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More Than 20 Years Of Active Duty Military Service

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Phillip E. Stackhouse

  • Trial Lawyer
  • Owner


San Diego, CA



Mr. Stackhouse is the principal attorney of Phillip Stackhouse, Attorney representing men and women of the Armed Forces around the world. Prior to beginning his own law firm he served 22–years in the United States Marine Corps retiring in 2006.

While in the Marines, Mr. Stackhouse earned an international reputation as an aggressive, thorough, and respected trial attorney. Mr. Stackhouse has represented military men and women in some of the most high profile cases in a generation. He was the lead military attorney in arguably the highest profile war related case since Vietnam. Additionally, he was the lead military attorney in the "Romanian Rockstar" case defending a Marine accused of killing a popular Romanian musician in Romania resulting in international outrage when he was acquitted.

Mr. Stackhouse has extensive experience in representing clients in a wide variety of military and federal matters including: Murder, Homicide, and Manslaughter; Rape and Sexual Assault; Espionage; Child Pornography; Computer Crimes; Drug Distribution, Possession, and Use; Aggravated Assault and Battery, Sexual Harassment, AWOL and Unauthorized Absence; Perjury; and Fraud. Mr. Stackhouse has successfully handled criminal matters across the United States, Europe, the Far East, and the Middle East. Mr. Stackhouse travels nationally and internationally to protect his clients rights.

Additionally, Mr. Stackhouse handles administrative matters before the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals for Security Clearance matters, the Military Discharge Review Boards to upgrade discharges, the Military Boards for Correction of Military Records, and Delay and Exemption Boards to keep mobilized reservists home.

Mr. Stackhouse has tried well over 100 jury trials to verdict as both a defense attorney and prosecutor, represented hundreds of clients in resolving their case through plea agreements, and supervised the defense and prosecution of several hundred more. Mr. Stackhouse's cases are frequently high–profile cases, so he is adept at dealing with the hype of the 24-hour news cycle. Knowing how to work behind the scenes in the process, Mr. Stackhouse also understands that sometimes discretion is the path desired and, in fact, most cases end up being handled expeditiously and quietly.

Mr. Stackhouse also has worked extensively with medical professionals in defending and representing service members with service connected Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. In that regard, Mr. Stackhouse has worked closely with Members of Congress in his representation of military members returning from combat actions overseas to ensure that their rights are protected and they are not rammed out of the service, losing their life–time benefits.

Mr. Stackhouse is a frequent instructor at military, criminal, and plaintiff litigation seminars around the country.  He is an instructor at the famed Gerry Spence Trial Layers College where he teaches advanced trial skills and he teaches annually at the joint service "Advanced Trial Advocacy Courts" hosted by the Department of the Air Force.

Mr. Stackhouse was awarded several personal awards for his outstanding and meritorious service as a Marine and during his last year on active-duty, Mr. Stackhouse received the Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award given by the Judge Advocate’s Association.

Areas Of Practice

  • Military Law
  • Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime)

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 1999
  • North Carolina, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • Colorado, 2014
  • Wyoming, 2014
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2004


  • Frequent Presenter, "Defending Complex Cases", Department of the Navy
  • Trial Lawyers College Weeks 1, 2, and 3, Trial Lawyers College, Present
  • Trial Lawyers College Graduate Course I, Trial Lawyers College, Present
  • Defense of the Damned, Trial Lawyers College, Present
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy Course, USAF Judge Advocate General School, Present
  • Trial Lawyers College Regionals ALL, Trial Lawyers College, Present

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Dean's Award
  • Who's Who of American Law Students
  • Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award, Judge Advocate's Association