Tully Rinckey PLLC Founding Partner among most influential veterans of 2015
March 23, 2016 – Albany, N.Y. – Tully Rinckey PLLC Founding Partner Mathew Tully was recognized yesterday as one of 2015’s most influential and impactful veterans. Tully’s accomplishments and achievements as a veteran and business owner were celebrated by HillVets, a nonprofit group of bipartisan veterans and supporters empowering veterans to advance in careers following military service. Tully was honored at a reception at the Reserve Officers Association headquarters on Constitution Ave. NE in Washington, D.C. alongside former U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and many other accomplished veterans who earned their place on the 2015 HillVets 100 list.
“It is an honor to be included among this year’s list of HillVets 100 recipients,” said Tully. “From Tully Rinckey PLLC’s beginnings, the mission of the firm has been to defend the legal rights of service members facing employment discrimination due to their military service. We have since grown the scope of legal services we offer to include federal employment law, security clearance representation, and a range of others, but our core focus continues to be the legal defense of our nation’s veterans.”
In the fall of 2015, HillVets requested nominations for the second annual HillVets 100 list. The nominations poured in and HillVets compiled a list encompassing individuals from diverse sectors, including the arts, politics, business, philanthropy, and personal achievements. To be included in the HillVets 100 list, nominees had to demonstrate a purpose of giving back to those that have sacrificed so much for our nation. Tully was among those named to the HillVets 100 list in the category honoring veteran-owned and operated businesses on Capitol Hill. Tully Rinckey PLLC opened its Washington, D.C. location in 2008, and expanded to its latest 6,400-square-foot, seventh-floor suite just one block from the White House on Connecticut Avenue NW in 2014.
On Sept. 11, 2001, while employed in the legal department of Morgan Stanley, Tully escaped from the World Trade Center and shortly thereafter relocated to upstate New York. There, he began providing legal services to service members facing employment discrimination based upon military service. Tully has become a pioneer of litigation involving the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which protects the civilian employment rights of military personnel. Following discrimination he faced employed as a federal prison guard, Tully researched and litigated his own USERRA case, deciding then and there to continue his work to help others in the military facing similar issues.
In 2005, Tully was deployed to Iraq with the 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division of the New York Army National Guard and was based at Forward Operating Base Danger in Tikrit, Iraq. In 2012, he 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. Tully is currently the New York State commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH).
For more information or to speak with Mathew Tully, please contact Marcy Velte at (518) 218-7100 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.