Jeremy Kenneth McKissack

Jeremy Kenneth McKissack

Senior Associate

(716) 210-9082

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Practice Areas
  • Military Law
  • Security Clearance Representation
Practice Locations
  • Buffalo, NY

Jeremy McKissack is an attorney in the military law and security clearance representation sections at Tully Rinckey, PLLC. He is also a Colonel and judge advocate in the Air Force Reserve. He has almost 19 years of legal and leadership experience as a military officer and continues to hold an active security clearance.

While on active duty, he gained extensive trial experience as both a prosecutor and defense counsel. As a young prosecutor, he co-supervised the military justice program at the Air Force’s most populous installation, providing legal counsel and litigation support to multiple court-martial convening authorities. He also provided legal assistance to service members, dependents, and retirees for a variety of civil matters. He was then picked to be a base defense counsel, representing service members in interrogations, pre-trial hearings, nonjudicial punishment actions, administrative actions, discharges, and courts-martial.

In another assignment, he held a dual-hatted position as a supervisory prosecutor and faculty member at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School. He taught trial advocacy, evidence, and military justice administration to new and experienced judge advocates while also handling multiple felony-level cases and traveling to various installations to litigate trials. Later, as a prosecutor in the Office of Military Commissions, he managed complex national security litigation involving Guantanamo Bay detainees.

As a supervisory defense counsel for three years, he directed and managed regional defense services at three major Air Force installations in two states. He represented military members in top-priority courts-martial, pre-trial investigations, officer involuntary discharge proceedings, and other adverse personnel actions. He also mentored, supervised, and trained junior officers and enlisted paralegals and wrote awards packages and performance reports.

He finished his active duty career as a staff judge advocate. In this position, he provided full-spectrum legal advice to two installations encompassing over 2,800 military personnel and 835 civilian employees. In addition, he was the agency counsel for these installations for equal employment opportunity complaints, Merit Systems Protection Board appeals, mediation, and civilian personnel actions.

After being honorably discharged from active duty, he became a traditional reservist in the Air Force Reserve, performing military duty one weekend per month. As a civilian lawyer, meanwhile, he worked as a first assistant state’s attorney, prosecuting felony and misdemeanor offenses in a county near his hometown in Illinois. He then answered the call to duty, again, and accepted active duty orders to serve as a full-time reservist in Georgia, where he still resides. Before joining Tully Rinckey, PLLC, he was the deputy staff judge advocate at Air Force Reserve Command where he was a principal legal advisor to senior uniformed and civilian leaders responsible for 70,000 military personnel and broad national defense missions.

NOT ADMITTED TO THE NEW YORK STATE BAR. NEW YORK PRACTICE LIMITED TO PROVIDING LEGAL SERVICES TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SOLELY BEFORE A SPECIAL COURT, DEPARTMENT, OR AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES.

Court & Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • Georgia
  • Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals

Education:

  • A., Kankakee Community College
  • A., Northern Illinois University, Political Science, magna cum laude
  • A., Arizona State University, Psychology
  • Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Academic Distinction
  • D., Northern Illinois University College of Law, cum laude
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air and Space Commendation Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
  • Distinguished Graduate, USAF Commissioned Officer Training
  • Distinguished Graduate, USAF Squadron Officer School
  • Pardon the Paradox: Making Sense of President Trump’s Interventions in Military Justice, Joint Force Quarterly, November 19, 2020.
  • Forewarned is Forearmed, The Air Force JAG Corps Reporter, August 27, 2020.
  • My School, My Choice: Removing Legal Barriers to Education Reform in Illinois, The Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association, January 1, 2003.

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