LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired

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LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired

Continuing a 38 year career and remarkable service to this country, LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired continues to honor our nation by providing legal services for Military Servicemembers and Civilians. Gary’s twenty year career with the U.S. Marine Corps is the foundation of his legal career. After enlisting in the Marine Corps in ‘75, Gary was responsible for providing security at various U.S. Embassies. Later as a “Mustang” officer, Gary provided distinguished legal services to clients at all ranks from young enlisted Marines to Commanding Generals. Succeeding the Marines, Gary became a partner at Higgs Fletcher Mack LLP where he focused his practice on military and civilian law for a decade. Gary is frequently called upon by the media and for keynote engagements to provide insight into military legal issues. Today, The LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired providea a unique bridge between the civilian legal system and the military legal system.

Gary Barthel earned high accreditations for his service as both an enlisted Marine and Marine officer. As an enlisted Marine, Gary served with the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Athens, Greece. He was also assigned to Secret Service details for the U.S. Secretary of State and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and provided personal security for numerous U.S. Ambassadors. In furtherance of his Marine Corps career, Gary obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Area Studies, a Juris Doctor degree and a Masters in Law degree in Military Law. As a Marine Judge Advocate, Gary was responsible for providing legal advice on a variety of legal issues to Servicemembers of every rank from the lowest enlisted rank to Commanding Generals. Gary’s billets included serving as a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Senior Defense Counsel at Camp Pendleton, and as a Staff Judge Advocate at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar.

Mr. Barthel has continued to practice civilian and military law following his Marine Corps career. He remains to be a leading national military counsel called upon for his legal experience. Gary Barthel’s qualifications in both Military and Civilian Law exceeds most practicing attorneys. This allows him to bridge the two different court systems with foresight. His education, experience and grasp of these two legal systems provide him with the legal authority that is qualified and unmatched in our nation.

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LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired

Mr. Barthel is based in San Diego at The Military Law Center, www.militarylawcenter.com, where he provides a unique legal service focusing on the needs of Active Duty Military, Veterans, Military Civilian Employees and their families as well as civilians and businesses. Although Gary’s civilian practice is primarily limited to California; he represents military and veteran clients on a local, national and global level. Gary also founded www.militarylawcenter.com as a national resource for Military Servicemembers, Veterans, Military Civilian Employees and their families to locate and access the legal services that all members of the United States Military deserve.

honest and forthright
compassionate as we struggled
to understand the charges.

Consulting

Former U.S. Marine Corps officer, LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired, is renowned for his knowledge and experience in military law and litigation. Throughout Mr. Barthel’s Marine Corps career he gained extensive litigation experience as a Federal Prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. As a Staff Judge Advocate (general counsel) to Commanding Generals and Commanding Officers and Commanding Generals, Mr. Barthel was responsible for providing legal advice on a variety of legal issues including criminal investigations, criminal trials and disciplinary cases, administrative separation boards, civil claims including death investigations, personal injury and property damage claims made against the government, Standards of Conduct and government ethics, including the outside practice of law, post-Government service employment restrictions, interaction with non-federal entities, and the permissible use of government assets and personnel, and issues related to DoD civilian employees. Gary was also responsible for the management of a command law office and was responsible for the direct supervision and training of 15 military attorneys and 40 support staff.

His criminal litigation experience includes numerous jury trials for a variety of offenses including capital murder, homicides, rape, assaults, domestic violence, fraud, drug offenses, and DUI’s. Moreover, while serving with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Barthel gained appellate litigation experience briefing and arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. While on active duty Mr. Barthel also gained extensive experience in a variety of military administrative hearings to include the Physical Evaluation Board where he represented military clients who disputed their military disability ratings.

Gary’s Experience can be Put to Work for You:

  • 20 Years Active Duty Service in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Former USMC Military Attorney
  • Former Federal Prosecutor – U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Served with U.S. Department Of State
  • U.S. Embassies: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Athens, Greece
  • Secret Service Detail For The U.S. Secretary Of State
  • Secret Service Detail United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Expert Witness to Civilian and Military

LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired, provides support as a civilian military criminal justice consultant and an expert witness. Mr. Barthel’s unmatched experience in both military and civilian criminal matters qualifies him to provide a bridge between the military and civilian court systems. If you are seeking a civilian military law expert witness or consultant to thoroughly research, review discovery and provide case analysis, contact Mr. Barthel’s office today to discuss your needs.

