Practice Areas

img9Mr. Berens primarily practices as a Military Defense Attorney in federal military courts. He represents service members facing court-martial for alleged violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), non-judicial punishment under Article 15, UCMJ, administrative separation and other adverse actions. Mr. Berens accepts and has represented clients from all branches of the military – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. Mr. Berens is is admitted to practice in Washington State Courts, the United States District Court – Western District of Washington, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Berens has extensive military justice experience and offers a perspective that can be matched by very few other Military Defense Attorneys.

Administrative Separation

Administrative Separation Actions Service members facing administrative separation for alleged misconduct or lack of adherence to regulations have rights. When certain criteria are met, service members may be entitled to an administrative hearing before a panel of officers appointed to make a recommendation to the separation authority. Service members facing administrative separation against their will...

Civilian Criminal Jurisdictions

Mr. Berens is admitted to practice and prepared to represent service members and civilians facing criminal proceedings in all courts in the State of Washington and the United States District Court – Western District of Washington. Service members stationed at installations in the State of Washington may be subject to the jurisdiction of Washington Courts...

Civil Litigation and Claims

Mr. Berens and his partners at Bailey|Onsager PC routinely engage in civil litigation in Washington State and Federal Courts on behalf of plaintiffs.  Recent favorable outcomes include prevailing in a civil suit alleging wrongful death on behalf of family members against a county entity, a litigated civil case on behalf of a client against the City...

General & Special Courts-Martial

Service members facing court-martial charges in a General or Special Court-Martial forum are facing very serious and often life-long consequences. A court-martial presents far more than a threat to a service member’s military career. Court-martial charges may result in an adverse military service characterization, the loss of one’s liberty and freedom in the form of...

Other Adverse Actions

Service members may face any number of adverse actions based on alleged misconduct that does not warrant a court-martial in the eyes of command and servicing legal staff. Some of those adverse actions include: Non-judicial Punishment under Article 15, Uniform Code of Military Justice General Officer Memorandums of Reprimand Flying Evaluation Boards Negative performance reports/evaluations,...

Ratings and Reviews

Peer Endorsement from Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Sheehy

Mr. Berens is an exceptional lawyer. I watched him supervise and co-counsel a young military lawyer at a discharge board hearing. Mr. Berens superior litigation skills resulted in a favorable outcome for his client on a very challenging case. His honesty, intellect and zealous advocacy make him an easy choice to refer family and friends.

- (5 star review)

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