Richard W. "Rick" Rousseau

Richard W. "Rick" Rousseau

Harker Heights, Texas

Colonel (Retired) Rick Rousseau has experience in every aspect of military law following 27 years on active duty as a Judge Advocate (JAG). He served in various positions, including twice as a Staff Judge Advocate (Senior Legal Advisor) for Fort Hood, Regional Defense Counsel, defense counsel, prosecutor, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and legal assistance attorney. Rick Rousseau served as a full-time law professor at The Judge Advocate General's (JAG) School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he taught estate planning, taxation, and veterans & survivor benefits. He also published numerous articles on legal assistance issues. He deployed three times as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Now he is back doing what he enjoys the most and does best- taking care of Servicemembers, military families, retirees, veterans, and residents across Texas.

Areas of Practice

  • Veterans Law
  • Military Law
  • Estate Planning, Guardianship & Probate
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death
  • Criminal Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Department of Veterans Affairs- VA Accredited Attorney


  • The Judge Advocate General's School U.S. Army, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • Master of Laws (LLM.) - 1997
    • Major: Military Law with a Specialty in Administrative & Civil Law
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • Master of Laws (LLM) - 1992
    • Major: Taxation
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas
    • Doctorate of Jurisprudence - 1987
  • U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
    • Master of Arts (MA) - 2011
    • Major: National Security & Strategic Studies
  • Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas - 2002
  • The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1982
    • Major: Education
  • Texas City High School, Texas City, Texas - 1979

Published Works


  • Beyond the Courts: Helping with VA Issues, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Veteran Justice CLE, 2019
  • Military Access to Juvenile Records, Military Discharges, Incarceration & VA Benefits, Galveston County Criminal Lawyers Association CLE, 2018
  • Military & Veterans Survivor Benefits, Military &Veterans Law Section CLE, 2018
  • VA Claims Process, Military &Veterans Law Section CLE, 2018
  • VA Appeals Modernization Act, Military &Veterans Law Section CLE, 2018
  • VA Benefits for Spouses, Former Spouses & Family Members, Military Divorce and Retirement Seminar, San Antonio Bar Association, 2017
  • Serving Those Who Served: Legal Issues Facing Veterans, State Bar of Texas Poverty Law Section Webinar, 2017
  • Serving Those Who Served: Legal Issues Facing Veterans, Galveston County Bar Association, 2017
  • Military Survivor Benefits Update, Military &Veterans Law Section CLE, 2016
  • Disabled Military Child Act, Military &Veterans Law Section CLE, 2016
  • Rule of Law in Afghanistan, Women, Peace & Security Conference, U.S. Naval War College, 2013
  • Rule of Law Issues & Initiatives in Afghanistan, U.S. Naval War College, 2012
  • Professor, Military& Veterans Survivor Benefits; Wills, Trusts& Estate; Will Drafting; Federal Income Taxation; and Federal Estate Taxation, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General School, 1998 - 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Meritorious Honor Award, U.S. State Department, Exceptionally Distinguished Service
  • Received the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush for service on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (a Federal Advisory Panel appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury), 2005 - 2008
  • Legion of Merit (with Bronze Oak Leaf)
  • Bronze Star (with Bronze Oak Leaf)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf, 4 Bronze Oak Leaves)
  • NATO Non-Article 5 Medal – ISAF (with Bronze Service Star)
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with three Bronze Service Stars)
  • Army Achievement Medal (with Bronze Oak Leaf)
  • Meritorious Unit Citation
  • Army Superior Unit Award
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star)
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon (4)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Military & Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Past Chairman
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Bell County Bar Association
  • Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA)
  • Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA)
  • Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Life Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Life Member
  • Judge Advocates Association
  • Fort Hood Bar Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce

Past Employment Positions

  • Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas, Adjunct Professor, Business Administration & Paralegal Studies Department, 2015 - 2018
  • Headquarters, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, Special Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate, 2014 - 2015
  • Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas, Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) (Senior Legal Advisor), 2013 - 2014
  • Justice Sector Division, Interagency Rule of Law Section, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Afghanistan, Director, 2012 - 2013
  • U.S. Naval War College, International Law, Newport, Rhode Island, Deputy Chairman and Professor of Law, 2011 - 2012
  • NATO Training Mission / Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan, Staff Judge Advocate and Senior Legal Advisor, 2009 - 2010
  • Headquarters, First U.S. Army, Fort Gillem, Georgia, Staff Judge Advocate, 2008 - 2009
  • Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas, Staff Judge Advocate, 2006 - 2009
  • Headquarters, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 2005 - 2006
  • U.S. Army Central Command, Area Support Group Kuwait, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Command Judge Advocate, 2004 - 2005
  • Southwest Region, U.S. Army Trial Defense Service, Fort Hood, Texas, Regional Defense Counsel, 2002 - 2004
  • Administrative & Civil Law Division, The Judge Advocate General’s School, U. S. Army, Charlottesville, VA, Professor, 1998 - 2001
  • Camp Casey, Republic of Korea, Senior Defense Counsel, 2nd Infantry Division, 1997 - 1998
  • 2nd Armored Division / 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, Senior Defense Counsel, 1994 - 1996
  • Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, Chief, Legal Assistance, 1993 - 1994
  • Fort Hood Tax Assistance Center, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, Officer in Charge, 1992 - 1993
  • Administrative Law and Claims, U.S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Chief, 1992
  • Claims and Legal Assistance, U.S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Chief, 1991 - 1992
  • U.S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Chief, Criminal Law & Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1990 - 1991
  • U.S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Chief, Legal Assistance, 1989 - 1990
  • Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Benning Georgia, Enlisted Soldier, 1988 - 1989
  • Fort Dix, New Jersey, Basic Combat Training
  • Law Office of Lawrence A. Rousseau, Houston, Texas, Office Manager/Law Clerk, 1983 - 1987