Abby joined Kral Military Defense after almost 10 and a half years as an active duty officer in the Air Force JAG Corps. Abby spent her entire career in the Air Force working in military justice, litigating over 100 courts-martial and rising to become one of the Air Force’s most experienced trial attorneys. She voluntarily separated from active duty in July 2022 at the rank of Major/O-4.
Abby discovered her love and talent for trial work as part of the mock trial team during her college years at Wake Forest University. After graduating cum laude from Wake Forest, Abby attended law school at the Loyola University Chicago. Abby spent approximately a year in private practice in Chicago, Illinois before commissioning as a JAG in the Air Force.
Abby met Steph during her first assignment at Travis Air Force Base, California, where they worked side-by-side every day and litigated a trial together for the first of multiple times during their respective careers in the Air Force. Abby took on several roles in military justice during her first assignment, including the Chief of Nonjudicial Punishment, Chief of Litigation, and Chief of Military Justice, gaining expertise in different areas of the military justice process. She also quickly became her leadership’s go-to pick in the office to prosecute the toughest, most complex courts-martial, winning victories in sexual assault, drug, theft, and child pornography cases.
Abby was then competitively selected to serve as the Area Defense Counsel at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, where she was introduced to Danielle Espinosa, her defense paralegal. During this assignment, Abby honed her litigation skills, again winning victories for her clients in separation boards, nonjudicial punishments, and courts-martial. Abby’s work ethic, passion for military justice, and talent in the courtroom, earned her the ranking as the #1 of 85 area defense counsel in the Air Force.
Abby next achieved her dream of being selected to serve as a senior prosecutor, entering the ranks of the Air Force’s best and most skilled trial attorneys. Within a year, she earned designation as a special victim’s unit prosecutor and dedicated the next four years traveling the world and serving as the lead prosecutor on the Air Force’s most complex cases. She gained particular experience in victim-centric cases such as child pornography, sexual crimes against children, child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Her expertise led to her being selected to serve as an instructor at various courses for attorneys at the Air Force JAG School, as well as courses for law enforcement agents at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Through her work ethic and skill in the courtroom, she again achieved the top ranking in her field, earning the spot of #1 of 18 senior prosecutors. She capped her time on active duty as serving as one of the prosecutors in the Air Force’s historic first court-martial of a general officer.
Abby brings an immense level of military justice expertise and experience to KMD. She has dedicated over a decade of her life to becoming a skilled advocate who thrives at helping military members navigate a system that is often overwhelming. One of her favorite parts of criminal defense work is helping military members through often stressful process, so they not only get the best legal outcome possible but also feel as though they have someone who cares about their situation there to help.