Posted by David
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
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.
Posted by anonymous
I am very grateful to Mr. Meili in coaching me on proving my continued value to the Army. The government was set to separate me through a Board of Inquiry (BOI)/ Show Cause despite my long career of contributions. Mr. Meili’s communication was direct and up front. He told me that I had a 50/50 chance to be eliminated and not retained. Nevertheless, Mr. Meili firmly believed in me throughout the process, and reminded me to be myself which positively impacted my confidence. Mr. Meili was correct, and when the time came for me to stand up in front of the board members, I was fired up to convince them that I could continue to be a great asset to the Army. Mr. Meili was calm and convincing to the point that he had the board members’ full attention and nodding their heads in agreement while he was speaking. As a result the board members were tolerant of my mistakes and decided to retain me. Thank you so much Mr. Meili; you will forever have my recognition and respect.
Client wishes to remain anonymous
Posted by anonymous
Bill offered me an extremely generous (and free!) initial consultation on a military/administrative law question. He called directly less than an hour after I initially emailed him with my question. We spoke for an hour and he did not hold back in offering his considered professional insights and recommendations. He was thoughtful, listened to my concerns, and offered his unvarnished opinions in a straightforward and professional manner. I really appreciated his approach - and we even had a few laughs about shared experiences! He was also up front about his fee arrangements, but did not pressure me to "sign up." I may or may not ultimately need to retain Bill for his legal services, but I feel strongly based on our initial consultation that I could so without hesitation and with confidence in him working on my behalf. Thank you, Bill!
Posted by Edwin & Lacy Morales
Mr. Meili is truly an expert in military law and a fantastic attorney. He explains and walks you through everything in detail outlining options thoroughly. I highly recommend Mr. Meili for anyone needing help separating from military service and am very grateful to have had his help and expertise during a very difficult time.
Edwin & Lacy Morales
Posted by Todd
No price tag can match the value of knowing you have the best representation available. By having Mr. Meili accept my case he replaced a heavy burden of potentially serious consequences with a peace and confidence knowing I would get the best possible outcome. My case was dismissed from the court thanks to this competent and professional gentleman. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to my case.
Posted by Joel
Mr. Meili was very knowledgeable and very helpful. He explained and walked me to what the process would look like and answered all my questions. Would definitely recommend.
Posted by Michael
Mr. Bill Meili has integrity. He provides exceptional and honest counsel, even when it’s not in his financial interest. As service members trying to navigate sometimes complex military administrative law, it’s critical to have an attorney on our side that will not take us down an unproductive path.
Posted by anonymous
I am currently an officer in the Medical Corps. In late 2017, I was undergoing issues with my leadership and in process of leaving the training program I was in. I reached out to attorneys as I had ambiguously negative OERs and in addition was forced to sign them/ threatened with UCMJ if I did not. I had a very specialized issue as a military physician and was curious about pursuing a UQR. I found Mr. Meili’s website and was intrigued by the reviews for officers and UQRs. I became acquainted with Bill during this time. He talked with me for about 2 hours and linked me up with one of his consultants who had gone through a somewhat similar circumstance. He was incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and if he did not know an answer, I can tell you he definitely knew someone who did and was not afraid to ask. Overwhelmed and with a desire to move past the situation, I chose to continue my obligation elsewhere, decided not to hire an attorney, and PCS’d to a new duty station.
I found success in my new assignment; unfortunately negative OERs do not go away. 2 years later, I did not make Major and faced involuntary separation with possible other than honorable (OTH) discharge through a Show Cause-Board of Inquiry action. I was terrified about the impact on my medical and military career. I wasn’t sure if an OTH would fly at future employers on the civilian side. Remembering how thorough and helpful Bill had been for an individual who had not even given him a retainer, I reached back out immediately. To my delight, he recalled my situation and once again dove headfirst into all of the possible outcomes. His extraordinary ability to analyze the situation and outline necessary courses of action was invaluable. What made Bill different from other attorneys I spoke with about my case was his demeanor. He has the distinct ability to enter a situation or a room with a sense of clarity and calmness; even if you didn’t agree with him. He worked closely with my command, JAG and the TDS attorney that was representing me as well. He flew to Ft. Polk while I was on a training exercise to ensure a face to face before my Board, which ultimately took place in Hawaii a few months later. He flew there too!
At that time that I questioned my abilities as a physician, as an officer, and as a leader, Bill was able to show the Board that I was not who or what was written in my OERs, and I was able to see it as well. After my Board of Inquiry voted unanimously to retain me, opposing counsel informed me that I was the first officer who had ever been retained by that particular Board President. I cannot describe what it feels like to experience that sense of validation of self….and not sure many others can do it to the extent that Bill can. I continue to do well in my current duty station and was told I’m up for top block rating this year.
After working with Mr. Meili on the Board of Inquiry with a favorable outcome, it is one of my biggest regrets not engaging with him the first time around. Sometimes we make mistakes; sometimes the circumstances are not in our favor…in these times I would highly recommend Mr. Meili’s counsel without reservation.
CPT MS, MC, USA
Posted by anonymous
My son had recently graduated from College and was in the Army Reserves. His degree was in International Studies and he found an opportunity in China that he wanted to pursue. This was clearly going to conflict with his monthly weekend drills, so he talked to the right people in his unit (he thought) to find out the process to get properly released for overseas employment and possibly transferred to the IRR. We realized fairly quickly that what we thought was going to be a fairly straight forward process was going to be frustrating and difficult. After two months and not making any progress, we started our search for a lawyer who could help us when we received notice that our son was being considered for involuntary separation with an Other than Honorable (OTH) discharge.
The first lawyer with military experience we called referred us to Bill Meili. On my initial call to Bill he sensed our frustration. He was patient and understanding, giving us plenty of time to discuss our concerns and give us his feedback.
Within a few days we had a face to face consultation with Bill. It did not take long to appreciate the depth of experience and knowledge Bill has in military matters. As a former JAG officer, he knows how to navigate the vast military bureaucracy, and with his previous military and civilian legal experience, he is very good at developing the best plan to achieve a desired outcome. He was also honest in setting what our expectations should be. By the end of this meeting I already felt a strong level of trust in Bill.
That consultation led to a favorable outcome. We were able to get the involuntary separation action withdrawn and my son’s transfer to the IRR approved. Over the course of several more consults, we appreciated Bills’ knowledge and expertise, and his unwavering commitment to our family. He was professional, precise and he delivered. I highly recommend Bill Meili for anyone needing legal help with a military matter. He is extremely good at what he does.