Professional Experience

July 2003 to present — Criminal Defense, Law Office of Ken Martin

July 2002 to June 2003 — Attorney, Headquarters US Marine Corps, Pentagon

  • Ordered to the Pentagon as the USMC representative to the Tiger team working to prosecute the terrorists held in Cuba. Ultimately, those prosecutions were delayed so I worked in the Military Justice Section of Headquarters Marine Corps. Some of my responsibilities included helping to draft changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Manual for Courts-Martial. I also provided advice to Marine prosecutors throughout the world.

June 2001 to July 2002 — Circuit Military Judge, Okinawa, Japan

  • Responsible for trying criminal cases throughout Japan. I was the trial judge or assigned and supervised another trial judge for all cases.

May 1999 to July 02 — Circuit Military Judge and Trial Judge in California

  • Responsible for trying criminal cases throughout California and Arizona, the busiest judicial circuit in the Department of Defense. I was the trial judge or assigned and supervised another trial judge while assigned as the Circuit Judge.

Aug 1998 to May 1999 — Master of Law in Military Justice at University of Virginia

  • Received my Masters of Law and an Army Leadership Award, University of Virginia.

June 1994 to June 1998 — Trial Judge, California and Arizona

  • Presided over approximately 700 courts-martials during this period.

June 1993 to May 1994 — Prosecutor and Law Office Head in Okinawa Japan

  • Prosecuted criminal cases and was responsible for running a legal office with a staff of approximately 15.

July 1990 to May 1993 — Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi

  • Taught classes in the School of Liberal Arts and was the Marine Officer Instructor at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Unit.

July 1989 to July 1990 — Military Justice Officer and Senior Prosecutor, California

  • Prosecuted criminal cases and supervised other prosecutors.

July 1988 to July 1989 — Senior Defense Counsel, California

  • Defended individuals accused of crimes and supervised other defense attorneys.

June of 1986 to July 1988 — Prosecutor and Law Office Head in Cuba

  • Prosecuted criminal cases and supervised a small legal office with a staff of six. An interesting side note is during this time I prosecuted the cases that the movie “A Few Good Men” would later be based on. Actor Kevin Bacon would play me in the movie.

May 1984 to June 1986 — Defense Attorney, California

  • Defended individuals accused of crimes.

Fall of 1981 — Public Defender’s Office, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Defended individuals accused of crimes during an internship program while in law school.

Fall of 1979 — State Attorney’s Office, Tallahassee, Florida

  • Worked as an investigator during an internship program while an undergraduate student.
Professional Experience Snapshot

Opened private criminal defense practice in 2003

Member of Florida Bar (attorney) since 1982

Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel

Judge Advocate for over 20 years

Trial Judge for seven years

Prosecutor for over six years

Defense attorney in USMC for three years

Interned in both Public Defender’s and State Attorney’s Office in Florida

Associate Professor, University of Mississippi for three years

Member, Florida Bar ’s Military Affairs Committee