"The best [junior officer] litigator I have ever known. . . brilliant legal mind already proven capable of handling the most complex litigation." Commanding Officer, 1999

"Achieves impressive results, including a not guilty verdict in a complex murder trial." Navy Captain, 1999

“Expert in every area of military law. Advice sought by all—junior and senior alike. Incomparable bearing and exemplary professional and personal behavior in and out of uniform. Once of the finest naval officers I know, regardless of rank.” Commanding Officer, 1998.

"Navy [Legal's] top litigator, his zealous representation of clients was marked by superior trial advocacy skills and stellar results . . . tackled only the most difficult cases, routinely securing [dismissal] of charges, reduction in forum or post-trial relief." Commanding Officer, 2000

"My most accomplished litigator—I trust him with any case. In high profile Marine case of Staff Sergeant charged with [engaging in sexual activity with underage] Army Colonel's daughter, zealous advocacy resulted in [a pretrial agreement limiting punishment to reduction to Corporal]. Compelling clemency petition yielded suspension of even that reduction! In last 7 months, has won retention for 7 of 13 Separation Boards with none of his other clients receiving negative discharges. Commanding Officer, 1999

"Polished, dynamic, masterful defense counsel. Superb representation in high profile, complex sexual assault and drug distribution cases. Tenacious litigator whose performance is marked by superb pre-trial investigation, strategic motion practice, innovative use of expert witnesses, surgical cross examination and compelling argument." Commanding Officer, 2000

"Top litigator in the command. Highly-skilled, hard working, and innovative. Consistently achieves superior results for his clients. My “go-to” man—thrives on challenge and responsibility." Commanding Officer, 2000

"Master in every aspect of defense practice. Superb negotiator—[persuaded command to dismiss charges] against Chief Petty Officer facing multiple counts of sexual harassment." Navy Captain, 2000.

"Routinely sought out by other counsel for comprehensive knowledge of post-trial and clemency [strategies]." Navy Captain, 2000

"My 'go-to' Lieutenant…the most challenging, high visibility [courts martial cases] are assigned to him." Commanding Officer, 2001

"Exceptionally skilled and adept in military justice. . .demonstrates the judgement, maturity, and analytical ability of a seasoned Navy Commander." Navy Captain (Submariner), 2001

"Extraordinarily gifted lawyer." Navy Captain (Client), 2003

"A recognized military justice expert, handpicked to defend the most complex . . . cases, including a Marine charged with espionage and Commodore charged with dereliction." Commanding Officer, 2004

"Best JAG ever! Anticipates and resolves legal issues before they have an impact." Navy Vice Admiral, 2008

"BEST OF THE BEST! Exceptional attorney." Commanding Officer, 2009

"As trial judge, expertly handled complex litigation from day one." Supervising Military Judge, 2011

[Don] has mastered the art of . . . military justice . . . thorough grasp of rules, procedures, and [criminal law] processes. One of the preeminent experts in this field." Supervising Military Judge, 2012

"2010 recipient of highly-competitive Judge Advocates' Association Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Award, recognizing “exceptional professional accomplishment and leadership." Navy Vice Admiral, 2012

"MILITARY JUSTICE EXPERT. [As Director of Defense Counsel Assistance Program], [a]vailed himself to defense counsel all around the globe, fielding . . . calls at all hours . . . and assisting in nearly every active Navy court martial! Lauded by [Defense Counsel] leadership and defense counsel for his expertise[.]" Navy Defense Chief of Staff, 2013

"PHENOMENAL PERFORMER! Ensured no defense counsel were left without authoritative reach-back 24/7. Traveled over 40K miles . . . providing training to defense counsel, instilling confidence . . . through proactive mentoring." Navy Captain, 2013

"Leads a fully engaged and enthusiastic team in providing worldwide round-the-clock specialized support for all 57 counsel of the Navy Defense Bar. His teams . . . expert advice draw consistent praise for CO's and their attorneys and have elevated our criminal defense practice Navy-wide." Navy Defense Chief of Staff, 2014

"[As Appellate court judge] AT PINNACLE OF JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE. Unmatched depth of military justice experience[.] Adroit jurist with unsurpassed legal acumen[.] Has established a well-deserved reputation as an erudite jurist with impressive mental dexterity and competency." Chief Judge of the Department of the Navy, 2015

"A true military justice expert and premier appellate judge. Elevated to Senior Judge . . . detailed to the most novel . . . pressing issues in a rapidly-involving military justice landscape." Chief Judge of the Department of the Navy, 2016

"Nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve as an Appellate Judge on the Court of Military Commissions Review, where he is instrumental in developing the dynamic, evolving jurisprudence of military commissions." Chief Judge of the Department of the Navy, 2016

"BEST JAG I'VE EVER HAD!" Navy Rear Admiral, 2017

"Effective problem solver—diplomatic, forward-leaning, and focused. Problem solving skills extend beyond the law. Best JAG I've ever worked with." Navy Rear Admiral, 2018

"With decades of experience, expertly guided the [Navy] through several complex, high visibility legal issues, including courts martial involving law of war violations and several senior officer misconduct cases." Navy Rear Admiral, 2019

"My top Captain across all designators and commands. Best JAG I have ever known!" Navy Rear Admiral, 2019

"Mr. King represented me . . . and I can tell you he was thorough, personable, and aggressive in defending me. I owe him a debt of gratitude for defending me and making sure the truth was heard. His current experience will be invaluable to anyone in need of representation." SSgt K.P, USMC, 2020

