Colonel (Ret.) Larry D. Youngner

Colonel (Ret.) Larry D. Youngner

Of Counsel

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Practice Areas
  • Security Clearance Representation
  • Military Law
  • Criminal Law
Practice Locations
  • Washington, D.C.

Throughout his lengthy military career as a judge advocate in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Qatar and Germany, as well as numerous air bases nationwide, Larry advised high-ranking officials in the Air Force, NATO, Department of Defense and joint and special operations units. He has the experience necessary to effectively represent service members – especially high-ranking officers – in a variety of administrative and criminal matters. As Of Counsel at Tully Rinckey PLLC, Larry provides representation in matters such as court-martial, Article 15s, letters of reprimand and officer/enlisted separation proceedings.

Larry came to Tully Rinckey PLLC with over 25 years of experience as an Air Force judge advocate. His last tour saw him serve as the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps chief of staff and director for strategic policy and requirements at the Pentagon. There, he provided public administration for the Air Force JAG Corps’ organizational structure and the legal services it provided to airmen worldwide. Larry helped envision and implement efficiency-generating changes to the Air Force’s legal force, which is comprised of over 2,000 attorneys.

Larry has served as a chief legal counsel to commanders at Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla.; at Air Forces Central Command at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C. and Doha, Qatar; at Rhein-Main Air Base in Germany; at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C.; and at the Aerospace Expeditionary Group in Sarajevo, Bosnia. As the director of international law and operations law at the Air Force’s headquarters, Larry reported directly to the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, a three-star general.

While Larry has extensive experience advising high-ranking officials on legal matters including, but not limited to, legal compliance and ethics and international agreement negotiations, he is also well versed in the military justice system. For instance, as a staff judge advocate for the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Larry directed successful criminal prosecutions of 56 criminal trials. Even more, while serving as the staff judge advocate for Air Forces Central Command, he supervised 228 criminal trials. Larry also served as an area defense counsel and circuit defense counsel representing senior officers and junior-enlisted alike. One of his most notable defense cases was the successful representation of a crewmember aboard the AWACS in the 1994 Blackhawk shoot-down tragedy over Northern Iraq, when he defended the Airborne Command Element officer and convinced the convening authority to drop all charges at the Article 32 hearing.

In 2014, Larry was elected to the Judge Advocates Association (JAA) Board of Directors. Since joining the Tully Rinckey PLLC team, Larry has won major victories for Board for Correction of Military Records (BCMR) clients, court-martial and security clearance clients from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Military Services before the Defense Office of Hearings Appeals. He has also skillfully represented victims of sexual assault as a civilian special victim counsel.


Representative Matters:  Frequently represents high profile military clients in espionage cases as well as defending defense contractors and senior civilian and military personnel on security clearance statements of reason and revocation matters.

Represented AF Client to win reversal of conviction on appeal in U.S. v. Williams, No. 16-0053, Crim. App. No. 38454 (C.A.A.F. 2016) then won full acquittal on rehearing of Client’s court-martial at Keesler AFB, MS (U.S. v. Williams, USAF Trial Judiciary (2017)).

Frequently represents clients before service Boards for Correction of Military and Naval Records, as well as Discharge Review Boards to upgrade discharge characterization, to challenge unjust officer grade determinations, to secure military medical retirement benefits and to obtain missing awards and decorations, such as the Purple Heart. See BCMR Docket No.  AR20140019067 (

Articles and Publications

  • OPERATIONAL LAW EXPERTS ROUNDTABLE ON THE GOTOVINA JUDGMENT: Military Operations, Battlefield Reality and the Judgment’s Impact on Effective Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law , publication date Nov 4, 2011,International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Emory University School of Law
  • “Military Justice and Discipline in Operations,” publication date 2009, Chapter 27, Air Force Operations & The Law (2d Ed.)/The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School
  • “The Operational Chain of Command and Command Succession,” publication date 2009, Chapter 13, Air Force Operations & The Law (2d Ed.)/The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School
  • “The Influence of International Law on the Military Commissions Act 2006: The Glass Half Full or Half Empty?” publication date Jul 2007, The Army Lawyer, July Issue, pub. The Army JAG School and Law Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2006 Weapons Industry Study Report, publication date May 2005, Eisenhower School (formely ICAF), National Defense University
  • I LEAD! Developing JAG Corps Leaders, publication date 2005, USAF JAG Corps
  • “Chapter 8: War Crimes and Aerospace Operations,” Air Force Operations & The Law: A Guide for Air and Space Forces (1st Ed.), publication date 2002, USAF JAG Corps
  • International & Operational Law Note, “Principle 6: Protection of Cultural Property During Expeditionary Operations Other Than War”, publication date 1999, The Army Lawyer, March Issue, pp. 25 – 29, pub. JAG School, US Army, Charlottesville, VA
  • No-Fly Zones: Law, Policy, and the 1994 Black Hawk Fratricide. Thesis (LL.M)–Judge Advocate General’s School, publication date 1998, AF Inst. Tech (AFIT Report No. A563663; AU Library Book call no.: 956.70443 Y79n

Court & Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Supreme Court of the State of Georgia
  • Superior Court, Glynn County, Georgia


  • BA: University of Georgia, Athens, 1983
  • JD: University of Georgia Law School, 1986
  • Squadron Officer School (distinguished graduate), Maxwell AFB, Alabama, 1993
  • Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence, 1998
  • LLM: US Army JAG School, Charlottesville, Va., 1998
  • Air War College, by correspondence, 2003
  • MS: Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., 2006

Accreditations / Awards:

  • Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • NATO Medal
  • US Army Expert Field Medical Badge
  • US Army Air Assault Badge
  • 1994 Outstanding Judge Advocate of the Year, 17th Air Force
  • 1999 Outstanding Judge Advocate of the Year, Headquarters USAF Air Staff (Kuhfeld Award Finalist)
  • 2006 Association of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces Research and Writing Excellence Award
  • 2013 Outstanding Senior Judge Advocate of the Year Award, Air Force Special Operations Command
  • 2014 Virginia Leaders in the Law Award
  • 2015 Manager of the Year Award, Tully Rinckey, PLLC

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