Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 16, 2013 13:47 ET

Queen's Counsel Designation

Military lawyer honoured among federal Queen's Counsel recipients who have demonstrated exemplary service

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 16, 2013) - Department of National Defence

Colonel Patrick Gleeson, Deputy Judge Advocate General/Operations, has received one of the highest honours within the legal profession-being designated federal Queen's Counsel (QC), as officially announced by the Department of Justice on December 11, 2013.

Colonel Gleeson is one of seven federal government lawyers who has demonstrated exemplary legal services to the Crown and to the Canadian military justice system.

Quick Facts

  • QC is traditionally recognized among many Commonwealth countries. The formal designation is titled "Her Majesty's Counsel learned in the law." Federal QC is bestowed upon members of the federal public service who have demonstrated great skill in oral and written advocacy, acuity and learning in legal policy development, and wise counsel in service to the Canadian Crown.

  • Colonel Gleeson's legal background spans 20 years and includes military and federal public service experience. In the 1990s, he served as a member of the National Defence Act Amendment Team, developing and implementing significant reforms to the National Defence Act, which led to strengthening and furthering the independence of Canada's military justice system, as it stands today.

  • Since then, Colonel Gleeson has served in several leadership positions within the Office of the Judge Advocate General; he was also seconded to the Department of Justice in the mid 2000s, coordinating the legal aspects of a variety of national security-related matters.

  • Colonel Gleeson has had significant involvement in developing military justice legislation, leading policy development, instructing on the drafting of legislation and assisting Parliamentarians in their consideration of legislative reforms in numerous forums, including as a witness before Parliamentary committees.


"I wish to extend my congratulations to Colonel Pat Gleeson for his dedication to the Crown and to Canada's Military Justice system. His work within the federal legal community over the past two decades merits such prestigious recognition."

- Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence

"Colonel Pat Gleeson is truly deserving of this honour. His distinction is a reflection of the quality of military legal advisors and highlights the significant role of legal officers in the wider Canadian legal community."

- Major-General Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General for the Canadian Armed Forces

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- Fact Sheet: Canada's Military Justice System:

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Associated Links

- Department of Justice News Release:

- Biography, Colonel Patrick Gleeson:

Contact Information

  • Media Liaison Office
    Department of National Defence
    (613) 996-2353
    Toll-Free: 1 866 377-0811