FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2015
WORLDWIDE MILITARY DEFENSE LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD V. STEVENS
Pensacola, Florida August 3, 2015 The Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C. is excited and honored to announce that retired military trial judge Michael J. Coco has associated with our firm in an “of counsel” capacity. The combined military law experience between attorneys Stevens and Coco is nearly four decades, which is an incredible resource for military members facing court-martial, separation, discipline, investigation, or other adverse military actions.
The Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C. is a worldwide defense practice in which we exclusively represent and defend military members in all service branches – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard – in all types of military adverse actions, to include court-martial trial, administrative board hearings, and UCMJ discipline.
Attorney Richard V. Stevens has handled military cases on and off active duty since 1995 – over 20 years. As a top ranked active duty military defense counsel, he separated from active duty and, in 2003, established a criminal defense practice that exclusively focuses on military cases and clients. As a civilian court-martial defense lawyer and military law specialist, Mr. Stevens has handled some of the most serious, complicated, and high profile military cases and court-martial trials in recent military justice history, to include alleged “war crimes” and crimes arising out of combat in the Middle East (UCMJ Article 118), cases involving classified information (MRE 505), cases involving Special Forces and Special Operations, murder and manslaughter cases (UCMJ Articles 118 & 119), rape, forcible sodomy, and sexual assault cases (UCMJ Articles 120 and 125), domestic abuse and child abuse cases (UCMJ Articles 128 & 134), child pornography cases, maltreatment cases (UCMJ Article 93), larceny and fraud cases (UCMJ Articles 121, 122, 123, & 123a), drug use/possession/distribution cases (UCMJ Article 112a), senior officer cases, and various other allegations based on the uniform code of military justice (UCMJ).
Having established a reputation over many years as a knowledgeable, skilled, and aggressive litigator and defense attorney, as well as an instructor and presenter at defense attorney conferences, attorney Richard V. Stevens only sought to expand his military defense law practice if he found an attorney with significant military law and military justice experience and a shared commitment to the zealous defense of military members facing trouble in the military. Attorney Michael J. Coco is just such an attorney.
Mike 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. After his Air Force retirement, Mr. Coco established a military defense law practice, the Law Office of Michael J. Coco, P.A., and he has now 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 been involved in a number of Air Force 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.
It is, therefore, with great enthusiasm that we announce that attorneys Richard V. Stevens and Michael J. Coco have joined forces to defend those who defend our nation.
RICHARD V. STEVENS, Esq.
LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD V. STEVENS, P.C.
Direct Phone: (703) 798-3064
Direct Fax: (703) 997-1367