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Brenner M. Fissell

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1629 K St NW #300
Washington, D.C. 20006

Of Counsel means that the lawyer is an independent contractor who provides legal services in support of Cave & Freeburg, LLP, in support of our clients.

Professor Fissell teaches law at al Villanova Univ., Pennsylvania. (Credentials)

Professor Fissell acts as co-counsel, advisor, and advocate in courts-martial appeals, and with Presidential Pardons.

Currently he is co-counsel in an appeal at the Army Court of Criminal Appeals and in a petition for writ of certiorari at the U.S. Supreme Court for an Air Force client. This support is in addtion two prior Army appeals. He is admitted to practice at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the Army Court, and the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals.

Professor Frissell is also able to assist with non-military pardons. Recently he was successful in obtaining a pardon from Governor Huchel from the state of New York for a client.

In addition, he is the Vice President of the National Institute of Military Justice. Along with Mr. Cave, he has authored or co-authored amicus petitions before various courts of criminal appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), and the United States Supreme Court.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2013

M.Phil., University of Cambridge
(Political Thought & Intellectual History), First Class Honors, 2010

B.A., Georgetown University
summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2009

Academic Appointments
  • Villanova University (2022—Present) Associate Professor of Law. Courses taught: Torts, state & local government, military law, national security law
  • Hofstra University (2018—2022) Associate Professor of Law. Courses taught: Torts, criminal law, criminal procedure, legal ethics.
Legal Experience
  • Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions, U.S. Dept. of Defense (2017—2018) Appellate Defense Counsel
  • Paul Hastings LLP, Washington D.C. Office (2015—2017)
  • Associate Chief Judge Scott Stucky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (2014—2015) Law Clerk
  • Judge Jerome Farris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2013—2014) Law Clerk.
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