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 24 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 in a brigade-level staff sergeant major position as a master sergeant. Anthony has also served as a first sergeant and acting commander of a combat engineer drill sergeant company, a senior drill sergeant, a combat intelligence advisor to the New Iraqi Army and a battalion-level master combatives instructor. Anthony is currently serving as the Operations Section NCIOC for a Battalion Headquarters. Anthony has spent more than two decades training and supervising thousands of soldiers and officers across two different countries’ armed forces. He has maintained an active security clearance for nearly that entire period.
As an attorney, Anthony focuses much of his time on the representation of military personnel, federal agents and employees, as well as private employers and non-profit corporations. Anthony’s practice areas include corporate, labor and employment, military law, national security representation, and veterans’ benefits. Anthony is the co-founder and co-director of the University at Buffalo School of Law Veterans Law practicum and is the adjunct professor for the law school’s first-of-its-kind asynchronistic nationwide Veterans Law course.
Anthony is currently admitted to practice law in New York State. He is admitted to practice before 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 is accredited through the Department of Veterans Affairs and is also admitted to practice before the Federal Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, DC. Anthony is an experienced DOHA litigator, with notable victories published involving alleged violations of the Alcohol Consumption and Criminal Conduct guidelines and foreign preference and foreign influence guidelines. Anthony has participated in ROTC Disenrollment Boards across the country, stretching from Boston, MA to Flagstaff, AZ and has successfully litigated PEB cases across the country, including the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, Ft. Sam Houston, TX and remotely for cases in Puerto Rico involving members of the USPHS and the Commissioned Corp. He has extensive experience assisting clients in navigating matters involving security clearance suspensions and revocations, 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 has also negotiated the surrender of multiple deserters and has assisted with debt remission and waiver requests.
Anthony currently serves on the Board of Directors for multiple 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporations, including currently serving as Board Chair for the National Security Lawyers Association (NSLA). He has represented dozens of local 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 management, 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.
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, where he received his first of two Bronze Star Medals for actions in direct combat. 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 a second Bronze Star Medal 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 companies and 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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