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alum for his or her contribution to the legal field, service to the law school,
or other outstanding achievement. If you would like to nominate a fellow alum, please
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Kevin G. O’Grady, Class of 1997
The Law Office of Kevin O’Grady, LLC
After graduating from Touro Law Center, Kevin O’Grady opened up his own law office in Tucson, Arizona and then later moved to Mesa, Arizona, from 1997 to 1999. In 2000, he became a Deputy City Prosecutor for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona. Later in the same year, he became the Chief Prosecutor for the Ak-Chin Indian Community in Maricopa, Arizona. From 2000-2003 he worked at the Ak-Chin Indian Community, where he was appointed a Special Assistant United States Attorney, since certain crimes on Indian reservations can be prosecuted in United States Federal District Court. The Ak-Chin indian community was, and still is, a low population tribe located in between the Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas. The tribe, under the Indian Reorganization Act, had been for some time, trying to develop its own judicial system. In Arizona, enrolled members of Indian tribes are not subject to state criminal law on a reservation, but are subject to federal criminal law, under the Major Crimes Act as well as general federal law, and also tribal civil and criminal law. To that end, during his years there, Mr. O’Grady sat on a panel that drafted the proposed legislation that later became the tribe’s law and order code. In 2003 Mr. O’Grady was a Deputy Tribal Prosecutor and Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. The SRPMIC is a higher population tribe with a larger reservation that is within some of the city boundaries of the cities of Scottsdale and Mesa and is located in the eastern valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area. While at SRPMIC, Mr. O’Grady was the Domestic Violence Prosecutor and again assisted at the tribal legislative level with regard to proposed changes to the domestic violence code.
In 2003, Mr. O’Grady married his wife Linda and in 2004, following her career working as a manager for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, they moved to Coppell, Texas. Mr. O’Grady had, in 2002, joined the United States Army Reserves as a Judge Advocate and while in Texas was admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. In 2004 and 2005, Mr. O’Grady temporarily shut down his practice while he devoted significant time to the United States Army in a reserve capacity. In 2006, Mr. O’Grady was mobilized as a Reservist and sent to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. From 2006 until 2008, Mr. O’Grady was a Trial Counsel and then Senior Trial Counsel (Prosecutor) for the United States Army. At that time, the Army was undermanned in the JAG Corps. Mr. O’Grady was responsible for more than eight Brigade sized units and prosecuted cases ranging from manslaughter, rape, child pornography, AWOL, desertion, assault and others. In 2008, Mr. O’Grady continued to serve the Army, but in the capacity of a Legal Assistance attorney providing general legal assistance to soldiers.
In 2009, Mr. O’Grady opened the Law Office of Kevin O’Grady LLC and began his practice focusing on criminal defense, including Courts-Martial defense. Although his practice included various fields, his focus was criminal law generally and then later his practice became almost entirely focused on DWI cases (In Hawaii the offense is OVUII). A member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National College for DUI Defense, Mr. O’Grady focused on providing high quality representation instead of volume. From 2010 to 2013, his success rate for OVUII criminal charges was an impressive 97% win rate. In 2013 and 2014, Mr. O’Grady took three cases to the Hawaii Supreme Court which resulted in three published opinions in which all five justices ruled in favor of Mr. O’Grady. In 2014, on behalf of the Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mr. O’Grady authored an Amicus brief in the case of State v Won. The Won case is a DWI case that addresses the constitutionality of the DWI chemical test refusal statute, the fourth amendment issue of implied consent versus actual consent for obtaining a chemical test, a statutory provision that provides the right to counsel, and the question of whether or not the Hawaii state constitution provides a right to counsel in DWI cases. As the Hawaii Supreme Court accepted certiorari on all of the questions presented from the Intermediate Court of Appeals opinion, which the Appellant lost on all fronts, the case is expected to reshape DWI law in Hawaii. Mr. O’Grady no longer does Courts-Martial defense as he is a Major in the reserves and pursuant to Congress’ radical revisions to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, specifically but not limited to sexual assault cases, there is a need for experienced military justice practitioners, of field grade rank, to conduct Article 32 hearings. Article 32 hearings are somewhat akin to civilian preliminary hearings and are conducted by an Article 32 Investigating Officer. This IO acts as a judge for the hearing, even though he has not been appointed as a Military Judge.
Mr. O’Grady has been married to his beautiful and supportive wife Linda for twelve years and they have two sons, Kyle and Keegan, 8 and 6 years old respectively.
While at Touro Law, he was an active member of the Federalist Society. In preparation for practicing in Arizona, Mr. O’Grady spent his last year as a visiting student at the Univeristy of Arizona. Of his Touro Law education, Mr. O’Grady stated, “I got a good education from professors who wanted me to learn and were more concerned that I be a great lawyer in the future. I graduated prepared and ready to practice.”