Nicholas B. Stampfli, J.D., LL.M.

Assist and Assess Team College of Maritime Operational Warfare
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
Nicholas B. Stampfli faculty photo


Cmdr. Nick Stampfli is from Olympia, Washington, and works as international law advisor for the College of Maritime Operational Warfare’s assist and assess team and as the director of national security law education for the Naval Justice School. His previous operational assignments include fleet judge advocate, U.S. Second Fleet; staff judge advocate, Carrier Strike Group Twelve; staff judge advocate, Submarine Group Seven in Yokosuka, Japan; and chief of operational law and rule of law advisor to II Marine Expeditionary Force while deployed to Iraq. He has also been assigned ashore in Washington, D.C., Groton, Connecticut, and Norfolk, Virginia.

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Areas of Expertise

  • International Law
  • Military Planning
  • National Security
  • Operational Warfare
  • Rules of Engagement

Professional Highlights


Legal Assistance Department Head, Region Legal Service Office Mid Atlantic

Supervising Attorney for the Navy's largest Legal Assistance program supporting the fleet with legal advice, wills, and powers of attorney.

Fleet Judge Advocate, U.S. Second Fleet

Provided command advice, operational law advice, to Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, and subordinate Strike Group staffs.

Staff Judge Advocate, Carrier Strike Group Twelve

Provided command advice to a Carrier Strike Group composed of Carrier Air Wing 7, Destroyer Squadron 2, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), and USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55).

Staff Judge Advocate, Submarine Group Seven

​Operational advice to a command providing support to submarines assigned to 5th and 7th Fleets and exercising command and control over submarines, surface ships, and aircraft.

Admiralty Attorney

Worldwide maritime law support for fleet ops, Navy-wide management of maritime claims, tort/contract litigation, international maritime law.

Senior Defense Counsel

Assistant Officer in Charge, Senior Defense Counsel, and Legal Assistance attorney for a large Naval Legal Service Command detachment serving the entire U.S. Northeast and providing support to Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen.

Chief of Operational Law, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Served as Chief of Operational Law and Rule of Law Coordinator for Multi-National Force-West, a multilateral, USMC-led command providing security and reconstruction support in Anbar Provice, Iraq.


LL.M., Georgetown University, 2017, National Security Law

J.D., Seattle University, 2007

B.A., Western Washington University, 2004, Political Science

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