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Alfred F. Arquilla

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Alexandria, Virginia

Following completion of law school, Mr. Arquilla served in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office as an Assistant State's Attorney, representing the State of Illinois handling felony arraignments and other pretrial proceedings before the Chief Judge of the Cook County Criminal Court. Thereafter, Mr. Arquilla served on active duty in the United States Army as a judge advocate officer for a period of 26 years, rising through the ranks to the grade of colonel. While in the Army, Mr. Arquilla served in a variety of important legal positions in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, including five years as a military trial judge in Europe and in the United States, judge on the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, staff judge advocate in South Korea, chief of the Army Legal Assistance Program, and chief of the Army Government Appellate Division. Following military service, Mr. Arquilla entered the private practice of law serving the legal needs of clients in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The law firm of Arquilla & Associates, of which he is the sole owner, has been in continuous operation since 1997. Since 1991, Mr. Arquilla has served in various capacities with the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP), first as the Army military liaison to the Committee, later as a voting member of the Committee, and most recently as a liaison from the Commonwealth of Virginia to the Committee. Mr. Arquilla also is a member of the Military Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, and served as the Chair of this Section for a period of two years from 2001-2003.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Government and Military Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury--Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1996
  • Maryland, 1981
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • Illinois, 1971
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1971
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1971
  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1971
  • U.S. Army War College - 1991
  • Armed Forces Staff College - 1985
  • Judge Advocate Graduate Course - 1977
  • University of Illinois , Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
    • B.A. - 1968

Published Works

  • Wrote the Fully Revised Army Regulation 27-3, The Army Legal Assistance Regulation, 1992, and Army Regulation 608-99, Family Support, Child Custody, and Paternity, 1995. Also Wrote Significant Portions of the Army Regulation 608-18 on the Army Family Advocacy Program, 1984. Wrote Numerous Articles Published in the Military Law Review and in the Army Lawyer, and Other Publications, on Military Justice and Legal Assistance, including the following:
  • Area Court-Martial Jurisdiction in Korea, ARMY LAW., Mar. 1985, at 29.
  • Changes in Army Policy on Financial Nonsupport and Parental Kidnapping, ARMY LAW., June 1987, at 18.
  • Crime in the Home , ARMY LAW., Apr. 1988, at 3.
  • The New Army Legal Assistance Regulation, ARMY LAW., May 1993 at 3.
  • Family Support, Child Custody, and Paternity, 112 MIL. L. REV. 18 (1986).
  • The Survey of Soldiers on Legal Assistance, ARMY LAW., June 1994 at 44.
  • Army Legal Assistance: Update. Initiatives, and Future Challenges, ARMY LAW., Dec. 1995 at 3.


  • As guest speaker, presented numerous classes on military justice, trial and appellate advocacy, and legal assistance at the Army Judge Advocate Generals School in Charlottesville, Virginia and at various U.S. military bases in the United States and Europe. As a guest speaker, also spoke before the Arlington County Bar Association in Virginia on the enforcement of court orders in the military, in Marco Island, Florida to a national meeting of child support enforcement personnel on the enforcement of child support court orders in the military, and in San Antonio, Texas on law enforcement issues at numerous military family advocacy conferences.

Honors and Awards

  • Numerous Military Awards, including the Legion of Merit (2) and Meritorious Service Medal (4)
  • American Bar Association Legal Assistance Distinguished Service Award, 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Judge Advocates Association, 2002 - Present
  • Retired Judge Advocates Association (RAJA), 1997 - Present
  • Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), 1997 - Present
  • Fairfax County Bar Association, 1997 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar Association, 1997 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, 1981 - Present
  • Illinois Bar Association, 1971 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 1971 - Present
  • The National Italian American Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army, Colonel, Judge Advocate, 1971 - 1997
  • Cook County State's Attorney Office, Chicago, Assistant State's Attorney, 1970 - 1971


  • Sigma Phi Epsilon

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Office Location

Law Office of Arquilla & Associates, PLC
6078 Franconia Road, Suite D
Alexandria, VA 22310
Phone: 703-544-7377
Toll Free: 800-220-8838
Fax: 703-719-9290
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