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J. Heath Dillon

J. Heath Dillon

Heath Dillon Law LLC
  • Employment Law, Criminal Law, Military Law ...
  • Louisiana
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Biography

Heath Dillon was raised in Vernon Parish, Louisiana. He attended college at Northwestern State University for undergraduate studies, where he graduated with honors. He then attended the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree.

Heath was admitted to practice law in Louisiana in September of 1996. After law school, Heath was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served on active duty for 8 years in the ranks of First Lieutenant, Captain and Major.

In 2004, Heath resigned his commission as an Army officer in order to work for the Department of the Army at the Fort Polk Office of the Staff Judge Advocate as a civilian attorney. Heath worked in various positions within the Fort Polk legal offices, but spent most of his time as the senior and supervising attorney over the Fort Polk Administrative and Civil Law Office. There, Heath was responsible for providing legal guidance, advice and consultation to the senior leadership, management and supervisory staff of Fort Polk in broad ranging areas of the law such as contracts, labor and employment law, military investigations, regulatory and statutory interpretation, real estate and environmental law, as well as many other legal fields. Then, in the Summer of 2019, Heath retired from federal civilian service and began practice as an attorney in Leesville, Louisiana.

With over 24 years of legal practice, Heath has a proven record of legal excellence and dedication to service. Heath served years as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and labor and employment law attorney. Put his experience, professionalism and dedication to service to work for you today!

Education
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
J.D. (1996) | Law
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Northwestern State University of Louisiana
B.S. (1993) | Psychology
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Attended on Full Academic Scholarship and Worked Part-Time to Put Self Through School
Honors: Cum Laude
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Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Heath Dillon Law LLC
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Retired from service as a civilian with the Department of the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps to open my own practice in Leesville, Louisiana. My practice is a general law practice with emphasis in labor and employment law, criminal defense (military and civilian), all areas of military law, DUI/DWI defense, traffic offenses defense, and family law.
Chief, Administrative and Civil Law Division
US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
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Served as the civilian supervising attorney for the Fort Polk Administrative and Civil Law Division. Supervised an office of 4 civilian attorneys and multiple military attorneys, along with other support personnel. Served as the direct point of contact for senior leaders, managers and supervisors for all manner of legal questions.
Department of the Army Civilian Administrative Law Attorney
US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
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Resigned my commission as an Army Officer to take a civilian position in the Fort Polk Administrative Law Office. Continued to provide counsel and guidance to the Fort Polk community in all areas of military law.
Major, Senior Defense Counsel
US Army Trial Defense Service, Judge Advocate General's Corps
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Served as the senior and supervising military trial defense attorney for the Fort Polk military installation. Supervised an office of five personnel. Assigned criminal cases to myself or other attorneys for defense. Defended over 40 military courts-martial, including all manner of crimes from murder to sexual assault, drug related cases, battery, theft, and general inability to adapt to military life. Also defended hundreds of military separation actions, along with general officer memorandum of reprimand.
Captain, Chief of Administrative and Civil Law Division
US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
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As a Captain, served in a Lieutenant Colonel's role as the Chief of the Fort Polk Administrative and Civil Law Division. Providing direct and daily legal advice to the Fort Polk senior Command in all areas of the law. Basically served as in-house legal counsel for the Fort Polk military installation, its leaders, managers and supervisors.
Senior and Supervising Special Assistant United States Prosecuting Attorney
US Army JAG / US Attorney's Office
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Directly responsible for prosecuting all civilian criminal misconduct occurring on the Fort Polk military installation. Managed and prosecuted a docket of offenses ranging from traffic citations to DUI to felony cases in coordination with the US Attorney's Office. Supervised three other Special Assistant United States Attorneys in this role.
Captain, Administrative Law Attorney
US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
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Military administrative law attorney. Responsible for providing guidance, advice and counsel to the senior military leadership at Fort Polk in all areas of military law and in areas of civilian law that impact a military installation.
Captain, Trial Counsel
US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
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Military prosecutor for the Army at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Prosecuted over 30 Courts-Martial. Also directly responsible for processing and completion of military separation actions, separation board investigations and military letters of reprimand.
Captain, US Army
US Army Judge Advocate General Corps
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Legal claims defense attorney. Investigated and paid or denied claims made against the US Army for property damage, medical malpractice, etc. Supervised an office of 11 personnel.
Awards
Lawyer of Distinction - Criminal Law Defense
Lawyers of Distinction
Nationally recognized for distinguished practice of law in the area of criminal law defense.
National Lawyer of Distinction - Military Law
Lawyers of Distinction
Nationally vetted and recognized as a stand-out attorney in all areas of military law.
Professional Associations
Louisiana Association for Justice
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Louisiana State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section
Member
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National Association of Public Defenders
Member
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National Employment Law Association
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
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Public Defenders' Association of Louisiana
Member
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Louisiana State Bar Association  # 24270
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Louisiana
Louisiana State Bar Association
ID Number: 24270
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Western District of Louisiana Federal District Court
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard and American Express
Practice Areas
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Military Law
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
Languages
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. Is a military protective order still valid if the issuing commander has PCSd?
A: Yes, the MPO is still an enforceable order, despite the issuing officer's PCS. Violation of the MPO could result in your appropriate punishment by the new command.
Q. Is arm robbery a bigger charge than home invasion
A: Yes, the punishment for armed robbery is much more severe than for unlawfully entering an inhabited dwelling (home).
Q. What penalties should I expect for a first offence criminal trespassing?
A: I recommend consulting with a criminal defense attorney for an informed and professional discussion of possible plea and/or sentencing expectations. It would be both impracticable and likely unprofessional to guess at what a particular DA's Office might offer in the way of a plea agreement or what a particular district judge might order in the way of a sentence, particularly not knowing the circumstances of the alleged offense. LA R.S. 14:63 provides that the sentence for a first offense is a $100-$500 fine and/or up to 30 days imprisonment. Any confinement ordered could be suspended and probation would be an option. Again, consult with a criminal defense attorney for a better informed and more detailed discussion. Good luck.
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Contact & Map
Heath Dillon Law LLC
300 Courthouse Street
Leesville, LA 71446
Telephone: (337) 239-2244
Cell: (337) 353-8879
Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Available by cell phone after hours.