About Bill Meili

Bill MeiliMilitary Affiliation

Bill Meili first served on active duty as a military defense lawyer with the Army’s Trial Defense Service in Korea, then transferred to the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he served as Brigade Legal Advisor and prosecuted Uniform Code of Military Justice, UCMJ, offenses as a military lawyer and court-martial trial counsel. His last active reserve assignment was as Commander, 2D Legal Support Organization, (LSO), New Orleans, Louisiana. Bill retired from the active reserve force in December 2007 with the rank of Colonel, after serving more than 26 years as an active duty and reserve Judge Advocate.


Bill received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He studied law and graduated with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from The College of William and Mary in Virginia — the nation’s oldest law school.  He then went on for further Military Law studies at the United States Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he became certified as an Army Judge Advocate and Military Lawyer.

Bill Meili is a graduate of the Army Judge Advocate General’s Basic and Advanced Courses, The Army Command and General Staff College, the Army Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course and was selected to attend the Army War College before retiring in 2007.

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Experience as a Military Lawyer and Civilian Criminal Law Attorney

Courts-Martial, Administrative Separations and Discharges: Bill Meili has practiced as both a Trial Counsel and Trial Defense Counsel while on active duty and in the Reserves, and as an Administrative Eliminations Attorney, and as an Administrative Discharge Attorney defending administrative separations and handling all manner and types of Administrative Discharges in all service branches as a military lawyer at posts, bases and units both active and reserve throughout the United States, and at overseas military installations worldwide. Bill has defended administrative separations and administrative discharges for alleged misconduct, including sexual assault and sexual harassment, positive urinalysis cases, for substandard duty performance, for alleged failure to meet weight standards, and for allegations of conduct unbecoming and personal and professional moral dereliction.

Bill Meili has also successfully defended military pilots, medical doctors and other military health professionals being brought before Flight Evaluation Boards, Licensing Boards and commisions for alleged rules violations, misconduct or other adverse allegations. He has also successfully defended officers and enlisted servicemembers before Medical Evaluation Boards, Physical Evaluation Boards and Fit for Duty Reviews and Boards.

Bill is a former Texas state felony prosecutor with the Dallas District Attorney’s Office, and a past member of the Texas State Bar’s District 6A Grievance Committee. He is a Life Member of the Reserve Officer’s Association of the United States and the National Eagle Scout Association.

Bill is married and has two daughters.