July 1, 2022 – Press Release
MJA is pleased to announce that Clare C. (Chip) Hodge, III has joined our military criminal defense team. Chip is an experienced trial attorney who retired from active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2022 as a Lieutenant Colonel, having served as a judge advocate in numerous key billets. He last served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces South, an organization of approximately 100,000 Marines serving in an active or reserve status.
“We are thrilled that Chip, an accomplished and seasoned litigator, has chosen to join us,” said Gerald Healy, founder and managing partner of MJA. “Chip will be an enormous asset to the firm, our worldwide criminal defense practice, and to the service members he represents.”
Before joining MJA, Chip was recognized for his exemplary service in trial advocacy and hand-selected to serve as Deputy, Military Justice Branch, Judge Advocate Division at Headquarters Marine Corps, Pentagon. Chip also served as Senior Trial Counsel and Deputy Officer-in-Charge at the Legal Services Support Section-National Capital Region and Marine Forces Reserve.
Throughout his career, Chip has litigated both felony and misdemeanor-level matters involving alleged sex offenses, aggravated assault and battery crimes, domestic violence, theft, frauds against the United States, false official statements, drunken and reckless driving, dereliction of duty, adultery, fraternization, sexual harassment, and hazing, among others.
Chip also has extensive experience in civilian criminal defense and family law. He understands how military criminal matters and adverse administrative cases and even civilian criminal proceedings can negatively impact a service member’s career and post-service life. Chip knows how the military justice system operates and wholeheartedly embraces the MJA ethos of defending those who defend us, including their families.
Chip received his Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law, his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics, and his Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Rhodes College (TN). He is a member of the Georgia and South Carolina bar.