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Bruce Jay Cockshoot


Bruce Jay Cockshoot, 400 Chaps Court, Jacksonville, North Carolina 28546
Bruce Jay Cockshoot, Esq. P.O. Box 1598 Swansboro, NC 28584 Telephone: (919) 393-6403 E-Mail:

December 1993 to Present:

Returned to Swansboro, North Carolina. Opened firm MILITARY LAW ASSOCIATES, with partner, LtCol Mark Stevens, USMC (Ret) . Practice concentrated in Military and Federal Law. Represent clients in Courts-Martial, Adminsitrative Discharges, Veterans Affairs, and Corrections of Military Records, etc.

December 1992 to December 1993:

Honorably Discharged from U.S. Marine Corps after nearly ten years. Returned to Iowa and began two small business ventures.

October 1991 to December 1992, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina:

Legal Assistance Attorney

Represented and counselled active duty and retired servicemembers and their families in matters involving domestic relations, counsumer law, real property, estate planning, civil rights, contractual disputes, and myriad other civil legal questions.

October 1988 to October 1991, Marine Corps Air Station, Kanehoe Bay, Hawaii:

Director Of Legal Assistance

Supervised a staff of four attorneys and six legal technicians doing business as the second busiest Legal Assistance office in the Marine Corps. Represented clients in the local courts for uncontested divorces, consent adoptions, and name changes under the Expanded Legal Assistance Program through Department of the Navy. Initiated liaison between military Legal Assistance Communty and Hawaii Bar Association, Family Law Section

Executive Officer, Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron

Second in command of a squadron composed of over 900 Marines and Sailors, Held position for approximately one year. While serving outside the lgal community, was specially requested to represent clients in cases involving child abuse, drug use, and aggravated assault as primary trial defense counsel.


Represented the Government in felony and misdemeanor courts-martial including manslaughter, drug use and distribution, fraud, larceny, assault, and the nation's first case of refusal to deploy to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Responsible for all agencies during investigative phases, drafting of charges, and representation of the government at all stages of the trial proceedings.

Special Assistant United States Attorney

Represented the Air Astation and the United States in the prosecution of fenony and misdemeanor cases in teh United States District and Magistrate's Courts for the District of Hawaii. Cases arose from crimes committed aboard the Air Station by civilians, both adults and junveniles. The work was conducted in close cooperation with the United States Attorney's Office in Honolulu. Cases involved charges of drug use, possession and distribution, fraud, assault, trespass, and illegal taking of protected sealife. Prosecuted all civilian traffic offenses on Station.

Adjunct College Instructor

Taught all Business Law courses offered by Hawaii Pacific University at their satellite campus aboard the Air Station.

September 1985 - October 1988, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California:

Senior Trial Defense Counsel

Supervised work of four defense counsels. Responsible for the assignment of cases, docket management, continuing legal education, and performance of office in total. Represented clients at all stages of felony and misdemeanor courts-martial to include child abuse, aggravated assault, lcarceny, urglary, desertion, drug use and distribution, rape, involuntary manslaughter, security, breaches, and various military offenses. Represented clients in administrative separation proceedings. Participated as an instructor in seminars sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Legal Research Attorney

The office had cognizance over all research on issues that affected the operation of the Bae and policies promulgated by the Commanding General. Our support function covered subjects of the most esoteric in nature to those that had their genesis in questions that bore upon national security.

Military Justice Officer/Chief Prosecutor

Briefly oversaw all activities in the prosecution of all cases for Base. Main effort entailed facillitating transfer of all prosecution and defense assets from Base control to other Legal service commands aboard the installaition. Involved a major restructuring of the Judge Advocate community in the Marine Corps. Prosecuted felony and misdemeanor courts-martial, assigned cases, drafted charges, and managed the docket.

Special Assistant United States Attorney

Represented Camp Pendleton and the United States in felony and misdemeanor cases in Federal District and Magistrate Courts in the Southern District of California. Prosecuted civilians for commission of crimes aboard the Base. Worked closely with the United States Attorney's office, Federal Marshal's office, Immigration, Game Wardens, and the U.S. Forest Service. Cases involved poaching of wild life, aggravated assault, vehicular homicide, larceny, shoplifting, trespass, illegal entry by foreign nationals, evnironmental crime and various traffic offenses.

August 1984 to September 1985, Marine Corps Base, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan:

Trial Defense Counsel

Represented clients in all aspects of felony and misdemeanor courts-martial including murder, larceny, aggravated assault, drug use and distribution, sexual assault, and various military offenses. Represented clients in their administrative separation proceedings.

Adjunct College Instructor

Taught Business Law, Criminal Justice, and Criminal Investigation Techniques for Central Texas State College at the satellite campuses on Okinawa.

May 1984 to August 1984

Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island

Through this school was certified as a practicing Marine Corps Judge Advocate to encompass all phases of the practice of law in the Marine Corps

June 1983 to May 1984

Marine Corps Officer Candidates School & Marine Corps Officers Basic Training School, Quantico, Virginia

Through These two schools was trained in that which is required of a United States Marine Corps Officer

January 1982 to June 1983

Private General Practice of Law, Des Moines, Iowa

Upon graduating from Drake University Law School, opened private office handling cases ranging from divorces to drunk driving, to plaintiff's counsel in unwholesome food actions. Represented clients in workmens' compensation cases. Joined Marine Corps to get litigation experience and to travel.

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