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Bill Meili

Military law Attorney at Southlake, TX

5.0   82 reviews

also known as William C. Meili

  • State Years
    Texas - TX 38 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 42 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bill

Learn Bill’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Military law
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    Board of Inquiry (BOI)/Show Cause Defense and Unqualified Resignations (UQR). We help save and prolong military careers through our BOI/Show Cause defense, and we help military professionals - obligated or not - exit service honorably and timely.

    43 years

Bill Meili 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 nation's oldest law school at The College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he earned the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Evidence.  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.

In addition to his civilian education, Bill 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 he transferred to the Retired Reserve in December 2007 with the rank of Colonel. He served more than 26 years as an active duty and reserve Judge Advocate.

Today, Bill handles significant and complex legal matters in the following core areas:

  • Military Law, including Show Cause, Board of Inquiry Defense, Unqualified Resignations, and Involuntary Mobilization Exemptions/Defense;
  • Professional License Law (Pilots, Doctors and Health Care Professionals); and  
  • Security Clearance Revocations and Suspensions

Our principal offices are in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and we have the capability, resources, and networks to handle cases effectively throughout the United States and globally.

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Location

Law Office of William C. Meili & Associates
1205 S. White Chapel Blvd., Suite 100
Southlake, TX, 76092

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Reviews

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Posted by Todd | October 16, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Phone consultation
Mr. Meili responded immediately to my phone call request and discussed my situation at great length in order to help me determine the validity of my potential case. We discussed the three key factors in requesting resignation from active duty, specifically the likelihood of my situation as it applies to the need for an ADSO waiver.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2023
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Separating Army Officer
The few minutes I spoke with Bill were beyond beyond helpful in clearing up the confusion I had regarding unqualified resignation from the Army Reserve. I called Mr. Meili's office and he promptly returned my call . He provided me with advise that gave me peace of mind and a clear path forward for my specific situation. Mr. Mieli was knowledgable, professional and friendly and I would highly recommend to anyone considering working with him. Mr. Mieli has a way of giving professional advise and also gave me assurance of what exactly I need to do for my specific resignation packet. I could not have asked for more out of a consultation.
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Posted by Bethany | May 22, 2023
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UQR Assistance
Mr. Meili is both knowledgable and effective. After waiting months for my UQR to be approved, I reached out to Mr. Meili for assistance. Within a matter of days it was approved! I would recommend him to anyone needing assistance with separating from the Army.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Commissioned Officer Transfer to IRR
I consulted with Bill regarding the difficult subject of deciding whether to resign my commission or seek to go IRR. He was very empathetic and knowledgeable and provided me with great advice. I highly recommend him to anyone in a similar situation.
Posted by Joel | March 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Expert navigation of Mil law and system
Retired JAG Colonel Bill Meili brought his extensive knowledge and experience to bear to help me navigate the Big Green machine. From the local unit level on up through Division, USARC, and HRC, Bill's candid, timely and effective communications with commanders and staff addressed both the tactical and the strategic issues surrounding my case. Additionally, he helped set realistic expectations throughout the course of his representation. In hindsight, I cannot imagine submitting what started as a COVID vaccine exemption request nearly 18 months ago, and evolved (under his guidance) into a successful UQR with an Honorable characterization of service, without him. He is without question the battle buddy you want to have with you in your fight
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Posted by Adam | March 24, 2023
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Great Guy - Greater Service
Bill and his team are very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. As a veteran himself, Bill knows a massive amount about the military, including the quirks unique to each branch. They helped me understand my options in a difficult scenario, and now I can move forward with a plan instead of going at it on my own. Thanks a ton Bill!
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Posted by Happy | October 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
In two weeks got more done than I could in nearly 2 years.
Doc who came out of IRR to try out drilling with a unit. Was told by the recruiter, I could try drilling for a few months and then go back to IRR or discharge if I wanted. Took no incentives and incurred no MSO. Needed to focus on life outside of the military and thought getting out would be 2-3 months. Initiated packet and after nearly 2 years of it not being completed and still drilling decided to call Bill. Two weeks later I had a discharge date. Amazing results and super pleasant.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2022
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Amazing asset going through UQR
Bill is your friendly go to lawyer for any matters related to military administrative process. I went through UQR due to covid vaccine refusal and he had the knowledge of inner workings within HRC and pentagon to be able to bring visibility to the process and even gently nudge and bring to attention of those who are in charge of the process. He is a charasmatic advocate that will help you navigate the bureaucratic and convoluted military separation process. Thanks Bill.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2022
