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
SHOW CAUSE – BOARD OF INQUIRYShow Cause – Board of Inquiry
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
It’s a gorgeous morning in Fayetteville, North Carolina…all the more so because one of the cases I’d been hunkered down on for months, ended in a resounding victory at Ft. Bragg yesterday. When the presiding officer read the tribunal’s findings in open court, exonerating the Client and allowing him to continue on with an active duty career he loves, well ….. as the old Master Card commercial puts it …… Priceless. I can’t do what I do without the love and support of many people, and also from that power which is often beyond immediate sight and understanding. I wanted to share the joy, contentment, and pure satisfaction my Client and his family are feeling from that remarkable event yesterday — a moment in time which will carry on and bring comfort and healing to many. I’m grateful to have been a part of this project.