An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Marine Corps Defense Services Organization
Mission Statement

The Defense Services Organization zealously defends Marines and Sailors facing disciplinary action in order to safeguard the Rights of those who safeguard our nation.

DSO Creed

We are Marines - Judge Advocates and Legal Services Specialists - who are dedicated to defending our fellow Marines and Sailors, by providing them legal counsel in any matter required by statute, regulation, or otherwise authorized. We are zealous advocates for our clients, serving independently of the local chain of command and under the supervision of the Marine Corps Defense Services Organization. We zealously represent each and every client within the guidelines of the law, consistent with our professional ethics, and in accordance with our rules of practice. We selflessly perform our duties with the utmost integrity, motivation and pride, without fear of reprisal, or expectation of professional or personal gain. In the same spirit as “Taking Care of Our Own,” we are: “Marines Defending Marines.”

Civilian attorneys representing active duty or reserve Marines in either civil or criminal cases are encouraged to contact the Regional Defense Counsel in order to obtain information or assistance that may benefit their clients' cases. Please visit the respective page linked above for the region where your client is located.

The Marine Corps Defense Services Organization (DSO) is a global criminal defense law firm comprised of over 70 Marine judge advocates and legal service support staff who are passionate about defending Marines at courts-martial, boards of inquiry, and administrative separation boards. We put our clients first – above our own careers, the interests of the command, and Marine Corps. We leverage our years of experience in fighting – and winning – hard battles against the government to help achieve the best possible results for our clients. While no attorney can guarantee you a result, if you are a Marine accused, there is no better team in your corner than the DSO.

We have offices across the globe at most major Marine Corps installation, broken down into four regions:

The DSO is led by the Chief Defense Counsel of the Marine Corps. Each region is led by a Regional Defense Counsel and each branch office is led by a Senior Defense Counsel. The DSO also has a Defense Counsel Assistance Program (DCAP), which has now fully integrated Ms. Kate Coyne and Mr. Michael Libretto, Attorney Advisors (AA) in complex and sexual assault litigation. The AAs' expertise and accessibility have significantly increased DCAP's ability to provide timely, relevant advice and training to counsel across the globe.

CDC Policy Memos

Marine Corps Defense Services Organization