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Amazing follow up from start to finish
My case was a scary process and Mr. Meili walked me through each step with great detail. All of my questions were answered, phone calls and emails were responded to promptly and all options were explained. I would highly recommend Mr. Meili. His guidance made me feel at ease having him as my lawyer for my case.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very good experience
I reached out to mr. Meili about helping me with matters relating to my military obligations and I was not disappointed with his work. Within a few hours of his service he effectively built a network of people around me to support my case. He always maintained good and clear communication between him and myself I could usually expect an email summarizing his work at least once a day.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2022
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Disability Evaluation System (DES) Representation
Hiring Mr. Meili has proved to be one of the most important and worthwhile decisions I have ever made. Not long ago, I began what I hoped would be a career in the military, but as I dove in headfirst and began life on an active duty Army installation the reality of my experiences took a hard left. Before long, I felt extremely trapped in a negative environment. I was isolated from any friends and felt targeted by toxic leadership. I began to lose hope, and felt like I was simply a tiny cog in the massive machine of the military. And so I desperately began to seek some sort of help or assistance in how to salvage my future. At first I sought escape through unhealthy and potentially dangerous means. I truly was at a dark place in my life; one I had never been to before and felt I had no way out. Unfortunately, I think these feelings are all too common in the military, especially among young service members like myself. The greatest turn of events came about when I gave Mr. Meili a call, as I finally searched for help the proper way. He represented a glimmer of hope as I had previously been consumed with desperation. Mr. Meili instantly provided hope and reassurance thanks to his vast knowledge and experience with the legal proceedings of the military. I no longer felt like merely a number and my hope for the future was reestablished thanks to Mr. Meili’s professionalism and expertise in navigating military law. Mr. Meili advocated for me when I was misled by a military behavioral health officer. He reassured me of my rights and what I am entitled to as a member of the military. Mr. Meili even contacted officers directly in my brigade on my behalf, ensuring I receive the proper care. Having Mr. Meili on board not only assured me that no high ranking officer would pull the wool over my eyes, but it was a reassurance that my best interests would always be taken care of. I went from being entirely alone to finally having a team being assembled around me, all thanks to Mr. Meili. I now am receiving the proper care and treatment given my behavioral health situation, and if I had not hired Mr. Meili I believe I may have fallen through the cracks of the Army. I was truly desperate and in one of the worst positions of my life before reaching out to Mr. Meili. Throughout the process, he constantly communicated with me and updated me on my case. He has truly cared about my well-being as a human, not just a uniformed member of the military. If you find yourself truly trapped and with nowhere to go the same way I did, you ought to give Mr. Bill Meili a call. His legal counsel, professionalism and confidence, and overall life wisdom will make a whole world of difference. It most certainly has in my case.
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Posted by Mike | May 17, 2022
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IRR Transfer
To date, Mr. Meili has done an amazing job with my IRR Transfer Request case! Our work together began shortly after I left a pretty detailed email in regards to my situation where there was joint confusion on some of my service obligations within my ROTC scholarship contract and rapport within my previous leadership and how those were potentially negatively affecting my requests to be transferred into the IRR as I was previously denied. Mr. Meili responded back to my situation and inquiry very rapidly, I believe within the first hour of when I sent the email. From then, we immediately began talking over the phone and identifying how he could potentially help me in my request to get approved for a transfer into the IRR. Mr. Meili's network, and span of communication amongst high level leadership still within the military helped out tremendously. Mr. Meili was very patient, yet diligent, and relentless in pursuing the best avenues of approach and plans of attack in hopes for a favorable outcome in my request. He went as far back as reaching out to and communicating with my commissioning source and personnel from my ROTC program in college dating back to 2014 to help clear up any confusion and get everybody on board, including myself with what was actually expected of me and how the requirements and obligations could still be met, all while identifying how the Army, my unit, and my request could be favorable for all parties involved. Throughout this process, Mr. Meili has also restored good and positive rapport between my unit and I. He is a wealth of knowledge and knows the system, regulations, stipulations, and law to the letter. Mr. Meili is also very good on keeping his clients updated on the work and progress of the case as he touches base and even sends a sit-rep (situation report) just about every day so that one is always in the know. I do not believe that more than two days have gone by since when we have started that he has not touched base with me and kept me posted on progress and sharing visibility on what he is working on in regards to my case, behind the scenes. I have no complaints about whatsoever when it comes to Mr. Meili and how he has helped me in my case. Mr. Meili has already built great rapport with my unit and has already received verbal confirmation that my IRR transfer request will be approved and processed. Once the ink dries on the paperwork, it will be a mission success! Working with Mr. Meili has been a smooth process and I am so happy that I hired him.
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Posted by Nebyou | May 14, 2022
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Army UQR Assistance
