We Strive to Win Every Case.
Our goal is to win, to get you a full acquittal and nothing less. No prosecutor, judge, or panel would ever deny that that is the ultimate goal of any defense lawyer. We fight to get that result for you and will work day and night to deliver.
Former Clients Had This to Say:
“Mr. Gasapin was very understanding and thorough in pleading my case during an Administration Separation Board. His professionalism was able to I convince the board memebers to over look my ingestion of cannabis in comparison to my dedicated time in service to a non-separation decision. I highly recommend this defense lawyer for your legal needs. Thank you!!” S., 17 November 2017.
“I was facing serious charges of UCMJ Article 120 for sexual assault and rape. It was an extremely long process that lasted years. I retained Ernesto and he immediately began working my defense and was very upfront about the conviction I could be facing. Ernesto was with me every step of the way and was available 24/7 whenever I needed any help or had any questions. Ernesto’s professionalism, analytical skills, cross examination, and overall performance was simply outstanding. I would not trust any other attorney with my case other than Ernesto. During the court martial, Ernesto stood out well above anyone else and proved to be an extremely valuable member of the defense team from his preparation to his execution; he left nothing on the table and gave it all he had. In the end the court found me NOT GUILTY and acquitted all charges. Ernesto’s overall performance was the best anyone could ask for. I would highly recommend Ernesto to anyone who is facing serious charges if you are looking for a serious defense attorney who will do anything he can to protect you.” 3 November 2017.
“Recently my son, who is active duty military, was served with a criminal charge being filed against him by the Judge Advocate’s Office. Immediately he, and I, knew he would need a good attorney to help him with his defense. We located Mr. Gapasin and his law firm via the internet. In reviewing the law firm’s website, we learned Mr. Gapasin’s expertise is representation of military personnel in military proceedings. The case briefs posted on the law firm’s website gave us confidence Mr. Gapasin would provide the best legal representation available to us. From our first telephone conversation with Mr. Gapasin, we had confidence we had made the right decision about defense counsel for my son. Mr. Gapasin was professional and understanding about all our concerns. He was patient in answering any questions my son or I had about what to expect in the course of the various hearings and motions. He was upfront about the financial cost and what expenses would be incurred. He could not have been any easier to work with. Mr. Gapasin provided representation from the filing of charges, to the article 32 hearing, and through to the subsequent court martial. Mr. Gapasin was an impressive advocate for my son’s defense. I believe Mr. Gapasin’s professional representation of my son’s defense is one of reasons my son was found NOT GUILTY. Thank you Mr. Gapasin for helping the truth to come forward and being a strong advocate for my son.” — Robert, father of an accused NCO in the Air Force, 6 Oct 2017.
“At the time of the false accusations against me, I was serving in a Special Forces unit. My ex-wife made false allegations against me. She wanted custody of our kids and told the police that I had strangled her. Mr. Capovilla defended me and he did an outstanding job. Mr. Capovilla was able to point out all the lies that my ex-wife was telling on me. Further, my ex-wife was supported by a child protective services investigator who hated me and wanted to see me lose custody of my kids. Despite no evidence, she believed what my wife said no matter what. Mr. Capovilla destroyed this investigator on cross-examination. She got so mad at him for pointing out how bad her investigation was that she began to yell and scream in court. The Judge had to tell her to answer Mr. Capovilla’s questions. It was the best cross-examination I had ever seen. Mr. Capovilla didn’t miss a single detail. He knew the case better than anyone else. I was found not guilty of all charges. I stayed out of jail because of Mr. Capovilla.” — SGT S’, Special Forces NCO facing confinement, the end of his career and loss of parental rights.
“I was a client of Mister Gapasin. He went above and beyond on meeting my needs. His abilities to analyze my case and defend the correct outcome can not be matched. Definitely a go getter that will be dedicated to your needs. Case Dismissed. — Anonymous, 16 Aug 2017.
