Ross’ practice focuses on personal injury and military law, specifically, court-martial defense. Ross is a trial lawyer who litigated dozens of courts-martial in the Air Force JAG Corps, and he also worked full-time as an investigator in the civilian world. Ross’ unique skill set enables him to dive into the facts of a case and hunt for the next key piece of evidence, which may turn out to be the difference in court.
Ross served on active duty in the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for five assignments, attaining the rank of Major. Ross was assigned at base legal offices in South Carolina, Alaska, and Colorado. During those assignments, Ross prosecuted courts-martial while also advising base leadership on compliance and personnel issues, adjudicating claims (torts), and providing legal aid to the base populace.
After the aforementioned assignments, Ross was competitively-selected as a base-level (area) defense counsel. In that role, Ross represented servicemembers facing criminal investigations and court-martial prosecution, as well as a litany of other adverse personnel actions.
After serving at the base level as a defense counsel, Ross was competitively-selected again to serve as a senior (circuit) defense counsel. In that role, Ross served as a lead defense attorney representing servicemembers accused of some of the military’s most serious crimes, including cases involving drug offenses, sex offenses, and murder. Ross was also responsible for managing defense services and supervising defense attorneys and paralegals at several different bases.
After honorably separating from the Air Force, Ross worked full-time as an investigator—first with a state agency, followed by a state university. Ross’ investigations pertained primarily to civil rights, discrimination, and other matters that were frequently the subject of civil litigation. Missing the courtroom dearly, Ross then brought his unique skill set to Cronauer Law’s Texas office.
Ross earned his Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. During law school, Ross graduated in the top-ten percent of his class, in addition to being a member of the Honors Program and Law Review. Ross also completed a one-year clerkship at the Lake County (Indiana) Public Defender’s Office, which introduced him to his love of the courtroom.
- Western District of Texas
- Eastern District of Texas
- Northern District of Illinois
- Northern District of Indiana
- Southern District of Indiana
- Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
- Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces
- Personal injury
- Car crashes
- Trucking accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Auto defect / recalls
- Product liability
- Disability rights law: abuse / neglect
- Court-martial defense
- Article 15 / nonjudicial punishment responses
- Responses to administrative actions / separations
- USERRA and veteran discrimination