Michael Eaton

Michael Eaton

Senior Associate

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

Mike Eaton, a Senior Associate in Tully Rickey’s Washington, D.C., office, possesses extensive courtroom experience in all matters of military and criminal law, having served the last 15 years as a United States Army Judge Advocate, Assistant United States Attorney, and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Mike’s years of experience as an active-duty US Army Captain in the selective and prestigious US Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps are a valuable asset to Tully Rickey PLLC’s military law practice group. Having served his country honorably as a Judge Advocate in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Germany, and around the United States from 2007 until 2014, Mike is a determined advocate for service members facing legal issues. He is able to pull from his extensive knowledge and experience to forcefully and effectively represent service members facing administrative and criminal proceedings.

Mike began his career as an enlisted Soldier, serving as a paratrooper in the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon completion of his enlistment, he earned degrees at Texas A&M University and the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Mike began his legal career by returning to the Army as a Judge Advocate, where he served on active duty as a military trial counsel (prosecutor), senior trial counsel, defense counsel, senior defense counsel, and brigade judge advocate. Upon leaving active duty, he continued serving his country and community as an Assistant United States Attorney in Texas and Oklahoma. He has also served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County, Virginia.

As a military defense counsel and senior defense counsel, Mike has represented soldiers at all stages of military justice, from Article 15 review to general court-martial and appeal. He has also represented service members in countless administrative actions and separation boards. As a trial counsel and senior trial counsel, Mike represented the United States, reviewing hundreds of investigations and advising commanders regarding appropriate disposition with administrative action or reprimand or for referral to Article 15 or court-martial. Mike has advised multiple company, battalion, brigade, and division-level commands regarding various aspects of military justice, investigations, ethics, fiscal law, operational law, and contracts.

In addition to his military law expertise, Mike’s civilian criminal litigation experience is extensive. As an Assistant United States Attorney, he prosecuted hundreds of federal felony cases involving narcotics, weapons, entitlement and tax fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, and white-collar offenses. As an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, he has similarly prosecuted hundreds of state misdemeanors and felonies, including cases of computer crime, fraud, aggravated assault, and sexual assault. Mike has managed and supervised hundreds of criminal investigations, prepared and presented indictments to the grand jury, and represented the state and federal governments in plea negotiations, at trial, and on appeal.

Mike earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and Master of Science in Information Systems and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Texas A&M University. He is a member of the Virginia and Connecticut state bar associations.

Mike’s military awards include the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service medal, three Army Commendation medals, two Army Achievement medals, Good Conduct medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, and three Overseas Service Medals.

NOT ADMITTED TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BAR. DC PRACTICE LIMITED TO PROVIDING LEGAL SERVICES TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SOLELY BEFORE A SPECIAL COURT, DEPARTMENT, OR AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES. Admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and the State of New York.

Court & Bar Admissions: 

  • State of New York
  • State of Connecticut
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • Fairfax County Courts
  • Connecticut Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Army Trial Courts
  • United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting – Texas A&M University (2001)
  • Master of Science in Information Systems – Texas A&M University (2001)
  • Juris Doctor – Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2006)

Accreditations / Awards: 

  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal (3)
  • Army Achievement Medal (2)
  • Army Good Conduct Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Overseas Service Medal (3)

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