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Walter LaCon concentrates much of his practice in the Appellate Law Practice Group, handling matters of civil and criminal law at the state appellate level. He joined Cooper Levenson in 1999.
A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Walter served for 12 years as a Judge Advocate with the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve. He also worked in law firms in South Jersey and North Carolina where he handled cases involving First Amendment issues, land use, and federal bankruptcy.
While working as a consultant for Catholic Relief Services in 1999, Walter used his legal skills to help facilitate distribution of aid and assist in the rebuilding of the municipal governmental infrastructure in the war-torn region of Kosovo. He was ordered back to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and from February 2005 to March 2006. He served in support of the Staff Judge Advocate's Office for the II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. This included a tour of duty in Fallujah, Iraq, where he served as the legal advisor to the Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Forward, on the law of war regarding detainee operations - for which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Walter also has served on the New Jersey State Supreme Court Committee on Character Part IV since 2006. He is currently the Chair of Part IV and has served in that capacity since 2009. He is a member of the bar of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
A graduate of Trenton State College (B.S., 1979) and Rutgers University School of Law - Camden (J.D., 1990). Walter was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1991; certified as a United States Marine Corps Judge Advocate pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 827, Article 27(b), in 1991; the United States Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces in 1995; New Jersey in 1996; the United States District Court of New Jersey in 1998; and the Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims in 2008.