Wes McConnell has striven his entire legal to career to protect the rights of individuals, whether in the criminal or civil setting, representing them worldwide in criminal and employment matters. Mr. McConnell cut his teeth in the courtroom initially prosecuting numerous cases involving everything from drug distribution and theft to sexual assault and murder. He began his legal career in the United States Air Force, serving as both an installation level prosecutor and as a senior prosecutor where he was responsible for prosecuting the most serious cases and training junior attorneys, travelling the globe to do so. As a prosecutor, Mr. McConnell gained a reputation as a person of integrity who sought justice and fairness for a criminal defendant, not just the “win.”
After serving as a prosecutor, Mr. McConnell found his calling in defending military members (both officer and enlisted) in all types of adverse actions, including non-judicial punishment, administrative separations and courts-martial. Recognized for his zealous advocacy and outstanding results as a junior defense attorney, Mr. McConnell was appointed as a senior defense counsel, where he continued to defend the most serious cases, including sexual assault and murder, and training/mentoring new defense attorneys across installations in New Mexico and Arizona.
After leaving the military, Mr. McConnell immediately went into private practice, seeking to continue representing military members and Department of Defense employees in courts-martial and employment actions, including appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and the EEOC. Mr. McConnell successfully represented an employee fired for use of marijuana before the MSPB, wherein the employee was reinstated to his job and received a year of backpay. The case was the first of its kind after marijuana was legalized in Colorado and Washington. Mr. McConnell is passionate about holding the government accountable, both in criminal matters and employment matters ensuring that individuals are treated fairly and respectfully. Mr. McConnell aggressively litigates each case, seeking to find any legal method to bring about the best results for his clients.
Consider this recent recommendation by one of Mr. McConnell’s former clients:
“I was facing 11 yrs in a military court. Almost everyone on my installation and my unit were against me due to lies and rumors; no one knew the facts. I didn’t feel comfortable with my attorney given to me by the military (because of lack of experience). I called around and I was running into lawyers who wanted $100 just to talk to me and give me a quote. I had one law firm say I would need to pay $10,000 and another $10,000 before trial. I was overwhelmed with stress. Then I was referred to Wes by another law firm who I initially contacted. The first time I called him he made me feel completely comfortable. It was clear he wasn’t all about money. We met face to face at my house and talked about my case to see if he could help me. He told me he didn’t want me to waste my money if he could not help me and that is the first time I have ever heard that from a lawyer. Even though he said I had a good case, I knew right then whether he could help me or not I was going to hire him based off integrity alone. We came to agreement on cost for his services and he started right away. He questioned everyone, he never stopped even in the days leading up to my trial he continued to get more beneficial things to help me win my case. For a little over a year I called and texted him nearly everyday and he returned every single text and call. He never seemed like he was annoyed with me, he always had a great attitude. He answered my same questions over and over, giving explanations making sure I understood what was going on every step of the way. I had experts coming from different states to help. In the end, he ensured the charges were dismissed and I got to continue with my military career. My biggest regret was not calling him sooner, while I was being investigated. If you get Wes to represent you he will give you 110% and he will be doing more than what you are paying him for. He will be thinking about your case late at night texting you, calling you. He makes you feel like he is only working for you and has no other cases on his plate. He also represented me on a child custody case which came out good because he talked to me and the mother of my son so that we were able to reach an agreement without litigation because we sat in his office and talked and we are doing great still almost a year later. You will never find a better lawyer or person to represent you. I’d just like to say I can never thank him enough. I hope to never have to call him for legal troubles again. But if I do need legal representation, I will call him first without hesitation. He is one of the best lawyers I have ever met, Now I consider him a friend.” – S.C.
Mr. McConnell began his military career as an enlisted member in the United States Navy. His experiences there give him a unique perspective on the issues faced and the fears encountered by junior enlisted members when their leadership seeks to take disciplinary action against them. After leaving the U.S. Navy, Mr. McConnell attended and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2004. While in law school, he worked for the top plaintiff’s law firm in Alabama, where he developed his passion for representing those facing injustice from large corporations and governmental entities. He worked numerous cases from wrongful death of an infant to Coach Mike Price’s lawsuit against the University of Alabama, ESPN and Sports Illustrated for wrongful termination and defamation/libel.
Extensive Military Justice Experience As Former JAG.
Mr. McConnell has served in nearly every capacity within the military justice system, including: Article 32 Hearing Officer; recorder on administrative separation boards; military defense counsel; military respondent’s counsel for administrative separation boards; legal advisor for separation boards; oversight of base level military justice program; civilian defense counsel; military prosecutor; deployed staff judge advocate; advisor to commanders on commander-directed/15-6 investigations, and; investigating officer for various investigations (conscientious objector, commander-directed investigation/15-6, etc.).