known for years, and trusting a law firm to defend you is an enormous leap of trust—we know that. We consider it an enormous honor when clients place that trust in us, and we do everything we can to earn that trust. And so we can't tell you how gratifying client satisfaction is. While this job pays our bills, our real reward is sitting next to you when you hear that you’ve won or reading that you’re happy you trusted us. We really do understand how hard it is for service members and their families to go through these battles and we recognize that helping you win means more than just answering legal questions. Our mission statement includes helping clients and their families through all aspects of their legal battle, even if it's just to be that person to talk to. Good luck as you move on to your next duty station, your next job, and your next rank, Kyle! All of us at KML celebrate your success! Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience, and please stay in touch! Don and the KML Team
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Posted by Dakota | October 20, 2023
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BEST LAWYER
I am a Chief Petty Officer; I have served for our world’s finest Navy for 13 years. Unfortunately, I had a potential career ending legal event that threatened me with an administrative separation board. After calling numerous lawyers in San Diego, I called Mr. Don King and his legal team. Let me tell you, it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. After speaking with Mr. King, I immediately felt that I had the best legal representation that I could possibly find. I WAS RIGHT! Don is the most honest, hard-working, and compassionate lawyer you are going to find! His team fought for me like I was their son. His team is super responsive and always helpful. They were very knowledgeable and were able to answer all my questions regarding the process. Don’s paralegal Angela would always ensure all required documentation was in order and received in a timely manner. She would even talk to me when I was feeling down and ensured I was making the right decisions on my part. Don fought at my board like it was the last day on earth. This is the best legal team in San Diego. If you choose only one lawyer, choose Mr. Don King and his legal team. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! Thank you, King family! My wife and I will never forget what you did to help us win this battle.
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Response from Don King October 21, 2023
Thanks, Chief! I appreciate you taking the time to leave the team a review, and thanks for recognizing Angela. Like all of the paralegals at KML, she truly does care about our clients and works hard to ensure that they get the best legal help and that we're here for them if they need us. We're all also so happy that you won your case. The Navy doesn't always get it right too many don't fight back and accept the Navy's decision. I'm glad you weren't one of those and honored that you chose us to help you fight that battle. We wish you and your family all the best and look forward to an invitation to your Senior Chief promotion! Don and the KML Team
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Posted by Larken | October 10, 2023
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Achieved the Impossible
After I completed OCS I received my DD214 and signed my commissioning documents, I was excited to start my new career and become a leader. Then the nightmare began… I lost my commission and was accused of integrity violations. I did my best to prove to the chain of command of my innocence but the accuser out ranked me and everyone just wanted to push me aside. I reach out to Don, and together with Tim they were able to successfully submit an article 1150. As the package went to several CoC’s they all put the blame on me which was odd because the facts supported my side. Finally at the last possible moment an Admiral saw that my case had merit and admitted my contract was violated. All of my stress and depression suddenly was lifted and my faith in the justice system was restored. Thank you Tim and thank you Don for all your hard work, dedication, and support. God bless your team and thank you for saving my career. I look forward to thanking you both in person.
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Response from Don King October 10, 2023
Thanks, Larken! And you're right! Tim and I also thought this was going to be a tough one. Every level of Navy command had their heels dug in and we thought for sure that you would need to plead (and would win) your case at the BCNR. Glad to see that we were incorrect and an Admiral finally saw the light. VERY happy for you. Sure hope you'll send us a picture of you when they (re)pin the golden bars to your collars! And I hope you stay Navy, Larken! Principled fighters like you who won't get pushed around are the kind of people we need leading our Sailors! Stay in touch! Don and Team
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Posted by Jess | September 15, 2023
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A True Champion for Justice
Mr King defended my daughter for misconduct and his defense won a unanimous board decision in her favor. Mr King is tenacious and holds nothing back. His staff are stellar additions to this team of highly skilled and experienced professionals. It was the best decision to hire Mr King. If your son or daughter finds themselves in need of a truly great lawyer Mr King and his staff are the ones for you.
