James Culp provides aggressive, experienced representation to U.S. service members and veterans, around the globe, in all aspects of military law to include
courts-martial appeals. With 14 consecutive years of military law experience, Mr. Culp is the only civilian defense counsel in the United States who is himself a combat veteran, a former active duty officer, and a former active duty enlisted non-commissioned officer. A graduate of UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley Law School, Mr. Culp has successfully represented U.S. service members in every type of criminal case imaginable.
With offices in both California and Texas, Mr. Culp provides worldwide representation in all military criminal and administrative matters. Mr. Culp has tried military courts-martial cases in Korea, Japan, Guam, Germany, England, Iraq and throughout the United States. While working as a civilian defense counsel, military defense counsel, and as a senior military defense counsel at both the trial court and military appellate court levels, Mr. Culp has witnessed first-hand that U.S. military service members deserve more than mere competence: They deserve excellence through aggressive, experienced representation.
Passionate, experienced representation makes a difference. Mr. Culp has been able to obtain an extraordinary number of acquittals and case dismissals for his clients, and this is especially true for his clients accused of war crimes and sexual assault. In the last decade, of the eight American service-members represented by Mr. Culp who were charged with murder or manslaughter for actions in a combat zone, Mr. Culp was able to secure the complete dismissal or complete withdrawal of charges for half of those clients. Mr. Culp is also renowned for his deft insight into the complexities of military sexual assault cases, both at trial and on appeal. In a single five week period of time, four different Soldiers represented by Mr. Culp in both Korea and Japan, were acquitted of rape in separate and un-related fully contested courts-marital tried before different military juries (Read Stories). He has secured acquittals for other service members charged with sexual assault in the United States and Europe as well. Over the last decade, Mr. Culp has secured the acquittal or dismissal of charges for seven out of every ten service member clients who were charged with sexual assault.
What distinguishes Mr. Culp from other lawyers who proclaim a career devoted to the representation of U.S. service members is that Mr. Culp has never prosecuted a member of the U.S. military. While the experience of other military lawyers almost always includes the prosecution of our service members, Mr. Culp repeatedly refused to become a military prosecutor. Rather than prosecute a U.S. service member, Mr. Culp set a record as the first U.S. Army Judge Advocate to serve six consecutive years as an active duty defense counsel and senior defense counsel.
Mr. Culp knows the Uniform Code of Military Justice and he understands the United States' military from both the enlisted and the officer perspective. He founded his firm on the sole principle that service members and veterans of the U.S. military deserve more than mere competence. Mr. Culp has successfully represented military personnel who have faced the very charges that are alleged against you. Don’t trust the system to protect your rights. The system gives you counsel:
YOU NEED AGGRESSIVE, EXPERIENCED REPRESENTATION
Mr. Culp takes a personal approach to litigating legal matters. Your case will never be passed down to a junior associate or clerk. His promise to you, if he accepts your case or the case of your son or daughter, is that your case will always be exclusively litigated by him throughout all phases of your representation.
NO CASE IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL
Mr. Culp understands that the case you are facing represents the most significant event that has ever happened to you. He understands that every military case, criminal or administrative, is extremely important when the government is attempting to deprive you or your loved one of their freedom, their livelihood, or their honorable service record.