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.


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:

Busy, Rewarding, Successful Past Six Months at Meili Law

Here’s a quick sample of what’s been on our plate at the office this past half year.   We greatly appreciate the continued trust, support and good will of our clients, their families and friends, and for the great people of this country who wear the uniform.
 1.    February 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer:  Result:  Board withdrawn as a result of negotiations and response to Show Cause — client retired honorably with full medical benefits;
2.    March 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer:  Result:  Show Cause Board held with unanimous vote to retain.  Officer continues an 11 year active duty career;
3.    March 2015 — Appeal to the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records (AFBCMR) to challenge a GOMOR;  restored honor to a career 0-6 professional;
4.    April 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer:  Result:  Board was withdrawn as a result of negotiations with other side and our rebuttal brief to the GOSCA – General Officer Show Cause Authority, officer retired honorably with full medical benefits;
5.    April 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer:  Result:  Show Cause Board held with unanimous vote to retain.  Officer retired honorably with full medical benefits after 18 years service;
6.    May 2015 — Appeal brief to the Army Discharge Review Board (ADRB);  Seeking to change an Uncharacterized discharge to Honorable;  Case pending an in-person hearing before the Board;
7.    June 2015 — Another appeal brief to the ADRB;  Seeking to change a General discharge to Honorable for PTSD medical reasons versus the misconduct discharge issued;  Case pending record review;
8.   July 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer:  Result: Board postponed as a result of preliminary negotiations with JAG, Case pending an alternate, non-punitive, administrative resolution;
9.   Aug 2015 — Board of Inquiry (BOI), Officer: Senior officer’s 25 year career in the balance;  Case pending;
10. Sept 2015 —  Appeal to DASEB to have officer’s GOMOR transferred to the restricted fiche;  Case pending review;  and
11. Sept 2015 —   Appeal to the Secretary of the Navy (ASN, M&RA);  Seeking to have Client’s debt remitted;  We’ll submit the appeal brief to the Pentagon later today.
That’s it in a nutshell.  Onward and Upward!     Bill

Preventative and Investigatory Representation — Practicing “Legal Preventative Medicine.”

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.

~ Bill Meili

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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.”



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