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David Coombs (lawyer)

David E. Coombs
Coombs on November 3, 2009
Born David Edward Coombs
(1969-07-06)July 6, 1969
Boise, Idaho, United States

David Edward Coombs is a United States military defense counsel notable for his role in several high-profile cases.

Coombs spent twelve years on active duty service with the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. During this time, he was an acting chief of military justice, senior capital defense counsel, and judicial advisor for the Iraqi Central Criminal Court, and was certified as a military judge.

He was professor of law at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS) in Charlottesville, Virginia during 2006–2009, and in 2007 he was a co-supervisor in the University of Virginia Law Extramural (Moot Court) Advocacy Team.[1] Since his promotion to lieutenant colonel, he continues to teach trial advocacy and criminal law at TJAGLCS as a reserve officer.[2] Coombs is also an adjunct law professor of trial advocacy at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island.[3]

From 2003 to 2005, he served as one of four defense counsel[4] in the United States v. Sergeant Hasan Akbar case, a matter which received wide coverage.[5][6][7][8]

In 2009, Coombs left active duty service, and now runs a private practice specializing in defending members of the United States Army.[9] Since 2010, he has been representing Chelsea Manning, previously known as US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning,[10] who was charged and convicted of improper release of classified information to Wikileaks.[11]


  • “Uncharged Misconduct – The Edge is Never Dull”, The Army Lawyer, May 2007
  • Dictionary of Common Evidentiary Issues, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS), 2007, 2008
  • Advanced Evidence Deskbook, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS) 2006–2008.
  • “Pass Go, Collect $200.00, and Hire Yourself an Expert – Article 46 and the Right to Expert Assistance”, The Army Lawyer, June 2008
  • : So Exactly Who Needs an Invitation to the Dance?"United States v. Blazier", The Army Lawyer, July 2010


  1. ^ Virginia Law WeeklyChristensen, Andrew (February 7, 2008), "JAG School to Grant Credit to Extramural Moot Court Coaches".
  2. ^ David Coombs promoted to Lt. Col.
  3. ^ RWSoL grad represents Wikileaks suspect
  4. ^ "Capt. David Coombs, one of Akbar's four Army lawyers...", Army Times, June 16, 2003
  5. ^ Sentenced to die, US Muslim soldier who killed comrades
  6. ^ Fox News"Akbar Sentenced to Death for Grenade Attack"
  7. ^ USA Today"Rulings in troop attack being reviewed"
  8. ^ USA Today"101st Airborne soldier who attacked comrades gets death"
  9. ^ An Army Court-Martial Defense Firm
  10. ^ Patrick Semansky, "'"Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman: 'I am Chelsea Manning, Toronto Star, August 22, 2013.
  11. ^ Dishneau, David (August 31, 2010). "WikiLeaks defendant chooses civilian lawyer". Retrieved 6 September 2010. 

External links

  • The Law Office of David E. Coombs homepage
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