Attorney Michael J. Coco

Michael J. Coco IN MEMORIAM. With a very heavy heart, we must share the news that Attorney Michael J. Coco has passed away (September 1964-November 2023). Mr. Coco led a life of personal and professional service. He grew up as a military dependent. His military career began as an enlisted Marine. He later attended law school and transitioned into the Air Force as an officer and a JAG attorney. Mr. Coco’s sixteen year Air Force JAG career (following his years of enlisted service) ended with his honorable retirement as an Air Force trial judge. 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.

During his Air Force JAG career, Mr. Coco handled hundreds of military courts-martial and administrative disciplinary actions. For him, this meant serving military clients in need of his assistance, and serving the Air Force criminal justice system. After retiring, he continued to serve military clients, from all service branches, as a civilian defense counsel.

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. Mr. Coco remained an “of counsel” member of Mr. Stevens’ firm from 2015 until November 2023 when he passed.

Mr. Coco was not just a strong, skilled and compassionate servant as a defense attorney, he was the example of a good person. He faithfully served his family and his community and it was clear that he was someone who truly cared for others and sought opportunites to provide his guidance and assistance when needed. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and were touched by him.


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