2332 Croix Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

John B. Gately


757-481-0772 phone

757-481-9629 fax

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John B. Gately is a former Coast Guard judge advocate and disabled veteran who practices in the areas of military disability law, military personnel law, correcting military records, military discharge upgrades, veterans benefits, Social Security disability law,  administrative law, and federal trial practice.

He focuses his practice on representing active duty service members, Reservists, and Guardsmen before the Physical Evaluation Boards of the various armed and uniformed services.  He also represents current and former service members before the Department of Veterans Affairs and the various Boards of Correction for Military and Naval Records on both disability and nonmedical issues.

For more than twenty-five years, he has been awarded the coveted AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell based on anonymous peer reviews conducted annually, 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 for his skill and experience in the fields of Military Law, Criminal Trial Practice, General Practice, and Social Security Practice.

His hobbies and volunteer activities include gold dredging, volunteering with NGOs combating human trafficking and the use of child soldiers, kayaking, biking, jumping waves, and practicing amateur stand-up comedy routines on neighbors, friends, family, business associates, and other hapless, unsuspecting victims.

Practice Areas

Military Law, Military Disability Law, Veterans Benefits,  Correcting Military Records, Military Discharge Upgrades, Military Personnel Law, Social Security Disability, Administrative Law, Administrative Hearings and Appeals, Federal Criminal Law,  Federal Practice


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