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Wm. John Camp

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Biography

For those serving in the uniform services or who are employed as federal civilian employees, life is far more complicated than other people.  When divorce appears on the horizon, clients need an attorney knowledgeable and experienced in representing their interests or advising their lead counsels on federal retirement benefits that may be the focus of litigation.  Confusing?  Just consider there are: Four Military Retirement Plans and two Civil Service Retirement Systems each with their own set of formulas and agency regulations; two Thrift Savings Plans; a Military Health Care System and hundreds of Federal Employees Health Benefit Plans; two Military Survivor Benefit Plans; a different CSRS/FERS survivor annuity; three life insurance plans (SGLI, FEGLI, VGLI); Military Disability; Veterans Disability; FERS/CSRS Medical Disability; Temporary Early Retirement.  If that all sounds difficult, consider “How do you serve legal process on a soldier or civilian employee in a combat zone in Afghanistan?  If deployed, must a military member return for a hearing or a trial?  How can you make them appear?  Is there relief for obtaining support if a spouse cannot get into court?
With 44 years of law practice, half as an Air Force Attorney and the other exclusively as a Family Law Attorney, John Camp has the experience and knowledge to find the best solutions for Military Divorce or a divorce involving Federal Civil Servants.  John has the credentials: Distinguished Military Graduate at Auburn University; Juris Doctorate at the University of Georgia School of Law; Air War College; Member of the Georgia Bar, The Florida Bar, and the Attorney Bar for the United States Supreme Court.  A distinguished presenter at Continuing Legal Education Seminars for the Georgia Council of  Superior  Court Judges, the American Bar Association and the Institute of Continuing Education in Georgia.  Past Chair of the Military and Veterans Law Section; twice recognized for service by the Board of Governors for the Georgia Bar; a proven leader in providing legal services to the Military and Veterans Communities in Georgia.  John has a fire tested reputation as a skilled trial attorney and as a talented negotiator that can only come from thousands of trials and mediations involving high asset and complex divorces. 
Boost your chance for success by making John Camp a member of your team.  If you face a critical must-win family law challenge and need an attorney with the experience and knowledge to protect your rights, look no further than to John Camp Law, LLC. Experience Counts! Knowledge is Power!

 

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1974
  • Auburn University
    • B.S. - 1971
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Outstanding Graduate
    • Honors: Auburn University President’s Award, School of Business
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Business and Economics
  • Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps, Auburn University
    • Distinguished Military - 1971
  • United States Air Force
    • Regular Officer Commission - 1971
  • Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, Air University, Air Training Command, Maxwell AFB
    • Distinguished Graduate - 1976
  • Air Force Squadron Officer’s School, Air University, Air Training Command, Maxwell AFB
    • Distinguished Graduate - 1980
  • Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Air Training Command, Maxwell AFB
    • Air War College, Air University, Air Training Command, Maxwell AFB

