fbpx

Andre Le Blanc - The Warrior Advocate

Andre Le Blanc tries cases. Every aspect of his being resonates with the fervor of a litigator, and the tactical precision of a seasoned trial advocate.  A retired Army Judge Advocate and combat veteran, Dre specializes in courts-martial, administrative separation boards, and dynamic advocacy. Dre isn’t just familiar with the battlefield of justice—he masters it. Trusted with some of the Army’s highest profile cases, Dre is a litigator that does not waver in the courtroom. With his attention to all recent changes to the UCMJ and the policies of the various services published in regulations and instructions, he is always prepared, updated, and ready to battle the government on any given day. A constant learner, he is always two steps ahead of the government and his trial and case preparation is second to none. A versatile and adaptive military lawyer, Dre handles military justice, administrative actions, and military labor & employment matters.  No issue too big, and no case too small, his commitment Warrior ClientsTM course through his veins. As a former senior prosecutor, special victim counsel, and deputy staff judge advocate, Dre adds the power of advocacy, persuasion, and influence to our stable of Warrior AdvocatesTM. With Dre standing beside you, victory isn’t just a mere possibility, it’s a reality.

Background Video

Educational Background

University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor, Eugene, Oregon (2001)

Jobs / Internships

  • Lane County District Attorney, Eugene, Oregon – 3L Intern conducting criminal trials representation in court on cases, witness interviews, case preparation, and discovery
  • Douglas County District Attorney Office, Roseburg, Oregon – 2L Summer Intern acting as prosecuting attorney for court arraignments, bail hearings, misdemeanor trials from drug possession, to DUI, to assault and battery
  • Oregon Review of International Law (ORIL): Articles Editor

University of Utah, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Salt Lake City, Utah (1997)

Professional Licenses & Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association (2002-present)
  • Oregon Bar Association (2001-present)

Professional Legal Experience

Law Office of Andre Le Blanc, Tacoma, Washington

Founder and Managing Partner, Law Office of Andre Le Blanc, 2018 to 2023.

Manage and operate a solo military and criminal defense practice in Washington and Europe, focusing on defending Service Members at courts martial, administrative separation boards, and facing adverse administrative actions.

Chief of Legal Assistance, Tacoma, Washington

Chief of Legal Assistance, Major (Joint Base Lewis McChord) 2017 to 2018.

  • Lead and supervise four Legal Assistance Attorneys, our Special Victims’ Counsel and three paralegals in a high tempo office where over 100 Service Members, dependents, and retirees are provided legal services on a daily basis in a community of 300,000 people eligible for services.
  • Ensure all legal professionals are excellently trained and maintain a high level of competency on the latest legal concepts and prepared for any military contingency operation.
  • Prepare all necessary legal documentation for clients, ranging from wills, separation agreements, letters to landlords, agencies or other parties; represent client as needed
  • Work closely with prosecutors, defense counsel, criminal investigators, and military and civilian criminal investigators to protect the rights of special victims.
  • Zealously represent clients in all legal assistance matters, expert understanding and knowledge regarding military specific legal assistance issues, to include: FOIA and Privacy Act requests, FLIPL investigations and replies, family law, criminal law and administrative law issues.
  • Set up and run seasonal tax preparation program, train and supervise nearly 30 military and civilian personnel in order to expertly prepare over 3000 federal and state tax returns.

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Daegu, Korea

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Daegu, Korea (2015 to 2017).

  • Supervise, train and mentor two trial counsel (prosecutors), two administrative law attorneys, a labor law attorney, a legal assistance attorney, a claims examiner, a legal administrator, and 12 paralegals in a high operational command of over 20,000 Service Members and civilians responsible for logistical support to the entire South Korean Peninsula from the sea to the DMZ.
  • Brief commanders on all aspects of military law from the Commanding General (CG) and including all levels of command from division to company level.
  • Advise command and staff on all legal matters ranging from Equal Opportunity (EO) investigations; AR 15-6 investigations; SHARP and SARC investigations and issues; administrative separation actions; act as an ethics counselor and provide ethic opines as requested; act as legal advisor to commander’s inquiries; legal opine on resources.
  • Timely, accurate, legal advice given to command and staff on a host of issues, including legal ethics opinions on gifts, foreign gifts, travel, use of government resources, use of government vehicle (GOV); appropriate expenditure of ORF; request for use of MWR funds; use of DFAC funding and personnel; request for government support at events for non-federal entities; waiver of liability for events; official event planning and fund requests; legal opines on use of government resources and fiscal issues.
  • Provide legal support to all levels of staff to include: fiscal law reviews; personal service contract reviews; purchase goods agreement contracts; simplified acquisition contracts; option year contracts; line of duty (LOD) legal reviews; financial investigations of property loss (FLIPL) legal reviews; administrative separation legal reviews for commanding general (CG)/approving authority; draft general officer memorandum of reprimands (GOMOR); review AR 15-6 appointment memorandums, reports, findings, and provide a legal review and work as action officer also utilizing the JAGCNet system of case management for administrative law actions, military justice actions and legal assistance actions.

