Fort Bragg, North Carolina – Military Lawyer

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The Law Office of Will M. Helixon prides itself in assembling an “all-star” team of military lawyers to defend you at Fort Bragg and in the Fayetteville area.  Together, this team has over a century of military law experience handling some of the most high-profile cases the military has seen.  Led by Will M. Helixon, with 18-years of service on active duty as a military lawyer and currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, this team consists of the following “top-flight” military lawyers and legal professionals:

  • Jessica Linney, military lawyer, former Captain, U.S. Army
  • Jon S. Jackson, military lawyer, retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
  • Leah Linger, military lawyer, former active duty Major and current Reservist, U.S. Army
  • Jon M. Stanfield, military lawyer, former Major, U.S. Army
  • Andrea Thueme, military lawyer, former Captain, U.S. Army
  • Thomas Hurley, military lawyer, retired Major, U.S. Army
  • Theodore Houdek, military lawyer, former Major, U.S. Army
  • Connie Fassler, Retired Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army (Senior Paralegal)
From Left to Right - Jon Jackson, Connie Fassler, Theodore Houdek, Leah Linger, Will M. Helixon, Jessica Linney, Jon Stanfield, Andrea Thueme, Thomas Hurley
From Left to Right – Jon Jackson, Connie Fassler, Theodore Houdek, Leah Linger, Will M. Helixon, Jessica Linney, Jon Stanfield, Andrea Thueme, Thomas Hurley

Our military lawyers and defense team are ready to review your case and discuss your best defenses with you today.

Fort Bragg’s Namesake 

General Braxton Bragg. United States, None. [Photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2001695009/.
General Braxton Bragg, CSA. The United States, None. [Photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2001695009/.
Fort Bragg is named in honor of General Braxton Bragg.  Although the official Fort Bragg website says it is named for him based upon his accomplishments in the Mexican-American War, Braxton Bragg is better known for his service as a General for the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.  General Bragg was born in Warrenton, North Carolina, on March 22, 1817.  He attended the USMA and graduated in 1937, and served in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican-American War before resigning in 1855 and settling on a Louisana sugar plantation with his wealthy wife whom he married six years earlier.

When the Civil War erupted, Bragg was serving as a colonel in the Louisiana militia. He was promoted to major general and help raise the Louisiana’s army.  He later transferred to the Confederate Army as a brigadier general and was ultimately promoted to the rank of General.  General Bragg participated in several Civil War campaigns and battles, including the Battle of Shiloh, the Battle of Perryville, the Battle of Stones River, the Battle of Chickamauga, the Battle of Lookout Mountain, the Battle of Missionary Ridge, the Second Battle of Fort Fisher and the Battle of Bentonville, where he was captured by Union forces in May 1865.  After the Civil War, General Bragg held various engineering jobs before becoming the chief railroad inspector in Texas.  In 1876 he died in Galveston.  He was 59 years old at the time of his death.

General Braxton Bragg, CSA, in Western Carolina on the French Broad River between Asheville and the Tennessee line. Morgan, R., photographer. Group at Paint Rock - Gen'l Braxton Bragg / by Rufus Morgan. North Carolina Paint Rock United States, None. [Morganton, n.c.: Rufus Morgan between 1870 and 1880] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015649039/.
General Braxton Bragg, CSA, in Western Carolina on the French Broad River between Asheville and the Tennessee line. Morgan, R., photographer. A group at Paint Rock – Gen’l Braxton Bragg / by Rufus Morgan. North Carolina Paint Rock United States, None. [Morganton, n.c.: Rufus Morgan between 1870 and 1880] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015649039/.

Military Lawyer Representing Soldiers at Fort Bragg

First, each military lawyer at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon knows how frightening it can be to face the problems and hesitations that come with every military legal matter.  Our goal is to make the military legal process as transparent as possible for you. Our firm dedicates a part of our practice to helping clients throughout the Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville area. From court-martial and hearings to medical de-credentialing boards to reprimand rebuttals, each military lawyer at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon is ready to help.  Whatever military law challenges you may be facing, know that they are no challenge for our team here at Law Office of Will M. Helixon.

Attorney Will M. Helixon arguing to the military judge that the actions of the convening authority were unlawful command influence, and the case should be dismissed as a result in United States v. Robert B. (Bowe) Bergdahl.
Attorney Will M. Helixon arguing to the military judge that the actions of the convening authority were unlawful command influence, and the case should be dismissed as a result in United States v. Robert B. (Bowe) Bergdahl.

