Jeffrey R. Liebenguth is an associate attorney at Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC.
Bilecki & Tipon is a Honolulu, Hawaii based law firm which primarily defends US Military service members facing criminal charges, adverse administrative actions, and criminal appeals under the UCMJ. As an associate attorney, he focuses on court-martial appeals and defending service members facing adverse administrative actions. Mr. Liebenguth routinely drafts rebuttal matters to General Officer Letters of Reprimand (GOMORs), Non-Punitive Letters of Reprimand (NPLOCs), non-judicial punishment, AR 15-6 investigations, preliminary investigations, command directed investigations, EO/EEO complaints, SHARP and SAPR investigations, administrative separation board letters of deficiency, as well as BCNR and ABCMR petitions. Mr. Liebenguth also assists the firm’s partners in researching and drafting motions involving complex criminal litigation.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Amherst College, a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law and received a Master’s Degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps University Resident Command & Staff College. Mr. Liebenguth is a retired Marine Corps Judge Advocate and former enlisted member of the United States Coast Guard. In 2003, he deployed with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines – “Island Warriors” – to Haditha, Iraq, with a follow-on assignment at the Pentagon. He has taught military law at the United State Naval Academy and spoken at military criminal law conferences in California and Washington, D.C. He has been accepted for publication on a wide range of military topics, including alcohol-related sexual assault and the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act. In his 15 years of practicing law, Mr. Liebenguth has litigated military criminal cases from every perspective possible: as a senior defense counsel, as an appellate defense counsel, and as a prosecutor in a Marine Corps’ Complex Trial Team. In particular, he has prosecuted and defended felony level courts-martial cases involving murder, attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, assault and battery, burglary, child endangerment, fraud, and drug use, possession, and distribution. As an appellate defense counsel, he successfully petitioned the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals for oral argument in a remarkable 17 cases, including:
Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (C.A.A.F.)
- United States v. Stewart, 71 M.J. 38 (C.A.A.F. 2012)
- United States v. Hayes, 70 M.J. 454 (C.A.A.F. 2012)
- United States v. Bradley, 71 M.J. 13 (C.A.A.F. 2012)
- United States v. Norwood, 71 M.J. 204 (C.A.A.F. 2012)
- United States v. Watson, 71 M.J. 54 (C.A.A.F. 2012)
- United States v. Fosler, 70 M.J. 225 (C.A.A.F. 2011)
- United States v. Sullivan, 70 M.J. 110 (C.A.A.F. 2011)
Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (N-M. Ct. Crim. App.)
- United States v. Parker, 71 M.J. 594 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2012) (Capital-Murder Case)
- United States v. McGuire, 2012 CCA LEXIS 458 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2012)
- United States v. Warren, 71 M.J. 505 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2012)
- United States v. Hackler, 70 M.J. 624 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2011)
- United States v. Fosler, 69 M.J. 669 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2010)
- United States v. Hayes, 2010 CCA LEXIS 364 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2010)
- United States v. Saxman, 2010 CCA LEXIS 68 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2010)
- United States v. Soucie, 2010 CCA LEXIS 703 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2010)
- United States v. Warner, 2010 CCA LEXIS 55 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2010)
- United States v. Wood, 2010 CCA LEXIS 24 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2010)
In 2011, Mr. Liebenguth was recognized as the “Silver C.A.A.F. Tongue” award winner for arguing more cases before the military appellate courts than any other appellate defense counsel that year. He was also a 2010 nominee for the Office of the Judge Advocate General Headquarters Legal Excellence Award for Military Justice. Mr. Liebenguth is licensed to practice law in Hawaii, Washington DC, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, and in all military courts. He is married with two children and in his spare time enjoys reading, writing and spending time with his family.