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Joyce E. Peters

Of Counsel
Phone: (703) 719-9292
Toll-Free: (800) 220-8838
Fax: (703) 719-9290

Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Joyce Peters entered private practice with the law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold in Cleveland, Ohio, where she engaged in a general practice, including both business and individual legal matters. She then accepted an appointment into The Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Army, where she served for more than 22 years in a variety of important positions, including Staff Judge Advocate for both 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.

When Ms. Peters left the Army as a colonel, she moved to the U.S. Department of Justice as the Executive Assistant & Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs. She later served as Bar Counsel for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, where she was responsible for enforcing the professional conduct and ethics rules applicable to attorneys licensed in the District of Columbia.

Upon joining the law firm of Arquilla & Poe, PLC, in 2006, Ms. Peters brought a breadth of experience in both public service and private practice. Since 2006, Ms. Peters has been assisting clients with negotiations and hearings concerning divorce and family law issues; preparing wills, trusts and other documents related to estate planning; and acting as counsel for clients during IG investigations, security clearance proceedings, grade determination boards and other adverse administrative actions. Clients with issues involving uniquely military or governmental issues especially appreciate the knowledge and expertise Ms. Peters provides as a result of her diverse military and federal experience.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

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


  • 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 College, December, 1991
  • Bar Counsel Column in the Washington Lawyer, the official magazine of the D.C. Bar, May 2000 – April 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Appointed Commissioner on the Commission on Military Justice, January 2009
  • Numerous Military Medals and Awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (2), and the Meritorious Service Medal (4)
  • Inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame of Lakewood High School, Lakewood, Ohio 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

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

Past Employment Positions

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

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