Immediately after graduating high school in 2002, Mickey Williams joined the Army as an 11B, Infantryman under a Ranger Regiment contract. Mickey survived the grueling rigors of basic training in the hot and balmy weather of Fort Benning, Georgia. After basic training Mickey attended Airborne School, jumped out of perfectly good airplanes, and trained for his biggest test at that time: the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP), which is now known as the Ranger Assessment and Selection Phase (RASP). Out of 200 initial RIP candidates, only 34 remained on graduation day. Mickey was one of those 34. He was then assigned to B Company, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Mickey went on four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Ranger Regiment. He participated in over 100 combat missions, including the initial invasion of Iraq, the rescue of POW Jessica Lynch, and the capture of dozens of terrorists. He also knew and served with CPL Pat Tillman, the former NFL legend with the Arizona Cardinals who sacrificed his life for his country while with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Mickey also obtained his Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge and Expert Infantry Badge. He operated closely with SOCOM forces such as the Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Air Force Pararescue (PJ), and Delta Force. Mickey’s unique experiences has given him a special insight and understanding of military service members and problems they face overseas both from the enemy and the legal system. Most importantly for his clients, however, Mickey’s experiences as a legitimate warfighter gives him the mental edge over opponents whose toughest days were spent in the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) pushing pencils and drinking bad coffee.
In 2006, Mickey ended his enlisted career and attended the University of Oregon (2006-2010) and the Willamette University College of Law (2010-2013). Mickey excelled in law school and became a licensed member of the Oregon State Bar in 2013. Mickey’s evidence professor and a former Marine, Dr. Jefferey Standen, advised the JAG Corps that Mickey “has a natural ability to advocate and speak persuasively that sets him apart from his peers. And, maybe it’s because of his Ranger training, he was the only student who could look me in the eye.”
After passing the Bar exam, Mickey commissioned into the United States Army Judge Advocates General (JAG) Corps. He was assigned to Fort Lee, Virginia where he practiced Military Justice as a prosecutor. Mickey was also appointed by a Military Judge as a Part-Time Military Magistrate. As a military magistrate, Mickey presided over pre-trial confinement hearings and issued warrants for the seizure and search of evidence. He was also tasked with analyzing whether law enforcement could arrest soldiers for alleged misconduct. Mickey served as an Article 32 Investigating Officer, a legal advisor for 15-6 and financial loss (FLIPL) investigators, and regularly provided legal advice to the Brigade Commander and Brigadier General.
At Fort Lee, Mickey impressed judges and superiors with his aggressive litigation skills, Mickey had always viewed the military justice system as oppressive and one-sided. The system allowed somebody’s life and career to be ruined with a mere accusation. Furthermore, the detailed military defense attorneys were overworked, inexperienced and/or apathetic to their client’s needs. Mickey voluntarily requested a transfer to Trial Defense Service (“TDS”) in order to represent those who are accused by the United States. His request is granted and the Army assigned Mickey to the busiest legal jurisdiction in the United States Army: Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Mickey practiced there as a Defense Attorney and achieved stunning results. A military judge presiding over one of Mickey’s cases even stated, “Mickey Williams gave the best closing argument I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been doing this a long time.” After witnessing abuses perpetrated by military prosecutors, Mickey realized the only way he could truly represent his clients’ interests zealously was as a Civilian Defense Counsel. As a civilian defense counsel, Mickey has enjoyed the freedom to challenge arrogant prosecutors and freely cross-examine Government witnesses regardless of rank and chain of command.
Mr. Mickey Williams started his military career as an E-1, Private. He conquered every challenge the Army threw at him. Mickey has served his country honorably, and continues to do so by defending those who cannot defend themselves.
**licensed to practice in ALL MILITARY COURTS and Member of the State Bar of Oregon.