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Response from Don King October 10, 2023
Jess: Thanks so much not only for the review, but for allowing us to support your daughter. All of us here are parents and know how hard it is when our kids are far away and need help. We're so happy that you and your daughter reached out to us. And thanks for the shout-out to Kasheta, Angela and Ashley--I often get the spotlight, but I couldn't give my all without them giving theirs, and they do, every time. Thanks again, Jess--it was an absolute honor to help get your daughter over this unfair hurdle and back on track to doing great things! Don
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Posted by Olivia | September 6, 2023
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True Advocate
My journey with King Military Law began when my Navy Reserve Center falsely accused me of committing a crime but failed to notify me until nearly a year had passed after said crime. I was literally looking at losing everything I had ever worked towards the 16 years I had spent in the military to include a burgeoning career in the healthcare sector, my security clearance, my G.I Bill benefits, ect. If you think that situation can’t get any more stressful, try searching for legal counsel who will treat your case with the utmost importance instead of just a money grab. Thankfully, I found King Military Law quickly and was sold from the many 5-star reviews to Don’s impressive resume, and Kasheta’s prompt response to my initial query. During the consultation, Don did not shy away even after I explained the details of my rather complex case. In fact, he seemed to relish in the challenge of it all. Once retained, he and the rest of his legal team immediately began working various angles of my case and even provided further support by helping me navigate through several legal forms provided by my command to ensure that none of my rights were signed away. As it is the Navy Reserve, I had to wait several months for my Administrative Separation Board to convene; however, Don and his legal team always answered any questions that I had or dealt with any situations that arose in a timely manner and kept me in the loop as new details emerged. To say I was beyond stressed out the weekend of my Administrative Separation Board is an understatement, Angela’s positive demeanor and Don’s encouraging words were greatly appreciated. Don is a talented legal force and well versed in proceedings, his eloquence and extensive knowledge of military law is clear. However, what stuck out to me the most is the moment when the opposing counsel launched a particularly catty and rather unwarranted personal attack on my character. Don immediately but gracefully rebuffed his attack, providing a compelling and moving argument in which he showered me with praise and related similar experiences he had in the navy to my case in order to appeal to board members on my behalf. Thanks to King Military Law, I was able to win my case and can finally relax for the first time in nearly a year. I can’t thank the exceptional legal team (Don, Kasheta, Angela, and Ashley) enough for their tireless efforts, they’re absolute consummate professionals who truly care about their clients and will always go that extra mile for them.
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Response from Don King September 6, 2023
Wow! Thanks, Olivia. Not only did you have to go through this horrendous experience, but you re-lived it here in this review. We sure appreciate that since our goal is to help Servicemembers like you who are wrongly accused of crimes by the military and desperately need help. We hope that your review will help us help them as well. And what a case yours was! We’ve had a lot of hard-fought battles here at KML, but the complexity of your case (reserve issues, security clearance issues, legal issues, command avoidance, logistical hurdles etc., etc.) was definitely unique. As a result, the entire team here at KML jumped into it with gusto. BTW, thanks so much for recognizing Kasheta, Angela, and Ashley! I often get the credit on these pages, but it’s a team effort, and those ladies are hardworking, caring, and as dedicated to our clients as I could ever be! I’m sure your comments will make their day! And we're so glad that you WON COMPLETELY, and this is now behind you. You didn’t deserve this, and we were all inspired by the way you endured it professionally, calmly, and with hope. While the Navy tried to paint you as a criminal, never forget the senior juror’s words after finding you not guilty: “We believe you, we think you’re an important asset to the Navy, and we hope you will stay with us.” That’s some high praise, and you deserved every bit of it. Forget about what the Navy prosecutor tried to paint you as. Again, thanks so much for trusting us with this crazy, scary, important legal fight, Olivia. Being in your corner was an absolute honor, and we look forward to watching you go on to great things! Stay in touch! -Don and the entire KML team-
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Posted by Alethia | September 3, 2023
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Thank God
Mr. King & his associates (Ms. Kasheta) were very responsive and caring to me and my son's case. They explained in terms I could understand, they were timely, and they were caring. My son had serious charges against him and I am hundreds of miles away on the East coast and very scared. He was able to be there to see my son and let him know he had someone on his side. I know we pay for attorneys but you want to feel comfortable with your choice. My son is coming home free & clear. You will be very satisfied with King Military Law when you just can't be there yourself. THANK YOU MR KING & STAFF
