As Managing Partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC, Anthony relies heavily on his vast leadership experience in overseeing the daily operations of the Buffalo office and its staff. As the Chair of Tully Rinckey PLLC’s nationwide Military and National Security practice groups, Anthony supervises the training, performance, and daily operations of attorneys in both practice areas across the United States. As a military leader and trainer, having served more than 22 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, Anthony brings decades of leadership training and experience to the Buffalo office. Anthony has previously served as a senior drill sergeant, a combat intelligence advisor to the New Iraqi Army, a master combatives instructor, and a first sergeant and acting commander of a combat engineer drill sergeant company. Anthony is currently serving in a brigade-level staff sergeant major position. Anthony has spent more than a decade training and supervising thousands of soldiers and officers across two different countries’ armed forces.
As an attorney, Anthony focuses much of his time on the representation of military personnel, federal government employees and federal agents, as well as private employers and not for profit corporations. Anthony’s practice areas include military law, national security representation, federal labor and employment law, veterans’ benefits and corporate law.
Anthony is currently admitted to practice law in New York State. He is accredited through the Department of Veterans Affairs and is admitted to practice before the Federal Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, DC, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the United States Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals. Anthony has extensive experience assisting clients in navigating matters involving security clearance suspensions and revocations, Medical Evaluation Boards (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Boards (PEB), ROTC disenrollment, appeals to the Discharge Review Boards and Boards for Correction of Military Records, UCMJ violations and non-judicial punishment, appeals for service-connection before the Department of Veterans Affairs, rebuttals to GOMORs and QMP selection notifications and requests for Special Selection Boards.
Anthony currently serves on the Board of Directors for multiple 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporations. He has represented dozens of veteran-owned businesses and currently serves as outside general counsel for many local organizations, including VFW and American Legion Posts. Anthony’s experiences as a corporate attorney and the prior owner of a construction company have been instrumental in his ability to train, educate, and represent local businesses and business owners in matters involving private employment, business formations, contract review, articles of incorporation, bylaws, separation negotiations and many other business-related issues. Anthony remains actively involved with each business and makes sure he is available at all times to assist with any emergency situations. Anthony is a frequent presenter for the U.S. Small Business Administration and Boots to Business events.
As the Chair of the Military and National Security practice groups, Anthony regularly represents service members during security clearance hearings before the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) and other federal agencies across the United States. He has recently secured clearance victories for individuals in Florida, Virginia, New York, and DC. He has assisted his clients in drafting written responses to clearance revocations and denials, as well as GOMOR rebuttals, QMP matters of mitigation and extenuation and Special Selection Board requests. Anthony has represented clients who were under investigation and successfully negotiated non-judicial punishment for many service-members, including allegations of failed urinalyses, AWOL, shoplifting, sexual harassment and false official statements. Anthony has also negotiated the surrender of multiple deserters and has assisted with debt remission and waiver requests. Anthony has also successfully assisted multiple ROTC cadets in obtaining favorable resolution of disenrollment proceedings.
A combat veteran, Anthony was deployed in 2004 and imbedded into the New Iraqi Army as a member of a nine-man advisor support team assigned to advise the commanding general of Iraq’s first operation brigade throughout day-to-day training and combat operations. Temporarily attached to the First Marines in Fallujah, Anthony served as the intelligence advisor and .50 cal. gunner throughout Operation New Dawn. Anthony was later relocated to Tadji, Iraq to assist Special Operations Forces in training and sustaining the first plain clothes reconnaissance and surveillance teams in the New Iraqi Army. Anthony’s teams were deployed throughout the Diyala Province for elections security and reconnaissance missions. While serving in Iraq, Anthony was awarded two Bronze Star Medals and the Combat Action Badge, among many other awards.
Upon returning home, Anthony quickly obtained the rank of first sergeant at the young age of 30. Shortly thereafter, Anthony served dual roles as both first sergeant and acting commander for more than a year. Anthony has been honored as the 2009 “WNY Army Reserve Soldier of the Year,” January 2015 WNY Heroes “Hero of the Month,” and is a recipient of the two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, 13 Army Achievement Medals and many other awards.
As a service-connected disabled combat veteran, Anthony has refocused his work ethic toward building a practice dedicated to training, educating, and representing his fellow veterans, veteran-owned businesses, federal employees and local corporations. Anthony is partially responsible for the creation of, and currently serves as the Co-Director for, the University at Buffalo Law School’s first Veterans Law Practicum. He is a serving member of the nation’s first military discharge upgrade advisory board and is a current member of the Erie County Bar Association’s Committee on Veterans and Service-Members’ Legal Issues.
Anthony currently serves as general counsel for multiple businesses throughout Western New York, including certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB). He provides advice and assistance with business formations, partnership agreements, contract review, employee negations and separations, intellectual property compliance, civil disputes, and many other areas of business and commercial representation.
Anthony represents and assists multiple not-for-profit organizations across Western New York. He serves as General Counsel for multiple boards and as a volunteer member on three separate boards of directors. He provides advice and assistance with State and Federal law compliance as it relates to board proceedings, bylaws, employee and personnel matters and handles civil disputes that arise throughout the course of business.
Anthony represents service members of all branches across many different areas of military law. He has successfully represented members facing medical retirement and separation, ROTC disenrollment, criminal investigations, IG investigations, administrative separation boards, non-judicial punishment, court-martial, security clearance revocation or denial, and separation as a result of non-selection, GOMOR, or Qualitative Management Program. He successfully petitioned multiple Discharge Review Boards and Boards for Correction of Military Records for corrections, medical disability retirements and discharge upgrades.
Anthony successfully represented a Department of Homeland Security employee in appealing the Government’s decision to revoke his TS SCI clearance. The DHS employee’s clearance was reinstated after the second-level appeal and he was reinstated to the Department of Homeland Security.
Anthony represented contractors and covert officers in their security clearance appeals and suitability evaluation appeals. He represented multiple applicants from receipt of intent to deny clearance through the personal hearing before a Department of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) Judge.
Anthony successfully represented many service-connected veterans in their claims against the Department of Veterans Affairs. He assisted in obtaining monetary compensation and VA benefits for veterans with both honorable and dishonorable periods of service.
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