MILITARY EXPERIENCE. My name is Stephen P. Karns, and for over twenty-five years, I have defended Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen worldwide in military criminal investigations, prosecutions and other judicial and administrative military matters. I am a former U.S. Army Major JAG Attorney, and my practice is 100% devoted to criminal defense and military law. I am also a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100: Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

In October 2018 Stephen Karns represented a client in a rare General Court-Martial at Sea on the carrier USS Stennis.

WORLDWIDE REPRESENTATION. I have traveled the world defending service members from military prosecutions, and I am ready to defend you no matter where you are serving: the United States, Europe (England, Germany, Italy, Spain), the Middle East (Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Egypt), the Pacific (Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Hawaii), Afghanistan, or any other post, base, station, or camp.

Watch television interviews and coverage of Mr. Karns' military law cases, including the Iraq Abu Ghraib Prison scandal, in the Newsroom.

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AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE. If you need an experienced, aggressive attorney to protect your rights, I am ready to defend you, whether it is for a pretrial investigation, reprimand, NJP/Article 15, Administrative Separation Board, Court-Martial, or other military procedure. If you need representation to get a record corrected, fight a reprimand, or negotiate with your command on some other disciplinary or personnel action, I am here for you.

FREE CONSULTATION. Call me toll free for a free consultation of your case. The military will bring tremendous assets to bear on you as it investigates, prosecutes, and then punishes you for any proven illegality or impropriety. As such, you are well-advised to seek out a forceful defender who will protect your rights and fight for your interests. Give me a call if an experienced, aggressive military attorney is who you want in your corner!

Read What Past Clients Have Said.


I hope the resources below will shed at least some light on any military legal matter for which you may have questions. Please review the results I have achieved for my clients in Past Cases or Practice Areas. Read the unsolicited comments of my former clients regarding my services in the Client Reviews section. I am happy to speak with you regarding your particular case and stand beside you if you are ready to fight for your rights!

"Please note we do not handle disability claims or divorce, child support or other family law issues."

U.S. Military Lawyer Stephen P. Karns