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Brad Sauer

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Brad Sauer Associate Attorney


Bradley J. Sauer dedicated 13 years to serving as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force, and he continues to serve as a major and individual mobilization augmentee in the Air Force Reserve. During his active duty, Brad spent five consecutive years as a military defense counsel, ultimately becoming Chief Circuit Defense Counsel at Kadena Air Base, Japan. There, he defended airmen accused of serious crimes and led a team of 16 defense attorneys and paralegals. Additionally, he served as an attorney-advisor to various command levels, including the Secretary of the Air Force, during his assignments at the Pentagon and Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

With nearly 100 criminal trials, hundreds of criminal matters, and thousands of administrative adverse actions under his belt, Brad's experience spans service members of all branches, components, and ranks. At the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC, Brad passionately and assertively represents service members facing allegations, adverse actions, and criminal charges. From general court-martials to administrative counseling and everything in between, Brad is prepared to fight for your rights.

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with oak leaf cluster


  • “Deterring False Claims in Government Contracting: Making Consistent Use of 18 U.S.C. § 287,” Public Contract Law Journal, Summer 2010
  • Assistant Staff Judge Advocate 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, AZ 2011 - 2014
  • Area Defense Counsel Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Moody AFB, GA 2014 - 2016
  • Senior Defense Counsel Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Kadena AB, Japan 2016 - 2018
  • Chief Circuit Defense Counsel Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Kadena AB, Japan 2018 - 2019
  • Deputy Staff Judge Advocate 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland AFB, NM 2019 - 2021
  • Deployed Staff Judge Advocate 435th Air Expeditionary Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany 2020 - 2020
  • Chief, Accessions Branch, Professional Development Directorate Office of The Judge Advocate General, Washington, D.C. 2021 - 2022
  • Counsel, Investigation, Inquiries & Relief Division Military Justice & Discipline, Joint Base Andrews, M.D. 2022 - 2023


  • By Correspondence Air Command and Staff College - Certification
    Montgomery , AL 2019
  • By Correspondence Squadron Officer School - Certification
    Maxwell Air Force Base , AL 2013
  • Graduate Squadron Officer School - Certification
    Maxwell Air Force Base , AL 2014
  • Juris Doctor, with honors The George Washington University Law School - Graduate School
    Washington, D.C. , DC 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science University of Illinois - Undergraduate School
    Urbana , IL 2007

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