I grew up in a small town with a strong desire to serve my country as well as a penchant for arguing. I elected to attend Norwich University in Vermont to get more exposure to a military culture while simultaneously gaining a valuable education and the opportunity to play sports at the collegiate level. In my second year, I decided that I wanted to go to law school, so I changed my major and began focusing my studies. I decided to return to Pennsylvania to attend the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA. I instantly realized that I still strongly desired to serve my country, so I began working with recruiters to determine my options. I also decided to expand my education by pursuing a Masters Degree in Diplomacy through my alma mater, Norwich University.
Ultimately, I applied for and was accepted into the U.S. Army JAG Corps. I then completed my third year of law school, completed my masters degree, and took/passed the bar exam prior to reporting for duty. After completing my initial training, I reported to Daegu, ROK where I served as the Trial Counsel initially for Area IV and later for the entirety of the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command. Following my 2-year tour as a command advisor and prosecutor, I opted to strengthen my litigation skills and requested to be assigned to the Fort Bragg Trial Defense Services office, but before I reported, I completed Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. While at TDS, I handled all types of criminal cases at every level from assistance in investigations, rebutting reprimands, and defending against NJP actions all the way up to General Courts-Martial for everything from larceny and assaults up through sexual assaults and murder. Due to the valuable experience I was gaining and a number of complex cases, I extended at TDS rounding out my tour at 2.5 years.
In order to broaden my skills as a Judge Advocate, I took an assignment as a Military & Civil Law Attorney for USAREUR in Wiesbaden, Germany. I advised AR 15-6 investigating officers for misconduct investigations as well as Financial Liability Investigations of Property Loss (FLIPLs). I also managed the financial management and disclosure program for USAREUR. I rounded out my time advising Commanders on a host of legal issues involving transportation, ethics, gifts, etc.
During this time, I recognized that my desire to serve had transformed into a desire to help those who serve as opposed to advising commanders. My time as a defense counsel had solidified my purpose in life, so I began seeking opportunities to continue defending Service Members in the civilian sector - which is when I found a home at Tully Rinckey.
I accepted a position in our Buffalo office, and I have represented service members around the globe with criminal and administrative matters. I have appeared in numerous courts-martial and appeals. I am admitted to practice at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals (AFCCA), and have represented Soldiers at the Army Court of Criminal Appeals (ACCA). I have represented numerous veterans in upgrading their discharges, correcting their military records, and obtaining or increasing their disability compensation. I am accredited by the Veterans' Administration, have represented clients before the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), and am admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). I have also traveled across the country to represent government personnel/contractors (or prospective personnel) with obtaining/retaining their security clearances through DoD CAF or formal hearings with the Dept. of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA).
I take great pride in obtaining justice for my clients. Finding oneself on the wrong side of a case with the U.S. military can be a very daunting experience, and I stand by ready to take on these cases to ensure justice and a fair process.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Employee of the Month||Tully Rinckey PLLC||2018|
|Army Commendation Medal||U.S. Army||2016|
|Certificate of Achievement (x2)||USAREUR Office of the Judge Advocate||2016|
|Parachutist Badge||U.S. Army||2013|
|Army Commendation Medal||U.S. Army||2013|
|Certificate of Achievement||4998th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion||2012|
|Senior Associate||Tully Rinckey, PLLC||2020 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Tully Rinckey, PLLC||2018 - 2020|
|Attorney||U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps||2011 - 2018|
|Associate||Brann, Williams, Caldwell & Sheetz||2010 - 2011|
|FedWeek||How to Obtain or Maintain a Security Clearance Despite Prior Drug Use||2021|
|Tully Rinckey Online Article||Line of Duty Determinations: Why You Need Them and What to Do if You Don’t Have One||2021|
|ClearedJobs.net||How to Obtain or Maintain a Security Clearance Despite Prior Drug Use||2021|
|FedWeek||Keeping Your Security Clearance After An Arrest||2021|
|Clearedjobs.net||Keeping Your Security Clearance After An Arrest||2021|
|Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Norwich University||Master of Arts in Diplomacy||2010|
|Norwich University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2007|
|Assisting Service Members – Discharge Upgrades and Veterans Benefits||Discharge Upgrades||2020|
|A Primer on VA Disability Law and Veterans' Legal Issues||Discharge Upgrades||2018|
|U.S. Army General Court Martial||Full Acquittal|
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