Show Cause Boards, otherwise known as Boards of Inquiry and Field Boards of Inquiry continue to come down from installation GOSCAs (General Officer Show Cause Authorities) and from the services respective Personnel Commands with increasing frequency. These Show Cause elimination boards can derail an otherwise outstanding career. And many times, the officer involved is being targeted for elimination based on allegations which came out years before the Board sits. It’s absolutely essential to have the best help possible to defend yourself all along this emotionally draining and difficult process. I suggest that if and when you receive a Notice of Elimination (Show Cause) memorandum, you contact us immediately for a thorough assessment. We’ll take it from there.
You can reach us at Office: 214 363-1828 or via email at Info@meililaw.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Bill Meili, Attorney and Counselor at Law, COL(R), JA, USAR
Good evening folks.
I had been working a few matters earlier today, when my daughter texted a
question. “What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received,” she asked. Well,
I had to think about that. Thought about it pretty much all day, and I just
responded back to her. Thought I’d share it here. I got it from a friend I’ve
always held in the highest regard — Judge William Sowder from Lubbock, Texas
when he was still in private practice, and I was just hanging out my shingle about 21 years ago. I think Bill got it from his Dad, a long-time, well loved attorney in Lubbock in his own
Though I didn’t believe it fully at the time, I’ve come to realize that it’s right on the
money. Here’s what Bill told me:
“It’s not the final result that most clients care about, so much as how they feel they were treated and taken care of by you — their attorney — over the course of the representation that matters most.”
That general wisdom and advice probably applies to most fields of endeavor and
relationships generally. It’s certainly good stuff to chew on as July fades to August here in North Texas. As always, Bill
Gratitude, a good friend once told me, is the king of emotions. Along those lines, then — the following:
Officer client facing a career ending Board of Inquiry, was lucky enough last week to have his entire case history reviewed by his Commanding General. Sometimes, when the parties can sit down and take a moment to review the fundamental truth of a situation, good things happen. Of course …it helps to have a CG who cares deeply about all his troops, especially those who are torn up physically and psychologically. We had such a commander in this case.
My guy didn’t get a free pass. He took ownership, and held himself accountable for his actions. As a result, provided he comports himself properly, he’ll be given an opportunity to retire from active duty, with dignity, respect …. and the lifelong, medical pension he’s earned as a result of his service to the country.
It felt really good traveling home from this one.
If you or someone you know needs help defending a Board of Inquiry — or any other administrative elimination action — please call me.
Respectfully, Bill Meili, Attorney and Counselor at Law, COL(R), JA, USAR, 214 363-1828: Office; 214 536-3888, Cell
Apropos of the thoughts in my 15 March 2013 Face Book business post re patience, persistence and a little luck, consider this vignette:
Representing a combat medic trainee. Good guy, smart, independent minded, a little naïve and immature (he’s 22) – with a bit of a challenge vis a vis the social graces … patience not a strong suit. Translation: He’s got a short fuse.
So he buys a trip to the local hospital for an evaluation and the uniformed docs there recommend separation for “personality disorder”. Commander at the time wants to get rid of this kid, and puts him in a “hold for separation” category. However, there’s another report by a contract civilian, extremely experienced psychiatrist saying the kid is “good to go.” In other words, he’s a valuable asset who should be allowed to finish the last two three weeks of his specialty training. But … the commander isn’t budging, and he’s apparently not even looking at the second opinion. He didn’t even call the second doc back despite repeated calls and emails to get his attention. Not good.
What happens? The former commander is relieved about ten days ago. Gone unceremoniously …. Don’t know why. A new CO arrives and immediately begins to look at the many separation files pending. He and I speak a week ago and what he said still resonates: “Fathers and mothers across this country entrust their kids to us and expect us to train them properly, as they should. I don’t think your guy was afforded everything he was entitled to; I’m not saying he’s a saint by any means, but I’m willing to take a second look at his packet.” Still get goose bumps thinking about that call.
The new CO has eighteen years in — former Drill Sergeant with a wealth of wisdom and experience way above his 0-3 pay grade. He’s who I want to see more of in positions of leadership across the board. Sad to say there are all too few of his kind out there.
The new CO has been good to his word. My client is back in a training rotation and not facing imminent separation. If he doesn’t make it now, well, it’s all on him: he knows it, his family knows it, everyone’s read in. I really hope I get to go to this kid’s graduation in a few weeks. I’ll look him in the eye, shake his hand, tell him job well done, and, “mind your P’s and Q’s from here on out.” Then I’ll go over to his new CO and salute him before I shake his hand.
Like I said, patience, persistence, a little luck … and men and women who know how to lead, and aren’t afraid to do so. Makes my job look easy.
That’s it for now. Happy Easter weekend to all.
Bill Meili, Attorney and Counselor at Law, COL (Ret.), JA, USAR, 214 363-1828, email@example.com
Exemption From a Navy Involuntary Mobilization — Testimonial
Being contemporaneously in the military reserves and at a critical juncture in your civilian job, and then being mobilized, is a nightmare that recently found its way into the reality of my life. After 16 years in the Air Force and now Navy (both active duty and Reserves), I was facing a one year mobilization to Afghanistan. My situation was difficult as I am employed overseas in a company that does not follow US law. As an executive in the company, I was told that my job would not be guaranteed upon my return. Further, because I worked overseas and my family was stateside, the mobilization would be doubly detrimental. I, therefore, sought Mr. William Meili’s assistance.