Second, no matter what military law issues or what violations of the UCMJ you face in the Fort Bragg and/or in the Fayetteville area courts, our military law and criminal law services can help you through this tough time in your life. We provide you professional, detailed, and focused legal advice for your case.  We charge each military lawyer with the standard of providing you with excellent legal representation.  Together, our military lawyers have over 108 years of experience of encouraging military clients to succeed. Our team at Law Office of Will M. Helixon is confident that our dedication and legal skills can help you with your military law case in the Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville area.

Fort Bragg Cases

Importantly, our team at Law Office of Will M. Helixon stands as one of the leading law firms in providing guidance on military law matters for the Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville area. At the Law Office of Will M. Helixon, each military lawyer focuses on helping you navigate the circumstances of your military law issues with the responsiveness and compassion you deserve.

The Southeast Regional Headquarters, U.S. Army, United States Trial Defense Service, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Our military lawyers work cooperatively with your detailed counsel to provide the best defense possible on your case.
The Southeast Regional Headquarters, U.S. Army, United States Trial Defense Service, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Our military lawyers work cooperatively with your detailed counsel to provide the best defense possible on your case.

The military lawyers and court-martial defense lawyers at our firm have over 36-years of combined experience serving as detailed military lawyers while on active duty, as defense counsel, senior defense counsel, advocacy trainers at the U.S. Army Defense Counsel Assistance Program (DCAP), and defense counsel at the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel, Office of the Military Commissions, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  With every military lawyer in our firm formerly serving as a detailed defense counsel, we know the strengths and weaknesses of military defense lawyers.  We know the advantages and limitations of the military defense organizations.  We know how to work with your detailed military lawyer as a team, not sideline them.  Our military lawyers are uniquely qualified to leverage your detailed military lawyer at Fort Bragg to create a formidable defense team — a team to defend you against questionable charges by an overzealous Government.

The main courthouse, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The main courthouse, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Furthermore, in addition to multiple military lawyers with personal connections to Fort Bragg, our firm represents or has formerly represented Soldiers there and in the Fayetteville area.  We have advised and defended clients on matters at Fort Bragg including the wrongful use of marijuana, inappropriate relationships, desertion, misbehavior before the enemy, violation of lawful orders, domestic violence and sexual assault.  These matters have included representation at courts-martial, administrative separations, military investigations and other adverse administrative matters.  The military lawyers at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon are fully licensed to represent the Soldiers at Fort Bragg and in the Fayetteville area in all military trial and appellate courts.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, second from left, and some of his attorneys (lead counsel Eugene Fidell on left and assistant civilian defense counsel, Will M. Helixon second from right) arrive the courthouse Monday, Aug 22, 2016, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Attorneys for Bergdahl are scheduled to argue Tuesday that decision-makers with power over the soldier's prosecution were improperly swayed by negative comments from U.S. Sen. John McCain.<br /> (Raul R. Rubiera/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, second from left, and some of his attorneys (lead counsel Eugene Fidell on left and assistant civilian defense counsel, Will M. Helixon second from right) arrive the courthouse Monday, Aug 22, 2016, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Attorneys for Bergdahl are scheduled to argue Tuesday that decision-makers with power over the soldier’s prosecution were improperly swayed by negative comments from U.S. Sen. John McCain. (Raul R. Rubiera/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

The Law Office of Will M. Helixon’s dedication to serving those on Fort Bragg lead the firm to hire Jessica Linney, Esq. as an Of Counsel with the mission to focus on Fort Bragg clients and clients at military installations throughout the Southeastern United States.  Jessica Linney is an experienced military litigator who formerly routinely tried cases against Will Helixon from 2010 to 2014 when he was a Special Victim Prosecutor and she was a Trial Defense Attorney in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck, Germany.

Experienced litigator and MEB/PEB attorney Jessica Linney is the Law Office of Will M. Helixon's local counsel at Fort Bragg.
Experienced litigator and MEB/PEB attorney Jessica Linney is the Law Office of Will M. Helixon’s local counsel at Fort Bragg.

 

Understanding the many implications of military legal justice actions, we know it is important to react swiftly to any legal issues by consulting with a knowledgeable attorney. Our firm’s background in the military service will help you understand your options and next steps during a challenging time. If you’re facing actions as a result of your time at Fort Bragg or in the Fayetteville area, you need advice you can trust.  With over 108 years of combined military practice, we are confident that each military lawyer at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon is uniquely qualified to represent you in any of a variety of military cases. If you need a highly-capable military lawyer in the Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville area, call us today toll-free at (844) 435-4966.

