At Munitions Law Group we approach the practice of law as a team effort. We have associated ourselves with some of the best and brightest practitioners and consultants in the firearms community. From additional attorneys with focused knowledge to former governmental department employees we tap into a vast network of professionals. When you hire our firm you are hiring not just an attorney but a team.
Andrew Frank Branca
Andrew Frank Branca
Andrew Frank Branca is a licensed Massachusetts attorney with a legal practice focused exclusively on use-of-force cases (self-defense, defense of others, defense of property). Andrew began his practice of law in 1991, with an exclusive focus on use-of-force cases since 1998. Andrew holds a JD from the Hofstra University School of Law and a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
While fully licensed to represent clients directly, today Andrew’s practice (www.lawofselfdefense.com) focuses largely on providing expert consultation to criminal defense attorneys around the country. Those attorneys are lead counsel on cases in which their clients are facing criminal and/or civil for a use-of-force event, and Andrew acts to advise and consult to those attorneys on these cases.
Andrew publishes and lectures extensively on use-of-force law in all 50 states, including more than a dozen published books, live and online full-day instruction courses, and scores of speaking engagements and public debates, including at the NRA Annual Meeting, the USCCA Expo, and prominent law schools such as UC Berkeley, Cornell Law School, and others.
He is also a frequent public legal analyst and commentator on prominent use-of-force cases, covering such cases extensively on such forums as National Review, Legal Insurrection, National Public Radio, and elsewhere. Andrew has also been cited as a source of use-of-force legal expertise by The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and other news sources. He is also a co-host providing use-of-force legal insight on the Outdoor Channel’s television show The Best Defense.
In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a life-long member of the gun community. He started competitive shooting as a youth in small-bore rifle, qualifying for All-State competition in New York. Today Andrew is a Master-class competitor in the International Defensive Pistol Association, where he is member #13, having played a modest role in the founding of IDPA.
Andrew is also a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the United States Concealed Carry Association, and a Benefactor-Life member of the National Rifle Association. He considers himself a Second Amendment absolutist, and believes that the Constitution merely acknowledges and protects an already existing Natural Right of self-defense.
Education: State University of New York-Binghamton, BA, 1988; Hofstra University School of Law, JD, 1990
Licensed Jurisdictions: Massachusetts
John Freeman handles exclusively criminal cases and administrative matters related to criminal cases. John uses his extensive experience in criminal law to strategically and aggressively defend the rights and freedom of clients. John has represented individuals and corporate entities that are under investigation and/or formally charged with all types of federal and state crimes, to include firearm related matters.
Mr. Freeman has extensive experience in all aspects of all types of felony and misdemeanor cases, including homicide, assault, self-defense, firearms, drug crimes, weapons, violent crimes, white collar crimes, corruption charges, computer crimes, sex crimes, immigration and international crimes, domestic violence, and other matters. He is experienced, strategic, and aggressive, and is determined to protect the rights and freedom of his clients.
Before becoming a criminal defense attorney a decade ago, John Freeman spent seven years as a federal prosecutor in Detroit and has handled all aspects of the investigation, prosecution, trial, sentencing, and appeal of federal crimes. As a Fed, Mr. Freeman worked extensively with a vast array of federal, state, local, and Canadian law enforcement and intelligence agencies. During the three years immediately following the September 11, 2001, attacks, Mr. Freeman served as the Immigration and Border Coordinator for the Eastern District of Michigan’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force. He also handled a variety of federal criminal matters including murder, weapons and narcotics trafficking, immigration and international crime, official corruption, and white collar fraud.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Freeman served for seven years as a local prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. While in New York, he handled a wide range of criminal cases, including murder, assault, narcotics, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, auto theft, domestic violence, weapons, welfare fraud, drunk driving, gang crime, and other violent and white collar crimes.
If there is a name for it and it involves criminal allegations, the overwhelming odds are that Mr. Freeman has previously prosecuted or defended that type of case. Mr. Freeman believes that every person accused of a crime deserves a strong defense. With his exceptional investigative, interviewing, negotiating, writing, and trial skills, he will fight for your rights and your freedom.
Licensed Jurisdictions: Michigan.
Sabrina R. Karels
Sabrina R. Karels
Sabrina R. Karels is a trial attorney with over 20 years of litigation experience. She enjoys being in the courtroom and zealously advocating for her clients. She practices in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation, Firearms Law, Commercial Litigation, Law Enforcement, Premises Liability, and Products Liability.
