Counsel for the Commandant


Counsel for the Commandant

Headquarters Marine Corps

Deputy Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps
Mr. Peter L. Delorier
Deputy Counsel for the Commandant
United States Marine Corps

Mr. Delorier is the Deputy Counsel for the Commandant, United States Marine Corps and provides legal and business advice on the full spectrum of issues that face the United States Marine Corps. He supervises over 100 civilian and Judge Advocate attorneys and support staff located in a Headquarters office and 14 field offices throughout the world. Mr. Delorier was appointed to this Senior Executive Service position in August 2010.

Mr. Delorier served in the Marine Corps from 1985 until he retired in 2006 after being fortunate to have the opportunity to command the Support Battalion in the Recruit Training Regiment at Parris Island, South Carolina as his final active duty assignment. Upon retirement, Mr. Delorier was selected as an Associate Counsel, Labor and Employment Law, at the Eastern Area Counsel Office, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he practiced civilian personnel law and prosecuted fraud cases as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Mr. Delorier held this position until his selection as the Senior Associate Counsel (Command Liaison and Training) at the Navy Litigation Office in 2008, where he was responsible for supporting the Department’s litigation efforts, providing litigation training, and maintaining litigation information for use in litigation planning.

Mr. Delorier began his legal career in 1992 after completion of law school via the Marine Corps’ Funded Legal Education Program. Mr. Delorier’s legal responsibilities included tours of duty as a criminal defense counsel; a Regional Defense Counsel, where he supervised Marine Corps criminal defense lawyers throughout the Pacific and represented defendants in complex criminal cases including a capital case; and, as a civilian personnel lawyer within the Department of the Navy’s Office of General Counsel.

Mr. Delorier earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Tech in 1985, a Juris Doctor (cum laude) degree from Campbell University in 1992, a Masters of Law degree in 1997 from the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a Master of Science Degree (Distinguished Graduate) in National Strategic Studies from the National War College in 2004.