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Civilian court-martial defense lawyers Richard V. Stevens and Frank J. Spinner are former active duty military JAG attorneys, each having served as senior level military defense lawyers.

As civilian defense attorneys, they established their respective military defense law offices because, as former military officers, they care deeply about protecting and defending the rights of military members and their families, and ensuring they are treated with fairness and respect in the military justice system.

Our Attorneys

attorney-img1Attorney Richard V. Stevens has extensive experience in the most complex, serious military trials, and all types of adverse military administrative actions, discipline and investigations. He has served as an active duty base military defense counsel, active duty regional military defense counsel, civilian state and federal trial attorney and civilian criminal defense and military defense attorney. Mr. Stevens has been handling military cases since 1995.

ATTORNEY FRANK J. SPINNERAttorney Frank J. Spinner retired from active duty military service in the early 1990s, attorney Frank J. Spinner has defended some of the most highly publicized cases in recent military justice history. These cases have included: Capt James Wang, SSG Delmar Simpson, Lt Kelly Flinn, MG David Hale, Capt Richard Ashby, Cadet Douglas Meester, SPC Sabrina Harmon, CWO Lewis Welshofer, SFC Trey Corrales, SrA Andrew Witt, MSG Tim Hennis, and SPC Jeremy Morlock.

Michael J. CocoAttorney Michael J. Coco has associated with the Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C. in an “of counsel” capacity. Mr. Coco recently retired from the Air Force, after spending sixteen of his twenty-plus years of active duty service as an Air Force JAG. While in the Air Force JAG Corps, Mr. Coco served as a military trial judge, a military defense counsel at both the base and regional levels, and as a prosecutor at the regional level. Mr. Coco and Mr. Stevens have nearly four decades of combined military law experience to draw on in defending their clients.

ATTORNEY W. SHANE COHENColonel (retired) W. Shane Cohen has associated with the Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C. in an “of counsel” capacity. Mr. Cohen recently retired after nearly twenty-two years of service in the Air Force. His final assignment was as the Air Force’s Chief Circuit Military Judge for the Eastern United States and the presiding judge for the 9-11 Commission cases at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During his distinguished and award-winning career, Mr. Cohen was privileged to also serve as a regional trial judge, a military defense counsel at the base level, deputy chief defense counsel at the regional level, and as a prosecutor at the regional level. Mr. Cohen and Mr. Stevens have over four decades of combined military law experience to draw on in defending their clients.

Attorney Richard V. Stevens and attorney Frank J. Spinner have completely separate and independent law practices, with no common clients, offices, or personnel.

Mr. Stevens and Mr. Spinner travel around the world, to wherever their military clients are stationed or serving, to represent and defend them. They advise, represent, and/or defend military members in the following locations across the globe.

Mr. Stevens and Mr. Spinner have the extensive military law, criminal defense and trial experience necessary to fight for you. They have fought for, and defended, military members of all ranks, in all service branches, who have faced military adverse actions ranging from administrative discipline and board hearings through courts-martial alleging the most serious offenses, such as “war crimes,” crimes arising out of combat or in theater, national security cases, murder, manslaughter, homicide, rape, sexual assault, consensual sex offenses, drug offenses, computer crimes (pornography), larceny, fraud, conduct unbecoming, military academy offenses, senior officer cases, AWOL/desertion, and all types of the most serious criminal charges and military offenses.

Mr. Stevens and Mr. Spinner pledge to provide proven trial skills, extensive knowledge of the military and military law, experienced representation, aggressive defense and straight forward advice to members of all military branches stationed around the world.

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    “Your client has no idea how lucky he was to have hired you.”

    - Former Senior Military JAG Attorney

    “He simply commanded the courtroom, prepared to the teeth, and, most importantly, retained his personal and professional manner that proved so impressive in his advocacy success.”

    - Former Senior Military Judge

    “His advocacy, compassion, intellect, and demeanor are unsurpassed.”

    - Former Military Staff Judge Advocate and Trial Judge

    “That was the best closing argument I have ever seen; by a civilian or military attorney.”

    - Senior Court Reporter

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