Sabrina has substantial civil litigation trial experience representing individuals, companies, and organizations. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and California and has litigation experience in five other states. Sabrina has represented individuals before state regulatory boards and advised facilities and companies on operational and compliance issues, policies and procedures, and risk avoidance. She also has experience advising companies and facilities regarding response to regulatory inspections, claims, and demands, including crisis counseling and responses requiring immediate attention. Sabrina is a frequent speaker on litigation and firearms topics, including presentations to lawyers, business owners, and individuals.
Ms. Karels is a native Texan and grew up in a small town in Central Texas. After practicing law for over 18 years in big cities, she now calls Amarillo, Texas home. She is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, with family members in the firearms industry, law enforcement, and former military, and she maintains an ardent support for these industries. She also maintains a firearms and law enforcement legal blog at www.highmarkblog.com. Sabrina is passionate about defending our right to bear arms, and she is committed to defending your right and the right of every law-abiding American to own firearms, hunt, and defend yourself when someone threatens to do you harm.
She is affiliated with the State Bar of Texas, the State Bar of California, the Defense Research Institute, the Second Amendment Foundation, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Texas State Rifle Association, and Texas Concealed Handgun Association, and is an Endowment Life Member of the National Rifle Association and a Board Member for Panhandle Cancer Cure Foundation. She also serves on the Legal Advisory Board for the United States Concealed Carry Association.
In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and all water sports. She also strives to continue to advance her shooting skills and bring more women into the industry.
Education: Baylor University, BA, 1993 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa); University of Texas School of Law, 1996
Licensed Jurisdictions: Texas and California.
Stephen E. Palmer
Stephen E. Palmer
Stephen E. Palmer is a trusted Columbus criminal defense attorney of more than 20 years. He has developed a distinctive approach to criminal defense work by making a sincere effort to know each of his clients on a personal level. Steve recognizes that no two cases are the same, and neither are his clients’ needs. He believes that criminal defense isn’t just about representing a client in court; it’s about helping clients craft solutions to their problems. Steve reaches solutions through careful contemplation of all facets of a client’s problems—not just the black and white legal issues.
After more than 20 years counseling clients and countless jury trials, Steve is comfortable and capable of handling any matter inside (and outside) the courtroom. He draws upon his vast experience to find the right experts, investigators, and consultants to meet the needs of each individual case and client. And when confronted with problems outside his practice area, he can help find the right person for the job. He has an extensive referral network of attorneys who practice other areas of the law.
Steve has been included in the Ohio Super Lawyers list for the last six years and was included in Columbus Business First’s 20 People to Know in 2014. He is also a long-standing member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Steve remains active in the Ohio State Bar Association, speaking regularly on various criminal defense topics, ranging from evidence, trial practice, ethics, and virtually any other area of criminal law.
For the past 10 years, Steve has also provided the Columbus radio audience with legal input on several local morning radio shows. He currently appears weekly on the highly- rated morning show on 99.7 The Blitz. He has provided countless callers with legal (and non-legal) insight on a wide range of problems.
He joined Eric J. Yavitch, in 1997 to form Yavitch & Palmer, located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Steve works in all aspects of criminal defense, from OVI/DUI charges to white collar crimes to child abuse and domestic violence. He has practiced in courts all over the State of Ohio and in federal courts in Ohio and elsewhere. He has provided consulting services for other attorneys involved in all types of criminal cases. And he is willing to travel to offer help to solve clients’ problems anywhere.
In 1995, Steve earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Capital University. While in law school, he began working in the criminal defense field as a clerk for R. William Meeks, a distinguished criminal attorney. Steve completed his undergraduate work at the College of Wooster where he participated in varsity football and track. He studied Anglo-legal history, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in History.
Aside from law, Steve is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hunting, shooting, and virtually any other activity that puts him in touch with nature and the woods. With a background in construction, he also enjoys the quiet solitude of carpentry and woodworking. And when not in the courtroom, woods, or workshop, he enjoys classical guitar and continues with regular instruction and occasional performance.
License Jurisdictions: Ohio.
Joshua Prince is Chief Counsel of the Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C. (CRDF), where he concentrates and dedicates his practice in the area of defending his clients’ constitutional and statutory rights, under state and federal law. As he saw a need for a firm specifically dedicated to the inalienable right to Keep and Bear Arms, he formed Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®), a division of CRDF, where he is chief counsel and represents clients with state law issues in Pennsylvania and Maryland and with federal issues across the United States.
