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COLONEL MICHAEL MCCARTHY
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Marine Corps Detachment Commander
Joint Enabling Capabilities Command
Col. Michael McCarthy was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 1998. He is an infantry officer currently serving in the Marine Corps Reserve.
He completed active-duty assignments with 2d Battalion, 8th Marines and the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, deploying overseas with each.
He left active duty in 2004 to study law, joining the Marine Corps Reserve. He previously commanded at the company and battalion level with 3d Battalion, 25th Marines. His staff assignments include service as a congressional fellow and a Marine Expeditionary Unit Future Operations officer. He also served as operations officer for an Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and as executive officer at both a Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and an Infantry Regiment.
He assumed duties as officer in charge of the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command Marine Detachment in May of 2022.
McCarthy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton, a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science degree from the National Defense University, and a Juris Doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University.
In his civilian life, McCarthy is an attorney and consultant.
Michael McCarthy is a Principal in Military Experts, LLC, a consulting firm that advises businesses and attorneys nationwide on military issues. He is also the Managing Member of McCarthy Law Offices, LLC in Columbus, Ohio. Mike is an expert on matters relating to military compensation and the disability evaluation system and has extensive experience with the laws governing the employment of serving military members and veterans.
Mike began his professional life as an officer in the Marine Corps, spending most of his time in infantry and anti-terrorism units. He left active duty to attend law school, and immediately joined the Marine Corps Reserve. In 2009, Mike was selected as a Congressional Fellow and assigned to serve as a military advisor to the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
His advisory portfolio included defense and veterans’ policy issues. Mike continues his military service today as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. Mike is a small business owner who has been mobilized multiple times in support of operations abroad. He keenly understands the challenges employers face when hiring military members.
His training and experiences give him unique insight and a superior ability not only to assess the ground-truth of a situation and to provide sound counsel to his clients, but also the credibility to effectively testify to his findings.
Mike is admitted to practice law in Ohio and the District of Columbia.