Smart, Effective Military and Criminal Defense
Military Law encompasses many types of law in the unique setting of the Armed Forces, including criminal trials and various administrative actions. When a servicemember is accused of a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or faces administrative action which could limit or derail his or her career, it is extremely important to obtain the services of a lawyer who knows how the military system operates, how commanders think, and how to effectively advocate to commanders and, if necessary, to a court-martial panel or administrative board for the best possible outcome in the case.
Military Defense Lawyer Bruce Lennard handles the following types of Military Law cases:
Special and Summary Courts-Martial
Article 32, UCMJ, Investigations
Article 15, UCMJ, Nonjudicial Punishment
AWOL / Deserter Returns to Military Control
Clemency and Parole
Administrative Discharge Actions
Letters of Reprimand
Transfer or Removal of Unfavorable Information
Evaluation Report Appeals
Line of Duty Determinations
Command Directed Investigations
Inspector General Investigations
Service Academy Disenrollments / Honor Boards
Correction of Military Records
Professional Credentials Boards
Flying Evaluation Boards
Medical/Physical Evaluation Boards
Bruce Lennard has vast experience in the military legal world and the added benefit of extensive experience in the civilian criminal courts. Bruce began his military career as an enlisted man and is an Air Force Academy graduate. Prior to going to law school on an Air Force-sponsored full scholarship, he was a Security Forces lieutenant. He retired from active duty, after five overseas assignments, as a Judge Advocate Lieutenant Colonel. He is familiar with the hardships, challenges, rewards, and unique culture of military life.
Bruce spent 14 years as an active-duty Air Force Judge Advocate. As Area Defense Counsel at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, he counseled and defended hundreds of airmen against court-martial or other adverse actions. Over the course of nine courts-martial and discharge boards, Bruce won three outright court-martial acquittals and won 20 Not Guilty verdicts in 22 pleas of Not Guilty. Only one client who pleaded guilty saw jail time and then only 30 days. As the Chief Circuit Trial Counsel in the Pacific Circuit of the Air Force Trial Judiciary, Bruce was the lead prosecutor throughout the Pacific Air Forces major command for all General Court-martial cases. Bruce personally prosecuted 43 major cases, and directly supervised the prosecution of every other major case in the region for a three-year period. He also arranged and conducted three annual week-long trial advocacy training workshops for less experienced judge advocates, including those from sister services. As the Chief of Military Personnel Litigation in Washington, D.C., Bruce defended in federal civil court "final agency action" decisions of the Secretary of the Air Force, made by the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records. He also defended against challenges to promotion, retention, and selective early retirement boards, as well as constitutional challenges involving religious freedom, equal opportunity, reverse discrimination, and other claims. Bruce was also the Chief of Military Justice for a three-star General Court-martial Convening Authority, providing pre-trial and post-trial advice on numerous criminal and administrative matters including pre-trial negotiations and agreements, sentence caps, expert witness requests and approvals, sufficiency of evidence, approval or disapproval of the findings and sentences of military court-martial panels, and post-trial clemency.
Throughout his Air Force career, Bruce demonstrated time and again that he knows his way around the military justice system, and a military courtroom. Bruce also further sharpened his advocacy skills in the crucible of numerous major violent felony cases in Albany County, New York. His cases there have included charges of First and Second Degree Murder, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Kidnapping for Ransom, Assaults, Robberies, and various other serious crimes. Bruce Lennard knows how to obtain best results in extremely difficult cases.
Military Defense Attorney Bruce Lennard is ready to deploy worldwide to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. Whether you are on active duty, or serve in the Guard or Reserve, he stands ready to fight for your career and your freedom!
Contact The Lennard Law Office as soon as possible for a free consultation on your case.