Joshua has represented more than 2500 individuals, 300 Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) and several dozen gun clubs/ranges on various state and federal issues. He is an avid firearms collector and target shooter, who owns numerous Title II (NFA) firearms, as well as, Title I firearms. More importantly, he understands the need for a dedicated firearms lawyer who will ensure that the State and Federal Right to Keep and Bear Arms will not be infringed. Joshua has taught numerous Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars on Firearms Law for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, local bar associations and even the National Rifle Association (NRA). He also frequently posts videos on FICG’s® YouTube Channels – FICG Federal and FICG Pennsylvania – advising individuals, FFLs, and gun clubs/ranges of important firearms law related issues.
His practice areas, specific to firearms law, include:
- Self-Defense Shootings
- License to Carry Firearms Denials and Revocations
- Challenges to Erroneous PICS Denials
- Relief from Firearms Disabilities
- Estate Planning Advice
- Gun/NFA Trusts
- 42 U.S.C. 1983 Actions for Deprivation of Civil Rights
- Federal Firearms Licensees
- Corporate Structure Advice and FFL Procurement, including specialized corporate Operating Agreements and By-Laws for FFLs
- Sales Contracts
- Import/Export Regulations and ITAR Compliance
- ATF Compliance Inspections
- Warning Letters and Hearings
- FFL Denials and Revocations
- Forfeiture Proceedings
- Gun Clubs and Ranges
- Corporate Structure Advice and FFL Procurement, including specialized corporate Operating Agreements and By-Laws for Gun Clubs and Ranges
- Indoor/Outdoor Implementation and OSHA Compliance Issues
- Defense against Nuisance Suits
- Waivers and Indemnification Agreements
Given his breadth of knowledge and desire to defend the inalienable rights of those who frequently suffer from injustice, Joshua is admitted to practice law in the following jurisdictions:
- All state courts in Pennsylvania
- All state courts in Maryland
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- District Court for the District of Colorado
License Jurisdictions: Pennsylvania and Maryland.
- Self-Defense Shootings
JULIE TOLEK is a solo Firearms Compliance and Estate Planning attorney as well as a Family Law Mediator practicing in the Metrowest Boston, Massachusetts area. Right after swearing into the Massachusetts Bar in 2013, Julie founded her firm, Think Pink Law. Julie is also an Associate at Skylark Law and Mediation, PC. in Framingham.
Her mission is to provide her clients with convenient access to the law by harnessing technology and keeping things real with a human touch, making the law less intimidating and more accessible. Julie believes in having conversations with – and listening – to her clients as opposed to lecturing law at them.
Julie graduated from from Suffolk University in 2003 with a BS in Sociology and Criminology and received her J.D. from New England Law | Boston in 2013. Julie is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the MA Bar Association, and she is also licensed in the US Federal Court for the District of Massachusetts. Julie speaks on branding and entrepreneurship at various local and national conferences, and is on the Boston Bar Association and MCLE faculties.
Ever present in social media, Julie has her own personal blog as well as a firm blog, and makes regular appearances on other legal and business blogs, including the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center. Julie also produces short videos for her YouTube Channel, and is a marketing consultant for other entrepreneurial attorneys. When not writing or lawyering, you can find Julie at the gym or the sportman’s club, or stuffing her face somewhere, and definitely Facebooking about it. Find her online at www.thinkpinklaw.com (among other places).
Licensed Jurisdictions: Massachusetts
Adam D. Turner
Adam D. Turner
Adam D. Turner is an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Indiana as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Adam graduated from Taylor University in 2005 and subsequently graduated from Regent University School of Law in 2008. Since beginning his law career, he has practiced in a variety of fields including extensive practice in civil litigation and criminal defense.
He is a founding partner of Turner Valentine LLP and is a member of the Kosciusko County Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association. He is a recent graduate of the Leadership Development Academy for the Indiana State Bar Association.
Currently Adam’s practice focuses on all areas of Firearms Law including Gun Trusts, Restoration of Rights, Carry Permit Appeals, Firearm Estate Planning & Probate, FFL Business Law, and 2nd Amendment Rights Advocacy.
Adam is very active in his community, serves as a Deacon in his church, and sits on the Board for several community organizations. He resides in Winona Lake, Indiana and enjoys spending his free time there with his wife and two young daughters. They enjoy frequent trips to the playground, lake and zoo. Adam is also a lifetime member of the NRA, and enjoys spending time Friday afternoons and weekends at a variety of shooting ranges across the Midwest.
Licensed Jurisdictions: Indiana.
