This was a case of a Dental Officer who was going out on an Honorable because he couldn’t pass his final licensing exams. The Army had brought him on board with the understanding that he had to pass those exams within a year’s time in order to become fully credentialed (licensed). When he couldn’t, the Army started elimination action for substandard performance. But shortly into that process, he w…as stopped on post by MPs for suspicion of DWI. No charge was ever formally filed, and the evidence was questionable. But as is almost always the case these days — his CG issued a GOMOR (General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand), and the servicing SJA office recommended a Show Cause action for misconduct. (Did I say no formal charge was ever filed???) So now he was in jeopardy of going out with a less than honorable characterization of service for being a bad actor. Not necessarily career enhancing in the civilian world.
We fought it over the past six months up to the Assistant Secretary of the Army level … and the ASA, suprisingly I have to tell you … issued an honorable discharge characterization. Our client left active duty on the 15th of September and started a new job with a civilian dentist two weeks ago. This dentist will provide the necessary supervision and oversight until such time as our client enters a fellowship program with another professional. If he does well in both places — with both Docs — he’ll be a fully licensed, credentialed and accredited dentist under the laws of this jurisdiction.
And that’s a good news story for any day of the week. (You can also read this Client’s Testimonial on our website’s (meililaw.com) testimonial page. Thanks. Bill Meili
Never lose hope, and don’t give up!
Finally, after nearly two years of playing administrative Tug-O-War with half a dozen levels of Army command and control, my doctor (officer) client’s Unqualified Resignation (UQR) was approved with an Honorable discharge. It should not have taken anywhere near this long, for all sorts of valid reasons … but we’ll set that aside for the moment, and enjoy this decision and victory — long in coming, but sweet nonetheless!
As I’ve said before in previous posts, if you’re considering an unqualified resignation, (UQR) — whether or not you have a remaining service obligation — please contact us. I’d be happy to discuss your situation in detail, and help with a way forward. Office: 214 363-1828; Cell: 214 536-3888 or feel free to visit the website http://www.meililaw.com for more information about UQRs generally.
v/r Bill Meili, COL (Ret.), JA, USAR Attorney and Counselor at Law
Received word this afternoon that our probationary officer client’s 7 month ordeal to leave service with dignity and respect after allegations of misconduct and conduct unbecoming surfaced this past February, will end favorably in the very near future.
I’m so happy for my client, and I’m grateful once again that despite time and much friction along the way, the Army did finally render a fair and just decision.
I also want to express my thanks to the active duty JAG officer assigned this case. He was throughout the representation, professional, tenacious in representing his client, and yet, at the same time, always reasonable, respectful and open-minded to our requests and initiatives. I can’t say enough good things about him.
If you’re a probationary or non-probationary officer facing a Board of Inquiry separation, please give us a call. I’d be happy to discuss your situation in detail, and help you explore a way forward. Office: 214 363-1828; Cell: 214 536-3888 or feel free to visit the website http://www.meililaw.com for more information about the practice generally.
v/r Bill Meili, COL (Ret.), JA, USAR, Attorney and Counselor at Law
An Unqualified Resignation (UQR) for an Army Reserve AMEDD officer ends with an approved Honorable Discharge– Grateful for my client’s kind words!Posted: July 18, 2016
“I received an honorable discharge from the military, and I could not have done it without the help of Mr. Meili.
Mr. Meili was friendly, supportive and helpful from the first moment of our time together. He was very professional and timely with every matter we came across during the process. He gave me frequent updates and advice, so that I had very little stress during what would have been a difficult time for me and my family.
I am more than pleased with my experience with Mr. Meili and the stellar work that he does! I highly recommend him!” Former CPT (Dr.) M.S., USAR
If you’re considering an unqualified resignation, (UQR) — whether or not you have a remaining service obligation — please give us a call. I’d be happy to discuss your situation in detail, and help you explore a way forward. Office: 214 363-1828; Cell: 214 536-3888 or feel free to visit the website http://www.meililaw.com for more information about UQRs generally.
v/r Bill Meili, COL (Ret.), JA, USAR Attorney and Counselor at Law
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.
v/r Bill Meili, Office: 214 363-1828, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.