“I was serving the Army in a special operations unit when I was falsely accused of abusive sexual contact and assault. At first, it felt like the Government had all the power and that nobody cared about what I was going through as a man falsely accused of terrible crimes. My career and my life both seemed to be over. As soon as Mr. Capovilla started working my case, I knew that I was in the right hands. He stayed in constant contact with me and worked tirelessly to get my side of the story out there. He gave me great advice from beginning to end and I appreciated how much he cared about me and my case. With his help, we provided to the Government proof that I was an innocent man. All charges against me were dismissed. I believe I’m a free man today because Mr. Capovilla fought like hell to defend my rights. Mr. Capovilla possess a tireless work ethic and he is truly passionate about defending Soldiers who have been wrongly accused of sexual assault. You need him if the Government is coming after you.” — H’, Army Lieutenant.
“My brigade CDR launch 2 AR15-6 investigations against me with about 10 false allegations which resulted in a GOMAR. I hired Ernesto to represent me during my officer’s separations board. He is a very busy attorney but despite that he was moving on my behalf ensuring my rights were not violated. During the board proceedings Ernesto was well prepared and dropped bombs of evidence that was previously ignored. I did not even have to say one word to the board members. The end result was that the board found that there was NO evidence to support ANY of the allegations and I was retained. Ernesto is an excellent attorney and I would hire him again and again.” — Cherie, Army Major facing the end of her career due to an overzealous command, 26 May 2017.
“Hired Ernesto immediately after a consultation. I was dealing with an ex girlfriend who was spiteful and wanted to do everything possible to ruin my life. After speaking to Ernesto I was confident that he could get the truth to surface. At my pre motions hearing he was able to have a BAH fraud charge dropped due to no intent to deceive the government and at my General Court Martial he was able to get me a Not Guilty verdict on 5 specifications including 128 (felony level aggravated assault). During his cross examination of my ex girlfriend he was able to get her to admit to lying to NCIS and completely discredited her. She was so frustrated during his cross examination that she stormed out of the court room with in the first 15 minutes. I would highly recommend Ernesto to someone, his litigation skills and experience separate him by a land slide from other attorneys. Because of Ernesto I was able to clear my name and be with my wife and 2 and a 1/2 month old son. To include retain my reputation and Honorable Discharge.” — Israel, Sailor E-4 accused of serious assault and battery charges by vindictive girlfriend, 8 April 2017.
“I was falsely charged with sexual assault and assault and I was looking at spending possibly the rest of my life in jail. Mr. Capovilla understood my concerns and never stopped fighting for my rights. He worked my case as hard as he possibly could. He was able to find witnesses that the Government didn’t know existed. For example, he found my accuser’s ex-husband who testified that she had made several false accusations against him. The Government didn’t even know that she had an ex-husband. During cross-examination, Mr. Capovilla made my accuser look foolish and caught her in several different lies. On closing argument, Mr. Capovilla was outstanding. He pointed out all the lies in my accuser’s story and didn’t miss a single point. Mr. Capovilla provided to me exceptional services, he worked long hours, and it’s because of him that I’m a free man. He saved my life. He is truly a great trial attorney. In fact, Mr. Capovilla is unmatched in my opinion. I was found not guilty of each charge. I walked out a free man.” — LT P, accused and charged with sex assault.
“My case was dismissed shortly after I spoke to Mr. Gapasin and the SAUSA was presented with the circumstances behind my case. I was falsely accused and charged with simple assault after I reported my accuser of cheating on a practical exam and having a video recording of her doing it. Her accusation put my career in jeopardy as CID tried to spin a tap on the shoulder 4 weeks prior into an assault charge. The Army’s overzealous SHARP program fueled her ability to make the accusation against me and made her out to be the victim rather than the subject. Mr. Gapasin was not hesitant to take my case, take on the SHARP program, and the cheater making the false accusation against me. — Anonymous, an NCO falsely accused, 28 November 2016.