"Don King is probably the most upstanding man I have ever met. Integrity, should be his middle name. He is tenacious too, whether in sports or in a courtroom, he never gives-up. Winning is what matters to him. He is also honest. If he can't get a job done, or if he isn't the best for a particular job, he will tell you so. If you are in a bind, and if Don says he can help, you are truly lucky to have him on your side. He has helped me when I was in trouble, and I am truly fortunate to have had him on my side." T. Rohan, 2020

"Hands down, Don King is the best lawyer you can have representing you in military criminal justice and administrative matters. I was a military attorney and worked with Don extensively and have never met someone who is as knowledgeable of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and military administrative procedures as he is. He has a top-notch reputation. Simply put, you want someone with Don's vast experience as a criminal defense attorney, prosecutor, and military judge in your corner. When it comes to representing you to save your career and your livelihood, there is no one better than Don!" J. Clady, 2020

"Don King is a highly skilled advocate. His years working in the military justice system at some of the highest levels give his clients both the technical expertise and fine-tuned judgment that only come with decades of hands-on experience. Don is not only a fantastic lawyer, he is a kind person and truly cares about the men and women who serve. Don's clients are lucky to have him fighting for them." B. Fell, 2020

"I've practiced military law for 12 years. Don is one of the sharpest military law attorneys I've ever been around. I would trust his counsel in any matter." B. McGee, 2020

"Don King's excellence in performing his diverse roles in military law make him an exceptional attorney. His unmatched work ethic, character, and integrity make him an exceptional person. He's the man I would want in my corner under any circumstance." B. Dorsing, 2020

"Going through any legal matter is something that everyone hopes they never have to deal with. For our family, it was one of the scariest and most difficult things we have ever had to go through. My spouse was facing criminal charges that although were considered a misdemeanor in the civilian case - it was something that the government/military may not have consider minor. In fact, this one bad decision could have affected my spouse's security clearance and ended a long time career. When we learned how the charges could effect my spouse's employment, we quickly began researching attorneys familiar with security clearances. We stumbled upon Don King early on a Saturday morning. We left a quick inquiry to see if he could help - even though we were unsure he was the right attorney for us, as my spouse wasn't in the military. We immediately got a response and it was like God had handpicked Don for us. I have worked with many attorneys in my line of work and to be quite honest felt nervous to have to work with one in this capacity - as sadly in my experience many attorneys can come across very intimidating and don't always have that personable side to them. We learned from our initial phone consultation that we couldn't have asked for a better attorney to represent us. Don was not only extremely knowledgeable in security clearance issues like ours (the way they work, how they are obtained and more importantly how they are retained) but his character, professionalism and just sincere kindness was felt from the very start. Right away, we could tell he would do everything he could to get us through this unfortunate and scary situation. Don worked tirelessly and quickly as we had a very short window of time to deal with this situation. We met and spoke with him over the weekend and he worked on our case immediately and was very responsive and available to us any hour of the day. When Don said he would be available if we had questions - he meant it. As people who have had only minor traffic tickets “on our record” this really caused a lot of stress and worry on us and our family. Don never made us feel bad for the endless questions we had and always gave us his professional and honest opinion. We truly appreciated the way he would break things down to us in more simple terms - so we could understand the legal jargon and government/military terms and processes. He made sure we were aware of all possibilities and in the end he got us the most favorable decision we could have asked for - allowing my spouse to keep the security clearance and employment. Don went above and beyond what we expected. We are truly grateful for Don and can't express how much retaining him was the best decision our family made for this situation. We hope that families and people like us, who need help with issues that seem almost hopeless, will give Don King a call. There is no doubt that Don stands above the rest with his amazing experience in military/government and security clearances but for my family it was his personality, kindness and true desire to help people that stood out the most. We highly recommend Don King and his team! S.D., 2020

"Spoke to Mr. King for over an hour about a few potential concerns about my child's future military career concerning some medical issues during the commissioning process. If your a parent that is losing sleep at night and has not eaten for a few days because you feel that the uncertainty of the military is bothering you when it concerns specific medical issues, and how the military would potentially react, then this is the man whom you need to consult with for your piece of mind and assurance. Mr. King went out of his way to talk to me on a Sunday evening after hours to address my questions and truly provided honest answers in a way that was decisive and reassuring which was greatly needed . I now feel very confident based on his extensive knowledge of medical issues and military procedures that my child will have a bright future serving our country." R.J., 2021

"FIGHTER FOR YOUR RIGHTS: I worked as . . . Don King's paralegal[.] Don had been assigned as defense counsel to a Sailor charged with murder[.] He worked tirelessly on this case and truly believed in his client and had so much compassion for this Sailor. This Sailor was acquitted of all charges. Let me say that I have worked for many attorneys in my nearly 30 years as a paralegal and there have been none that even come close to Don's professionalism, drive and determination. He gives everything to ensure the best possible outcome for his client." P.M. 2021

King Military Law: Decades of Experience in YOUR Corner--When Experience Matters Most


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At KML, we focus on Courts Martial, Appeals, Administrative Hearings, Correction of Military Records Discharge Upgrades, and Security Clearance Issues. Unfortunately, we are not able to assist with family law issues (such as divorce, child custody, etc.). We recommend you contact your local base legal office for assistance with these matters.


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We know that our clients are stationed around the world and in every timezone. We will ALWAYS take the time to provide a free initial consultation to Sailors, Soldiers, Marine, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen or members of their families. While Don tries to answer every call himself, if he is unavailable, a staff member may answer your call and connect you with Don. If all staff are assisting clients, your voicemail or text will be monitored and you should receive a near immediate response, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. If you need emergency assistance (you are in custody, etc.), please utilize text and let us know you need help immediately. Overnight, overseas, or locally--we're available where you need us, when you need us.