John B. Gately

ISLN: 910015729
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Practice Areas
Admiralty and Maritime Law; Criminal Defense; Drug Testing Law; Disabilities Law; Military Law; General Practice; Federal Practice

Admitted: 1988, Massachusetts; 1995, Virginia, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; 2000, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Law School: New England School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Member: Virginia State Bar; Federal and American Bar Associations; Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys; National Institute of Military Justice; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Biography: Phi Alpha Delta. Vice-Chair- Board of Governors, Military Law Section, Virginia State Bar (2007-2010); Vice-Chair- Federal Career Service Division- Federal Bar Association (1997-2001); Committee Member- Access to Justice Committee, Virginia State Bar
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Languages: English, Spanish and French


A former Coast Guard judge advocate, John Gately has successfully represented clients in hundreds of courts-martial, medical boards and administrative proceedings.

John Gately focuses his practice on military disability and veterans rights issues, concentrating on representing active duty service members, Reservists and Guardsmen before the Physical Evaluation Boards of the various armed and uniformed services.

This includes representing clients before the various Boards of Correction for Military and Naval Records on both disability and nonmedical issues.

He also represents veterans on levels of claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs nationwide.  John Brendon Gately has been awarded the coveted AV rating on anonymous peer review by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying that he is considered to be preeminent in his field by other legal professionals nationwide.

He is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America alongside other nationally known AV-rated practitioners such as Plato Cacheris, Gerry Treanor and Brendan Sullivan.  John Gately’s hobbies include kayaking, marine archaeology, fossil hunting, gold dredging and sniping, naval history, volunteering with INGOs overseas combatting human trafficking and conflict diamond/gold issues.