Grover H. Baxley

Grover H. Baxley is the founding attorney of JAG Defense and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. While on active duty as a member of the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Mr. Baxley served as a Chief of Military Justice and a Chief of Adverse Actions. Based upon his performance and top-rated record as a prosecutor, Mr. Baxley was competitively selected to become an Area Defense Counsel. During his time as a defense counsel, Mr. Baxley litigated more courts-martial than any other military defense counsel at bases throughout the United States and Europe. During his final year on active duty, Mr. Baxley was recognized as the #1 military defense counsel in the Eastern Circuit and in the top 5% of military defense counsel worldwide.

In 2005, Mr. Baxley chose to leave active duty and dedicate 100% of his civilian law practice to military and security clearance law. He has zealously represented hundreds of members of all military branches around the world in matters ranging from minor administrative actions to courts-martial. In addition, he has represented both military members and civilians who are seeking to obtain or retain their security clearances. Based upon his broad experience as a trial lawyer, Mr. Baxley is frequently called upon to provide training to active duty defense counsel of all services as well as civilian lawyer bar associations. In addition, Mr. Baxley was selected to develop and implement a comprehensive 2-week training exercise at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory where he trained forensic experts about the UCMJ, the court-martial process, and how to testify as expert witnesses in military trials. First and foremost, however, Mr. Baxley is committed to the aggressive, attentive representation of his clients and takes great personal pride in the results that he is able to obtain for them.

Mr. Baxley grew up in Cataumet, Massachusetts. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and earned his Juris Doctorate from The University of Richmond School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Baxley served on the Editorial Board of The University of Richmond Law Review.

Mr. Baxley is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. He is also licensed to practice before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and military courts worldwide.  

As a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve JAG Corps, Lt Col Baxley is attached at the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom. 

In his spare time, Mr. Baxley enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, fishing, golfing, playing hockey, and cheering smugly for Boston sports teams.

Military Experience

  • Captain, U.S. Air Force JAG Corps, 2001 – 2005
  • Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve JAG Corps, 2007 – Present

Education

  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1998
  • J.D., University of Richmond School of Law, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • United States Navy/Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Publications and Presentations

  • Challenges Facing Military Justice Practitioners, Military Law Section of Virginia State Bar, Richmond, VA 2015
  • Defending Drug Cases, Navy/Marine Corps Defense Counsel Conference, MCRD San Diego, CA, 2015
  • Urinalysis Defense at Administrative Discharge Boards, Navy/Marine Corps Defense Counsel Conference, Camp Lejeune, NC, 2014
  • Defense Clemency Strategies, Navy/Marine Corps Defense Counsel Conference, Camp Lejeune, NC, 2014
  • Effective Post-Trial Advocacy, Navy/Marine Corps Defense Counsel Conference, Naval Station San Diego, CA, 2014
  • Defending Drug Cases, Navy/Marine Corps Defense Counsel Conference, Naval Station San Diego, CA, 2014
  • Top 10 Tips for Civilian Military Lawyers, Norfolk/Portsmouth Bar Association, Norfolk, VA, 2013
  • Defending Drug Cases, Navy/Marine Corps Defense Counsel Conference, Camp Pendleton, CA, 2013
  • Military Law Update, Military Law Section of Virginia State Bar, MCB Quantico, VA, 2013
  • Defending Drug Cases, Navy/Marine Corps Defense Counsel Orientation, Naval Justice School, Newport, RI, 2012
  • How to Testify as an Expert Witness in a Court-Martial, Forensic Expert Mock Trial Course, US Army Criminal Investigations Laboratory, 2011
  • Security Clearance Issues for Defense Lawyers, Navy/Marine Corps Defense Counsel Orientation, Naval Station Norfolk, VA, 2010
  • Urinalysis Defense in the Military, Navy/Marine Corps Defense Counsel Orientation, Naval Station Norfolk, VA, 2009
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