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Corporate Counsel Luncheon/CLE: Military Attorneys as General Counsel?
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When: 03/15/2017
12 - 1 PM
Where: Chester H. Ferguson Law Center
1610 N Tampa St.
Tampa, Florida  33602
United States

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Military Attorneys as General Counsel? More Similarities Than You Realize

1.0 CLE credit

This seminar will compare the similarities between military attorneys and civilian general counsel in an effort to make civilian attorneys more aware of the military in general and the vital role military attorneys play at all levels of command in interpreting international law, domestic law, and policy as it applies to military operations


Commander Scott Johnson currently serves as the Assistant General Counsel for Transactions, Compliance and Operations at United States Central Command. In this capacity, Commander Johnson provides legal advice on all military operations within the Middle East. He has extensive operational law experience having previously served as the Senior Counsel to the Commander, Special Operations Command-Central and the Commander, Strike Force Training-Atlantic. Commander Johnson deployed to Afghanistan where he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Afghan National Army’s military justice system. Over a six-month deployment, Commander Johnson led a team of three attorneys overseeing more than 100 Afghan military legal personnel convene nearly 30 military trials at five locations throughout Afghanistan. While serving as the Deputy Director of Operations for the Office of the Judge Advocate General, Commander Johnson was responsible for redrafting and implementing the Navy’s courthouse security program. Commander Johnson also served as the Senior Defense Counsel for the Navy’s third largest defense office – in one high-profile case defending a client in a month-long infant murder trial – and oversaw claims in admiralty while assigned as an associate admiralty attorney within the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps Headquarters.

Commander Johnson has 24 years of active duty military service. He began his career as a naval flight officer assigned to Patrol Squadron FOUR where he participated in one western Pacific deployment and two deployments to the Arabian Gulf, conducting anti-submarine and reconnaissance patrol missions. Following his initial operational tour, Commander Johnson was selected to attend law school at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, graduating with honors in May 2002 before beginning his legal career as a member of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps.