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Henry Lazzaro
Henry Lazzaro
United States Naval Captain, Judge
United States Navy, United States Department of Defense

Class of 1972

How has Triton College made an impact on your life?
The awesome learning experience at Triton College, most notably the wonderful professors, inspired me to continue my education. Triton College planted the seed that grew into whatever professional success I have had as an attorney, naval officer, and judge.

Following graduation from Triton College in 1972, Henry Lazzaro obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law, and a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War College.

Lazzaro began his legal career as an Assistant State’s Attorney and simultaneously obtained a commission in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served as the Chief Deputy Public Defender in Lake County, Illinois before founding his own law firm specializing in criminal defense.

Lazzaro was recalled to active duty by the Navy in 1997 to serve as the Head of the Navy and Marine Corps Defense Capital Litigation Resource Center. In 2000, he was appointed as an Administrative Judge with the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals, where he served until his retirement in 2013.

In addition to the three year recall to active duty in 1997, Lazzaro was recalled to active duty following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and on three other occasions to successfully represent military members who had been accused of war crimes and other capital offenses. Additionally, as a Naval Officer, he served as an international law officer for three commands, three tours of duty as a Commanding Officer for legal service office units, and as a General Courts-Martial Military Judge.

Lazzaro’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2010 and the Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Department of Defense in 2013.