Mr. Kannady had an extensive military career as a respected litigator in complex cases. He is known as a subject matter expert in complicated and sensitive military courts. Mr. Kannady currently maintains a Top Secret/SCI security clearance. He currently serves as a Staff Judge Advocate for the Air National Guard, Oklahoma Joint Force.
Mr. Kannady faithfully served as a United States Marine Corps Officer with duties as both a military prosecutor and defense counsel where he has and continues to litigate high profile cases. Additionally, he previously served as the office in charge for one of the few Marine Corps extended legal assistance programs, where he handled a wide array of civil matters in state court proceedings.
Mr. Kannady deployed to Iraq with the Legal Service Support Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom prosecuting cases all over Iraq for the Marine Corps, while also handling detainee operations. During his time stateside, Mr. Kannady served as a defense counsel for several years litigating specialized cases involving homicide, rape, drug related offenses and multi-faceted conspiracy cases. Mr. Kannady had an incredible 97% retention rate of the clients he represented while on active duty.
Mr. Kannady also served as a defense counsel in the Guantanamo Bay military commissions. His work with the commissions took him to several operational environments including Afghanistan, Sudan and Qatar for extremely sensitive investigative missions. Mr. Kannady was able to balance national security matters with diplomatic negotiations that proved to be very successful. Mr. Kannady was involved with the release of one of his clients and the negotiation of one of the few pretrial agreements aimed at the release of another client. Mr. Kannady was successful in these negotiations as he balanced the interests of his client with the demands of several intelligence agencies, the Department of Justice and the State Department.
After graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Letters from the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Kannady went on to complete a Masters in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor also from the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, Mr. Kannady also holds a Master of Laws in National Security and Foreign Relations Law from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Mr. Kannady is married with two children and currently resides in Oklahoma.