Gordon E. Modarai, CAPT
Stockton Center for the Study of International Law
Captain Gordon E. Modarai comes to the U.S. Naval War College from the Office of the General Counsel of the Navy where he served as the Executive Assistant and Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Navy. Prior to this assignment, he also served as the Staff Judge Advocate for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa; and Commander, United States SIXTH Fleet; and, Commanding Officer of Region Legal Service Office, Midwest.
Captain Modarai was commissioned as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy in 1992, after receiving his Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from the Vermont Law School. He received a post-graduate LL.M degree (with highest honors) in environmental law from the George Washington Law School in 2005. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Maine and the State of Texas.
He has served at sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), as the command’s staff judge advocate. During his sea tour, he made two wartime deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, including the initial U.S. response following the attacks of September 11, 2001. He also served aboard the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), where he served as the staff judge advocate for Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, a multinational task force to protect the Libyan civilian population.
Ashore, he has been assigned to Headquarters, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, where he served as legal counsel for operational and international law; and as chief of administrative law. He also served as a senior litigator within the Navy’s Office of General Counsel, heading the Navy’s SONAR litigation defense. His Staff Judge Advocate assignments include Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Submarine Group NINE, in Bangor, Washington. His Naval Legal Service Office assignments include, NLSO Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as senior defense counsel and interim executive officer; and Naval Legal Service Office Europe and Southwest Asia - London.
Captain Modarai’s awards include the Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Joint Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards_, and the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), and various other decorations.
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