Blake Kamoroff is a senior associate at the Washington, D.C. office, and he focuses his practice on military law matters. Blake holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from Emory University.
Blake has more than a decade of experience in representing clients who are either currently facing adverse action from their military department or trying to correct a prior unjust decision from their military department. Before joining Tully Rinckey, Blake served in the Army JAG Corps for eight years, where he practiced all aspects of military criminal law and administrative law.
Blake began his military law career at Fort Liberty (Fort Bragg). His first assignment was to serve as the Chief of Legal Assistance, a supervisory role in which he was entrusted to manage the work of other attorneys and paralegals. In his legal assistance office, Blake excelled at helping service members respond to letters of reprimands (GOMORs), counseling service members who were under investigation, defending service members who were facing suspension or revocation of their security clearance, rebutting the results of financial liability investigations of property loss (FLIPLs), and otherwise advising service members on a wide variety of legal issues that negatively impacted their professional or personal lives.
Next, Blake served as a military prosecutor handling cases from both Fort Liberty and throughout the Middle East. In this role, Blake directly advised company commanders, battalion commanders, and brigade commanders. Blake gained key insight on the interplay between how military attorneys counsel commanders and how commanders then make decisions. Blake represented the United States and his Army command in prosecuting courts-martial and administrative separation boards. Blake was rated as the best of six prosecutors in his unit.
Being a military prosecutor exposed Blake to many deficiencies in the military justice system, and therefore Blake asked to become a defense attorney with the Trial Defense Service (TDS). Blake aggressively fought for his clients before dozens of courts-martial and more than 50 administrative separation boards. One example of his success was the complete dismissal of a 41-count court-martial. Again, Blake was rated as the best advocate out of all TDS attorneys in the entire Southeast Region.
After his first tour in TDS, Blake was assigned to be an administrative law attorney at U.S. Army Central Command. Blake was the primary action officer—as a legal advisor or reviewer—for all administrative investigations that were conducted at USARCENT. Blake was credited with handling twice as many cases
Then, Blake was by-name selected to be the Senior Defense Counsel for two Army installations, another supervisory role in which he mentored a team of attorneys and paralegals. Blake coached other TDS attorneys in defending clients at courts-martial and before boards. Additionally, Blake handled the most complex and high-profile cases in the region, securing acquittals on all contested charges before courts-martial.
Blake’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and several Army Achievement Medals.