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Ernesto Gapasin

Ernesto C. Gapasin, Attorney at Law

Congratulations! Ernesto Gapasin has been inducted to “The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for 2021.

Recognized as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” for 2021, Ernesto Gapasin has consistently been praised as a tough, hard-hitting litigator who fights relentlessly on behalf of his clients. This was a reputation founded on unique experiences both in and out of the court. His hard work and dedication pays off with his induction to the NTLA.

Gapasin during a recess in the Shaw AFB Courtroom

Mr. Gapasin was also nominated a “Finalist” for the BBB Torch Award for Ethics 2017 by the local Better Business Bureau.  This prestigious award recognizes companies that uphold strong integrity and marketplace ethics.  The Torch Award is designed to promote not only the importance of ethical business practices, but the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure that the marketplace remains fair and honorable for all consumers.  On 3 March 2017, Mr. Gapasin was recognized at the Torch Award banquet for all BBB Accredited Businesses.

**Click on the image to read** Military Judge (O-6) sends this personal email to Mr. Gapasin in June 2019 before retiring from the bench.

Aggressive Advocacy Leads To Proven Results.

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Ernesto Gapasin continues to obtain outstanding results for his clients and attributes much of his success to years of experience, solid and disciplined courtroom skills, and a diligent work ethic. Facing a mandatory transition out of Military Justice due to an expected promotion to Major, Mr. Gapasin desired to continue litigating in Military Courtrooms around the world, and to continue defending our military service members. As a result, he left Active Duty and opened Newsom & Gapasin, LLC, now Gapasin Law Group, LLC. He practices law on a global scale and will represent service members wherever they are stationed in the world.

Mr. Gapasin has litigated a number of trials that have garnered high-profile media attention and that have been covered by major news outlets such as CNN, ABC News, Fox News, and even periodicals such as Rolling Stone. He also contributed to a multi-series documentary titled, The War Comes Home, by Elliot Smith of Bloomberg News, which is about service members who deploy to war but return with serious mental and behavioral issues.  The Washington Post had contacted Gapasin to act as a subject-matter expert for articles involving a high-profile sex assault scandal at the Naval Academy involving allegations against several football players for the academy.  Gapasin focuses his practice on court-martial defense and continues to provide his expertise to periodicals and news organizations when high-profile military cases arise.

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Passionate about keeping the court-martial system honest, and about ensuring that all service members are treated fairly and with dignity and respect, Mr. Gapasin wants to win and dedicates his law career to making this happen.

Consider this recent recommendation by one of Mr. Gapasin's former clients:

“I highly recommend Ernesto 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 investigation 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

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Experience With Federal District Judge.

Mr. Gapasin graduated from The University of Notre Dame in 1996. That same year, he was accepted into the University of Missouri (Mizzou) School of Law in Columbia, Missouri. After his first year in law school, he served as a clerk intern in Kansas City, Missouri under The Honorable Dean Whipple, Federal District Judge of the Western District of Missouri. Judge Whipple is a Federal Judge who is highly regarded among the attorneys in Kansas City and is considered to be one of the toughest, heavy-handed Judges in the Eighth Circuit. Because of this opportunity to work directly with Judge Whipple and his clerks, Mr. Gapasin became keenly aware of the intricacies of complex civil and criminal Federal litigation. Having worked on important, high-profile Federal cases that influenced law throughout the Eighth Circuit, he affected thousands of people throughout the Western District. Working on influential Federal cases from “in chambers” provided him with insight most attorneys will never experience. This position in Federal Court becomes an important chapter in his development as a criminal defense lawyer.

Associate For Prestigious Las Vegas Litigation Firm.

In 1998, Gapasin obtained a clerking position in the oldest and one of the then-largest law firms in the State of Nevada, the Law Firm of Rawlings, Olson, Cannon, Gormley, and Desruisseaux, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was initially hired on as a clerk for two summers. The Partners of the firm hired him as an Associate immediately upon his graduation from law school in 1999. He was sworn into the State Bar of Nevada in 1999 and thrived as an Associate with the firm, earning respect from other Associates and Partners alike for his diligent work ethic and outstanding results.

Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer.

Mr. Gapasin had always desired to practice in the area of criminal defense. When the time was right, he landed a position working with legendary Las Vegas defense lawyer, Tom Pitaro. Here, he learned the technique of using aggressive, bulldog tactics to beat prosecutors in court. Pitaro is a tenacious lawyer with over 30 years of experience. His career extended all the way back to the mob days in Las Vegas, having represented several famous mobsters from the old days of Las Vegas. Mr. Gapasin continues to use many of Pitaro's techniques in Military Courts as a model for aggressive litigating that gets results.

