Michael C. Petta, J.D.

Military Professor Stockton Center for International Law
Cmdr., U.S. Coast Guard
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Cmdr. Petta enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1992 and served 10 years as a sonar technician before separating to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School. In the U.S. Coast Guard, he has served in engineering, legal and logistics billets. He is now a military professor and the associate director of maritime operations with the Stockton Center of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Maritime Strategy

Professional Highlights


U.S. Coast Guard Commander (O-5)

Led USCG national effort to conduct a stewardship transfer of Boston Light, upholding statutory obligation to preserve historical character of nation's first and oldest light station.

U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant (O-3)

As a Judge Advocate General with the USCG, served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Ohio and successfully argued in federal court to obtain $500k in restitution for the U.S. and Canadian governments.

Sonar Technician, Submarines

Separated from the USN as a first class petty officer after 10 years of active service at Naval Recruiting Command, Naval Submarine School, and on the USS Maryland (SSBN738).


J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

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