- LLM: Tulane University
- JD: Loyola University
- BA (Classics): Tufts University
- BA (History): Tufts University
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Fifth Circuit
- Ninth Circuit
- Military Circuit
- New Jersey
- Washington DC
Brigadier General (RET.) Harris J. Kline, Esq.
Brigadier General (Ret.) Harris J. Kline comes to Tully Rinckey PLLC with over three decades of experience as an attorney in the Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps, during which time he benefitted security clearance holders as well as service members of all branches. He performed complex, detailed legal tasks that were global in scope, with supervisory tasks throughout the United States, Australia, England, Germany, Singapore, Portugal, Italy, Guam, Japan, Korea, Panama, Philippines and Turkey.
During his time as a JAG, Harris was appointed as the first U.S. military attorney to the Uruguayan Air Force Academy, where he taught international law. He was also selected as counsel to the U.S. Ambassador to Australia and resolved a tense territorial dispute with Indonesia that ended five years of friction between the two nations.
Beyond this, Harris spearheaded the military's relief efforts for post-tsunami Thailand and expeditiously navigated complex layers of governmental bureaucracy, ensuring the rebuilding of Thai infrastructure in record time. He also established and ran the first global outreach program for deployed reserve forces; adopted by the Pentagon across the entire Defense Department, which successfully helped thousands of reservist families survive domestic crisis situations during deployment of the military family member.
Harris has the expertise required to effectively represent service members - with an emphasis on high-ranking military officers - on a range of criminal and administrative legal matters. As an Of Counsel attorney at Tully Rinckey PLLC, Harris provides representation in matters involving Boards for Correction of Military Records, courts-martial, Article 15s, letters of reprimand and officer/enlisted separation proceedings, among numerous others.
Harris possesses extensive military law experience, gleaned from high-level advisory positions within the United States’ European, Pacific and Southern Commands; which is of significant benefit to service members and security clearance holders in need of legal assistance. He wrote a treatise governing international passage through the Bosporus in Turkey that was adopted by European Command as its official position on regional security planning, thus avoiding conflicts with NATO allies. Harris also served as the Chief U.S. Attorney in the Philippines, tasked by the President to close the largest U.S. base overseas in the aftermath of a massive volcano eruption. As Chief U.S. Attorney in the Philippines, he effectively defended cases against the U.S. and gained the release of all American service members detained by the Philippine Supreme Court.
A top secret security clearance holder himself, Harris is also adept at national security law. In representing federal employees, contractors and military personnel through the various stages of the security clearance process, Harris can prepare responses to Statement of Reasons (SOR), Denial of Suitability and Letter of Revocation (LOR). He can also represent security clearance holders and applicants before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) and various agencies.
Among Harris' numerous awards and accolades throughout his multi-decade military career, he has been awarded the American Bar Association Outstanding Career Military Attorney Award and the American Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for International Law Excellence. Harris is also the recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and 10 Meritorious Service Medals for Legal Prowess and Strategic Leadership. In addition to English, Harris has been certified as a French, Turkish and Italian speaker.
NOT ADMITTED TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BAR. DC PRACTICE LIMITED TO PROVIDING LEGAL SERVICES TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SOLELY BEFORE A SPECIAL COURT, DEPARTMENT, OR AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES. ADMITTED TO PRACTICE IN NEW JERSEY, LOUISIANA AND HAWAII.
“Matt Hughes was excellent as my attorney. He managed my expectations and explained the process very thoroughly,” L.H. on Senior Associate Matt Hughes, Esq. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes.
“LITERALLY THE BEST MONEY I EVER SPENT!!!! The USAF charged my son with Article 92, Violate General Order and Article 128, Simple Assault. I spoke to many attorneys who said to me, “Your son will be convicted of the Simple …
“I would like to say how pleased I was with the way your firm handled my case! From the initial intake to my phone consultation with Mr. Rinckey, I felt comfortable and confidant. My case was assigned to Ms. Ozbek. …
By Louis C. LaBrecque Federal employees “shouldn’t be freaking out yet” over the large funding cuts that President Donald Trump wants for federal agencies—but there is cause for concern. That’s from Jeff Neal, senior vice president at ICF and former …
Secret Service vague on action taken against agent who suggested she wouldn’t take ‘a bullet’ for Trump
The Secret Service is weighing how far to take its disciplinary action against a senior special agent who suggested she would rather do jail time than take “a bullet” for President Trump. The agency on Tuesday said it has taken “appropriate action” against …
Hatch Act and Political Activity in the Workplace AS THE ELECTION DRAWS NEARER during this year’s contentious campaign season, experts are warning feds to redouble their efforts to keep their political views and activities well clear of the federal workplace. …
VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Tackles the Issue of Firing Insufficient Workers Without Pitfalls
Congress has taken up the mantle of holding Department of Veterans Affairs’ employees accountable again. The Senate and the House of Representatives have passed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which focuses on placing a higher standard of …
With the addition of three words to an existing law, the recently-signed Follow the Rules Act (FTRA) (H.R. 657) provides federal employees protection from adverse actions if they don’t agree with what they’re being asked to do for their agencies …
If you will be applying for a security clearance, it is advisable that you are cautious of what you post publicly on social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Security Executive Agent Directive 5 allows investigators to analyze …
Walking the line between discipline and whistleblower reprisal With whistleblower disclosures still pouring in at the Office of Special Counsel — reaching an all-time high of 1,553 in fiscal year 2014 — federal management officials are likely finding themselves more …
Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC Two senior Veterans Affairs officials in the Philadelphia office are suspended. The move comes after an audit found they charged subordinates money to attend a work-related party featuring psychic readings. Both are on the …
By, Neil A.G. McPhie, Esq. Q. What happens if you return from active duty to find that the federal civil service job you left to serve in the military was abolished while you were deployed? A. When that “old job” …