“I was facing UCMJ article 128 assault consummated by battery with two specifications (choking and intent to cause grievous bodily harm). I was facing a special court martial in which the Air Force had given me four weeks to prepare. I called Mr. Gapasin desperate for someone to hear my side of the case and understand. I called many lawyers prior to Ernesto and never got a feeling they had my best interest at heart. My consultation with Mr. Gapasin put my mind at ease. He diligently started working on my case and got me a continuation. Mr. Gapasin would give me as much information as I needed to know but did not over do it. I had faith in him from the beginning. He was understanding of my financial situations, and never once did pressure me for payment. Ernesto worked well with my military appointed lawyer and even flew directly to Japan for my case. He went into my case with confidence and was very aggressive. All in all, Mr. Ernesto reduced my case from a special court martial to a Summary Courts Martial. My charges for assault was dropped to a disorderly conduct and I did not lose my NCO status. If you’re looking for a honest, reliable, trustworthy, aggressive lawyer. Mr, Gapasin is the attorney for you! Thank you again Mr. Gapasin for saving my life!” — Anonymous, 14 Sep 2016.
“Ernesto is absolutely the best lawyer in the business. I was involved in a spiteful divorce with another military member who I believed was having an affair. After I notified her command of this and a investigation was launched she accused me of sexual assault and then for 18 months she continued to make up statement after statement against me (giving me more and more charges). Ernesto stood by me every step of the way, fighting tooth and nail against the corruption. He was there when I wanted to give up (and believe me I really, really did more than once). The charges made up against me would have ruined my entire life forever. Ernesto saw through the corruption, believed in me and fought our way to victory and showed the government none of what this woman said ever happened. If I had hired anyone else I believe I would have lost my life. Ernesto literally saved my life against someone who wanted to hurt me in the worst way possible and against a very overbearing and overzealous prosecution. I cannot thank Ernesto enough for standing by and protecting and helping me for the past 18 months. He has given me my life back and I am eternally grateful.” — L.O., 13 Jun 2016.
“I was being accused of 3 charges which were 1:”without authority absent himself from his unit,” 2. “with intent to deceive sign an official document,” 3.” forgery of a supervisors signature.” I went before a Summery Court Martial and was found innocent of both the forgery of a supervisors signature and intentionally signing a official document. Because of such a great outcome Im hopeful now my command will not further any more action against me as I was only found guilty for a minor charge. Because a Summary Court Martial is so unique having Ernesto there to fight on my behalf is the only way that I could have beat 2 out of the 3 charges. Because Im stationed in Okinawa Japan there are no legal defense lawyers here to fight my case for me and I was dependent on calling and learning the laws and rules from a JAG officer stationed over in Korea. Because It was a Summery Court Martial and that there are no military defense lawyers stationed over here in Okinawa Japan for the Army I was being forced to represent myself as the Defense lawyers in Korea were busy doing larger Special Court Martial’s in Korea and are not required to represent a soldier in a Summery Court Martial. I was over whelmed with the situation as my command was punishing me administratively as well during this whole time. I talked with Ernesto and he was willing to fly out here to Okinawa Japan and fight my case for me in the Summery Court Martial. I can’t tell you enough how grateful I was to him for flying out here from the U.S. and doing all the proceedings on my behalf. If I would have tried to represent myself I would have been found guilty of all the charges as I had no idea of how the military law trials work. Ernesto’s willingness to fly out here and represent me has given me a chance to stay in the Army. I have no regrets in hiring him. I did my research on civilian lawyers in trying to find a good lawyer. Ernesto eats, breaths, and sleeps military law. Even if you have several allegations stacked up against you as I had and he is unable to beat them all you can rest assure that with Ernesto you will have a better outcome then if you would have hired anyone else. If i ever get into trouble again while being in the military, Ernesto Gapasin is who I will call. I strongly will recommend Ernesto Gapasin to all my friends if they ever find themselves in any case dealing with Military law.” — P.S., 31 Mar 2016.