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Much of Mr. Gapasin's reputation as a relentless cross-examiner began during his career in Las Vegas. He worked on several high-profile criminal cases as a young associate. He worked on State of Nevada v. Murphy, a homicide case dubbed the Binion Murder Mystery as portrayed on CNN, Court TV and numerous other local and national television shows. Several books, such as Murder in Sin City and Quicksilver were based on this high-profile murder case involving the death of Benny Binion, an heir to the family empire that began with Binion's Horseshoe Casino in downtown Las Vegas. He began his career learning from the best lawyers in the city handling complex murder cases as well as difficult federal cases involving high-level drug distribution and possession allegations. He also had the opportunity to work with famed Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz, on the Murphy case. The client was ultimately released from jail following a successful appeal that resulted in the overturning of her conviction two years prior.

Mr. Gapasin has also worked a high-level appellate case in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for an accused charged with smuggling millions of dollars worth of narcotics from Mexico into the United States. This appeal was complex and involved international border issues as well as cutting-edge case decisions involving the presentation of drug evidence in the courtroom. He also litigated criminal immigration defense cases in Las Vegas that were appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals, which is akin to being the Supreme Court in the field of Immigration Law.

Mr. Gapasin found success in the City of Lights.  With several years of criminal defense work under his belt in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gapasin then sought to accomplish a goal he had always desired: earning a commission to the United States Army as a Judge Advocate General. In 2005, his application to the United States Judge Advocate General's Corps was approved and he graduated from the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia in May 2005.

Successful Career In Military Courts-Martial:

Former Military Defense Counsel and Senior Defense Counsel.

Because of Mr. Gapasin's civilian experience as a criminal defense lawyer, he desired to focus all his efforts on Military Trials. As a result, Gapasin aggressively sought an assignment to Okinawa, Japan as a Defense Counsel. Mr. Gapasin single-handedly raised a Trial Defense Service office on Okinawa where none had existed before. He established and ran the first-ever Trial Defense Service office on Okinawa that serviced Soldiers in Okinawa, mainland Japan, and Korea. Harkening back to his past experiences as a criminal defense lawyer in Las Vegas, Mr. Gapasin established a policy of aggressively contesting all cases. He developed a reputation for wargaming a court-martial from beginning to end with an aggressive cross-examination style that resulted in a number of acquittals in Okinawa, mainland Japan, and Korea. Mr. Gapasin worked a number of high-profile cases that led him to various locales in the Pacific Rim in order to conduct pre-trial investigations. In one high-profile media case, Gapasin even took depositions in the city of Manila, Philippines in order to effectively defend his client against rape charges. This resulted in the dismissal of rape charges despite the highly politicized nature of the case involving his U.S. service member client and a Filipina accuser on Okinawa.

After successfully completing his assignment on Okinawa, Mr. Gapasin returned to the Continentinal United States and accepted the position of Senior Defense Counsel at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. As the Senior Defense Counsel, Gapasin was responsible for the training of four defense counsel and four paralegals. Mr. Gapasin oversaw the hundreds of courts-martial and separation boards that were litigated at this very busy field office. Although Senior Defense Counsels are not typically expected to try cases, Mr. Gapasin broke the mold, trying a number of courts-martial as the Senior Defense Counsel, and achieving a high-rate of success in an incredibly high number of contested trials. Mr. Gapasin also achieved a full acquittal in a hotly contested rape case that was arguably only prosecuted because of the U.S. Army's overly aggressive – but indiscriminate and frequently improper – sexual assault policy. Ever grateful for his full acquittal, the client in this case successfully obtained his Medical Board benefits due to injuries from an I.E.D., successfully and voluntarily retired from an honorable 14-year career.

Extensive Military Justice Experience As Former JAG.

Extensive Military Justice Experience As Former JAG.