      Classes & Seminars

      • A Primer for Family Law Practitioners in Federal Retirements, Part I: Federal Civil Service Retirement, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 09/15/2002
      • A Primer for Family Law Practitioners in Federal Retirements, Part II: Military Divorce, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 08/22/2003
      • Military and Federal Civil Service Retirement Issues in Divorce, Mercer University School of Law, 10/08/2004
      • Military and Federal Retirement and Benefit Issues in Divorce, 2005 Family Law Institute of State Bar of Georgia, 05/28/2005
      • Recent Developments in Family Law Issues Affecting Military Personnel, Mercer Law School and ICLE in Georgia, 10/28/2005
      • Recent Developments in Family Law Affecting Military Personnel, Mercer University Law School and State Bar of Georgia and Institute for Continuing Legal Education. (Program Materials for Mid Year State Bar Conference, January 3, 2006)
      • Former Spouse Health Care: The Continuation of Health Care Benefits Program (CHCBP) as a Long-Term Health Care Option for Military Former Spouses; ABA Family Law Section, Military Family Law Committee, Roll Call, Summer Edition, 2008.
      • Military Family Law “Tips & Traps”: Military Pension Division; Presented for the Illinois State Bar Association, John Marshall School of Law, University of Chicago, in conjunction with the ABA Family Law 2008 Section Meeting, April 30, 2008.
      • Military Family Law: New Developments in Military Family Law Current Issues and “Tips & Traps” of Interest; Presented for the Houston County Bar Association to benefit the HODAC Violence Against Women Workshop, March 31, 2009.
      • The Parent in Uniform: Child Support Issues Involving Members of the Uniformed Services; Mercer University School of Law and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia program materials, presented May 4, 2010 at the Mercer University School of Law.
      • Health Care Options for the Non-Military Spouse: TRICARE and the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP), State Bar of Georgia and Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 29th Annual Family Law Institute., 2011
      • Military Child Custody: The Georgia Military Parent’s Rights Act, State Bar of Georgia and Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 29th Family Law Institute, 2011
      • Child Support and Parents in the Uniformed Services: Determining Gross Monthly Income for the Parent in Uniform, State Bar of Georgia and Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 29th Annual Family Law Institute, 2011
      • Military Service Considerations in Family Law Decision-Making, Summer 2011 Georgia Superior Court Judges Summer Conference, Georgia Council for Superior Court Judges and Georgia Institute for Continuing Judicial Education.
      • Georgia Military Parents’ Rights Act, Background and Ramifications for Practitioners and Servicemembers; Military Legal Assistance and VA Accreditation Symposium, State Bar of Georgia, Military and Veteran’s Affairs Section, and the Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 3, 2011.
      • Military Divorce, Strafford Webinars, 2011
      • Rise or Fall? A Mentorship Call, Your First VA Case: What Should Be Done and When, State Bar of Georgia, Military and Veteran’s Affairs Section, and the Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, May 10, 2012.
      • The Judges’ Guide to the 2003 and 2010 Federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, presented at the 16 Hour State Court Judges Spring Conference May 16-18 in Athens, Georgia and sponsored by the Georgia Institute for Continuing Judicial Education., 2012
      • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Strategic Planning Conference, Columbus GA, December 6, 2012. Provided subject matter expertise and commentary for developing continuing judicial education training on Servicemember and Military Family issues including Veterans assistance, custody and family support, healthcare options for former spouses and children of Service members, and on Veterans Alternative Courts., 2012
      • Featured Speaker and Panelist on Former Spouse Health Care Options after Divorce, TRICARE and CHCBP, at the San Antonio Bar Association’s Family Law Section’s 16 Hour Seminar on Military Divorce and Retirement, September 27-29, 2012, San Antonio, Texas.
      • Military Divorce: Support Obligations and Health Care Coverage, Strafford Webinars and Teleconferences, Speakers with Mark Sullivan (North Carolina Bar) and Wm. John Camp (Georgia Bar). Nationally accredited CLE. Produced December 19, 2012.
      • Health Care Options for Former Military Spouses, ICLE in Georgia, 2011

      Languages

      • English

      Ancillary Businesses

      • Expert Witness and Consulting Services in Military and Civil Service Divorces
      • Drafting Federal Retirement Benefits Court Orders

      Published Works

      • Health Care Options for Former Military Spouses: TRICARE and the Continued Health Care Benefits Program (CHCBP); ABA Family Law Section, Family Law Quarterly, pp 227-300, Vol. 43, No. 2 Summer, 2009
      • Georgia Search and Seizure Law for Law Enforcement Officers, Institute for Police Science, Institute of Government, University of Georgia, 1974
      • Healthcare Options for Military Spouses, 43 FLQ 227, Vol 2, 2009

      Fraternities or Sororities

      • Phi Kappa Phi
      • Lambda Chi Alpha
      • Phi Delta Phi
      • Phi Alpha Delta
      • Omicron Delta Kappa
      • Blue Key

      Certified Legal Specialties

      • Registered General and Family Law Mediator and Arbitrator, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, 2000
      • Registered Agent, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
      • Attorney accredited to represent Veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2012

      Current Employment Position

      • Attorney

      Practice Areas

      • Family Law
      • Military Divorce

      Bar Admissions

      • Georgia, 1974
      • Florida, 1994
      • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1996
      • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1997
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1975
      • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1974
      • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1974
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2012
      • U.S. Supreme Court, 2015
      • Supreme Court of Florida, 1995

