Many times, getting an early jump on potential security clearance disqualifiers and issues broadly can have a profound effect on the course of a case. This week, I was happy to learn that a former client who did just that — coming in early for a comprehensive consultation — has kept his top secret clearance and is looking forward to an SCI grant later this year. His description and experience in seeking and obtaining professional counsel with our firm follows:
INDUSTRIAL SECURITY CLEARANCE DEFENSE TESTIMONY
Industrial Security Clearance Defense Testimony
I’m an independent contractor consultant with clients in the Department of Defense, as well as the Intelligence Community. I have a TS clearance, and was mid-process for my SCI when I had a DUI. It was a first-time offense, and the charges were ultimately dismissed and my record expunged, but, needless to say, I was extremely concerned about the potential impact to my security clearances.
Bill came highly recommended by a close, mutual friend who is also a retired U.S. Army Colonel.
I called Bill, left a message, and he immediately returned my call. I explained my situation, and Bill took the time to understand all the details and intricacies of my situation, including the details of the DUI arrest, and the legal strategy I was pursuing with my DUI attorney.
Most of all, Bill put my mind at ease by explaining how he could help me rise above this single, unfortunate incident, and present a “whole person” view of myself that would make it clear that I’m a person of high-integrity, who is deserving of the highest-level security clearance.
I met with Bill in-person at his office, and we had numerous telephonic meetings as well. He assisted me with the completion of the SF-86 form, coached me on answering questions that might be posed by the background investigator, as well as giving me indispensable advice on my upcoming polygraph.
Bill stands apart from other attorneys in several important ways. First, it was immediately obvious that his concern for his clients is sincere, and that he deeply cared about me as an individual. Second, his style is that of a mentor and coach; he always helped me to “see the big picture,” and helped me develop the tools and approach to win the end-game. And finally, I consider him a friend, and while I hope to never have a brush with the legal system again, I look forward to remaining in touch with him going forward.
An update on my current clearance status: My TS is active, and at no risk. I passed my polygraph and my SCI is in-process. As a contractor who primarily works remotely, I am rather low on the adjudication priority list relative to a government employee who works in a secure facility every day, but I am confident that my SCI will be granted.
To sum up: Engaging early with Bill made all the difference for me. I highly recommend William Meili & Associates, without reservation, for anyone who has serious issues – or even just questions or concerns – about their current or pending security clearance.
— Client wishes to remain anonymous
This favorable Industrial Security Clearance decision came down last week. Good result for an outstanding man, and it truly was a gratifying day when we heard the news. Long in coming, but sweet nonetheless. I’ll let my client tell you about it in his own words…..
SUCCESSFUL INDUSTRIAL SECURITY CLEARANCE HEARING FOR KEY EMPLOYEE WITH MAJOR DEFENSE CONTRACTOR
I wouldn’t wish my circumstances on anyone, but if you ever do need a lawyer for security clearance issues, I would highly recommend Bill Meili. These issues are not to be taken lightly. The government will have a lawyer representing them.… Why not have a proven lawyer like Bill Meili and his team in your corner?
I am a former Air Force officer who works for a major defense contractor, and I’ve held a security clearance for over 22 years. But that didn’t stop me from doing something really stupid in November 2013. As a result, during my reinvestigation, I received a Statement of Reasons (SOR) informing me that my top secret clearance was in jeopardy of being revoked. Before I got in touch with Bill, I had contacted one other attorney, but his demeanor was not to my liking. I found Bill through a search on Google, and phoned him. He returned my call almost immediately, and within a couple of days I was in his office discussing my options.
Bill was very thorough in preparing the response to my SOR (Statement of Reasons). He laid out a very detailed description of the items he needed from me, and he guided me through the complex process. Bill has extensive experience as a former US Army JAG, and it shows. Based on his legal experience, we elected to have my case heard before an Administrative Judge (AJ) in person. I was very impressed with the response package that Bill and his office put together.
Bill battled for my best interests at the trial and with all follow-ups, post hearing. He never let up. I am pleased (and relieved) to say that I got a favorable ruling, and my clearance was granted.
I’ve had the occasion to need a lawyer’s assistance in the past, but I can say without any hesitation that Bill is hands-down the best lawyer with whom I’ve had personal experience. I can’t say enough good things about him as a professional, and as a person.
Thank you Scott. It was an honor and a privilege. Bill
WANT TO GET PROMOTED? HERE’S HOW
From time to time I’m asked to consult on promotion board issues. Below is an excerpt from a piece I wrote several years ago … which summarizes some techniques and ideas I’ve seen bear fruit over the past thirty years or so. If you or someone you know is coming up for promotion in the next eight to twelve months, or if you’ve been passed over and are looking to plus up your chances at a second look, I’d be happy to consult and be a “second set of eyes” on your career and file generally.