“Mr. Gapasin was determined to make sure I came out of my trial fully acquitted of all charges. He cross examined the governments only witness against me and any other witness they had. Through twelve long hours of back and forth objections with the trial counsel I was fully acquitted of all charges and he proved that the governments only witness was lying. If you need a lawyer that is willing to fight for you to make sure you’re given a just trial. Mr. Gapasin is the one for you.” — E.S., 25 Jan 2016.
“After almost close to two years and a overzealous trial prosecutor. Mr. Gapasin and a determined ADC came into town and defended what was an apparent UCI and prepped/trained witnesses. In the end, all the prepping and lying couldn’t save the govt. I was charged with 14 specifications and walked out with 2 meaningless guilty, 1 reprimand, and no confinement.” — R.F., 11 Jan 2016
“Ernesto, was an awesome attorney. I hired Ernesto in May of 2014 and we did not go into court until Nov 23, 2015. Ernesto was professional and engaging the entire time. He was very accessible throughout the long legal process leading to the day of court. He was passionate about my case and I felt like I knew him for years after a short period of time. On the day of court, he had a plan, but like any good plan – it was subject to change. Ernesto had very impactful opening and closing statements and was very organized and prepared to counter any of the imposing arguments. There were several spontaneous events during the court proceeding to include accessing Face Book for pictures. His keen attention to detail allowed us to maneuver our way through the entire proceedings and make changes as necessary to leave a lasting impact on the board and the court room. I am very appreciative of his hard work, dedication to his client and hunger for justice. I highly recommend obtaining him as your attorney in a time of crisis. Thanks to Ernesto, I am able to continue to serve in the Army and protect this great nation.” — W.D., 24 Nov 2016.
“After being accused of multiple charges by the Military I knew I had to hire the best. After a lot of research and talking to many lawyers I choose Mr. Gapasin. He was there for me whenever I needed him during my court martial. He fought tooth and nail to prove my innocence of crimes that were collaborated by other soldiers. These charges could have ruined my life and my career. However Mr. Gapasin with his hard charging tactics and experience shown during court. Final outcome was not guilty, I couldn’t be happier and thank you Mr. Gapasin for standing by me through all of this. Now I can continue my career and be there for my family all because of you. If you want the best and someone that will put in the extra work then Mr.Gapasin is the right man for you. Thank you again, you have saved my life.” — L.H., 2 Nov 2015.
“Mr. Ernesto Gapasin is the best lawyer you can hire. I will not hesitate to hire him. He defended me against the “hand-picked” best prosecutors in the Pacific. I believe my case is in the “unofficial” military record of facing most number of charges with the result of FULL Acquittal in the military Court-Martial. I faced false allegation charges from Rape, Sexual assault, to other military related charges that were initiated by foreign ex-wife whom wanted a revenge for divorcing her. My corrupted chain of command supported her and added other charges to make sure I will be found guilty of something…if not all and to make me look bad in front of the panel members. I faced over 100 years in confinement if I was found guilty of all charges. From the allegations, investigations, Article 32 hearing, and to the date of Court-Martial took almost 15 months. In the court, Mr. Gapasin was able show the Officer panel that she was lying from the beginning and displayed her evil and vindictive motives to destroy me. The judge and panel members could be believe how my chain of command and prosecution team wasted their time and government’s money to have the court martial against me. During the 15 months, was my hardest moment in my life and Mr. Gapasin was there for me each and every day. He believed in my case and I believe in his ability to defend any clients like he did with me. I trust him 100% with my life because he literally saved my life in the court room that day. I was able to continue my Army career afterwards and have been successful. I, absolutely recommend that you hire Mr. Gapasin to represent you.” — Y.L., 18 Feb 2015.
“Sir I can’t put into words how much I appreciate your assistance in this case. Without you I do not think this outcome would be possible. They would have steamrolled me and I would be left with nothing without your relentless defense. Thank you.” — J.F.