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Response from Don King September 4, 2023
Thank you for the review, Ma'am. While sorry that you and your son had to go through this, we're glad that your son will soon be on his way home! And thanks for noticing Ms. Kasheta! She is critical to what we do here and, as a retired military Paralegal and parent herself, she is an expert at helping parents understand the complex and confusing military justice system. In fact, all of us here at KML are retired military and/or parents, so we know how hard it can be for parents "hundreds of miles away" when their son or daughter is involved with any type of military legal issue. We are happy to spend the time necessary to inform the parent, involve the parent, and make sure the parent can contact and communicate with their child. And so we're glad you found us and let us help your son! And, please reach out if he needs any kind of legal assistance in the future! King Military Law ~~When Experience Matters Most~~
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2023
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Hands down best lawyer for navy legal representation
Don is absolutely amazing, I cannot thank him enough for how much he helped me out with my case. He knows the Navy legal system inside out and has a ton of experience. If it weren’t for him I would have never been reinstated. My chain of command literally tried to rail road me, twist my story, and even tried to tell me that it was illegal to get legal representation, but Don worked with me every step of the way. Before contacting Don I spoke with other lawyers and they did not care at all, and didn’t even listen to me and my case. The JAG even blew me off and told me that I was going to loose, didn’t even want to help me out, but Don did it, and got my rank back. I’m so incredibly grateful that he had my back. Don is the way to go for anything legal dealing with the Navy, hese #1 in my books.
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Response from Don King August 30, 2023
Hey, B. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience with all of us at KingMilitaryLaw.com! It's true that Navy commanders have a great deal of authority and very little incentive to correct their errors. As a result, even other lawyers feel like they can't give Sailors any hope. But there IS hope, you just have to fight for it and that's why all of us here at KML do this type of work. We're retired military, parents of current military, and we have LOTs of experience fighting--and winning. And when we do so, it makes us as happy as our clients to get them what they deserve--in your case avoiding a separation for high-year tenure that you didn't deserve. Thanks so much for reaching out and we wish you, your wonderful wife, and your little one the best of luck as you continue your career. Please invite us to your promotion to Chief, which I'm sure will happen soon!
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Posted by Dina | August 14, 2023
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Thank you Don
Where do I begin? This will be a bit lengthy as I want to share my experience King Military Law. There aren’t enough words to express how grateful, blessed, and completely honored we are to have had Don King and his team representing my Marine. A few months ago, my son found himself in a very difficult, very scary and extremely stressful situation. A parents worst nightmare. My son was being FALSELY accused of of a very serious crime. My son had no chance to speak his truth, and was immediately guilty in the eyes of command with absolutely no chance for a positive outcome. He was sent to the Brig, then he was to be Court Martialed. This was extremely heart wrenching to a mother who 100% knows without a doubt that her son is innocent, it completely broke me and tore me apart. There was nothing I could do and I felt completely helpless until I found Don, and that changed everything. Once Don heard my sons case, he immediately took action. He got my son out of the Brig within 24 hours of my first phone call with Don and that was only the beginning. Don ensured that my sons rights were protected. Don protected my Marine when I could not. Don made sure that my son would not get screwed out of what he was entitled to, since my son was a few months from completing his enlistment. Don fought for my boy, presented facts and had these serious charges dismissed against my son, all without having to go to court martial. Don believed in my son from day one and relentlessly fought for him. Don is caring and compassionate and genuinely cares. While going through this stressful situation, Don made sure to reach out to my Marine a few times a week to check in with my son to make sure he was mentally and emotionally doing well. Don kept us updated throughout the process and we always knew what to expect. In the end my son was separated under honorable conditions and is now home. All which never would’ve happened without Don. Don saved my sons career and ensured that my son could have a successful and bright future in the civilian world. I promise that you will not find another Military Attorney with the experience and knowledge that Don has, just take a look at his resume. Don is a warrior who will run circles around anyone. Thank you so much Don and Kasheta for everything! Forever thankful.
