Brigadier William B. Dyer III is the Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations (IMA), with duty at The Pentagon. In this role, he manages the work of the Military Law and Operations sections of the Army’s Office of the Judge Advocate General, and advises high-level military commanders on worldwide legal and operational issues. He earned his bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute in 1985 and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1992. His military education includes a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, as well as the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Judge Advocate Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.
BG Dyer was initially commissioned in the U.S. Air Force and served on the Base Engineering Staff at Lowry AFB, CO. Following graduation from law school, he was commissioned in the Army and served four years on Active Duty at Ft. Gordon, GA as a Legal Assistance Attorney and Trial Defense Counsel.
After leaving Active Duty, BG Dyer joined the 213th Legal Support Organization and served in a variety of positions including Trial Counsel, Mobilization Officer, and Legal Assistance Attorney. He was then selected to serve as Staff Judge Advocate of the 416th Engineer Command’s Facility Engineer Center, Southeast. In 2003, he was mobilized and deployed with the 416th FEC-SE as part of the 3d Infantry Division for the initial invasion of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following redeployment, BG Dyer became an International/Operational Law Attorney (DIMA) at FORSCOM, and was later selected to be the Staff Judge Advocate for the 3d Medical Command at Ft. Gillem, GA. His following assignment was Staff Judge Advocate of the 335th Signal Command in East Point, GA.
In 2012, then-COL Dyer was selected to be the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 for the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command, where he oversaw all operational and training activities across the Command. Following his tenure as G-3/5/7, he took Command of the 153d Legal Operations Detachment in Philadelphia. He relinquished command in December 2015 to become the Deputy Commanding Officer (East) of the United States Army Reserve Legal Command, a position he held until his promotion to flag rank. He has held his current duty position since being promoted to Brigadier General, with the exception of an 8-month deployment to Afghanistan, where he led the combined US, NATO, and coalition initiative to establish the Rule of Law within the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Action Badge.
BG Dyer is a partner in the Atlanta office of Lee & Hayes, where he chairs the firm’s national intellectual property litigation practice, primarily focusing on patent, trademark, and trade secret issues. He has been nationally recognized by Chambers and Managing Intellectual Property as a leader in the intellectual property field, and is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property topics. He has been a faculty member of the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law since 2006, and is a member of the Georgia Bar.