I hired Bill Meili to help me maneuver through the Army bureaucracy for a timely resignation (UQR). He took the time to really understand my situation, my needs, and my priorities. He was professional and used his expertise, and wide network, to get the job done in a timely fashion. He is an excellent communicator. He gave me continuous updates and recommendations. I could not have asked for better service. I was overwhelmed at work, so it was great that I had him to take care of this for me. I am happy to say that I will be moving in with my wife this year thanks to his help.
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Posted by Brett | February 7, 2022
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Army Officer Resignation and UQR Process
Mr. Meili replied to my initial inquiry promptly while showing a vast knowledge of not only UQRs, but also the Army system as a whole. While many attorneys may come off as smug and pretentious, Mr. Meili was seemingly down to Earth and enjoyable to converse with. Although I had a plethora of questions, some perhaps even obvious, Mr. Meili took the time to answer them all in suitable detail. The Army does not provide a suitable option for ones own legal needs, and in my case refused to give me any sort of advice, answers, or representation. However, that was a blessing because it forced me to look elsewhere. Give him a call and judge for yourself.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2021
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URQ consult
I spoke with Bill he was honest and candid to the point and very knowledgeable with the statutes and regulations as it relates to UQR and ADSO. If you are need of an attorney who is honest and knowledgeable, I would recommend Bill because he will fight hard to ensure that your separation and swift and just.
Posted by Andres | October 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Strong Ally
Bill was great to work with. He carefully listened to my problem with the Navy and helped create an action plan to navigate my legal troubles. He was very accessible and explained possible scenario outcomes. In the end, I got the resolution I wanted and I'm thankful that Bill was with me along the way to shine the light in the darkness.
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Posted by Gonzalo Cacho | August 23, 2021
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Captain
Attorney William C. Meili is a retired Judge Advocate General Colonel. He knows very well the workings of military law and its cumbersome bureaucracy. I came to Attorney Meili with a request for his assistance in getting my Unqualified Resignation (UQR) packet moved up the usual bureaucratic chain. Until then the packet had stalled and was sitting at the Human Resources Command. Prior to working with Attorney Meili I attempted to contact HRC for multiple weeks seeking a status on my UQR. When I finally received a response, HRC's answer was not encouraging. I feared that my UQR would not get approved in time and worse, that it could even get rejected. As soon as I spoke to Attorney Meili he began working to assist me. From that moment, it had been a few hours before Mr. Meili had an accurate picture of who had my packet and what was needed to get it up the bureaucratic chain. After speaking to Mr. Meili for the second time, I hired him to assist me in getting my UQR approved prior to my school start date. To attend medical school I needed my packet to get approved, at the latest, by August 2021. It was already late June when I contacted Mr. Meili and time was of the essence because HRC had informed me that, unless there was a change, approval was not expected until November- December. Mr. Meili started working hard on my case, giving me daily updates of the status of my packet. By the first week of August he succeeded in getting me discharge orders. HRC remarked that my packet was one of the fastest UQR packets to go through HRC, G1 and the Assistant Secretary of the Army’ procedure. Mr. Meili knows very well what is required to get through the Army’s bureaucratic process and his legal understanding is admirable. I owe huge thanks to Mr. Meili and his help. In large part because of his help, I can now attend medical school to pursue my dream. I give a 10/10 score to Attorney William C. Meili and his office for his efficiency, honesty and diligence in getting the work done.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2021
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UQR case resolved
I hired Mr. Meili to help me with a case of unqualified resignation from the Army National Guard. I had been trying to get discharge orders for 1.5 years by the time I contact Mr. Meili. After he came on the case, I had discharge orders in about 2 months. He was incredibly knowledgeable about UQR situations and an excellent communicator. Mr. Meili went above and beyond our contract to help and support me. I am very grateful for all the time and effort he put in to my case.
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Posted by David | April 22, 2021
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Outstanding Attorney, Experienced Legal Advocate, Trusted Advisor,
I have known and repeatedly consulted Bill Meili for more than 14 years. His ethical, practical, and sage advice has been absolutely correct every time. I consider Bill to be a trusted legal friend and someone whose advice I can fully rely upon. I owe Bill Meili a debt of gratitude, and could not recommend him more highly.
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2021
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You’re in great hands with Bill Meili
I have known Bill over 20 years in a business relationship. When I needed an attorney for a DWI he was the first person I wanted to talk to. From the moment we spoke I knew he would take extraordinary care of me and he did. His knowledge, respect from Prosecutors, Judges and others in the Judicial system was evident and worked in my favor. Because of his knowledge and contacts he was able to get my charge reduced from a DWI to a class B DUI. I will recommend him to my family, friends and colleagues for any type of legal issue they may have and know that they will be handled with respect and care by a fabulous attorney who knows how to get the best results for his clients.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney - Owner
  • Law Offices Of William C. Meili & Associates
  • 1993 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Dallas County District Attorney's Office
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Colonel, Judge Advocate General Reserve
  • United States Army Reserve
  • 1987 - 2007
  • Captain
  • United States Army
  • 1982 - 1987
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Education

