Counsel for the Commandant
Counsel for Commandant
Headquarters Marine Corps
Washington, D.C.

Who we are

The mission of the Office of Counsel for the Commandant, including its field offices, is to provide comprehensive and timely legal advice and support to the Commandant, Headquarters staff agencies, and Marine Corps operating and supporting establishments in the areas of business and commercial law including environmental law, land use, civilian personnel law, procurement and fiscal law, government ethics, and all other matters under the cognizance of the General Counsel of the Navy.



Office of the Counsel
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps (Code CL)
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon, Room 4E468
Washington, DC 20350-3000

Mark A. Romano

Counsel for the Commandant

Mr. Mark Romano is the Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps. As such, Mr. Romano is the senior civilian legal advisor to the Commandant, Assistant Commandant, Deputy Commandants and other senior leaders within the Marine Corps, leading 115 legal professionals located across the globe. Mr....

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Andrea "Andie" VanLanen

Deputy Counsel for the Commandant

Ms. VanLanen serves as Deputy Counsel for the Commandant, where she is responsible for the daily operations of a world-wide legal organization with over 100 attorneys and professional support staff....

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Command Support

Senior Special Assistant - Lieutenant Colonel Amanda L. Lythgoe

Special Assistant - Major Leonard S. Moffa

Admin Chief & Enlisted Executive Assistant – Gunnery Sergeant Andres Hernandez

Paralegal - Ms. Linda A. Short

Associate Counsel, Procurement and Fiscal - Mr. Ernesto M. Corrales

Associate Counsel, Information - Mr. Philip J. Taylor

Associate Counsel, Environmental and Land Use - Ms. Cara M. Johnson

Associate Counsel, Trademark and Licensing - Mr. Philip J. Greene

Associate Counsel, Civilian Personnel Law Attorney – Mr. Jacob S. Smith

Headquarters Marine Corps