San Diego Military Lawyer

San Diego military lawyer Will Bruzzo served in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged with a rank of Major in 2000.  Since then he has been practicing criminal law in Southern California.

Warrant of promotion
This is warrant of promotion for Mr. Bruzzo to a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve

Mr. Bruzzo’s military experience, his criminal law experience, his proximity to San Diego, and his knowledge of the San Diego courts enable him to provide excellent representation for San Diego military clients.

Military law is a specialty and Will Bruzzo understands both the Military Code of Justice and the civilian criminal code, and Will Bruzzo has been trained as a military lawyer. He is a sworn and certified under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Contact him today if you need help in a military law case or any other criminal matter.


I am on active duty in the Military of the United States. I was charged with use of a controlled substance in violation of Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ); I was also charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in violation of Article 111 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ); in addition I was charged with one more much less serious charge. I faced up to one year of incarceration; forfeitures and fines and loss of all my rank. If I was convicted of the article 112a charge I would have been administratively separated from the military even if the court did not discharge me. I wanted to remain in the Military and so I went about trying to find the best lawyer I could. I was referred to Attorney William W. Bruzzo who I learned from another lawyer is an experienced military attorney.  Mr. Bruzzo studied my case and met with me to decide strategy. He also sent me to counseling and employed experts to aid in my defense. Mr. Bruzzo first tried to negotiate my case with the Government. When a resolution was not possible he advised me to take the matter to trial. Mr. Bruzzo fought very hard at trial and presented me and the evidence in the best possible light. After several days of evidence and argument the members (military jurors) came back with a finding of NOT GUILTY, on the Article 112a (use of a controlled substance) and NOT GUILTY on the Article 111 (operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol). This result meant that I would not be automatically removed from the military and that I could continue my career. I believe that if Mr. Bruzzo was not my lawyer I would not have had such a good result. Accordingly, I enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any military criminal matter.

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Will Bruzzo receiving end of tour award from Major General RG Richard, Marine Corps Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 1997. Mr. Bruzzo served as a Judge Advocate and the Company Commander of “A” Company, H&S Battalion.
  • DT, March 10, 2009

I am an active duty member of the United States Military. I was charged with rape under Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice; this crime carries unlimited punishment and can result in an individual going to prison for life. I needed an experienced attorney who also had experience in the military courts. I hired William W. Bruzzo, a criminal defense attorney who is also a former Judge Advocate and a Major in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Bruzzo set to work defending me and used his knowledge to retain experts for my case at Government expense and then used them to effectively defend my case. Mr. Bruzzo also worked hard to discredit the alleged victim by showing that the injuries to her were from someone who had sex with her after me. Mr. Bruzzo prepared his case well then fought hard every day of trial with the end result that I was found NOT GUILTY OF THE RAPE CHARGE. Without Mr. Bruzzo’s hard charging defense I could have gone to prison for a very long time. I am very grateful to him and I would enthusiastically recommend him for any military case.

4th Tank Battalion
Major Bruzzo was the Executive Officer for H&S Company, 4th Tank Battalion, Mira Mesa, California 1997-2000
  • GM, Date: 11/8/03

Client was charged with Rape of a child under the age of 12 years; sodomy of a child under the age of 12 years and faced a maximum of life in prison. Attorney William W. Bruzzo took this case to trial and filed 8 evidentiary motions that were argued prior to the trial commencing. After closing argument and while the jury was deliberating whether the Defendant was guilty or not guilty, the prosecutor mentioned to Mr. Bruzzo that he would be asking for 28 years of prison if the client was found guilty. However, after less then an hour of deliberation the jury came back NOT GUILTY on all counts. But for Mr. Bruzzo’s efforts the client’s life would have been ruined.

Positive Urinalysis (Article 112a of the UCMJ)

Client was charged with violation of Article 112(a) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (Possession of a controlled substance) when a sample of the client’s urine came up positive for a controlled substance. Mr. Bruzzo, who is a former Major in the Marine Corps, represented the client in the case. He filed papers in the court demanding a hearing to see whether the Government had complied with the proper procedures for urine testing. Shortly after he filed the motion, the Government withdrew charges and DISMISSED the case against the client because they had not followed proper procedures. Until Mr. Bruzzo filed these papers the Government had not been forthcoming about the mistakes they had made.

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