Paul C. LeBlanc

In his 27-year Navy career, Paul C. LeBlanc represented members from all services and in all paygrades at courts-martial and other administrative hearings. He is well recognized for his in-depth knowledge of military and federal criminal law and appellate review. Paul served as defense counsel at courts-martial, was the Director of the Navy and Marine Corps Appellate Defense Division and was the Commanding Officer of DSO North where, in addition to being the CO, he also represented dozens of clients in court and hearings. He also served as Senior Trial Counsel, Special Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Director of the Navy and Marine Corps Appellate Government Division and was appointed as the Chief Counter-Terrorism Prosecutor in Iraq. Paul’s final assignment was as a Senior Military Judge. Serving on both sides of the trial and appellate process and from the bench gives Paul voluminous knowledge, hands-on experience, and an insight few others possess.

As a military defense counsel, Paul represented hundreds of servicemembers. Due to his extensive knowledge and skill, Paul taught evidence, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy at the Naval Justice School. He was routinely requested to teach junior and senior lawyers alike in all aspects of military justice.

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After retirement from the Navy, he was also appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney where he prosecuted significant violent felonies before being assigned to the National Security Division where he investigated and prosecuted international and domestic terrorists.

As a senior judge during his last two years of active duty, Paul presided over numerous members trials, motions, and other hearings. There is no part of the criminal justice process that Paul hasn’t worked in during his career.

Education

  • M.A., Naval War College, 2006
  • LL.M., Trial Advocacy (with honors), Temple University School of Law, 1999
  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., Marquette University, 1987

Teaching

  • Naval Justice School, Newport, RI
  • Naval War College, Newport, RI
  • The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School
  • Various appellate advocacy seminars
  • Various trial advocacy and criminal law and procedure seminars
  • International Military Education and Training:  Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Lebanon, and Senegal

Court & Bar Admissions

  • California, Washington, DC, New Hampshire (Inactive)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeal
  • 9th, 3rd, 1st Circuit Courts of Appeals

Military Personal Awards

  • Legion of Merit (3 awards)
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards)
  • Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards)
  • Various unit citations, campaign and deployment medals and awards