While in the JAG Corps, Mr. Gapasin served in a number of positions that broadened his experience in Military Law and Courts-Martial Defense.  Gapasin also deployed to Baghdad for a 15-month deployment with the First Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas where he acted in the positions of an Operational Law Attorney advising commanders on the Rules of Engagement and Contract and Fiscal Law in theater.  Mr. Gapasin served as a Prosecutor in the Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Mr. Gapasin's service as a former Prosecutor gives him a unique advantage that many military defense lawyers do not have. Mr. Gapasin served as the primary advisor to the Special Court-Martial Convening Authority and subordinate commanders on cases in which he served as the lead prosecutor. Mr. Gapasin also served as a recorder (the government representative) to administrative separation boards, and coordinated criminal investigations with MPI, CID, investigating officers, and company commanders. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Gapasin also advised company and battalion commanders, prepared charge sheets, and argued government motions. Mr. Gapasin's service as a prosecutor with the Air Cavalry Brigade no doubt gives him a unique advantage as a criminal defense lawyer.  This experience of having been both a prosecutor and as a defense counsel in the JAG Corps gives Mr. Gapasin the edge you need to win your case.  Gapasin has a breadth of experience unmatched by other attorneys who represent military service members.

Former Part-Time Military Magistrate.

Mr. Gapasin was also an appointed Part-Time Military Magistrate. His function was to preside over pre-trial confinement hearings and to render decisions on whether or not probable cause existed. He alone determined whether the factors were present that required the pre-trial confinement of an accused.  Gapasin also analyzed investigation files to determine the legality of the issuance of search and seizure warrants.  As a Part-Time Military Magistrate, it was Gapasin's duty to balance the facts presented, analyze witness statements and allegations and to render whether or not probable cause to conduct a search and seizure was warranted.  Having held the position of a Part-Time Military Magistrate, and having been trained by a Military Judge prior to his appointment, Mr. Gapasin is especially skilled in drafting Motions to Suppress or any motions to the Military Court seeking to suppress illegally obtained evidence.

Former 15-6 Investigator Legal Advisor.

Mr. Gapasin also served as a Legal Advisor for 15-6 Investigators. In this role, Mr. Gapasin advised field grade officers appointed by the General Courts-Martial Convening Authority who were tasked with conducting investigations into suspected misconduct within the unit. The role of a 15-6 Legal Advisor is an important one, and Mr. Gapasin served as the legal advisor on several high profile 15-6 investigations conducted in Baghdad, Iraq during 1st Cavalry Division operations from 2006-2008.

Former Article 32 Advisor.

Gapasin also served as the Article 32 Legal Advisor for numerous Hearing Officers of Article 32 hearings. He also served as a Summary Courts-Martial legal advisor in a number of Summary Courts-Martial at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Awards:

  • “Finalist” for the BBB Torch Award for Ethics 2017
  • 2003 Tower of Strength Award, State Bar of Nevada.
  • Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star.

Speaking Engagements:

  • Cross-Examination in Sexual Assault Cases, Annual CONUS Trial Defense Service Conference, Tampa, Florida.
  • Innocence Lost: Cross-Examining Child Victims, USATDS Pacific Rim Regional Conference, Seoul, South Korea.
  • The Art of Taking Depositions, USATDS, Pacific Rim Regional Conference, Dongducheon, South Korea.

Associations:

  • Member, Bar of the United States Supreme Court
  • National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 40 Under 40
  • Missouri State Bar, Military Law Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, State Bar of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the District of Nevada
  • Accredited Business, “A+ Rating,” Better Business Bureau (BBB) (2017)
  • American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

**Licensed in ALL Military Courts Around the World, Licensed in the States of Nevada and Missouri, the Fifth and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

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    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 w...
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    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, just last week, my unit tried to separate me from the A...
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    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 investigato...
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    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 o...
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    “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 c...
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  • J.H.C. III Recommends Ernesto Gapasin

    “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 A...
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    “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...
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    “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 milit...
  • L.H. Recommends Ernesto Gapasin

    “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 c...
  • W.D. Recommends Ernesto Gapasin

    “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 fel...
  • R.F. Recommends Ernesto Gapasin

    “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 ...
  • E.S. Recommends Ernesto Gapasin

    “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 char...
  • P.S. Recommends Ernesto Gapasin

    “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 signat...
  • He has given me my life back and I am eternally grateful

    “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 contin...
  • He went into my case with confidence and was very aggressive

    “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 t...
  • Mr. Gapasin did not hesitate

    “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 accusa...
  • Definitely a go-getter that is dedicated to your needs

    “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.
  • His litigation skills and experience separate him by a land slide from other attorneys

    “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 c...
  • No one I would have rather had in my corner

    “During one of the hardest years of my life, there was no one I would have rather had in my corner than Ernesto Gapasin.  I was subjected to a prolonged investigation based on false accusations from an ex-wife that put me under the thumb of the military justice system.  After I had the charges pr...
  • Unending Gratitude

    “I owe my life to you . . . .”
  • Ernesto was well-prepared and dropped bombs of evidence that was previously ignored

    “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. ...

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