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LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired

Military Law Training Programs

LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired is available for current classes and training programs on or off base. Mr. Barthel has been a guest lecturer at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island and is frequently asked to be an instructor at various legal courses for Navy and Marine Corps judge advocates. If you need a speaker who has proven knowledge and experience in civilian and military legal issues, contact Mr. Barthel’s office today

Civilian Military Public Speaking – Keynote and Media

LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired is a San Diego-based military attorney dedicated to the worldwide representation of the men and women who serve or who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Mr. Barthel is available to speak, upon request, for keynote engagements at bar association meetings, military and veteran functions, and civilian meetings and other events that pertain to military and veteran legal matters.

Learn more about Mr. Barthel’s Military and Civilian Law Experience.
excellent demeanor
aggressive when needed
compassionate when warranted.

Gary Barthel in the Media

Gary S. Barthel is a wealth of knowledge in military law and provides insight for the media. As a former Marine Corps judge advocate and Staff Judge Advocate at multiple U.S. Marine Corps bases Gary is often called upon for his expertise. Mr. Barthel is a practicing attorney with extensive litigation experience as a federal prosecutor and as a military and civilian criminal defense attorney with jury trial experience in a variety of cases including capital murder, homicides, rape, assaults, drug offenses, and fraud.

“His experience provides high-ranking advice about national issues when journalists’ need fast answers to military and civilian legal issues.”

Gary S. Barthel is available to schedule interviews as well as appearances upon request. Here are a few of his most recent media appearances:

KOGO NEWS RADIO

January 28, 2015

Should Bergdahl be charged with Desertion? San Diego's KOGO News Radio 600 and Sully Sullivan turn to the Military Law Center and Military Law expert LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired for some answers

KOGO Radio

January 29, 2014

KOGO News Radio 600 San Diego's "SULLY" turns to Civilian Military Law Attorney Gary Barthel for in-depth analysis on Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins arraignment.

KPBS San Diego

July 31, 2013

What's next for wikileaks espionage case? Gary S. Barthel provides expert analysis durning KPBS interview with news anchor Peggy Pico.

KOGO NEWS RADIO

June 3, 2014

LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired joins KOGO's Sully to discuss the Bergdahl case.

KUSI TV

August 14, 2013

Gary S. Barthel joins the morning news anchors on KUSI TV to provide expert analyis on the lastest developments in the Pfc. Bradley Mannin espionage case.

U-TTV

June 27, 2013

Gary Barthel on U-TTV

Gary S. Barthel provides detailed analysis on the impact that DOMA’s repeal will have on gay military members, both active duty and retired.

KFMB 760AM Radio

May 6, 2014

Mike Slater turns to The Military Law Center to ask Gary Barthel for in-depth analysis on former Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who is being held in a Mexican Prison.

KUSI TV

July 31, 2013

Gary S. Barthel joins the evening news anchors on KUSI TV to provide expert analyis on the lastest developments in the Pfc. Bradley Mannin espionage case.

watching Barthel in Court
is tantamount to attending
a masters class in trial advocacy.

Featured Articles

Gary S. Barthel is available to schedule interviews as well as appearances upon request. Here are a few of his most recent media appearances:

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New Legislation targets 'Revenge Porn'

Gary Barthel interviewed by UT San Diego

After recent allegations in which active-duty and former Marines and other service members were discovered sharing compromising photos of female troops along with derogatory commentary, new legislation would make it a specific crime under the military code to commit “revenge porn.” When Jeanette Steele of The San Diego Union-Tribune reported the breaking news, she turned to civilian military attorney, LtCol Gary S. Barthel USMC Retired (Ret.) for analysis.

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Bergdahl charged with desertion

Gary Barthel interviewed by CBS 8 San Diego

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held five years after being captured by the Taliban when he left his remote post in Afghanistan, was charged Wednesday by the Army with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. To understand what happens next in this case, USA TODAY's Jim Michaels turns to LtCol Gary S. Barthel for his expert legal opinion.

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CBS News 8 Investigates: Navy releases records on military sex offenders

Gary Barthel interviewed by CBS 8 San Diego

The U.S. Navy has released records related to military sex offenders who served time in the Navy Consolidated Brig on MCAS Miramar, in San Diego, as reported by CBS 8 - San Diego News​. LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired, offers up strong advice for military servicemembers last night with Carlo Cecchetto, News 8 Investigates.

