Tully Rinckey PLLC Partner Larry D. Youngner, Esq.’ s work, leadership and outstanding reputation were recognized on Oct. 23 when Virginia Lawyers Weekly named him to its 2014 class of “Leaders in the Law,” which features attorneys who are “setting the standards for other lawyers in Virginia.”
In July 2014, Mr. Youngner joined Tully Rinckey PLLC as a partner. At the firm’s Arlington, VA office, he is applying the same leadership skills he honed in the Air Force to his work at Tully Rinckey PLLC. In addition to representing service members worldwide in matters such as courts-martial, Article 15s, letters of reprimand, and officer/enlisted separation proceedings, Mr. Youngner has taken on the position of overseeing and mentoring other former judge advocates on the firm’s military law team.
“It is an honor and privilege to be part of the 2014 class of Leaders in the Law,” said Mr. Youngner. “When I look at the rest of the 2014 honorees I find it very humbling and I am very grateful to the committee for my selection and to be part of such an outstanding group of people.”
Prior to coming to Tully Rinckey PLLC, Mr. Youngner spent 31 years in the military, six as an Army line officer and 25 in the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate. He held many distinguished and high-level positions around the globe. His last position was at the Pentagon, where he served as the JAG Corps chief of staff. Other top positions include six staff judge advocate assignments at every level of command and as the director of international law and operations law from 2006 to 2007.
One of the highlights of Mr. Youngner’ s JAG career was in 1994 when he successfully defended a Virginia resident in a high profile involuntary manslaughter case. The defendant was stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and was a crewmember aboard the Air Force airborne warning and control system (AWACS) that was involved in the 1994 friendly fire Blackhawk helicopters shoot down incident over Northern Iraq.
Mr. Youngner serves on the Judge Advocates Association (JAA) Board of Directors and he also is a volunteer mentor with the Executive Transition Assistance Program (ETAP). ETAP is a program that helps retiring senior officers and noncommissioned officers at the Pentagon, Joint Base Andrews and the National Capitol Region prepare for employment after their military careers.
Mr. Youngner received his juris doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1986. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Georgia in in 1983. Other degrees include a master of science from the National Defense University in 2006 and a master of laws from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA in 1998.