Tyler is an associate at Starnes Davis Florie. Tyler focuses his legal acumen on civil litigation to include medical liability, healthcare litigation, and medical device litigation. Prior to becoming a teammate at the firm, Tyler retired from the United States Army, serving first as an Armor Officer and then as a Judge Advocate General (JAG). He concentrated his Army legal practice on military criminal prosecution and providing legal advice to senior combat commanders both deployed and stateside.
- Tyler and his family are active members of Church of the Highlands.
- He is an usher and regularly takes part in small groups and serve projects with his church.
- He has been very active in coaching youth sports, particularly softball and baseball.
- Relevant Military Legal Experience:
- JUL 2014 – JUL 2016. Chief of Criminal Division, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters, U.S. Army—Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Responsible for all Army prosecutions for all combat units assigned to Alaska (bases at Anchorage and Fairbanks). Led a team of 5 attorneys and 10 support staff through well over 100 courts-martial including 63 contested trials, of which 8 were full jury trials. Cases involved child murder, adult and child rape/sexual assault, long-term domestic violence, child pornography, child abuse, drug distribution, fraud, desertion, and AWOL.
- JUN 2009 – JUL 2011. Prosecutor, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Successfully prosecuted 37 courts-martial including 18 contested criminal cases. Cases involved rape/sexual assault, drug distribution on Army base in Afghanistan, counterfeiting, fraud, child pornography, and military-specific crimes. 100% conviction rate on all cases taken to court.
- DEPLOYMENTS. War stories are available upon request, preferably over a beer:
- NOV 2012 – JUL 2013. Laghman and Kapisa Provinces, Afghanistan (rural mountain valleys between Kabul and Jalalabad). Brigade’s Senior Legal Advisor, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Advised combat commanders and their staffs on planned combat missions and reactive kinetic strikes for compliance with the Law of Armed Conflict and international law. Advised Afghan Army JAGs on trial advocacy, case preparation, and internal investigations.
- MAR 2004 – MAR 2005. Baghdad, Iraq. Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Officer-in-Charge, Green Zone Interrogation Facility, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (Task Force Baghdad). In charge of facility responsible for all care and questioning of all non-top secret-level detainees captured by unconventional units assigned to Green Zone as well as all detainees captured by units organic to his brigade. Acted as an intelligence analyst, warden, and judge for 878 detainees. Lauded as model program by Department of Defense Inspector General and International Red Cross inspectors.
- NOV 2001 – MAR 2002: Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait. Senior Tank Platoon Leader, A Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
- MAR – AUG 2001: Camp New York, Kuwait. Tank Platoon Leader, A Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
News & Insights
- Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife, Tiffany, and their three wonderful children.
- He is somewhat obsessed with Army and Alabama football and loves supporting his children in their various sporting pursuits.
- He once fought a forest fire in Montana, has been known to voluntarily jump out of perfectly good airplanes while in flight, and has a strong affinity for travel, good food, and red wine.
- He is also the fortunate owner of two precocious black labs and Dixie, the family’s dictatorial basset hound.