Artie Vaughn Biography

Artie Vaughn joined Military Law after more than 11 years as an attorney on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, plus 3 years in private practice in his home state of Alabama. He continues to serve as a lieutenant colonel (O-5) in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Artie brings a wealth of experience in military law, military justice, and investigations.

Past Assignments

  • Area Defense Counsel (base level) – routinely named as the #1 litigator and defense counsel in his region
  • Graduate with an LL.M. in Military Law with a Criminal Law Specialty – rated “Superior” in leadership and written communication
  • Division Chief of Military Justice at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School
  • Title IX Investigator with Auburn University – routinely conducted interviews and investigations of issues involving sexual assault, sexual harassment, and discrimination involving students, faculty, and staff, including ROTC detachments

Artie Vaughn – Experienced Military Trial Attorney

Artie has handled approximately 100 military proceedings to include General Courts-Martial; Administrative Separation Boards; Air Force Personnel Boards; Flying Evaluation Boards; Medical Evaluation Boards; and Aircrew Evaluation Boards. He has advised on and defended thousands of military justice actions, including allegations of:

  • assault and battery / aggravated assault (Article 128)
  • sexual assault / abusive sexual contact / rape (Article 120)
  • attempted murder (Article 80 and Article 118)
  • drug offenses of all kinds (Article 112a)
  • larceny (Article 121) and fraud (Article 132)

He served as a legal advisor for Administrative Separation Boards and Boards of Inquiry, and he has served as a Summary Court-Martial Officer.

Artie is a skilled educator and taught over 1,200 hours at the Air Force JAG School of military law and trial advocacy to attorneys, commanders, and paralegals from all service branches, including foreign officers

He has written articles on military law and evidence published by the American Bar Association and the Air Force Law Review. He’s provided presentations on Title IX investigations to bar associations and ROTC detachments, and he co-chaired a discussion on military law to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Education and Qualifications

  • Appalachian School of Law: Magna Cum Laude
  • U.S. Air Force, 14+ year veteran and current lieutenant colonel (O-5), USAFR
  • Reservist Trials Team Instructor
  • U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, LL.M. Degree in Military Law
  • Division Chief for the Air Force JAG School: Military Justice, Sexual Assault, Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • “AV” Rated with Martindale-Hubbell: Highest peer rating standard, given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers
  • Bar admissions include: Alabama (active), Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, and Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Authorized to practice law in all military trial courts and in administrative hearings in all service branches: Army, Air Force and Space Force, Navy and Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard