Attorney Michael J. Coco

Michael J. Coco Attorney 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.

After his Air Force retirement, Mr. Coco established a military defense law practice, the Law Office of Michael J. Coco, P.A., and in 2015 he affiliated with Mr. Stevens’ military defense law practice in an “of counsel” role, while maintaining ownership of his own practice as well.

During his Air Force JAG career, Mr. Coco handled hundreds of military courts-martial and administrative disciplinary actions. He was involved in some of the most complex and high-profile cases in the Air Force military justice system at the time. Mr. Coco has litigated a full spectrum of criminal issues including successfully representing clients accused of murder, rape, robbery, embezzlement, computer crimes, and drug offenses. His complex litigation experience has included effectively using defense experts and confronting prosecution experts in a wide range of specialties, including forensic computer analysis, forensic psychology, false confession experts, toxicologists, medical examiners, and financial experts. He has also advised senior officers in actions regarding removal from command, senior officer unfavorable information files, and officer grade determinations.

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Mr. Coco has also been involved in a number of high profile cases that garnered national media attention, including sexual assault allegations against military training instructors at Lackland AFB, TX, sexual assault at the United States Air Force Academy, the inadvertent delivery of a nuclear fuse to Taiwan, and an espionage case arising out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

During his Air Force JAG career, Mr. Coco also instructed on military law and military justice topics, including serving as an Assistant Professor of Law at the United States Air Force Academy, presentations at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, the Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and at military attorney training conferences around the country.

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