Senior JAG Observer Trainer, Hohenfels, Germany

Senior Judge Advocate Observer Coach Trainer, Joint Multinational Training Command, Hohenfels, Germany (2013 to 2015).

  • Provide world class training, supervision and advice to Brigade Judge Advocates, commander and staff before, during and after multi-national training events meant to simulate real world combat situations in order to support the United States and the NATO alliance’s mission and strengthen relationships with nations seeking to join the alliance.
  • Coach, mentor and train other JAGs on issues from enemy combatant to fiscal law issues, including lethal and non-lethal targeting; rules of engagement; detainee operations; use of funds for national security in combat and non-combat environments.
  • Lead operational exercise planner for Saber Junction 2014 at which the first non-US brigade command, Lithuania, was in operational lead in the history of JMRC Including drafting operational orders, implementation of the operation, determining use of force and ROE, outlining detainee operations and use of funding.
  • Lead JAG exercise planner for all multinational exercises.
  • Order drafting and execution, and after-action review preparation and execution.

Chief Prosecutor, Complex Litigation, Tacoma, Washington

Chief Prosecutor of Complex Litigation, I Corps, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington (2010 to 2012).

  • Lead an elite team of four experienced attorneys and one paralegal to prosecute high-profile homicide and sexual assault criminal cases including U.S. v. Davila, U.S. v. Russell, the Stryker Kill Team murders, and U.S. v. Bales, among others.
  • Achieved 100% convictions in 20+ cases including sentences of life in prison.

Senior Trial Counsel (Prosecutor), Tacoma, Washington

Senior Trial Counsel/Trial Counsel, I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington (2009 to 2010).

  • Supervise up to eight trial attorneys and 12 paralegals; train and mentor and lead new counsel.
  • Full oversight of initial investigations, trial planning, motions practice, and discovery, research and criminal trials; handle all complex criminal trials, to include cases of involuntary manslaughter, rape, sexual assault, “shaken baby,” child rape and molestation cases, and homicides of varying degrees.
  • Responsible for all post-trial matters, to include supervising the court reporter, trial records, clemency requests, final addendum and actions for court cases.
  • Advise commanders, military police, criminal investigators on all legal matters. Brief and legally guide commanders at all levels. Work closely with civilian counterparts and civilian police/investigators.
  • Legal representative on several working boards, to include the Sexual Assault Response Board (SARB), attend command and staff meetings as needed.

Trial Counsel (Prosecutor), Fort Polk, Louisiana

Trial Counsel, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk Louisiana (2006 to 2009).

  • Served 15-month combat tour in Eastern Baghdad, Iraq from November 2007 to February 2009.
  • Advise and prepare non-judicial punishment actions and involuntary administrative separations.
  • Handle all military criminal prosecutions within jurisdiction, to include joint service criminal matters, trial planning, motions practice, discovery and litigation. 
  • Advise law enforcement personnel and attend Sexual Assault Review Board (SARB).

Trial Counsel (Prosecutor), Stuttgart, Germany

Trial Counsel, 21st Theater Support Command, Stuttgart, Germany (2005 to 2006).

  • Trial Counsel for the OIF Theatre including Kuwait and Iraq during deployment.
  • Advise and prepare all military justice actions. Conducted all prosecutions within jurisdiction, to include joint service criminal matters, trial planning, motions practice, discovery and litigation.
  • Monitor foreign criminal court cases involving U. S. military personnel and civilians and attend trials in German court, act as officer in charge as needed.
  • Advise law enforcement personnel and attend Sexual Assault Review Board (SARB).

Administrative Law Attorney, Stuttgart, Germany

Administrative and Civil Law Attorney, Stuttgart, Germany (2004 to 2005).

  • Provide legal advice to commanders, ranging from fiscal law, use of funding by commanders, service contracts, ethics regulations, private organizations, status of forces agreements, reports prepared for financial liability of property loss, private organizations, family readiness groups, , provided written as well as verbal opines to commanders, directors and agencies.
  • Review all requests and releases under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and/or Privacy Act; brief and train the FOIA Officer to ensure understanding of laws and compliance with timelines.
  • Provide legal advice to Garrison commander and staff, to include review of community wide policy letters; installation management; commander’s programs; coin purchase; use of ORF; support of non- federal entities; entertaining foreign dignitaries.
  • German Court observer to ensure compliance with German SOFA agreement for DoD linked civilian personnel facing German civil and/or criminal court matters.
  • Advise and attend various boards and committees to include: Case Review Committee (CRC), Command and Staff, Planning and Steering Committee.

Chief of Legal Assistance, Stuttgart, Germany

Chief of Legal Assistance, Claims and Tax, Stuttgart, Germany (2003 to 2004).

