Mathew B. Tully, Esq.
Mathew B. Tully is one of Tully Rinckey PLLC’s two founding partners. In 2004, Mat worked with fellow Hofstra alum and Founding Partner Greg T. Rinckey to establish the foundation of what is today Tully Rinckey PLLC – a full service law firm with offices spanning from the East Coast of the United States to the West. Mat partners with Greg on the strategic planning and law practice management of the firm. Together, they create and implement innovative business initiatives that continue to expand Tully Rinckey PLLC into new markets and practice areas.
Mat is one of a small number of attorneys licensed to practice law in three different Countries. He is an Attorney and Counselor at Law in New York State and is on the rolls of Solicitors before the Supreme Court of England and Wales as well as being on the rolls of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland.
As a practicing attorney, Mat focuses on the representation of military personnel and federal government sector employees. He has represented federal employees before such federal agencies as the MSPB, EEOC, and OSC and in court before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Mat also has a thriving appellate practice where he is one of a small number of attorneys alive today who have argued and won before the highest Court in New York State (the New York State Court of Appeals) as well as had a Writ of Certiorari granted and a remand ordered by the Supreme Court of the United States amongst many other appellate victories in various Appellate Courts.
Before launching his legal career, Mat served for three years in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer. After suffering from military discrimination at the hands of his civilian employer, Mat received his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School. A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the New York Army National Guard, Mat has chosen to dedicate his legal career to protecting and preserving the rights of his fellow veterans and reservists. In 2012, Mat received the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained during a suicide bombing while serving in Afghanistan. His service there also afforded him the Bronze Star. His most recent deployment to Afghanistan marked the third time since founding the firm that Mat left his business to selflessly serve the nation. After nearly two decades of service, Mat retired from the military in May 2014.
On Sept. 11, 2001, while employed in the legal department of Morgan Stanley, Mat escaped from the World Trade Center and shortly thereafter relocated to Upstate New York. There, in his ski home, he began providing legal services to his friends and former colleagues who were facing the same discrimination he had. The firm quickly outgrew his home and, with the addition of a partner in 2004, Tully Rinckey PLLC opened an office in Albany, N.Y. As a result of success within the federal employment and military law sectors, the firm then expanded into Washington, D.C.
Mat has become a pioneer in the field of USERRA litigation, winning several landmark cases, which 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 Army Times. Mat is also frequently asked by local and national media outlets to offer his legal commentary on military matters. Most recently, he has been featured in the Washington Post and on CNN. In October of 2007, Mat testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs regarding his criticism of and recommendations to USERRA. He provided his knowledge of laws protecting veterans again in February of 2008 in front of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
In 2005, Mat was deployed to Iraq with the 42nd Infantry "Rainbow" Division and was based at Forward Operating Base Danger in Tikrit, Iraq. As division chief of operations, he was responsible for the organization and implementation of the military's security and stability operations in Saddam Hussein's hometown. Mat returned to the firm in 2006 but was deployed for a second time in October of 2007. During his deployment to Egypt, Mat conducted a series of exercises in support of "Operation Bright Star," which works to enhance the relationship between the United States and the Middle East.
In 2008, Mat graduated from the National Security Space Institute. The NSSI is the Department of Defense's premier institute for training service members to support military operations and advance U.S. national security interests. Upon graduating, he received the Air Force Space Medal, which certified him as a space professional.
He went on to complete the Army Space Operations Officer Qualifications Course making him Army Functional Area 40 qualified. Mat is also a retired supervisory federal law enforcement officer and is a qualified “retired law enforcement officer” under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA)
Mat was raised in Massapequa Park, NY but has lived in South Korea, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Brooklyn, NY. He currently lives in New York with his family.
- Mathew B. Tully - Jose D. Hernandez v. Dept of the Air Force - Obtained appeal decision from the Merit Systems Protection Board that the board should overturn its original decision and could adjudicate claims of USERRA violations prior to the statute’s enactment in 1994. Jose D. Hernandez, a retired aircraft mechanic for the Air Force contended he was erroneously charged for leave time from 1980 to 2001. Hernandez was granted the petition and the original decision was vacated.