      Honors

      • President's Award as Outstanding Graduate Auburn University School of Business 1971
      • Outstanding Company Grade Air Force Judge Advocate 1980
      • Life Fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia 2006
      • Distinguished Service Award, Board of Governors State Bar of Georgia
      • Community Service Award, Department of Defense
      • Marshall-Tuttle Award for Legal Service to Military Families in Georgia
      • Georgia Board of Governors for Outstanding Achievement
      • Air Force ROTC Commandant’s Award (Honor, Military), 1971
      • Scabbard and Blade Society (Honor, Military), 1970
      • Arnold Air Society (Honor, Military), 1970
      • Outstanding Area Defense Counsel, European Circuit, USAF Trial Defense Judiciary, 1979
      • Outstanding Company Grade Staff Judge Advocate, Tactical Air Command, 1981
      • National Defense Service Medal
      • Southwest Asia Service Medal
      • Liberation of Kuwait Medal
      • Air Force Commendation Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters)
      • Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters)
      • Defense Meritorious Service Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters)
      • Super Lawyer, Family Law & Domestic Relations, 2015
      • Bristol’s Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals
      • Marshall-Tuttle Award, State Bar of Georgia, 2013
      • The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers
      • Avvo Superb Rated and Avvo Client’s Choice, 2014
      • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell in Ethics and Professionalism
      • Recognition for Achievement by Georgia Bar’s Board of Governors, 2011
      • 18 years recognition for Pro Bono work by Georgia Leal Services
      • Georgia Super Lawyers list

      Representative Cases

      • Parker v. Parker, 293 Ga. 300 (2013), 2013, GA Supreme Court

      Pro-Bono Activities

      • Recognition Certificate for Outstanding Public Service to the Pro Bono Project, State Bar of Georgia, 1998 to 2012
      • Member, Georgia Military Legal Assistance Program Committee
      • Georgia Legal Services, 1996 to Present
      • Georgia Bar Military Legal Assistance Committee, 2013 to Present
      • Officers Association of America (Military, Special Interest)
      • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (Law, Special Interest)
      • Board of Directors, In Town Macon Association (Civic, Historic Interest)
      • Air Force Judge Advocates Association (Military Law)
      • Air Force Association (Military, Special Interest)
      • Lambda Chi Alpha (Social Fraternity)
      • Delta Sigma Pi (Professional Business)
      • 21st Century Partnership for Houston County (Civic, Special Interest)
      • Life Fellow Georgia Lawyers Foundation, 2006
      • Military Officers Association of America (Military, Special Interest)

      Past Positions

      • United States Attorney, Special Assistant, 1975 to 1976
      • National Security Agency, Assistant General Counsel, 1982 to 1985
      • United States Air Force, Staff Judge Advocate, 06/1974 to 12/1995
      • Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson, LLP, Equity Partner, 1996 to 2015
      • AFB, Denver CO (ATC), Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 1974 to 1976
      • Special Assistant United States Attorney for Prosecutions in U.S. Magistrates’ Court, 1974 to 1976
      • 1976-1979 Chief of Military Justice, Chief of International Law, Foreign Military Trial Observer (Prosecutions of U.S. Service Members in foreign criminal courts); Bitburg Air Base, Federal Republic of Germany, (USAFE, NATO), 1976 to 1979
      • Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 36th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Bergstrom AFB, Austin TX (TAC), 1979 to 1980
      • Chief, Military Justice for Twelfth Air Force, Bergstrom AFB, TX (TAC), 1980 to 1982
      • 1982-1985 Chief Military Legal Advisor to the General Counsel and Director, National Security Agency, Ft. Meade MD (Pentagon Assignment), 1982 to 1985
      • Staff Judge Advocate, 92nd Bomb Wing (Heavy) and Air Force Survival School, Fairchild AFB, Spokane WA (SAC), 1985 to 1988
      • Chief, International and Operational Law, Chief, Military Justice, United States Reserve Forces Command, Robins AFB, Warner Robins, GA, 1992 to 1995
      • Retired, United States Air Force as Lieutenant Colonel (0-5), 1995
      • Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson, LLP, Warner Robins GA, 1996

      Professional Associations

      • American Bar Association, Family and Military Law Sections
      • State Bar of Georgia, Military, Military & Veterans Law Section, Vice Chair
      • The Florida Bar Association, Military and Family Law Sections
      • Macon Bar Association
      • Federalist Society
      • Augustus Bootle, American Inns of Court
      • Houston County Bar Association
      • Air Force Retired Judge Advocates Association
      • Military Officers of American Association
      • Bottle Inns of Court, Macon, Master, 2012 to Present
      • Georgia Military Legal Assistance Program Committee, Member, 2013 to Present
      • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
      • Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, Registered Mediator and Arbitrator
      • The Florida Bar, Member, 1994
      • Florida Bar Family Law Section, Member
      • American Bar Association, Family Law and Military Law Sections, Member
      • American Bar Association, Military Family Law Committee, Member
      • Macon Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Member
      • Augustus Bootle Inn of Court, Master
      • Houston Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Past Secretary
      • Department of Defense Community Leadership and Service, 2011
      • Georgia Family Law Section, Member
      • Military & Veteran’s Law Section, Treasurer
      • Military & Veteran’s Law Section, Past Chair