Meet Joel Pettit

Military Disability & Veterans Disability Lawyer

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Joel Pettit Law Founder

Meet the JPL Founder

Joel L. Pettit is a former Marine Corps Judge Advocate and solo practitioner based in Washington, DC, specializing in all phases of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES). He has advised or represented over 1000 Service members and veterans during Informal and Formal Physical Evaluation Boards (IPEB and FPEB, respectively), post-FPEB appeals, and VA appeals.

Additionally, Joel assists Service members with everything from Medical Evaluation Boards (MEB) and military record corrections to Medical Readiness Reviews (MRR), Line of Duty (LOD) issues, and veteran disability appeals. Joel has the depth of experience to tackle any issue related to the IDES.

Prior to founding Joel Pettit Law, Joel worked for the Department of the Navy in its elite Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL) Unit at the FPEB aboard the Washington Navy Yard.

Between Joel’s Marine Corps career and his most recent FPEB position, Joel served as a Counterespionage and Counterintelligence Special Advisor with the FBI and as a healthcare executive at DaVita Kidney Care.

Joel is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and a Master of Business degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, with focuses on Finance, Accounting and Economics. He received his Juris Doctor, with concentrations in Employment and Securities Law, from Washington University in St Louis School of Law.

Although Joel lives in Washington, DC, he is a native Californian raised between Los Angeles and San Francisco. In his free time, he enjoys studying Greek and Roman philosophy and watching F1 racing.

Joel Pettit, PEB Lawyer, PEB Attorney, AV Rated


  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • M.B.A., Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
  • B.A., University of California Los Angeles


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association