Court Martial Appellate Review

Court martial appeals are the most intellectually challenging and intricate area of the military’s criminal justice system. Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien and Ryan J. Sears are just the attorneys to represent you before the military’s appellate courts. Not only have they both been involved with the appellate process as litigators, Beth has served as an appellate judge on the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, while, as a member of the Navy’s criminal law division, Ryan analyzed and drafted opinions on trial court decisions on behalf of the Judge Advocate General for the Navy. Uniquely situated to the identify the issues appellate courts will find relevant, they are equally skilled writers and orators which serve as the backbone to successful appellate arguments. Let them work to reverse the results of your improper trial results!

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    Ryan Sears

    The Law Office of Ryan J. Sears, LLC

    Ryan J. Sears

    Military Defense Lawyer Ryan J. Sears has spent the last sixteen years advocating for those who need it most – those accused of wrongdoing and those who cannot fight for themselves. A graduate of Emory University, Ryan attended Washington University School of Law where he received the Judge Samuel Calhoun Scholarship and captained the school’s NITA mock trial team. While in law school, Ryan commissioned in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps and committed himself to the future service of his country. He subsequently served tours as a senior trial counsel (prosecutor), senior defense counsel for the entire Northeastern United States, trial counsel, and defense counsel. He defended and prosecuted servicemembers in some of the most high-profile cases in the Navy, including matters that received coverage by The Washington Post, Jacksonville Times Union, Navy Times, and Marine Corps Times.

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    The Law Office of Ryan J. Sears, LLC is a sole proprietor.

    Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien

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    Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien

    Military Defense Attorney Bethany Payton-O’Brien is a former military trial and appellate judge. She has been practicing military and criminal law for 25 years. She served in the United States Navy for almost 23 years. Since her retirement from the Navy in 2017, she has been in private practice providing legal representation to military members (active, reservists, ROTC students, and former members), civilian employees, contractors, and retirees. Bethany Payton-O’Brien focuses on on military and security clearance matters, including litigation, criminal law, ROTC disenrollment hearings, and administrative law (NJP, administrative boards, medical privileging boards, letters of reprimand, IG investigation).  She also represents clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the Board of Veterans Appeals, as well as all military review boards and trial courts. Bethany has prosecuted and defended numerous high profile cases, including matters that have received coverage by the San Diego Union Tribune, Military Times, Business Insider, and San Diego CBS News 8. Bethany Payton-O’Brien brings experience, aggressiveness and a commitment to protecting the rights of her clients.

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    The Law Office of Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien is a sole proprietor.