Compass Rose Legal Group, PLLC

Criminal Defense Law | Washington, DC, DC

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Compass Rose Legal Group has a diverse practice area tailored to prospective, current, and former civilian federal employees, defense contractors, members of our active duty and reserve military, and journalists. We are subject-matter experts in federal employment, security clearance, and national security matters. The firm’s foundation rests on its proven experience and professionalism while zealously providing legal representation for its clients. Notably, it’s attorneys are uniquely qualified to perform in these areas, having years of experience working on such matters within the Federal Government as well as the private sector.

Notably, the prior Federal Government experience of Managing Partner Andrew P. Bakaj, a former CIA Officer and Federal investigator, as well as Partner I. Charles McCullough, III, the former Intelligence Community Inspector General appointed by President Obama, ensures that our clients receive the highest caliber counsel in the industry.

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Hours of Operation

  • monday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • friday 8:00am - 6:00pm


  • Congressional Investigations
  • Criminal and Administrative Investigations
  • Federal Employment Law
  • Freedom of Information Act and Pre-Publication Guidance
  • Internal Investigations
  • Security Clearance and Polygraph
  • The Compass Rose Financial Debt Recovery Program
  • Whistleblower Representation

Payment Types

  • American Express
  • Check
  • Cash
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • Visa


  • An Attorney Who Goes Above And Beyond

    I have worked with and used several attorneys over the years. Just like any profession, you have people that are horrible and some that are decent, but every once in awhile you find someone who goes above and beyond. Andrew Bakaj is that attorney. Several months ago, I ran into an issue while being hired for a new position that required a Top Secret Clearance. Immediately Andrew was attentive to each phone call and question I had. My response had a deadline of two weeks and he was able to get an extension immediately and then kept in contact with me while he prepared my paperwork. Eventually, it worked out and I was awarded favorably. I know that this would not of been obtained without Andrew’s help. I highly recommend him.

    ~ Jeremy (U.S. Government Agency, Suitability & Security Clearance)

  • Great Security Clearance Attorney

    I retained Andrew for a snag I hit on my security clearance for a job with a government agency. I nearly lost a prospective job over initial disclosures I had to make at the beginning of the clearance process. I called a number of large DC area firms who claim to specialize in these matters, but I wasn’t given much confidence they cared about my case– in fact most of them wrote my case off as an impossibility. Andrew however, took a more personal interest and showed he was able to devote more time and care to my case, though he admitted it was a long shot.

    He helped me build an incredibly strong appeals package that we submitted to the agency in question, and put much more care and attention to detail into it than I feel I would have gotten elsewhere. His extra hard work paid off– the agency overturned their initial decision and re-awarded my position to me! I don’t think this happens often for a person in my position. In fact I know it doesn’t. Because of the effort, personal interest, and attention to detail that Andrew put into my case, I was able to keep a job that I otherwise would have lost. You can’t ask for a better investment in an attorney than that.

    ~ Chris (Department of State, Suitability & Security Clearance)

  • Outstanding Legal Service

    I asked Mr. Bakaj to represent me in a sensitive matter involving the Federal government based on his prior experience. He was everything a person could hope for in counsel: he cares; he listens; he gets to the heart of the issue & identifies the necessary actions; he puts a plan in place; and he works with the client to prepare & conduct the necessary activities with no doubt whatsoever he’s there for you 100%. We were successful in our effort, and I have no doubt that without his lead, it probably would’ve been a different outcome. I would ask for his help again in a second and recommend him without reservation.

    ~ Tim (Department of Homeland Security, Security Clearance)

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1250 Connecticut Ave NW, suite 700
Washington, DC, DC 20036
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