Robert E. “Bert” Nunley is one of the preeminent trial attorneys in the United States today, practicing primarily in federal court from his mountain-top office in Western North Carolina. His vast courtroom experience is nearly unparalleled. In private practice since 2000, Bert previously served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of North Carolina and as a career Marine Corps infantry officer and Judge Advocate.
Throughout his thirty-plus-year career at the bar, Bert has participated as either the prosecutor, defense attorney or the judge in over 750 jury trials and in more than 14,000 criminal cases. As a military judge, he presided over several, highly-publicized trials of international interest, including the 1998-99 court-martial of a Marine Corps pilot, following the deaths of 20 people in the Italian Alps, after a jet flew through a cable and a cable car fell 356 feet to the valley floor below. More recently, in 2006, Bert was retained by the Associated Press to help defend Bilal Hussein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist being held by the U.S. military in Iraq. After almost two years of confinement, the military ultimately filed terror-related charges against Mr. Hussein in the Central Criminal Courts of Iraq. Bert and his team fought those allegations in Baghdad, ultimately securing Mr. Hussein’s release in April, 2008.
Bert has been a frequent lecturer on ethics and professionalism and a trial advocacy instructor. He has also held above top secret clearances and participated in multiple investigations with Congressional and National Command Authority (NCA) interest.
Bert is a Distinguished Graduate 1987 of the University of Kansas School of Law (Order of the Coif). There he also served as the Technical Editor of the Kansas Law Review and the Associate Editor of the Kansas Criminal Procedure Review. He holds an LL.M., with distinction, in Military Law, with a Criminal Law Specialty from The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army in Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition, he was the Distinguished Graduate from the 38th Military Judges Course in 1995.