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Joyce E. Peters

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Of Counsel
Alexandria, Virginia

Admitted to the practice of law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Ohio, and California (inactive), and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Ms. Peters served on active duty in the U.S. Army for more than 22 years in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in a variety of important positions, including staff judge advocate at Fort Lee, Virginia, and Fort Lewis, Washington; chief litigation counsel for military personnel matters in the Office of The Judge Advocate General; chief legislative counsel in the Office of the Secretary of the Army; and Senior Military Assistant & Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army.  Before her military service, Ms. Peters was in private practice with the law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold in Cleveland, Ohio.  Following military service, she was the Executive Assistant & Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, U. S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., and later was Bar Counsel for the District of Columbia serving the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  Ms. Peters graduated from Harvard University and earned her Juris Doctorate (law) degree from the University of Michigan Law School.  She also earned a Master in Business Administration from the University of Richmond.  Her practice includes family law; wills, trusts, and estate planning and administration; military law; and government security clearance determinations.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Government and Military Law

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio
  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D.
  • University of Richmond , Richmond, Virginia
    • M.B.A.
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • B.A.
    • Major: Economics
  • National War College - 1992
  • Armed Forces Staff College - 1984
  • Judge Advocate General's School Graduate Course - 1977

Published Works

  • Planning for Proliferation: Rethinking U.S. Military Strategy, National War Coll., September, 2005
  • The ABC's of the Appointment Process: Advice, Bureaucratic Politics and Consent, National War Coll., December, 1991
  • Bar Counsel Column in the Washington Lawyer, the official magazine of the D.C. Bar, May 2000 through April 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Appointed Commissioner on the Commission on Military Justice, Jan. 2009, est. by the Nat'l Institute of Mil. Justice and the Mil. Justice Committee of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit (2)
  • Inductee of Lakewood High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame 2008
  • Numerous distinguished writing awards at Armed Forces Staff College and National War College
  • Distinguished Military Graduate in 1977, 1984 and 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Fairfax County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Bar Counsel for the District of Columbia
  • Calfee, Halter & Griswold in Cleveland, Ohio

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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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