“I was charged with multiple offenses under the UCMJ based on a 15-6 Investigation from my chain of command that led to a general court martial with me facing over 40 years of confinement and sex offender registration. From the moment of consulting Mr. Gapasin to hire him for my defense until the end of the court martial he informed me of every course of action that he was going to take throughout the whole process including me in the decision making. During the court martial Mr. Gapasin proved that not only the accuser by the witnesses were incredible and dishonest. In the end I was found NOT GUILTY of all charges and specifications! Words or actions cannot show the gratitude I have towards Mr. Gapasin, I truly feel that without his experience and dedication as a defense attorney I would not be able to be with my family today. I highly recommend Mr. Gapasin to represent you!” — A.R., 30 Jun 2014.
“I highly recommend Mr. Gapasin for a few reasons. I came under investigation approximately 10 months ago for 7 specifications of mistreatment of Soldiers and 1 charge of being a sexist and degrading leader. I can honestly say I thought my career, life, and my ability to ever be a leader in the Army was over with. On top of the investigation I was treated unfairly, moved 2 hours away from my duty station and forced to endure constant abuse and mistreatment from my own (COC) while their investigaton was on going. I was also forced to sit back while my character was destroyed by younger Soldiers with less than half of my experience and rank. Early on, I was maybe like you not knowing where to turn or how to even go about finding a proper defense. I made 3 separate phone calls to civilian counsel until I spoke with Mr. Gapasin. From the beginning he assured me to follow his instructions which were simply continue to do the right thing along with DO NOT MAKE ANY STATEMENTS TO CID AND/OR THE 15-6 OFFICER. I capitalized the last statement to make it clear Mr. Gapasin has the knowledge and experience to handle your case or any case relatively speaking. It was this vast knowledge that allowed him to destroy the government’s case of over 15 witnesses and multiple charges. He was also able to have the government’s witnesses impeached through their own counsel. I will say up front a proper defense is an expensive one; but truly ask yourself as it is said numerous times, your investment is worth it . . . Frankly speaking the government does not care nor does your COC to ruin your life and good merit in the military. I will always be in debt to Mr. Gapasin, he is an amazing warrior for you in the courtroom.” — J.H.C. III
“I had a very difficult case that required a lot of research and required lots of dedication. Mr. Gapasin would talk to me day or night regardless of time. He would listen to my concerns and when it came to making decisions he listened to me, advised me and together we came up with my defense. I was acquitted of all charges. I’m positive that my case in any other hands would not have had the results I received. If Mr. Gapasin is available to you, don’t look any further.” — J.W., 6 Oct 2011.
“Ernesto Gapasin gave me excellent representation. He was diligent in the pursuit of the facts and I witnessed how hard he worked and prepared for me in my defense. I was always encouraged and confident that he would do the best job possible. Any time I called his office he always returned his calls. Because of Mr. Gapasin, I have been retained in the military and I continue to serve.” — K.A.
“I found Mr. Gapasin online after speaking to a few others. I found him to be genuine and trustworthy and that he was a person with a willingness to help (not just fees). He immediately requested an extension to my hearing and we began putting our case together. He gathered my facts rather quickly and began composing my witnesses and making his recommendations as to who should be present, be telephonic, and/or provide character statements; to include the reasons why. He made it a point to make a recommendation to strategies, but always asked ME what I thought about the idea. He was definitely “Customer” focused. The day prior to the hearing Mr. Gapasin arrived and met with me and we finalized our game plan. This guy listens and absorbs like a sponge. I was astounded with his delivery. He cross examined all of the prosecution’s witnesses and discredited all of them . . . . Being represented with Mr. Gapasin’s wit, intuition, and professionalism this all was possible. He is astounding in the courtroom and his characterization of being an astute Defense Attorney is his claim to fame. Thank you Ernesto, for your candidness, believing in me, and your professionalism!!!” — R.S.
“Defended me and never quit! Mr. Gapasin did a great job defending me in a court-martial over a year ago and kept me out of jail even though my unit was really gunning for me. The court also retained me even though my unit wanted me to get a bad conduct discharge. Then, my unit tried to separate me from the Army and Mr. Gapasin did it again, argued for me in front of the board, and allowed me to stay in the Army. I would definitely recommend Mr. Gapasin.” — R.B., 27 Oct 2011.
