Brian Bouffard is an esteemed “of counsel” to our defense team. He is a zealous criminal defense attorney and is experienced in representing military members who are facing court-martial worldwide.
Brian is a former judge advocate in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps, and served on active duty for five years, including a lengthy tour with the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, California from 1997 to 2003 as the sole Navy officer in the command. Brian spent his five years on active duty as a trial prosecutor and defense counsel, prosecuting 300 courts-martial in 2 ½ years, and defending 250 courts-martial in the next 2 ½ years. He was named the NCIS Prosecutor of the Year in 1999 – 2000, and was named Senior Defense Counsel of Legal Team Delta at Camp Pendleton in 2002 as a Navy lieutenant, supervising three Marine judge advocate defense counsel.
After leaving active duty, Brian served as a reserve appellate defense counsel for NAVJAG 211 in Fort Worth, Texas and at the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Defense Section (Code 45) in Washington, D.C. Brian was honorably discharged in 2010 at the rank of lieutenant commander.
Brian is also a former investigator with Child Protective Services in Tarrant County, Texas, and a former assistant district attorney in Tarrant County, Texas, with the skills, temperament, and expertise to effectively handle sensitive cases involving child witnesses and other witnesses deemed “special victims.” He has handled numerous high-profile cases involving senior officer unlawful command influence, a defendant in the “Twin Peaks Biker Massacre” in 2015 in Waco, Texas, and other cases reported on CNN, Fox, and other major media outlets. Brian has been a frequent guest commentator on military justice issues on Fox News Radio and other radio outlets nationwide.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Texas Christian University in 1992, Brian later graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 1997. He was also an honor graduate of the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI in 1997 and is a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, founded by legendary trial attorney Gerry Spence.
Brian is licensed and in good standing before the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of North Carolina, and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts in both the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He is an alumnus of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
While on active duty, Brian earned the following awards and decorations: The Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, and the Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.