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Areas Of Practice:
Military and Civilian Law Including:
Mr. Font has practiced law for more than 38 years as an independent civilian legal counsel in the military courts, and as an attorney in federal and state civilian courts. Mr. Font’s practice is national in scope. Mr. Font is completely independent of the military and can be trusted to work solely on the client's behalf.
He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York as a “Distinguished Graduate” with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in 1968. He graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Masters Degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) in 1972, and graduated from Yale Law School with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1975.
He has represented hundreds of active duty military service members, veterans, and other persons associated with the military service. His practice has taken him to U.S. military bases throughout the United States and outside the country.
Mr. Font has represented military personnel whose goal is to remain in the military service but who encounter court-martial charges or administrative actions. Mr. Font has also represented military personnel who seek discharge from the armed services.
Mr. Font’s representative clients include: physicians in the military, Academy graduates of all branches of the services, persons of high rank, as well as persons who enlisted in the armed forces, and persons who have PTSD or other medical issues.
He has successfully represented accused military persons as lead counsel at trial by court-martial in each branch of the armed forces. He has also represented convicted military persons from each branch of the armed forces on appeal.
Mr. Font has won complete acquittals at trial by court-martial, before members (the military jury), in special and general courts-martial, including cases which presented seemingly insurmountable odds.
Mr. Font has also represented active duty military persons in administrative proceedings.
In addition, Mr. Font has represented active duty military persons in litigation in the civilian federal courts. This litigation has included successful attempts to block military transfer orders, to assert emergency petitions before a federal judge, and to obtain habeas corpus relief.
Over the years Mr. Font has represented hundreds of conscientious objectors to military service. These persons include active duty military personnel in each branch of the armed forces. See, Hanna v. Secretary, 513 F.3d 4 (2008) (conscientious objector represented by Mr. Font ordered discharged from the military). He has also represented conscientious objectors at trial by general court- martial, including representation of an officer who refused to wear the military uniform, and of an officer who refused to follow direct orders to train for war.
Mr. Font has represented a wide range of military persons accused of AWOL or desertion, from as short a period of less than a day to as long as forty years.
Mr. Font has also litigated military members’ contractual rights and obligations under the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) contracts, under the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Programs (HPSP), and pertaining to other enlistment agreements and programs.
Mr. Font is often consulted by other attorneys who seek his advice on matters pertaining to military law.
Mr. Font is a member of the Massachusetts bar. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, which is the highest-level military appellate court (and which consists of five civilian judges), and before the Army, Navy/Marine Corps, and Air Force Courts of Criminal Appeals (which consist of judges who are on active duty in the military, and which sit in panels of three judges). He has argued cases before each of these courts. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Font is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has litigated military-related cases in each of these civilian federal courts.
Mr. Font was legal counsel in Groves v. United States, 47 F.3d 1140 (Fed. Cir. 1995), which is a leading case on back pay and allowances and military retirement, decided in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In that case Mr. Font successfully persuaded the Court of Appeals to allow back pay and retirement benefits to a West Point graduate who had been wrongly court-martialed and dismissed from the military service after serving far less than 20 years on active duty.
Mr. Font has appeared on television as a commentator on military cases. He appeared with a client on the Oprah Winfrey show and has appeared in major network shows pertaining to military justice issues. Mr. Font co-authored a chapter on military justice which appears in America’s Military Today by Tod Ensign (New York: The New Press, 2005).
Mr. Font has been practicing with Attorney Glazer continuously since 1977. Mr. Font, along with Attorney Glazer, has also represented persons in civil rights, discrimination, white collar crime, and other cases.