Mathew Tully Retires From the Army – Returns to Lead Tully Rinckey PLLCBy: Terry Brown 7/13/14
After New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew Tully, of Niskayuna, retired from the military due to medical reasons, he returned to lead the Colonie-based law firm, Tully Rinckey PLLC, that he helped launch.
Tully had served nearly 20 years in the military. As a Guard soldier, he served with the Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division.
Tully returned full-time to the law firm following a long recovery from wounds he suffered Aug. 7, 2012, during a suicide bomber attack in the Afghanistan War. Tully was with the Army Intelligence and Security Command in eastern Afghanistan when the attack occurred.
Tully remained on active duty as he recovered from the injuries to his neck, back and legs. He initially received treatment at a Wounded Warrior Unit in Fort Benning, Ga., and later at another Wounded Warrior Unit in Concord, Mass. He was prohibited from working in a civilian capacity until his medical retirement took effect.
Tully also served in the Iraq War.
He earned a Bronze Star Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Purple Heart, an Army Achievement Medal, an Army Space Badge and a Parachutist Badge.
He is now among the tens of thousands of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom who are transitioning back to civilian life while dealing with a service-connected disability.
As a civilian, he represents veterans facing legal challenges. Tully has dedicated his legal career to strengthening the employment rights of service members through his pioneering Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act litigation. USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of the active and reserve components of the U.S. armed forces. He writes a legal column for the Army Times weekly newspaper.
While on military leave, the law firm expanded from three offices to six, including one a block from the White House, one in Syracuse, one in Rochester and one in Buffalo. The firm has 120 employees, including 60 attorneys.