  • Supervise bi-weekly rotating activated reserve attorneys and staff of 8 active duty, civilian and local national paralegals; created and supervise one contract employee.
  • Prepare all necessary legal documentation for clients, ranging from wills, separation agreements, letters to landlords, agencies or other parties; represent client as needed.
  • Work closely with German local national attorney regarding legal assistance matters.
  • Zealously represent clients in all legal assistance matters, expert understanding and knowledge regarding military specific legal assistance issues, to include: FOIA and Privacy Act requests, FLIPL investigations and replies.
  • Collaborate with Trial Defense Services (TDS) for clients with LAO and military justice issues.
  • Supervise all claims processing within the Garrison and EUCOM, to include personal claims, tort claims, 139 claims, and claims processed by foreign governments.

Assistant to Chief of Staff, Senator Orin Hatch, Washington D.C.

Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Washington D.C., Office of Senator Orin Hatch (2001 to 2003).

  • Provide advice on legislative matters off all types focusing on telecommunication, Native American, and intergovernmental affairs Research, prepare and respond to government agency on issues involving national security, international relations, military issues, and terrorism.
  • Assist Senator Hatch with research, preparing talking points for meetings, drafting speeches, and writing opinion papers to influence national legislation.

Your Warrior Law TeamTM – The Law Office of Will M. Helixon – Your Warrior AdvocatesTM

The Law Office of Will M. Helixon, your Warrior Law TeamTM, with over a century of combined legal experience, has served as Warrior AdvocatesTM in multiple complex and high-profile military cases.  Founded in 2015, and rebranded and relaunched on October 14, 2023, the Warrior AdvocatesTM of the firm represent Warrior ClientsTM in most military law cases, including military justice matters, adverse administrative actions, complex legal assistance issues, affirmative administrative actions, and fundamental military employment problems.

Our Warrior AdvocatesTM defend Warrior ClientsTM in military justice matters including courts-martial ranging from premeditated murder to rape and sexual assault, from BAH fraud to DUI and drug offense, and military offenses from maltreatment of subordinates and sexual harassment to violating lawful orders and insubordination. Our Warrior AdvocatesTM also represent Warrior ClientsTM pending law enforcement investigations, at administrative boards and non-judicial punishment hearings, and in involuntary separations and “chapter” actions alleging misconduct.
 

Experts in rebutting adverse administrative actions, our Warrior AdvocatesTM represent Warrior ClientsTM facing command-directed investigations and AR 15-6 investigations, responding to adverse findings of investigations and AAIP filings, and answering notices seeking to revoke security clearances and professional de-credentialing.

Pending the need for legal advice for complex legal assistance questions, Warrior ClientsTM routinely rely on our Warrior AdvocatesTM in responding to GOMORs, letters of reprimand, and referred, relief for cause, and negative performance evaluations (NCOERs and OERs), assisting with medical issues such as MEBs and PEBs, navigating centralized board actions such as applications to the service component Board of Correction of Military Records (BCMRs) and Discharge Review Boards, and answering QMP Boards, the DASEB, the AGDRB, SSRBs, and other service-specific boards.

When our Warrior ClientsTM suffer wrongs by their command or fellow service members, our Warrior AdvocatesTM advise and assist submitting Inspector General (IG) complaints, Equal Opportunity (EO) complaints, and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) grievances and filing complaints and claims under Article 138 UCMJ (remedying command wrongs) and Article 139 UCMJ (compensation for wrongful taking/damage to personal property).

Our Warrior AdvocatesTM also assist Warrior ClientsTM with basic military employment issues including responding to notices of suspensions and terminations and submitting initial applications with the EEOC and MSPB.

Call our Warrior AdvocatesTM at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon, your Warrior Law TeamTM, today to help with your legal issues in Germany, Poland, and the United States.  All our Warrior AdvocatesTM maintain licenses to practice before all military trial courts.Our Warrior AdvocatesTM also assist Warrior ClientsTM with basic military employment issues including responding to notices of suspensions and terminations and submitting initial applications with the EEOC and MSPB.

GERMANY

Vilseck: Bürgermeister-Weiss-Strasse 5, 92249 Vilseck, Germany

Wiesbaden: Bärenstrasse 3, 65183 Wiesbaden, Germany

Kaiserslautern: Europaallee 33, 67657 Kaiserslautern, Germany

POLAND

Poznan: Andersia Business Ctr., 1st Floor, 7 Anders’ Square, Poznan, 61-894

UNITED STATES

Central Texas: 700 Smith St. #61070, SMB# 50377, Houston, TX 77002

Washington: 1201 Pacific Avenue, 6th Floor, Tacoma, WA 98402

Colorado: 102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 1100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

KY/TN: 1860 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., Suite 128L, Clarksville, TN 37040

OKC/N. Texas: 1019 Waterwood Parkway, Suite C, Edmund, OK, 73034

Germany +49 (0) 152 2990 0341

United States (913) 353-6466 (main)

Toll Free (844) HELIXON (435-4966)