Mr. Tully concentrates his practice on the representation of military personnel and federal government sector employees. He has represented federal employees before such federal agencies at the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Special Counsel and in court before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
A Lt. Colonel in the New York Army National Guard, Mr. Tully has chosen to dedicate his legal career to protecting and preserving the rights of veterans and reservists. After suffering from military discrimination at the hands of his employer, Mr. Tully received his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School. On September 11, 2001, while employed in the legal department of Morgan Stanley, Mr. Tully escaped from the World Trade Center and shortly thereafter relocated to Upstate New York with his wife and their family. There in his ski home he began providing legal services to friends and former colleagues. The firm quickly outgrew his home and, with the addition of his college friend Greg Rinckey, Esq. as managing partner in 2004, Tully Rinckey PLLC opened an office in Albany, NY. The resulting success within the federal employment and military law sectors launched the firm into a luxury office in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Tully has since become a pioneer in the field of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act litigation, winning several landmark cases that have greatly influenced the laws protecting United States veterans. His leadership in military law is reflected in his role as a syndicated columnist for the Military Times, where his “Ask the Lawyer” column is featured weekly in the Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times, and Marine Corps Times. In October of 2007, Mr. Tully testified in front of the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs regarding his criticism of and recommendations for changes to USERRA. He provided his expertise on the Act again in February of 2008 in front of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
In 2008, Mr. Tully was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of England and Wales, becoming one of the few American attorneys licensed in a foreign country. He now has full rights to practice before the European Court of Human Rights, European Court of First Instance, and the European Court of Justice, as well as most courts in England and Wales.
Mr. Tully is frequently called upon by local and national media outlets to offer his expert commentary on legal matters. Most recently, he has been featured in the Washington Post and on CNN.
In addition, Mr. Tully is an adjunct professor at Albany Law School, in Albany, NY, teaching a newly developed course on Law Practice Management.
In May 2008, Mr. Tully became host of the weekly radio talk show the “Tully Rinckey Legal Power Hour” on 810 AM WGY. The show, which broadcasts throughout the Northeast and streams on the web, provides analysis and commentary on timely legal and political issues. The weekly show airs each Sunday at 7 pm.
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In terms of sheer dedication to profession, I have met few lawyers who match Mat’s enthusiasm and drive. His willingness to take new approaches to difficult matters has helped him become a pioneer in many areas of military and federal employment law, and I would not hesitate to recommend Mat for any difficult legal task.
Scott Peterson Employment & Labor Attorney
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Purple Heart||President of The United States||2012|
|Empire State Counsel||New York State Bar Association||2008|
|Who's Who||Named 2007 Marquis Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders||2007|
|Who's Who||Named to 2007 Who’s Who in American Law||2007|
|Emerald Society of Federal Law Enforcement||Named 2006 Emerald Society of Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Military Service Member of the Year||2006|
|National Business Advisory Council||Recipient of National Business Advisory Council Leadership Award||2006|
|Albany Business Review||Named “Top 40 Under Forty” Most Influential Business Leaders by the Albany Business Review||2006|
|Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee||Recipient of Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year Award||2005|
|Iraqi Campaign||Iraqi Campaign Medal||2005|
|Armed Forces Reserve Medal||U.S. Army||2005|
|Solicitor to the Supreme Court of England and Wales||Tully Rinckey PLLC||2008 - Present|
|Founding Partner||Tully Rinckey PLLC||2004 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals||Chief of the Department||N/A|
|Knights of Pythias||Member||N/A|
|Knights of Columbus||Member||N/A|
|Honorable Order of Saint Barbara||Member||N/A|
|Fraternal Order of Police||Member||N/A|
|Disabled American Veterans||Lifetime Member||N/A|
|Military Officers Association of America||Lifetime Member||N/A|
|Veterans of Foreign Wars||Lifetime Member||N/A|
|Reserve Officers Association||Lifetime Member||N/A|
|National Rifle Association||Lifetime Member||N/A|
|Association of the United States Army||Lifetime Member||N/A|
|Ancient Order of Hibernians||Member||N/A|
|Army Navy Club||Member||N/A|
|National Press Club||Member||N/A|
|Jackson v. United States, 543 U.S. 1103 (U.S. 2005)||N/A|
|Pucilowski v. Department of Justice, 498 F.3d 1341 (Fed. Cir. 2007)||N/A|
|Collins v. Department of the Agriculture, 91 MSPR 490494-95 (2002)||N/A|
|ARL Now||Is the word "Cutie" grounds for a Lawsuit||2014|
|Buffalo Law Journal||Military Honors Mathew Tully||2013|
|Tully Rinckey law blog||2nd Cir. OKs Termination Notice Given to Iraq Vet 3 Days into Reemployment||2011|
|Tully Rinckey Law Blog||Court: USERRA Doesn’t Guard GIs Against Hostile Work Environments||2011|
|Army Times||Recruitment Paper Lies Can Lead To Dishonorable Discharge||2011|
|Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)||Harassment Alleged Over Retired Gloversville Firefighter's Guard Service||2011|
|The Government Standard||Thousands of Reservists Still Entitled to Compensation||2010|
|New York Law Journal||USERRA Comes Front and Center||2010|
|FedSmith||D.C. Circuit Clarifies Threshold for Retaliation in EEOC Claims||2010|
|FedSmith||Afterword: Clearing Up Sexual Orientation Discrimination Confusion||2010|
|Stars and Stripes||Complaints, Suits on Rise||2010|
|Washington Business Journal||After Trials of the Recession, Law Firms Now Hopeful||2010|
|CNNMoney.com||My Recession Is Over!||2010|
|Wall Street Journal||For Businesses, Bully Lawsuits May Pose New Threat||2010|
|AllBusiness||When Can Servicemen Take Paternity Leave?||2009|
|Human Rights Journal (ABA)||Ensuring the Employment Rights of America's Citizen Soldiers,||2008|
|Hudson Valley Business Journal||Road To Success||2008|
|Army Times||How USERRA protects National Guard technicians||2007|
|Army Times||USERRA Offers Invaluable Protection for Reservists||2007|
|The Officer||Federal Employees Who Took Military Leave Before 2001 May Be Entitled to Compensation||2004|
|National Security Space Institute||N/A||N/A||2008|
|Brooklyn Law School||N/A||Juris Doctor||2002|
|Hofstra University||N/A||Bachelor of Arts||1995|