- Mathew B. Tully - Pucilowski v. Department of Justice - Alexander F. Pucilowski Jr., a federal corrections officer and federal air marshal contended he was erroneously charge for military leave from 1989 to 2002 while in the National Guard. Court said a series of its recent rulings on military leave pay cases, including Hernandez, has signaled its view that the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act should be interpreted liberally to the benefit of guardsmen and reservists. This case resulted in more favorable military leave pay determinations by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board toward federal employees who are also in the National Guard or military reserve. “Will expand the time frame for which guard personnel can seek compensation and potentially make their case easier to prove” – Mathew B. Tully
- Mathew B. Tully - Jackson v. United States - The United States Supreme Court vacated the prior judgment upholding defendant's sentence and remanded the matter to the court for reconsideration of defendant's sentence in light of Booker.
- Mathew B. Tully - State of New York County Court: Orange County - People v Jones Decision and Order - Client's 9 year sentence and conviction vacated with Appeal victory.
- Mathew B. Tully - Miller v. U.S. Postal Service - MSPB said reservists who worked at the Postal Service also eligible for back pay because of an erroneous leave policy.
- Mathew B. Tully and Greg T. Rinckey - Collins v. Department of the Agriculture - Filed an appeal alleging that while employed by the Department of the Agriculture he was charged military leave even on non-work days which caused him to use annual, sick, or leave without pay to perform military duties from 1989 -2000. Based on USERRA, the agency was ordered to correct its records and to pay appellant the back pay that was owed.
The results of all client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
“Thank you so much, not just for me, but for all service members that were fired for serving as well.” – R.E. on founding partner Mathew B. Tully
“I ran into an experience where I was being discriminated against by my employee based on my military service. Whenever I needed him he was there for me. I can’t recommend Mat and his law firm enough. He truly cares …
NOVA Legal Beat: Overtime for Driving Between Offices? Editor’s Note: This sponsored column is written by Mathew B. Tully of Tully Rinckey PLLC, an Arlington firm that specializes in federal employment and labor law, security clearance proceedings, and military law. …
Firm Helps BIG, ESFLEA and FLEOA Fight Agency Efforts to Weaken Whistleblower Protections October 17, 2014 – Washington, D.C. – Aiming to bolster whistleblower protections in the federal sector, Tully Rinckey PLLC has prepared, on the behalf of three reputable …
California Office Gives Firm Presence in State with Most Federal Employees and Service Members September 2, 2014 – San Diego, CA – Strengthening its position as one of the nation’s largest federal employment and military law firms, Tully Rinckey PLLC …
Founding Partner Mathew B. Tully answers whether being called “cutie” is grounds for a lawsuit with NOVA Legal Beat
NOVA Legal Beat: Is Being Called ‘Sexy’ Grounds for a Lawsuit? Q. I work for a real estate company and my boss keeps calling me “cutie” and “sexy,” though he has not made any sexual advances toward me. Is that enough …
Q. My agency is accusing me of falsifying documents. Yes, I inputted some incorrect information, but that was a mistake. What can I do? A. Falsification is a serious charge — one that could result in the removal of a …
By Mathew B. Tully Federal commissioned officers, who seven years ago saw their protections against discrimination severely curbed, can now go on the offensive thanks to recent decision from the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Due to a loophole …
By Mathew B. Tully Federal employees have long had to juggle work, home and financial responsibilities, along with parting goodbye to loved ones, when family members were called to active duty in the armed forces. Soon, changes to the Family …
White House Takes On Diversity in the Government Workplace, Hiring/Appt. Discrimination Complaints Rise
By Mathew B. Tully Diversifying the federal workforce remains a work in progress. This point is evidenced by the Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama on August 18, 2011 (“EO 13583”). This EO is one of many passed by …