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Kevin Courtney

Kevin Courtney

Protecting Reputations, Careers, Freedoms. SoCal Military and Veterans Lawyer
  • Military Law
  • California
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Matthew Grange
Matthew Grange October 31, 2023
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Above all else, Kevin Courtney takes his work seriously. He does not take cases or his client's issues lightly and applies only his most diligent efforts to every case that he represents. This, coupled with his knowledge and legal expertise, makes him one of the most exceptional attorneys in his field.
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Ethan P. November 23, 2023
My positive experience with Mr. Courtney and why I would highly recommend him to any person To anyone seeking legal representation/guidance, I would confidently and highly recommend to consider Mr. Courtney. He was my previous legal representative for my situation that lasted up to a year and a half. He is the single factor that led my legal situation to result in my favor. He is an outstanding person and is extremely knowledgeable and professional. An example of his exemplary character is he was a detailed lawyer to represent me for a administration separation board in the Military. Following the Board, he was not my detailed lawyer anymore, however, my legal situation continued. Even when he wasn’t obligated to assist me and didn’t owe me any of his time and efforts, he did not hesitate to continue in assisting me with legal matters. I have admired his dedication to his work and morals and it has impacted me in a significant way. To anyone that is considering to obtain his services, I promise that you won’t regret it and will instead be acquiring the services of a lawyer that will care for your best interest and will go above and beyond to assist you. I am beyond great full that I was fortunate enough to be assigned a lawyer that is truly passionate about his clients and profession. Thank you Mr. Courtney, I will forever be greatful.
Joshua L. November 5, 2023
The Prosecutors were mad… He was outstanding from the first time we meet. Very professional and knowledgeable. He took my case and had it thrown out before it even started. The prosecution side was beyond mad with the way he bambozzled them. Tney couldn’t say anything and the court process had to stop. It was by far the best outcome that I could have imagined. I would use him again for anything.
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Kevin Courtney is an attorney at the Military Law Center. He is dedicated to protecting service members' Reputations, Careers, and Freedoms, and restoring HONOR to veterans. His military law practice focuses on representing service members at courts-martial, administrative hearings, and through appeals. His veterans law practice includes representing veterans petitioning the boards of corrections for military records, upgrading military discharges, and expunging DNA records from military databases (but he does not do VA Disability Claims).

Kevin previously served in the Marine Corps and worked as a defense attorney, clerked for the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, and served as an assistant prosecutor. As a judge advocate at Camp Pendleton, California, he represented Marines and Sailors at courts-martial, administrative separation hearings, and advised service members regarding their legal rights at non-judicial punishment and through investigations. For his exceptional work as a defense attorney, Kevin earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Kevin handled complex criminal litigation involving sex crimes, domestic violence, financial and computer crimes, and military specific offenses. As a trial attorney with in-court experience and extensive motions work, Kevin now focuses his practice on ensuring service members get the best representation for their case.

Kevin earned his juris doctorate at the University of California, Law, San Francisco (previously UC Hastings, College of the Law) and his bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego. He is licensed to practice in California.

Practice Area
Military Law
Veteran's Benefits
Video Conferencing
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  • Free Consultation
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 323125
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Judge Advocate
United States Marine Corps
Judicial Law Clerk
Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
- Conduct complex legal research, analysis, and write for appellate court judges who are senior field grade officers and experts in military justice. - Review multi-volume records of trial from across the Navy and Marine Corps, examining cases for factual sufficiency and legal error. - Research and analyze new questions of law, synthesize and present the information to the court, and assist the court's consideration of complicated issues. - Draft appellate court opinions addressing possible errors in trial court convictions. - Ensure that necessary motions are addressed in a chambers conference in accordance with the court rules and plan those conferences. - Assist the Senior Law Clerk with administrative assignments.
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
J.D. (2018) | Law
Honors: Best Oral Argument, Moot Court. Best Written Brief, Moot Court.
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University of California - San Diego
B.A. (2014) | Political Science
Activities: Study aboard in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Semester Internship for Congressperson in Washington, DC. Semester Internship for Congressperson in Riverside County, California.
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Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
United States Marine Corps
Meritorious service while serving as Defense Counsel. Captain Courtney performed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. As defense counsel, he represented over 123 Marines and Sailors at General and Special Courts-Martial, Administrative Separation Boards, and Boards of Inquiry. He provided legal advice to over 400 Marines and Sailors facing non-judicial punishment, command, and criminal investigations.
Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 323125
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Speaking Engagements
Using Technology In and Out of the Courtroom, US Marine Corps Defense Service Organization Worldwide Conference 2023, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina
US Marine Corps Defense Services Organziation
Co-taught a class to all Marine Corps Trial Defense Counsel regarding effectively and efficiently using technology in their practices.
Article 27(b), UCMJ
Judge Advocate General of the Navy
Websites & Blogs
Kevin Courtney | Military Law Center
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Contact & Map
Military Law Center
2173 Salk Avenue
Suite #250
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Telephone: (760) 536-9038
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
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