Detailed Resume
Leah Linger


“MAJ Linger is the best/#1 04/MAJ JAG Officer and one of the top five legal officers I have worked with during my 35 year career.  Simply put, her maturity, skill and effectiveness exceeds that of her peers.”  MG, DIV CDR, Senior Rater 2017

“MAJ Linger has an incredible ability to effectively influence any conversation or situation because of her competence and confidence, and through the trust she has gained from her superiors.  Superb organizations skills and an extremely effective communicator, MAJ Linger understands how important her role as the Division SJA is.”  COL, DIV COS, Rater 2017

“MAJ Linger is one of the top 2 Majors I have worked with in 17 years, regardless of branch.  I could make Leah the Chief of any of our six Divisions and within a month, she would turn it into the most productive section and it would have the highest morale.  Truly exceptional performance!”  LTC, DIV DSJA, Rater 2016

“Top 5% of all officers I have worked with!  Leah’s abilities to develop and lead teams, grasp complex legal concepts, and provide courageous and understandable legal advice, set her apart from her peers.”  COL, DIV SJA, Senior Rater 2016

“[MAJ Linger] displayed unmatched courtroom expertise, superb training ability, and calm leadership.”  COL, 1st Army SJA, Senior Rater 2015

“A top 5% officer, MAJ Linger was eminently successful in the single most demanding SVP jurisdiction in the program.  [MAJ Linger] operates in an environment where she is geographically and temporally isolated, and is frequently not just the local expert, but the only go-to trial advocate for facing legally complex issues and high-profile cases.”  LTC, Chief TCAP, Rater 2104

“MAJ Linger is the best trial advocate I have seen in 24 years.  Given her ability to work flawlessly under the most challenging conditions, her remarkable efforts directly resulted in a three-fold increase in sexual assault courts-martial and better trained and prepared counsel.  She can handle the toughest jobs the JAG Corps has.  COL, SJA, Senior Rater 2014

“MAJ Linger displayed superior academic performance in International and Operational Law by finishing in the top 10% of graduate course students in this area of study.  Major Linger produced a well-researched, intellectually invigorating scholarly paper, which was selected for publication.”  COL, TJAGLCS, AER 2013

“Superb performance by a top 5% Major.  MAJ Linger provided superior leadership to the OSJA’s largest legal operation.  Leah’s stellar management of the professional delivery of essential legal services to the Fort Campbell community was of critical importance to the command.”  COL, DIV COS, Senior Rater 2012

“Exceptional performance!  Clearly within the top 1% of all Judge Advocates with whom I have served.  As the most experienced trial attorney in the office, she was my first choice in detailing the most difficult cases.  Her trial advocacy was absolutely phenomenal and resulted in almost 70% of her contested courts-martial adjudged as partial or full acquittals.”  MAJ, JA, SDC, Rater 2011

“With meticulous pre-trial preparation and courtroom savvy, [CPT Linger] consistently obtained terrific results for her clients.  An exceptional leader, outstanding attorney, and dedicated officer.”  LTC, JA, RDC, Senior Rater 2011

“With her experience and exceptional judgement, she produced favorable results for her clients with almost insurmountable odds and has developed the reputation as the counsel Soldiers seek to retain.  Her skill as a litigator is unmatched!”  MAJ, JA, SDC, Rater 2010

“[CPT Linger] is an exceptional litigator who knows how to effectively prepare and present a case.  Amazingly hard-working, Leah gave every client her absolute best effort and consistently obtained outstanding results.”  LTC, JA, RDC, Senior Rater 2010

“After 30 years of service, spotting incredible talent like CPT Leah Linger makes me excited about the future.  Highly intelligent, motivated, and dedicated….[CPT Linger provided] outstanding support to the Rule of Law Campaign Plan in Unified Quest ’09, where a very senior mentor publicly commented on her acuity and the value of her contributions.”  COL, Director TJAGLCS, Senior Rater 2009

“CPT Pettitt’s (Linger) performance as the Brigade Staff Judge Advocate has been nothing short of stellar.  Leah was hand picked to serve in a Major’s position in a brigade that provided some of the most difficult challenges in a combat environment.  CPT Pettitt (Linger) provided timely, honest, accurate, and sage counsel to the [Brigade] Commander on a myriad of subjects.”  LTC, BDE DCO, Rater 2007

“Excellent performance!  Hardworking, extremely dedicated, and meticulous, CPT Pettitt (Linger) attacked complex criminal cases head on.  Her thorough preparation and compelling advocacy skills in court consistently produced impressive results.”  LTC, Chief MJ, Rater 2006

“CPT Pettitt (Linger) continues to excel!  She is ahead of her peers in terms of her advocacy and courtroom skills, often receiving compliments from military judges and commanders.”  MAJ, Chief MJ, Rater 2004

Colleges And Universities

  • Graduated CGOSC, April 2016
  • LL.M – TJAGLCS, 61st Grad Course (2013)
  • J.D. – McGeorge School of Law (2003)
  • B.A. – California State University, Fresno (1999)

Professional Legal Experience

  • Senior Defense Counsel, 22d Legal Operations Detachment, Texas (2017-present)
  • Staff Judge Advocate, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, TX (2016-2017)
  • Chief, Federal Litigation, JBLM, WA (2015-2016)
  • Special Victim Prosecutor, Korea and Japan, (2013-2015)
  • Chief, Client Services, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY (2011-2012)
  • Trial Defense Counsel, Mississippi Valley Region, Fort Campbell, KY (2009-2011)
  • Training Support Officer, CLAMO, Charlottesville, VA (2008-2009)
  • Administrative Law Attorney, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX (2008)
  • Trial Counsel, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX (2007-2008)
  • Brigade Judge Advocate, 15th Sustainment Brigade, Taji, Iraq (2006-2007)
  • Trial Counsel, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, TX (2005-2006)
  • Command Judge Advocate, Engineer Brigade, Baghdad, Iraq (2004-2005)
  • Law Clerk, Riverside District Attorney’s Office, (Indio, CA 2003)

Awards, Decorations, And Skill Identifiers

  • Bronze Star Award
  • Meritorious Service Medal (5)
  • Army Commendation Medal (3)
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star (4)
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal (2)
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Medal (3)
  • Comat Action Badge
  • 3M-Senior Military Justice Practitioner
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