From the first telephone conversation Bill treated the situation with very great professional and personal aplomb. All options were presented and discussed with my spouse and me. While considerable work was done electronically and by phone the initial discussion was up close and personal. Bill flew to my home state in order to interview both my spouse and myself-together and alone. Virtually, every stone was turned over and examined. A punch list was developed with assignments and timelines since I was given only 6 weeks to mobilize and my daughter’s wedding was within that timeframe. It was a very stressful period. Local command was not sympathetic, nor was a Review Board.
This did not deter Bill from ferreting out the possibilities. Of course, being a veteran of the service and a seasoned JAG officer, his insider knowledge was a tremendous asset. His contacts in military personnel and command hierarchy make him uniquely positioned to adjudicate such difficult issues. He was relentless with follow-up, which included weekends, and staying on point, which mitigated much of the anxiety that I and the family were experiencing. His advice was not only consoling but pragmatic — never over the top, but cautiously optimistic. The entire process was a unified partnership.
The entire formal process took 6 weeks to investigate, prepare and submit. Behind the scenes Bill quietly and effectively worked his contacts for guidance as well as support. It all came together with an outcome that was positive for all parties.
Since that time Bill has remained in contact with me regarding my status and whether there have been any follow up problems.
In sum, Bill Meili is not only the expert when it comes to dealing with thorny issues involving military duty and complex civilian career situations, but also a down-to-earth human being who makes every effort to get the job done in a compassionately professional manner.
I cannot recommend him highly enough. He stands out in the legal profession.
Re our 1 Feb 13 Post re the successful Board of Inquiry at Ft. Bragg, please see the below from our Client’s grateful and very much relieved wife. Call us as soon as you can if you or a loved one face one of these career ending “Show Cause” Board actions. This is definitely not something you want to handle by yourself. Best, Bill Meili — Office: 214 363-1828. Cell: 214 536-3888
SHOW CAUSE – BOI THANKS FROM AN ARMY WIFE
I strongly recommend William “Bill” Meili to defend you if you’re facing a Show Cause Board of Inquiry for separation from the service. When the active Army defense lawyer never materialized for my Active Guard Reserve husband, we reached out to a personal friend, who recommended Bill. When we discovered Bill’s past as an Army Judge Advocate and retired Colonel (0-6), we knew we were getting someone to represent our interests who knew the service and UCMJ well, and who was also intimately familiar with all aspects of administrative elimination process and procedure.
Immediately, Bill put us to work gathering historical data and paperwork … and answering some tough, focused questions; all of which helped build the foundation for a successful Show Cause Board defense. My spouse faced separation due to what appeared to be “errant” behaviors: his growing inability to concentrate, anger and impatience – which led to extremely poor conflict resolution — and nagging issues with short-term memory loss. My husband had been an infantry company commander during extended combat operations in Iraq. What we didn’t know was that after he demobilized, he was suffering from undiagnosed PTSD and TBI. His chain of command was equally unaware – in large part because my husband was keeping everything “bottled up” inside. Bill was instrumental in helping us identify, discuss and document crucial issues, which he then used to build a case centered on taking care of a “wounded warrior”. After proper medical treatment by a multi-disciplinary team, my husband is alive, and on his way to becoming whole again.
I thank Bill Meili for his service to our country, to our Soldiers and Service members, and to our family. Because of Bill, my husband will remain in the service, continue receiving the medical care he needs, and he will be able to retire with dignity and respect.
We are forever grateful. | An Army wife.
Excellent week last week on the Show Cause Board of Inquiry front. This latest case was particularly gratifying since the GOSCA (General Officer Show Cause Authority) took the time and after careful consideration of our rebuttal brief and appeal, recommended that the action against our client be recalled and that the client be retained in service. In other words, we were successful on the front end of this matter, and did not have to proceed to an actual Board hearing. That’s not all that common, and again, we’re extremely grateful for the GOSCA’s action in this matter. My client’s testimonial is attached below, and also on my website’s testimonial page under Show Cause Boards. If you or someone you know has been notified by HRC, or by the command, of an Intent to Eliminate (Show Cause), you owe it to yourself and your family to obtain the best representation possible in order to preserve your career. Please call our office at your earliest convenience. 214 363-1828 Very Respectfully, Bill Meili
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While looking for a lawyer who understood military law, Mr. Melli’s firm appeared as one of the top search results on the internet. After reading Mr. Meili’s profile, I decided to give him a call. Immediately his personable manner was apparent and within minutes I made the decision to have him represent me. Mr. Meili clearly explained the process necessary for me to understand what a Show Cause Board was and he explained his strategy for me to be retained in the Army. Mr. Meili responded promptly and thoroughly to all my questions and concerns. He created a path forward for me, and once we started, my hope for a positive result began to improve. Eventually, I received positive relief. The Commanding General on my installation accepted my rebuttal and recommended that I be retained in the Army. Now I can continue my career with the Army and retire. Mr. Meili’s services went above and beyond attaining a positive result. He became a true friend, concerned with my future and overall well-being. I highly recommend him to anyone facing a similar career ending situation.
Chief Warrant Officer, US Army