  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Dartmouth College
  • AB
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felony DWI with Professional License and Career Implications
  • Favorably resolved without a final, felony conviction.
  • Officer Promotion Passover -- GOMOR in Performance Section of OMPF
  • Reprimand Removed and Client Promoted
  • Juvenile Assault -- Family Violence
  • Case Dismissed (Non-Suited)

Associations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Reserve Officer's Association of the United States
  • Life Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2003
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Legion of Merit
  • United States of America -- U.S. Army
  • 2007
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2000
  • Book Award - Evidence
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1980
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1967
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Real Talk Texas -- Radio Show, Dallas
  • Saving Military Careers and Military Law
  • 2014
  • 2002 Criminal Law Seminar
  • Ethics in Criminal Law: Ten Tips for Avoiding the Most Common Grievances
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (4)
Endorse Bill
Military law Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am very pleased to give Bill my highest endorsement. I have known Bill for ten years and I can think of few other attorneys who are as appreciated by their clients and well-respected by their colleagues. I would trust him with the most difficult of cases because I am familiar with the great results he gets for his clients. He is a true professional, embodying the best qualities that attorneys should have, and because I hold him in the highest personal and professional regard, he gets my unqualified endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Meili is an excellent attorney who truly cares about his clients. He is an experienced, well-respected attorney and skilled negotiator. He does everything in his power to ensure the best results and truly cares about the clients and their future, not just the case at hand. When people request a referral for an attorney for criminal, juvenile, or military matters, Bill Meili is the first person on my list."
Military law Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill Meili is one of the most dedicated and effective attorneys I have met in my 32-year legal career. I have interacted with him frequently in the past 14 years, seeing him as a legal advisor at hearings, serving against him as opposing counsel, and working with him on military law cases. Bill thoroughly researches the issues in whatever case he is handling and determines the best course of action to pursue. He is equally adept at both negotiating a matter and zealously representing his client at trial. He is a straight shooter—his honesty and integrity are well respected among military attorneys. Bill gives his all to his clients, making them feel as though a successful resolution of their case is the most important thing in his life. I heartily recommend Bill to anyone who needs a military or criminal law attorney."
Juvenile law Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Bill and would trust him if he represented my family on any legal issues. He is competent at what he does. He has a great reputation in the legal community. He genuinely cares and wants to help the people he represents. He will fight for justice even when it means going against the odds. I wholly believe in his experience and heart as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known and worked with William "Bill" Meili for several years and have been very impressed with his knowledge, experience and commitment to helping clients. Bill takes and in-depth and practical approach to resolving his client's case. What has impressed me most about the way Bill works is his ability to get to know the people involved and work on a relationship level with the people, which brings a different dimension to his work product. For anyone looking to find an knowledgeable and seasoned attorney that goes beyond just "working a case", and who doesn't when they are facing life changing allegations, then Mr. Meili is a great choice for representing you or someone you know."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an outstanding attorney who blends a wealth of litigation experience in both criminal and military law with a personality that inspires confidence and trust in both clients and other attorneys."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Bill Meili for over 20 years both as opposing counsel when he was a prosecutor and as a fellow lawyer in the defense bar. He is highly skilled and a man with a great deal of integrity and compassion."
Military law Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bill and I were prosecutors in the same office in the early 90's. He is brilliant, hard-working, personable, creative, and effective. I wholeheartedly recommend Bill as an excellent attorney who cares deeply about his clients."
Military law Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Bill Meili as one of the finest attorneys I have had the pleasure of knowing. He works extremely hard for his clients and cares about them as he would a member of his own family. If someone I knew needed an attorney in the field of military law I would make sure they called Bill first."
Military law Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Bill Meili as an experienced professional who understands the military and his client's needs from a unique position of having served, advised and litigated. He is a zealous advocate with the right mix of practicality and ethics."
Military law Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Meili when I was in the Army Reserves, while attending Law School. I knew him then as COL Meili. He is the consumate professional. He is very experienced in military law. He critically analyzes every case. He has excellant client handling skills."
Military law Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Friend
"Bill Meili has been a trusted friend of mine for 15 years. I have worked with and for him on various criminal, juvenile, and military law matters, and sought his advice many times. He is wise, intelligent, skilled, and committed to advocating effectively for his clients. He keeps his clients informed and communicates with them before, during, and after the case. He is especially good at negotiating difficult legal situations to a favorable result for his clients, but is prepared to fight tenaciously in a contested hearing or trial when necessary. He achieves excellent results."
Military law Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Bill for many years, and he is a great lawyer. he keeps his client's interests at heart, and goes the extra mile to do what's best for the client. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
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Southlake Military law Lawyer Bill Meili
Bill Meili
Military law Attorney
Southlake, TX
Licensed for 42 years