Brian T. Davis
Brian T. Davis, LISW-S, SAP
Brian Davis and his colleagues provide mental health and substance use assessments nationwide for individuals in the midst of court proceedings, including those who are seeking to have their firearm rights restored after a firearm violation involving use of alcohol, a drug, or when some aspect of a person’s mental health needs to be evaluated. His experience with firearms related cases has proven invaluable to defendants, attorneys, and judges in the effort to arrive at fair and reasonable outcomes in court.
Brian earned his Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University and holds a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) credential. He has 27 years of clinical experience and is the CEO and owner of Directions Counseling Group in Columbus Ohio (directionscounseling.com) and founder of New Directions Substance and Behavioral Services (courtassessment.net), a web-based company providing professional online drug, alcohol and mental health assessments across the country.
Brian also evaluates airline pilots, freight carriers, nurses, and various professionals engaged in occupations where daily duties are safety-sensitive in nature, and where use of alcohol, drugs, or one’s mental health status is of significance to an overseeing board, court, or other authority.
Christopher is the Managing Partner and the founder of Growth Strategy Partners LLC, a consulting firm that accelerates the revenue, profit and organizational growth of privately held companies, many in the shooting sports industries, by implementing the 7 Keys to Growth that Growth Strategy Partners has found to be instrumental for long term success. It is Christopher’s passion for building successful businesses, his sense of humor, critical thinking skills and methodological approach to solving complex challenges that has made him very successful and sought after by his clients.
Chris’s focus is on the security, shooting and defense related industries. He has provided solutions for companies such as SureFire, Beretta, Benelli, Kahr Arms, CZ-USA, STI, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the NRA and many others. He has spoken at SHOT University and the NASGW Annual Meeting. Chris describes his ‘perfect work day’ as consulting in the morning and shooting in the afternoon.
Chris is recognized for his knowledge and experience in growth strategy development, sales and marketing effectiveness, organizational improvements, performance management systems / Balanced Scorecard, process improvements both on the plant floor and in the office, product development and executive coaching. He was instrumental in reshaping Inc. Magazine’s consulting practice where much of his initial research was developed. He spoke at Inc. conferences and seminars on the topics of Developing Effective Growth Strategies and Linking Business Strategy to Technology Strategy while also advising clients. He was also a founding member of PricewaterhouseCooper’s Northeast Middle Market Consulting practice. In addition to developing these consulting businesses, Chris was a consultant with Deloitte Consulting and lead Grant Thornton’s business process reengineering practice. His articles have been published in local and regional journals.
Prior to his consulting career, Chris spent 7 years in industry where he co-managed a 120-person medical products research and development group, lead the engineering department for a textile machine design company and was a manufacturing engineer implementing modern manufacturing techniques for companies in a range of industries including Sturm Ruger. Chris also represented Ruger in numerous handgun competitions.
Chris has an MBA from Northeastern University’s High Technology MBA Program and a Bachelor of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in mechanical engineering. He coached a girls’ soccer team while on the town’s Youth Soccer Board of Directors for 10 years, is the President of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association in Boston and a Board member of the local gun club. Chris enjoys motor boating, hockey, IDPA, USPSA and 3 Gun shooting, hunting, trying to stay healthy and skiing, yet is most happy enjoying life with his wife, two daughters and dog Boomer.
George Harris has spent his entire adult life working in the world of firearms. For over 30 years he has been a successful innovator and motivational educator and trainer in all aspects of small arms. His simplistic approach to firearms training has an unarguable track record in extracting exemplary performance from his students of firearms safety, marksmanship, tactics and other firearms related subjects.
Currently, George is President of International Firearms Consultants LLC which serves the firearms industry as a central repository of knowledge, skill and resources to draw from. The skills and services provided by IFC range from expert advice to legal professionals, creating strategic growth plans for businesses, building sales and sales organizations, refocusing operations, developing new products and processes, authoring official documents such as owner’s and armorer’s manuals, improving customer service, revitalizing design engineering, development of shooting ranges, evaluating firearms and shooting accessories as well as firearms training at all levels for the Armed Professional and the Responsible Citizen.
As a business developer in the firearms field, George co-founded the world renowned SIG Sauer Academy, founded the SIG Pro Shop and led both to become significant profit centers for SIG Sauer before retiring after twenty one years of service.
George has the enviable record of leading industry test programs for multiple government and military agencies, achieving successful results and contracts for firearms 100% of the time.
Many of his innovations and ideas in firearms design features have evolved to production firearms improving function, ergonomics and aesthetics.
George has served as the subject matter expert involving firearms and related matters on multiple national television and radio shows as well as in legal proceedings.
