U.S. Marine Corps
Major Matthew P. Banks is a Navy Officer serving as agency counsel in the General Litigation Division in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. He grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and attended college at Miami (OH) University. While in college, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2001. After being commissioned as an officer, he attended law school at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He entered active duty in the Marine Corps in June 2009 and after some Marine Corps training, he began practicing law in October 2010. He has served as a Defense Counsel, Civil Law Attorney, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Detainee Operations Attorney, and Environmental Law Attorney. In that time, he earned a Master of Laws in Government Procurement and Environmental Law from The George Washington University Law School. He has also traveled to the countries of several U.S. allies to provide International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law training.