James Lobsenz: the lawyer who won Margaret Witt's reinstatement

Lesbian flight nurse Margaret Witt, who was kicked out of the military in 2004 when it was discovered she was in a relationship with a civilian woman, was reinstated to the Air Force Reserve last week, thanks in large part to the work of James Lobsenz of Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle.

Lobsenz, who practices appellate law, said in his closing argument that the Air Force had shown no evidence that Witt, who had won awards for distinguished service, would cause problems if she returned to her medical evacuation squadron. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton in Tacoma, Wash., agreed.

"I wouldn't say [the decision] came as a real surprise because I thought we had overwhelming evidence, but you can never expect it to happen," Lobsenz told Super Lawyers, adding that if the Air Force appeals he will stay with the case. "I'm just happy for Margie. I think we've gotten her career back."