As a published writer, George began by and continues in writing technical and training manuals for applications within the firearms community. Currently he writes for multiple print and online magazines sharing his knowledge and views about firearms in a variety of venues with today’s shooting society.
Among his personal accomplishments, George earned the coveted U.S. Army Distinguished badges for both Service Pistol and Service Rifle. He also coached and was a firing team member of the World Champion U.S. Army Reserve International Combat Team before retiring with 40 years of continuous military service.
In his spare time George enjoys spending time with his family in addition to participating in and promoting shooting sports, hunting and visiting friends. He is a Patron member of the NRA, Life Member of the Virginia Shooting Sports Association and an active member of GO-NH, IALEFI and ILEETA.
Ben became a private consultant to the firearms industry in 2008 after 28 years working in the field for ATF. While at ATF, he served in a variety of capacities including Firearms Hearing Officer, Firearms and Explosives Coordinator, Adverse Action Coordinator, Southeast Region Explosives Group Member, Explosives Threat Assessment and Prevention Strategy Coordinator (ETAPS) and Diversion Coordinator. Ben retired as an Industry Operations Investigator.
Ben has conducted thousands of ATF firearms and/or explosives compliance inspections. As Adverse Action Coordinator, he reviewed ATF compliance inspections that resulted in a warning letter, warning conference, or revocation to determine whether the adverse action was supported by the evidence. As a Firearms Hearing Officer, Ben presided over administrative hearings involving license revocations.
Given his vast ATF compliance background, Ben conducts Internal Control Evaluations and audits (onsite and remote) of federal firearms licensees, including dealers, pawnbrokers, importers, manufacturers, distributors, and security firms. He does the same for explosives licensees. Ben also provides compliance training for licensees. He conducts FAET reviews (in preparation for TTB tax audits). Finally, Ben will attend ongoing ATF inspections as a licensee’s liaison.
Ace Investigations is a licensed, full-service investigative agency. It provides professional, confidential and cost-effective investigations to individuals, attorneys, businesses and organizations throughout the nation.
Ace is headed by Martin Yant, whose investigations and books have gained national and international attention for 40 years. Yant was an award-winning journalist in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Miami and Ohio before he became a licensed private investigator in 1991 after publication of Presumed Guilty, his book on wrongful convictions.
Since then, Yant and his associates have conducted criminal and civil investigations across the country and most counties in Ohio. Their investigations have helped free 20 wrongly convicted individuals, including two men originally sentenced to death who spent 26 years in prison. In 2010, their investigation of a former head of the Franklin County, Ohio, coroner’s toxicology lab helped lead to his conviction on falsification charges and the overturning of a 1990 murder conviction.
Yant’s investigations have been featured in Time magazine, The New York Times and many other publications. They have also been highlighted on 48 Hours, Dateline, Unsolved Mysteries, The CBS Evening News, American Justice, Forensic Files, CNN, the Oxygen network and the Canadian Broadcasting System.
Mr. Zammillo began his career as an inspector with ATF in 1968 and served in various positions of responsibility in the Bureau including supervisory, management and executive. His career with ATF spanned thirty years in the field and close to twelve years in ATF Headquarters.
In 2002, Mr. Zammillo was detailed to the Office of the Director where he was responsible for the initial determinations regarding the transition of ATF to the Department of Justice. In this capacity he chaired the team that determined how the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms mission could be bifurcated between the Department of Justice and the Department of Treasury. This included establishing the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau within the Treasury Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives within the Justice Department.
Mr. Zammillo elected to transition to Justice and in January 2003 he was appointed ATF Chief, Firearms Programs Division. In this capacity, he was responsible for all of ATF’s firearms programs including ATF’s Integrated Violence Reduction Strategy and the Bureau’s integration of this as a component of the Administration’s Project Safe Neighborhood.
Mr. Zammillo was named ATF Deputy Assistant Director in March 2004. In this position he was responsible for ATF’s Field Operations industry inspection programs including oversight of industry operations in the Bureau’s 25 field divisions. He served in this capacity until his retirement in January 2010.
Mr. Zammillo maintained close ties with ATF, TTB and the firearms industry on retirement and in 2011 formed Ponte Nuovo Consulting LLC. As the name signifies, he sought to create a new bridge between ATF and the firearms industry to promote compliance and a better understanding of requirements throughout the industry. He has worked with industry members on all levels; manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, retailer and pawnbroker to promote compliance and facilitate resolution of GCA, NFA and IRC excise tax issues.