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Response from Don King August 29, 2023
Thanks so much for taking the time to relay your experience with us, Dina. All of us here at KML are former or retired military and parents so we know how hard it can be for parents when their kids are involved in military justice. It's an unfamiliar and complex system that can make parents feel helpless. We're all so glad that you and your son reached out to us for help and we were honored to ensure that the Marine Corps finally treated your son with the fairness he deserved. Again, thanks for all of your kind words, please stay in touch, and we wish your son the very best in his future endeavors! Don
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
HM2
Mr. King was very helpful in addressing my concerns with my command. He gave me confidence in how to defend myself. I highly recommend him
Response from Don King August 7, 2023
Thank you, HM2. While there is only so much any attorney can do in one phone call, it's often a pleasant experience when we can provide information and explanations that just help the client feel better. Sometimes just knowing that the future doesn't look so bleak is the best news you can get! It was an honor speaking wish you the best of luck!
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Posted by Rancell | July 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Legal Case in Camp Pendleton
This guy has the best legal team in the nation, hands down. All odds were against my best friend, another co-worker, and myself. Somehow, he managed to win every single battle. Don King literally fought for us 24/7, it did not matter to him whether it was the weekend or late at night. Don always answers the phone provides support through stressful times. Don is a winner, what can I say. I will always be forever grateful that I hired this man. When you go to court with him, you will see that you didn't waste your money and time, but you invested it. This guy awesome, I would hire him a 10000000000000 times if had to because I know he will win.
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Response from Don King July 19, 2023
Thanks, Rancell! Appreciate the review. All of us here at KML were so happy to meet and work with you! Your case should have never been sent to a court-martial and I'm glad we were able to get the charges dismissed. You're an exceptional Marine and American and I look forward to seeing you do great things! Thanks for trusting us to represent you and stay in touch!
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Posted by Chiara | July 12, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Absolutely exceptional
I conducted a 30 minute consultation with Mr. King. I was beyond intrigued with the amount of knowledge and competence he exuded. Mr. King was thorough, concise, and ver professional. The best legal advice I’ve ever received. I would high recommend retaining Mr. King as an attorney.
Response from Don King July 13, 2023
It was my honor to speak with you on the phone and I greatly appreciate your taking the time to comment on our conversation. Patriots like you are the reason all of us here at King Military Law do what we do and we're all happy to provide what help we are able to over the phone. Glad to hear that we exceeded your expectations! Call again if you need us and best of luck in your future! Don
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Posted by Jeovani | July 4, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Detailed and professional advice.
I reached out to Mr. King’s Law firm for advice with a pending military legal issue. Mr King is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and reliable. He provided amazing explanations, guidance, and reassurance. Mr. King’s extensive knowledge and experience makes him the best choice for any military legal issues you may be facing.
Response from Don King July 5, 2023
Thanks, Jeovani. All of us here at KML appreciate the opportunity to help servicemembers like you navigate the complex maze of military legal issues. We were happy that we were able to help you resolve your's over the phone. Best of luck to you and thanks again for taking the time to think of us!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Military Attorney
  • U.S. Navy Jag Corps
  • 1996 - 2020

Education

  • 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
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. Shaw
  • Full acquittal

Associations

  • 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
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Honors and Awards

  • 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
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Publications

  • Deskbook for use by Navy and Marine Corps defense attorneys
  • U.S. Navy Criminal Defense Counsel Deskbook
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Endorse Don
Military law Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Don for over 25 years. He is a dedicated and aggressive lawyer for his clients. He is fair and thoroughly prepared for any situation. His knowledge of military and administrative law is voluminous."
Military law Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Don King is AGGRESSIVE and EXPERIENCED, and just the lawyer you need for a military legal matter. I have known him for almost 25 years and have worked with him on a number of legal cases over the years. Hire him now!"