Origins of Fort Bragg

Rothstein, A., photographer. (1942) Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Parachutist in a military demonstration. Cumberland County Fort Bragg North Carolina United States, 1942. Sept. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://lccn.loc.gov/2017837271.
Rothstein, A., photographer. (1942) Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Parachutist in a military demonstration. Cumberland County Fort Bragg North Carolina United States, 1942. Sept. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://lccn.loc.gov/2017837271.
Established in 1918, Fort Bragg in North Carolina is one of the biggest U.S. Army installations around the globe. The base encompasses four counties: Moore, Harnett, Cumberland, and Hoke.  Originally established to serve as an artillery training ground, the post was nearly closed after World War I. In 1940, 5400 individuals were stationed at Fort Bragg, but that number grew to 67,000 one year later. During World War II, up to 159,000 individuals were stationed there at one time.

Rothstein, A., photographer. (1942) Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 41st Engineers on the march. Cumberland County Fort Bragg North Carolina, 1942. Mar. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/owi2001002792/PP/.
Rothstein, A., photographer. (1942) Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 41st Engineers on the march. Cumberland County Fort Bragg North Carolina, 1942. Mar. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/owi2001002792/PP/.

Fort Bragg Today

Today, Fort Bragg is home to more than 52,000 active duty Soldiers and more than 12,000 Reserve Component Soldiers. With the thousands of civilian employees, contractors, and active duty family members, Fort Bragg is one of the largest military bases in the world.

Fort Bragg is also the home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces.  Current units at Fort Bragg include the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps (18th Airborne Corps), U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, (USASOC).  Below are the current units at Fort Bragg:

Fort Bragg Surrounding Area: Fayetteville

Fayetteville, North Carolina, is the county seat of Cumberland County, and approximately 65 miles south of Raleigh (about a 1-hour and 10-minute drive).  Established in 1783, Fayetteville was the consolidation of two settlements on the Cape Fear River; Cross Creek (est. 1756) and Campbelltown (est. 1762).  Named after Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman and a Revolutionary War hero, Fayetteville served as North Carolina’s first capital, and is the location where the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

Designed by acclaimed architect Harry Barton, the Cumberland County Courthouse is a historic courthouse building, constructed in 1925-1926. It is located in Fayetteville, Cumberland County.
Designed by acclaimed architect Harry Barton, the Cumberland County Courthouse is a historic courthouse building, constructed in 1925-1926. It is located in Fayetteville, Cumberland County.

Today, Fayetteville is the home of Fort Bragg.  With a population of nearly 205,000, it ranks as the 110th largest city in the United States.  Home to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum and the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial, Fayetteville offers a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, and fishing.  Near Fayetteville is Campbell University with about 6,500 students.

The Market House, formerly known as the State House, is where North Carolina chartered the University of North Carolina and ratified the U.S. Constitution.
The Market House, formerly known as the State House, is where North Carolina chartered the University of North Carolina and ratified the U.S. Constitution.

Closest Major City to Fort Bragg: Raleigh, Durham, and Wilmington

Raleigh, North Carolina

Sixty-five miles (65) north of Fayetteville, Raleigh was established in 1792 for the purpose of serving as the capital of North Carolina.  Today, it is the Nation’s 41st most populous city with over 458,000 residents.

Panoramic view of the skyline of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Panoramic view of the skyline of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Raleigh offers many cultural attractions including the Carolina Ballet, the NC Theatre, and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Sports fans will enjoy the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, the Class A minor league baseball Carolina Mudcats (Milwaukee Brewers), and the 2018 expansion of the United Soccer League with the play of the North Carolina FC. Raleigh is also the home to several colleges and universities including North Carolina State University (student population of nearly 34,000 students), Meredith College (student population of nearly 1,700), Shaw University (student population of over 1,700), and Saint Augustine University (student population of about 1,500).

Designed by the architectural firm of Ithiel Town and Alexander Jackson Davis, the construction of the North Carolina Capitol was overseen by David Paton (1801-1882), an Edinburgh-born architect, and completed in1840 at a total cost of $532,682.34.