“I really appreciate all of Mr. Gapasin’s aggressive hard work and understanding, that means a lot to [client] and I.” — T.M.
“My son was facing 30-50 years in federal military prison at the age of 20. He was accused of sodomy x2, disobeying a lawful command, oxycodine usage and attempted sodomy. This was his Second Court Martial only this time he was facing a General Court Martial which carries a max life sentence. I couldn’t take any chances but when Ernesto Gapasin was hired for the case it was a relief. Mr. Gapasin at the Article 32 hearing fought for my son and the 2 sodomy charges were thrown out thanks to Mr. Gapasin . . . . If you want an attorney that will fight for you and get results call Mr. Gapasin.” — A.M., 27 Jan 2013.
“I recently had a General Court-Martial and Mr. Ernesto Gapasin represented me along with Alyson Mortier. I was accused of four separate charges and was fully acquitted. He spent time with me preparing both my case and preparing me in case I needed to take the stand. I felt like Mr. Gapasin did not only take on my case as a business transaction, but he personally wanted to help me. I have recommended Mr. Gapasin to all of my friends and battle buddies. He is a great lawyer and works hard for his clients!” — S.P., 9 Apr 2012.
“Mr. Gapasin aggressively represented me at the Article 32 hearing, fighting every bit of the way with every witness. I was not guilty of rape and at the hearing, Mr. Gapasin showed that the witness claiming false rape allegations was uncredible and lying. I learned that the Article 32 investigator did not believe a thing she said. The charges against me were dismissed today and I can move on with my life. I highly recommend that you hire Mr. Gapasin to represent you in your case.” — M.F.
“I have been extremely pleased with Mr. Gapasin’s services. I will not hesitate to give him and his staff the highest recommendation.” — P.M.
“Mr. Gapasin is an incredible attorney . . . I want to again thank him for his defense at the Article 32, and with this case in general. He has been more than what we hoped for! I appreciate his time and efforts in defending my innocence.” — M.C.
“I was charged with multiple offenses under the UCMJ based on testimony of other officers I had considered friends. From Day 1 Mr. Gapasin kept me informed throughout the whole process. I faced a year long investigation which ultimately led to a General court martial. Mr. Gapasin defended me to the very end. The end results were that I was found NOT GUILTY of all charges and specifications. I cannot thank Mr. Gapasin enough. Without his experience, drive, and devotion to proving my innocence, I would be sitting in confinement and ultimately carry with me a conviction.” — J.H., 24 Jun 2014.
Colleagues in the Military Justice community have commented:
“Truly phenomenal trial attorney. I have known and tried cases with Ernesto for nearly five years and can say without hesitation that he is one of the finest criminal defense attorneys I have every seen.”
“I worked with him on several serious court-martial cases. He is a tough trial lawyer and he fights like a warrior for his clients.”
“Excelled in every trial counsel competency, including command advice, writing, and courtroom advocacy.”
“In one high profile case, he interviewed and deposed over a dozen witnesses in various countries throughout Asia, including high ranking foreign government officials, to obtain the dismissal of all serious charges against his client. All of this was accomplished through long hours, diligent preparation, exacting research and skilled trial advocacy.”
“Talented and dedicated defense counsel.”
“Works extremely hard to master the facts and law in every case.”
“Consistently provided outstanding criminal defense services to all his clients.”
“Provided Soldiers in Japan and Korea with an unmatched level of legal defense representation.”
“Intellectually astute litigator who can analyze and ‘wargame’ the most complex criminal cases with gifted insight and a fighter’s tenacity.”
“Possesses the trial advocacy savvy to package and translate his pretrial work into thoroughly convincing courtroom tactics and arguments.”
“Has a commanding presence. He routinely outmaneuvers his opponents through advanced preparation, advocacy, and motions practice skills.”