Philip D. Cave

Philip D. Cave

Cdr. (Ret.) Phil D. Cave, is a retired Navy judge advocate, now a sole practitioner, focusing exclusively on military law and security clearance law issues. Phil came to America in 1972, having spent seven years with the Metropolitan Police in London, England. After graduating from the Case Western Reserve Law School in 1979, he attended the Naval Justice School; and then reported to his first assignment at Naval Legal Service Office Norfolk, to be a defense counsel and then a trial counsel (prosecutor).

Over the next 20 years Phil served as a Navy judge advocate in various military justice related assignments: twice as a defense counsel, twice as a trial counsel (prosecutor), three times as a staff judge advocate (command legal advisor), and as an appeals lawyer.  In his last few years of active duty he served in the Navy office responsible Military Justice (legislation, regulation, policy) matters, as well as sitting as a member of the Naval Clemency & Parole Board.

Phil has broad experience in courts-martial ranging from simple AWOL/UA cases to complicated murder, sex assault, and national security cases, and as a NIMJ Director has filed and argued amicus petitions on behalf of NIMJ before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) in cases of significant interest.

Phil earned his JD from Case Western Reserve University, and an LL.M. from George Washington University.  He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, all military trial and appellate courts, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Ohio, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the federal Court of Claims.  Phil is serving as NIMJ’s President for 2021.