Durham, North Carolina

Eighty (80) miles North of Fayetteville, Durham is believed to have its origins as a Native American village called Adshusheer, through which the Great Indian Trading Path traveled.  By the 1700’s, European settlers began to occupy the lands around Durham.  In 1849, Dr. Bartlett Durham, provided land for a railroad station, and later the city was named in his honor.

Skyline of Durham, North Carolina.

With a rich history of early manufacturing and tobacco, Durham has a rich history in advancement of Civil Rights for African Americans.  Today, Durham is our Nation’s 78th largest city based on population with over 263,000 residents.  Tipping its hat to history, Durham’s historic district offers many dining and shopping options.  The Eno River State Park and the Little River Regional Park & Natural Area offers natural beauty, and sports fans can enjoy the historic Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) Triple-A minor league baseball team.  A higher education Mecca, Durham offers Duke University (nearly 15,000 students, the University of North Carolina (over 29,000 students), and North Carolina Central University (over 8,000 students) as local universities.

The Duke Chapel, first used for Commencement in 1932, inspired by English Gothic style, was formally dedicated on June 2, 1935.
The Duke Chapel, first used for Commencement in 1932, inspired by English Gothic style, was formally dedicated on June 2, 1935.

Wilmington, North Carolina

About 100-miles southeast of Fayetteville, Wilmington is a coastal city on the Atlantic Ocean.  Founded in 1739, Wilmington’s earliest settlers were from regions of Barbados and South Carolina.   It served as a crucial commercial port enabling the colonists to rebel against the British Government.  During the Civil War, Wilmington was the last Confederate port to remain open to trade.

Waterfront view of historic Wilmington, North Carolina.
Waterfront view of historic Wilmington, North Carolina.

Today, Wilmington is the 235th largest city in the United States with a population of over 117,000, and is a frequent tourist destination.  It offers spectacular views and inspiring gardens.   An active downtown, Wilmington is home to the Wilmington Ballet Company, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Fear Community College Wilson Hall and the historic Thalian Hall.  Offering glimpses into its history with the Cape Fear Museum and the battleship U.S.S. North Carolina, Wilmington is home to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, serving over 15,000 students.

Other Military Facilities Near Fort Bragg

There are three military installations within 150 miles from Fort Bragg.  The closest military installation to Fort Bragg is Seymour Johnson Air Force Base located in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is home to the 4th Fighter Wing operating the F-15E Strike Eagle.  Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is about an hour and a half drive (70 miles) east of Fort Bragg.  Marine Corps Air Station MCAS New River is slightly over a two-hour drive (120 miles) east by southeast of Fort Bragg.  Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, home to over 137,526 marines, sailors, retirees, their families, and civilian employees, is about a two and a half hour drive (126 miles) east by southeast of Fort Bragg.

Background of The Law Office of Will M. Helixon

Will M. Helixon began the Law Office of Will M. Helixon in February of 2016.  Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, the firm’s original undertaking was to defend members of the military in courts-martial, adverse administrative proceedings and other criminal proceedings. Today, the firm’s members and military lawyers have worked as technical and legal advisors in multiple complex and high-profile military cases in their over 108 years of combined military law experience. The firm now handles most military matters, including medical issues involving the MEB/PEB process, business and securities law, trusts and estate planning, and family law including juvenile matters, adoption, and guardianship issues.  In addition to Kansas City, the firm has lawyers at Fort Hood, Fort Bragg, Fort Leavenworth, and in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

FT. BRAGG, NC - JULY 7: U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bowdrie 'Bowe' Bergdahl, 30 of Hailey, Idaho, arrives at the Ft. Bragg military courthouse with his military and civilian legal counsel (Eugene Fidell and Will M. Helixon) for a pretrial military hearing on July 7, 2016, in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Bergdahl faces charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in 2009, which landed him five years in Taliban captivity. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
FT. BRAGG, NC – JULY 7: U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bowdrie ‘Bowe’ Bergdahl, 30 of Hailey, Idaho, arrives at the Ft. Bragg military courthouse with his military and civilian legal counsel (Eugene Fidell and Will M. Helixon) for a pretrial military hearing on July 7, 2016, in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Bergdahl faces charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in 2009, which landed him five years in Taliban captivity. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

All military lawyers and of counsel at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon maintain licenses to practice before all military trial courts.  Further, they hold state licenses in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Maryland, Colorado and the District of Columbia.

Law Office of Will M. Helixon, 435 Nichols Road, Kansas City, KS 64112

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