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Young Marine Veteran in Mexican jail

Gary Barthel interviewed in UT San Diego

Experienced Civilian Military Law Attorney Gary Barthel provides insightful military advice and legal commentary for UT San Diego about Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi - being held in a Tijuana prison on federal weapons charges.

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Should troops wear uniforms in court?

Gary Barthel interviewed in UT San Diego

After a recent ruling by a San Diego County Superior Court judge, soldiers no longer have the right to wear their uniform to court. UT San Diego's Jeanette Steele asks Retired Marine Corps attorney Gary Barthel to weigh in on the decision.

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Manning Wants to Change Genders in Prison

Gary Barthel on U-TTV

Lawyers.com correspondent Michele Bowman wanted to know if Manning’s ‘Gender Confusion’ factored into the judge’s deliberations and if there was any legal ground for Manning to expect hormone therapy while incarcerated. To get answers, she turns to Gary S. Barthel.

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Was the Bradley Manning Verdict Fair?

Gary Barthel on U-TTV

US News and World Reports asked that question in a recent "Debate Club" feature where they turned to Military Law expert LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired for his expert analysis.

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

Gary Barthel on U-TTV

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted of espionage and other charges in connection with a massive leak of classified material. When the USA Today’s Jim Michaels reported the breaking news in the Manning case, he turned to civilian military attorney, LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired for analysis.

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Manning Case Redefines Meaning of Traitor

Gary Barthel on U-TTV

The trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning challenged the traditional definition of what defines a traitor.

In Wednesday’s USA Today article, columnist Jim Michaels turns to former Marine Corps staff judge advocate and military law expert Gary Barthel, Lt. Col. USMC (RET) for analysis.

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End of DOMA Means Financial Boost for Same-sex Military Couples

Gary Barthel on U-TTV

When it was clear that the Supreme Court was about to hand down it’s ruling on the controversial DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), the Union Tribune San Diego turned to Civilian Military Lawyer Gary Barthel for in-depth analysis on how their ruling would affect the estimated 5,600 same-sex couples serving in the military.

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What Veterans Can Do To Ensure Quality Medical Care Through the VA

Gary Barthel on U-TTV

Veterans in need of medical care through the Veterans Administration has never been greater, and the strains on the VA never more acute. There are some crucial steps you should take to ensure you receive quality medical care. In his commentary featured on "Voice of San Diego", Gary S. Barthel explains the 3 things you need to know…

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Military Law Center Launches –
for Military Servicemembers and Veterans

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE {November, 10th, 2014}

San Diego, California, U.S.A. – Military Law Center, LtCol Gary S. Barthel, Lt. Col., USMC retired, is proud to announce the official launch of the Military Law Center for San Diego and the Nation. The Military Law Center is dedicated to providing the strongest civilian and military counsel for Active Duty Servicemembers, Veterans, Department of Defense (DoD) Employees and their families. The Military Law Center may be found online at Military Law Center with offices located in San Diego.

Military Law Center was founded by LtCol Gary S. Barthel, USMC Retired, a Mustang Marine who served twenty years in the U.S. Marine Corps before joining a civilian law firm. His dedication and qualifications in both Military and Civilian Law exceed most practicing attorneys allowing him to bridge the military and civilian court systems. Now, Military Law Center provides you with this very same unmatched qualification. “As a retired Marine, Civilian and Military attorney, I am proud to offer a uniquely qualified legal service to help those who chose to defend, serve and to protect the rights of all Americans.”, said Gary S. Barthel.

Military Law Center is based in San Diego, California, with a national reach of practice areas for both military and civilian legal systems. If you are in need of help as an Active Duty Servicemember, Veteran, or Department of Defense (DoD) Employee the Military Law Center is ready to Help You – Right Now.

To obtain more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Military Law Center | Gary S. Barthel, Esq.

ATTN: Media
# (760) 536-9038
media@garybarthel.com
www.militarylawcenter.com

quick on his feet, and spoke in plain English
made it easy for the jury to warm to the defense

Contact Gary S. Barthel

Gary Barthel’s experience in military and civilian law provides him the unique ability to bridge the military and civilian legal systems in those unique cases where both legal systems are potentially at play in a single case. If you are seeking the right advice, training or counsel about matters in military and civilian law, please contact Gary’s office to schedule a meeting today.