Dennis McCarthy

Lieutenant General Dennis McCarthy began his Marine Corps service as a platoon leader in Vietnam, and completed it as Commander of Marine Forces Reserve, having led that force for four years during the Corps’ largest reserve mobilization in history. After completing his service in uniform, he was Executive Director of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, a 60,000 member professional association in Washington, D.C.  He was subsequently nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense. He and his wife have one son in the Army National Guard and another in the Marine Corps Reserve.

As Assistant Secretary of Defense, he was responsible for policy development and execution for over one million members of the National Guard and Reserves of all services.  He was also responsible for the activities of the National Committee for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense entity tasked with establishing and maintaining positive relationships with the nation’s large and small employers whose support is so essential to members of the Guard and Reserve.  His office also supervised activities relating to reserve mobilization, training, and facilities.  He worked closely with key budget officials and with Members of Congress and with Congressional Committee staffs.

Education

General McCarthy graduated from Capital University Law School and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1975. From 1975 to 1978, Captain McCarthy served as a Judge Advocate at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Legal and Business Experience

From 1978 to 1999, Dennis was a civil trial lawyer in Columbus, Ohio and was managing partner of his own firm.  He was Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; an Adjunct Faculty member at Capital University Law School; a leader in state and national legal organizations; and a frequent CLE lecturer and contributor. During this period, he was active in the Marine Corps Reserve and was recalled to active duty on multiple occasions. He returned to active duty full time in 1999 and served until his retirement in 2005, completing over 40 years of active and reserve military service.  At that time he was the senior Lieutenant General in the Marine Corps.

In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Capital University Law School, and was named the Distinguished Alumnus for 2011. He currently serves on several advisory boards.  Prior to his return to government service, he was Vice Chairman of the Board of Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED) and was a member of the Board of Directors of Rivada Networks, Inc.