News: Navy Senior Officers Vote 3-0 to Retain C&J Client Lt. David Nartker
// Apr 24, 2017
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, a three member separation panel for the United States Navy voted unanimously to retain C&J client Lieutenant David Nartker, rejecting recommendations from commanders to discharge Lt. Nartker from the Navy. Lt. Nartker had been under investigation by the Navy following an incident in January 2016 when he and ten other sailors under his command, who were transiting over 260 miles through the Persian Gulf, unknowingly strayed into Iranian waters. Following an investigation, the Navy sought to take certain steps to punish Lt. Nartker, including criminal punishment, as well as discharge from the Navy. Lt. Nartker's counsel, led by C&J attorney Phillip E. Lowry, demanded court martial rather than to allow the criminal charges against Lt. Nartker to proceed. In response, the Navy amended its charges against Lt. Nartker, and Lt. Nartker agreed to proceed to nonjudicial punishment on three of the original 12 charges against him.
The punishment imposed on Lt. Nartker set the scene for a two-day hearing in front of a three-officer separation panel in San Diego, California to determine whether Lt. Nartker would be allowed to remain in the Navy. At the hearing, Lt. Nartker was represented by Mr. Lowry, Navy counsel Lt. Allan Thorson, and C&J associate Bryson Brown. Following the two-day hearing, where the three-officer panel focused mostly on the 780-page report the Navy had prepared, the three-officer panel voted 3-0 to retain Lt. Nartker.
In an interview with Foreign Policy magazine, Mr. Lowry said, "It’s an exoneration by the rank and file of the Navy. His peers have looked at this, and they have decided that this doesn't warrant separation, they want to keep him as a colleague." When asked about Lt. Nartker's future, Mr. Lowry told the Navy Times that, "We don’t know how he’ll be reassigned or when — the Navy personnel machine has to figure that out — but essentially the flag will be removed and he’ll continue on with his career."
To read more about Lt. Nartker's story, as well as the tremendous efforts set forth by C&J attorneys Phil Lowry and Bryson Brown, read here and here.
Steve Kelson's research on violence against attorneys cited by ABA Journal
// Aug 31, 2018
The recent ABA Journal features Steve Kelson in an article discussing violence against attorneys. Steve has reviewed nearly 12,0000 surveys from 27 states all on his own time to help the ABA compile national numbers. This recognition of his work is well deserved.
7 Attorneys from C&J selected for 25th edition of 'The Best Lawyers in America'
// Aug 15, 2018
The Best Lawyers 2019 edition was released today and 7 attorneys from Chistensen & Jensen were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America publication. Geoff Haslam was also named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for his work in Insurance Law.