Military Lawyer, Jon Jackson, Joins the Law Office of Will M. Helixon

Jon Jackson looks on during an advocacy exercise.

Kansas City, Missouri, November 1, 2017 – The Law Office of Will M. Helixon announced today that former United States Army Judge Advocate and veteran military lawyer and litigator Jon S. Jackson has joined the firm.  Jon will open the Colorado office in Fort Collins and lead the litigation practice section.  Currently the court-martial defense firm represents military clients worldwide, and civilian criminal defense clients in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.  Soon, the firm will represent criminal defense clients in Colorado and Wyoming.

“I have known Jon for fifteen years, and he is one of the most accomplished litigators and trial advocates I have ever met” said Will M. Helixon, the firm’s founder.  “Jon will make an immediate impact in our litigation section, enabling us to bring more firepower to the table and defend more servicemembers in courts-martial.”

A Remarkable Military Lawyer

A graduate of the University of Memphis College of Law, Jon has been a judge advocate for the past 21 years.   Jon has served as both a prosecutor and defense counsel, and was training officer at the U.S. Army Defense Counsel Assistance Program (DCAP), the organization responsible for training and assisting detailed Army defense counsel worldwide.  Jon has been involved in some of the Army’s most difficult and high-profile cases including the Pat Tillman investigation, the Walter Reed Neglect Scandal, and the defense of Lieutenant Colonel William Steele charged with aiding the enemy in Iraq.

Defense Counsel at GITMO

Jon is best known for his over nine years of work in the Office of the Defense Counsel, Office of the Military Commissions, where he represented several detainees, including Majid Kahn, Omar Khadr, and co-conspirator of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks Mustafa Ahmed Al-Hawsawi.

Military lawyer and litigator Jon Jackson defending client before the Military Commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Military lawyer and litigator Jon Jackson defending client before the Military Commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“It is not often you get both a world-class trial lawyer and advocacy trainer as part of your team,” said Jon Stanfield, partner and Director of the Business Affairs Section, referring to Jackson’s time as a professor of law at The Judge Advocate General’s School and service as an advocacy training officer with DCAP.

“I’m excited to join such an elite group of trial lawyers,” Jackson said, “and cannot wait to start trying cases as a civilian.”  Jon retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel effective today.

Military lawyer and former Deputy Chief of Office of Defense Counsel for Military Commissions Jon Jackson give a lecture in 2015 on torture during Ted Talks series in Memphis
Military lawyer and former Deputy Chief of Office of Defense Counsel for Military Commissions Jon Jackson give a lecture in 2015 on torture during Ted Talks series in Memphis

While serving as the Deputy of the Chief Defense Counsel at the Office of the Military Commissions, Jon was invited to deliver a TEDx Talks in Memphis in September 2015 on the topic, “When is Torture Justified?”  The Law Office of Will M. Helixon proudly welcomes Jon to the firm.

Background of The Law Office of Will M. Helixon

The Law Office of Will M. Helixon was established in 2016, and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. It was established to defend members of the military in courts-martial, adverse administrative proceedings and other criminal proceedings. The firm’s members have handled 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 being licensed in all military courts, the firm’s members and of counsel are licensed in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Media Contact: Ms. Melissa McCoy-Titterington, Phone (913) 205-9976.

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