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1. Photo: Do everything you can think to do to have your Official Photo reflect the officer/person/professional you are when you’re at your best, most comfortable, competent self. Posture, angle, facial expression, uniform’s fit, lighting … everything. Get help from a photographer who knows his/her business. Get help from a military photographer if at all possible. Show that person previous promotion/official photos. We all get older, but that doesn’t mean anything really. The years and experience should show in some way on a photo of someone going for higher field grade rank. Photo is of prime importance to anyone looking over your file. Spend the extra time and trouble to get it right.
2. Meet with your Bosses: Arrange a time and sit down with your commander/rater/senior rater. Ask that they consider submitting a complete the record or senior rater option (if applicable) OER on you in sufficient time to make it before your next board. During this conversation, speak candidly about the fact that a top block rating might well be the difference maker. And then have a fair and frank conversation about what it will take to make that top cut. It’s tough to hit a standard if you don’t know exactly what you’re shooting at. Ask. Where’s the bar set in the senior rater’s eyes. It’s a good discussion to have, and there’s no downside. It’s also a discussion that rarely happens — especially for some reason in the Reserve component. AR 623-3, Paragraphs 3-56 and 3-57 are helpful.
3. Military Education: Whatever you can do to “fast burn” a completion on ILE, or whatever course of studies you’re working, do it. And then get the completion certificate ready to go.
4. Make Extra Time for Additional Duties/Helping the Commander and Unit do Good Things: The more time you can devote to the unit’s business –vice yours — the better your chances are going to be to get promoted. Selfless service is essential. And, to the extent you can, help your bosses do their jobs better. Their jobs? Leading troops by taking care of their needs first, and having them ready, inspired, capable and competent to perform whatever missions are thrown their way. When you do this, your boss will not only write that optional, complete-the-record OER, he or she will have some specific and powerful things to say regarding your potential for serving at the next higher level.
NEW YEAR — and SECOND FULL WEEK ALMOST IN THE BOOKS …. QUICK UPDATE on Our Latest SHOW CAUSE – BOARD of INQUIRY (BOI)Posted: January 15, 2016
Favorable final action came in last week on our latest Show Cause – Board of Inquiry. The client’s Commanding General (CG) directed retention, and HRC accepted that decision. Could not be any happier for this fine officer, who now continues his 14 year active duty career without restriction.
As I think about last year’s results, and start up again for 2016, I can’t help but feel grateful to be able to tell and present my clients’ stories — what’s really going on in any given case — to the decision makers up and down the chain. And the best, most effective stories, the ones which resonate and “stick” most often in the client’s favor, are based firmly on truth. If we can get there, good things invariably happen — for all concerned. I liken it to playing chess in 3 dimensions. Crazy challenging at times, but fascinating and ever changing.
If you or someone you care about or know needs a hand, please give me a call or drop a note. I’d be happy to see how I can help.
Very respectfully. Bill Meili 214 363-1828 or Toll Free 866 578-0164. Info@Meililaw.com
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SHOW CAUSE — BOARD of INQUIRY (BOI) DEFENSE SAVES AN ACTIVE DUTY OFFICER’S 14 YEAR CAREERPosted: December 14, 2015
We received a favorable result in a Show Cause – Board of Inquiry (BOI) late last week. The Board recommended that our client, an active duty medical corps officer with 14 years active federal service, be retained. Want to say how grateful I am for the result and for our client. I also want to acknowledge the outstanding professionalism I observed throughout the proceeding by the trial counsel team, JAG office support staff, and by the Board itself. The system worked, and our client will now continue to serve Soldiers who will benefit from his expertise and experience. Big win for the Army. If you or someone you know is facing a Show Cause — Board of Inquiry (BOI) action, please get in touch as soon as possible. The sooner I can engage in the process, the better the chances we have for a successful outcome and a saved career. Warmest regards, Bill Meili, COL(R), JA, USAR, Attorney and Counselor at Law. Office: 214 363-1828; Cell: 214 536-3888; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following testimonial was received the other day by our office from an active duty officer who wishes to remain anonymous. This is a special case testimonial. What we do in these “preventative-investigatory representation” cases is to find out what the problem is from the ground up — what’s really going on. We look at the triggers, the culture of the particular unit, command chain and branch, and the individual personalities of the players involved on both sides. With that as foundation, we go about practicing preventative medicine, as it were, in order to minimize damage and prevent further difficulties for the client. In this one, thankfully, we were able to do that.
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“Mr. Bill Meili is very responsive and extremely professional. During our initial consultation, he took his time to understand the underlying issues of my situation and didn’t rush. I had fallen on the wrong side of my chain of command and didn’t know who to trust, which was a new situation for me. Although not a typical case, Mr. Meili quickly put me at ease and gave me solid counsel and advice to navigate my situation successfully. As a result, I was able to get off the radar of my chain of command and minimize damage to my career. Any time I had a question or a request, he responded promptly. There was never any ambiguity as to the next step or any questions about Mr. Meili’s responsiveness and care for my situation. Without his counsel — and the trust he inspired — I’m sure I would have stayed on the chain of command’s radar and attracted some additional form of adverse, administrative separation action, at least. I would highly recommend contacting Mr. Meili before, during, or after any potential adverse action you might be facing.” An Active Duty Officer