Chris Phan

Lieutenant Commander Christopher V. Phan is a United States Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps* officer who is currently recalled to active duty for one year to serve as legal counsel for our wounded troops in the Wounded, Ill, and Injured program at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

Chris immigrated to the United States from Vietnam when he was nine years old. His family settled in Carmel, Indiana. Chris attended Indiana University and Southern Illinois University School of Law where he was editor of the school's law journal.

In 1999, Chris joined the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps after passing the Illinois Bar. Chris served his first tour of duty at the Naval Legal Service Office, Branch Office Earle, New Jersey as defense counsel, legal assistance attorney, and Branch Head.

Chris reported to the Trial Service Office, Yokosuka, Japan in July 2003 and served as a Navy prosecutor. He then served as Staff Judge Advocate for Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group One from May 2005-May 2007. During this time, he deployed to Iraq with a SEAL squadron for six months. His primary duties there included detainee operations and advising Commanders on the rules of engagement and the Geneva Convention regulations.

Upon his return to California from Iraq and passing the California Bar, he decided to make California his home. Chris resigned from active duty in June 2008, opened his law practice in Fountain Valley and worked as a government contracts attorney for the Navy Office of General Counsel before he was recalled to active duty.

* Christopher Phan is a member of the United States Navy Reserve. Use of his military rank and department do not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.


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