Alumni Spotlight

Lisa Windsor ‘87

Lisa Windsor '87After working for 22 years with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Lisa Windsor, is utilizing her extensive experience, along with her commitment and dedication to military law, to serve the military community in our nation’s capital. The retired Army colonel is giving voice to past and present service men and women.

Searching for a career path that would utilize her background in Economics, Windsor enrolled at the University of Houston Law Center and got a glimpse of the world of military law during her first year when she landed a summer JAG internship in Washington, D.C. “The internship was an amazing opportunity, and it later lead to my direct commission as a JAG officer,” she said.

As a JAG officer and attorney, Windsor’s practice covered everything affecting military operations, including criminal law, legal assistance, civil and administrative law, labor and employment law, international and operational law, and contract and fiscal law. “I had great opportunities to practice all over the world from Washington, D.C., to Hawaii to Korea,” she said. “A few of the cases resonate with me to this day and stand out in my mind like the child sexual abuse cases I tried while I was at Ft. Hood.”

Throughout her long military career, she has served in many capacities, including military criminal defense counsel, command legal advisor, deputy staff judge advocate and faculty instructor. In addition, as a defense counsel for the 9th Infantry Division and 1st Corps, and senior trial counsel for the 1st Cavalry Division, Windsor has personally tried more than 75 courts-martial and represented the government in more than 100 administrative hearings. She has personally investigated dozens of cases and conducted countless witness interviews. “As an officer, I was able to give my legal education a good workout,” she said. “I essentially tried all the same offenses as in state court along with the whole gamut of military offenses.”

Furthermore, Windsor served as a training branch chief for the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command and a faculty instructor at the U.S. Army War College. At the Legal Command, she was responsible for the training and development of more than 1,700 reserve attorneys, paralegals and legal administrators. Windsor retired as an Army colonel and joined Tully Rinckey PLLC to continue practicing military law and serving the military community as a criminal defense attorney. “Looking back on my career, I have come to appreciate the hands-on training I received from the Law Center,” she said. “It has proven to be a great foundation for all the work I have done.”

During Windsor’s more than two decade-long career, she has earned numerous military awards which include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak cluster. She also has written research papers on secondary traumatization in military spouses, the effects of combat, sexual assault and post-traumatic stress disorder on female veterans and the effectiveness of current interrogation methods on Islamic fundamentalists.

Windsor resides in Washington, D.C., and has served as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, the Hawaii International Film Festival and the LA Harbor International Film Festival. She is also a member of the Texas Bar Association – Military Law Section and a lifelong member of the U. S. Army War College Alumni Association.