When Should I Hire a Lawyer if I Tested Positive for Drugs?

Your bottle of urine just tested positive at a military drug lab for cocaine.  You were just read your rights and asked to make a statement about the positive drug test.  What do you do? Most Sailors (Navy), Soldiers (Army), Marines, Airman (Air Force), and members of the Coast Guard have one of two responses […]

Tampa Bay Security Clearance Hearing Attorney

Korody Law represents federal employees, military members, and federal contractors facing security clearance denials and revocations in and around Tampa Bay, Florida.  Mr. Korody is Florida’s premier Security Clearance Lawyer, having successfully defended federal employees and federal (DoD) contractors across the State of Florida before Department of Defense, Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) […]

Court Martial Advocacy: Trying The Military Case, 2016-2017 ed

“The author and publisher welcome the addition of new co-author Patrick K. Korody. Mr. Korody spent ten years on active duty in the Navy JAG Corps and still serves as a reserve judge advocate. He was selected as the most junior member of the Navy’s prestigious Military Justice Litigation Career Track in 2009. Mr. Korody […]

Fighting Military Protective Orders

I recently filed a Motion in a Court-Martial asking for the military judge to terminate a Military Protective Order and grant relief because a commander unlawfully issued a Military Protective Order to one of his Marines.  When the commander testified at the hearing, he stated that the Military Protective Order (or MPO) was issued as […]

When an administrative separation board goes bad.

I routinely get calls from former members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army who have been involuntary separated after an administrative separation (ADSEP) board, or “Chapter” in the Army.  Most were discharged with an Other Than Honorable (OTH) characterization of service.  All want to know if they can get their discharge upgraded and get […]

Saving military careers, one sailor at a time

Originally published on Jacksonville.com Experienced Attorney and Navy JAG Veteran, Patrick Korody, Represents Members of the Military Facing Involuntary Administrative Separation (ADSEP)   Jacksonville, Florida (August 15, 2016) – Though they get a free military attorney, many Sailors, Marines, and Coastguardsmen in the Jacksonville, FL area are turning to local attorney and Navy veteran Patrick […]

Morphine and Codeine in Poppy Seeds Result in a Positive Urinalysis

Positive urinalysis for Codeine caused by poppy seed bread. I recently, and successfully, defended a service member who tested positive on a military urinalysis for codeine.  The immediate reaction to such a urinalysis is to screen the member’s medical record for prescription medication that contains codeine.  If the record contains no such prescriptions, the command […]


PRETRIAL CONFINEMENT IN THE MILITARY The military does not have prisons or jails.  Rather it has “brigs” for the Navy and Marine Corps and “stockades” or “disciplinary barracks” in the Army and Air Force.  The most notorious military confinement facility is the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  In recent years, the […]


  Adultery allegations in the military, without any other misconduct, are normally dealt with at non-judicial punishment (NJP, Captain’s Mast, Office Hours, Article 15).  Many members of the military believe that consensual sexual intercourse with or by a married person with another not his or her spouse is enough for the military to pursue the […]


DEFENSE OFFICE OF HEARINGS AND APPEALS NOTICE OF HEARING INDUSTRIAL SECURITY CLEARANCE (ISCR) Hearings Scheduled in Jacksonville, FL in July 2016 The Department of Defense, Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) recently issued the Notice of Hearing to all security clearance applicants in the Jacksonville, FL area who have pending hearings for July 2016.  […]