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
Patience pays. Favorable paperwork from our most recent Show Cause Board action arrived last week, and so, I feel comfortable talking about this now. More importantly, a singularly dedicated and deserving officer can exhale. Her 22 year active duty career continues, and she will now be able to enjoy a proper medical retirement with full benefits.
Many times, these Show Cause-Board of Inquiry actions, once started, seem inevitably to run to a full blown contested hearing. But they don‘t have to. Here, the combination of a JAG office and officers willing to listen, a chain of command willing to dig a little and look into the facts before making recommendations to the Commanding General (CG), and a CG who was willing to listen to his subordinates, while following, I’m sure, his own instincts once briefed, all came together to produce the result we received in writing last week. The CG, in this case the General Officer Show Cause Authority (GOSCA), decided to withdraw the Show Cause action at his level, and retain our Client on active duty.
I’m grateful to have been a part of this one. (If you care to, you can read our Client’s thoughts on all this in the testimonial section of our website).
Bill Meili 214 363-1828;
Last week of April at Ft. Stewart brought some long awaited great news to my client, his wife and three children. After months of preparation, maneuvering, and waiting, his Show Cause Board of Inquiry panel voted unanimously to retain him on active duty. As a result, this good and deserving officer will be able to retire medically, with honor, dignity and respect, and with full, military medical and concurrent VA benefits. He has given me permission to share his testimonial here, and I do so with a great deal of gratitude and thanks for the team of professionals, friends and supporters who came together to make this all happen. Respectfully, Bill Meili 214 363-1828 (Office); 214 536-3888 (Cell)
I decided to call Mr. Meili shortly after receiving a GOMOR and subsequently months later a referred OER. Confirming my worst fears I eventually received a “show cause” notification from Human Resources Command(HRC) that put my career of nearly 17 years on active duty in complete jeopardy. Before I decided on Mr. Meili I had previously called a couple other law firms specializing in military law, but none of them seemed to understand the complex administrative process. He gave me hope that my initial appeal was winnable and immediately started gathering information to map a strategy to work my case. Shortly afterward, while Mr. Meili worked the appeals case to remove the GOMOR filed with HRC, I received the inevitable “intent to eliminate” notification. Mr. Meili brought much needed calm during a stressful moment when I received the notification. He was very reasonable with amending our previous agreement in order to adjust to the new momentum of now a Board of Inquiry (BOI) being initiated to separate me. The preparation of a BOI is a tremendous undertaking and Mr. Meili took on the meticulous details and crafted a strategy to ensure the best outcome, leaving no doubt as we entered the intense day of a BOI. Mr. Meili prepared the case very well, engaging key decision makers early on and made adjustments right up to the final moments of a decision. Mr. Meili brings a level of experience and tenacity to the table that is difficult to find. My case received a favorable vote to retain on active duty, saving my hard earned retirement and medical benefits. Mr. Meili is a true professional, and one of the best in the country for military law. If you want the best outcome for your case, I highly recommend you consider him. Major – U.S. Army.
Glad to report that an outstanding officer was recently retained by an Army Show Cause Board of Inquiry (BOI). I had the pleasure of being this man’s counsel at the BOI, and would like to share his testimonial below. If you or someone you know is facing a Show Cause action, consider giving me a call. I’d be honored to assist. v/r Bill Meili, 214 536-3888 Cell
“I was in a stew facing a Board of Inquiry (BOI). I spent numerous hours deciding if I needed to contact a civilian lawyer or utilize the one provided by the government. I decided to go with a civilian lawyer because I felt the civilian lawyer I retained would represent me impartially. I then searched for a lawyer who knew military law; Mr. Meili kept being my top result with military experience. After reading Mr. Meili’s profile, I decided to give him a call. Mr. Meili gave me an overview of my case. Mr. Meili clearly explained the process necessary for me to understand and he explained his strategy for me to be retained in the Army. He responded to all my questions and concerns. I decided I had to make an investment for my family’s future. I had such a complex case that I believe without Bill Meili the board results would not have been the same.
Mr. Meili is a true leader: he possesses all the values, and reflects confidence. He quickly took charge of the BOI room and was able to articulate the message that had been so difficult for me to express. The board decided to retain me in the Army and I was given a second chance to continue to serve my country. Mr. Meili has been a blessing for my family and me. I am eternally grateful for his help and highly recommend him.”
An ARMY AG OFFICER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE WITH A GENERAL OFFICER MEMORANDUM OF REPRIMAND (GOMOR) APPEAL TO DASEBPosted: October 23, 2014
During my extensive search for an attorney I ran across several reviews for Mr. Meili from clients and peers who all had great things to say about the service he provides and his commitment to working hard for his clients.
Upon my initial contact with him I was astounded by his professionalism, personality, knowledge and confidence. He was up front and honest, and he didn’t try and sell me a dream unlike many of the attorneys I had spoken with prior to him. The cost of his services was well worth the money spent; I have no regrets. I felt as though I finally had someone in my corner that was there to represent me and not my command.
In addition to other cases he was working, Mr. Meili always kept me informed on the status of my case, and I always knew when he was traveling or unavailable. My phone calls and email were never left unanswered or not returned.
Mr. Meili showed a genuine interest in getting to know who I was as an individual, what I stood for, as well as what my leadership thought about me. He constructively used this information to vigilantly construct a case that represented me well. The brief he prepared for me was very detailed and well put together. He did not rush; instead he took his time to make sure he captured all the important and relevant details while ensuring that I was involved and aware.
Mr. Meili often times provided words of encouragement and wisdom on how to deal with my situation and was never judgmental. He didn’t hold back when I became doubtful of the process. He helped me to see that regardless of what I was being portrayed as in a letter of reprimand — that I was better, and had much to offer not just the military but society. I wish I had met him sooner. He is a people person, and whenever I would hang up from him or finish reading an email from him I was always put at ease. His hard work and representation helped transfer my GOMOR to my restricted AMHRR file. Although DASEB was slow to render its decision, Mr. Meili assured me that there was still room to fight, and was more than willing to help me.
It has been a blessing to meet him and I would definitely recommend his services to others in similar situations. He is great at what he does and I thank God for sending him into my life.
GC, 1LT, AG Corps
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch If we can be of assistance with a GOMOR removal or transfer, or with any other military law related matter affecting your career or the career of someone you know. Thank you.