Donald Rehkopf – Brenna, Brenna & Boyce, PLLC

31 East Main Street Suite 2000
Rochester, NY 14614, United States

Practice/Organization Description

I represent clients in all aspects of U.S. military law, viz., courts-martial, appeals, post-conviction relief, administrative discharges, Article 15's (non-judicial punishment), discharge upgrades, security clearance issues, correcting military records, Reserve and National Guard activation issues, enlistment/re-enlistment issues and Federal Tort Claims Act issues against the military.

Please note - I do NOT handle VA disability issues.

I served on active duty as an Air Force JAG for 5 years, and retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. I have tried in excess of 200 courts-martial involving cases from AWOL to premeditated murder. I lecture frequently on issues involving military trial and appellate practice, trial techniques and professional ethics.

For the Profession, I also serve "of counsel" to lawyers and Law Firms who have specific legal issues relating to the military, e.g., obtaining military records, service of process, FTCA matters and collateral consequences of civilian matters for members of the U.S. military.

Bar Admissions

New York

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Education

J.D. - Capital University Law School [1975]

Professional Associations & Memberships

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers [Co-Chair, Military Law Committee]; NY State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers [Board Member, CLE Committee]

Honors and Awards

Recipient, 2003, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Presidential Commendation; Recipient, 2003, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Special Presidential Commendation for Padilla v. Rumsfeld; Recipient, 2004, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Hon. Thurgood Marshall, Outstanding Practitioner of the Year, Award; Recipient, 2005, New York State Assembly, Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Legal Practitioner and Support of Constitutional Rights for All; Recipient, 2009, The Daily Record, Leaders in Law Award.

Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Litigation
  • Military Law
  • Personal Injury
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