Military Law

The military law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC were soldiers long before they became lawyers. With their combined 200 years of military service and law experience, they know the military, they know the law, and are ready to fight hard on your behalf. Because they began their education in the field, rather than the classroom, they are uniquely qualified to both communicate with military personnel and gain respect in military courts.

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Are you facing a court-martial? Dealing with a charge of desertion? Seeking compensation for improperly charged military leave? Trouble being treated fairly in your job search? If you are or were a member of the military and require legal assistance, you’ve come to the right place.

Our Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned law firm was founded by Mathew B. Tully, a lieutenant colonel in the New York Army National Guard, who twice stepped away from his legal career to undertake employments in Egypt and Iraq. Lieutenant Colonel Tully put the firm on the map with a string of high-profile, landmark victories and has built one of the largest and most experienced military law firms in the world to fight on behalf of those who serve. In addition to Lieutenant Colonel Tully, our military law team includes former JAG attorneys, such as Managing Partner Greg T. Rinckey, along with Larry D. Youngner, who is of-counsel.

Our military law team is nationally recognized for winning cases against tough odds. We have a proven history of changing the military law landscape through knowledge and tenacity in all matters faced by service members, including:

We fight aggressively on behalf of our clients using the same fearless determination we displayed as members of the armed forces.

The accomplished military law attorneys at Tully Rinckey are equipped to handle military law issues, regardless of seriousness, for military personnel located around the world. Our current roster of clients resides in cities and towns all over the U.S., as well as foreign locations such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond. We travel the globe to represent clients and also provide services via telephone and through videoconferencing. We’re not intimidated by complicated matters, remote locations, or difficult cases.

To schedule an initial consultation, contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (888) 529-4543 or

A court-martial is a serious matter for any service member. Conviction can not only end your military career, but it can result in jail time, fines, and other punishments. A dishonorable discharge and a criminal conviction can also have a negative impact on other areas of your life, including your ability to seek employment or secure housing.

At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our military law attorneys are prepared to provide you with aggressive representation. Several of our lawyers are former JAG officers who understand the military system and are prepared to aggressively advocate for your rights. If you’re facing a court-martial, we’ll protect your rights every step of the way and ensure that you’re treated fairly.

Nonjudicial punishment, also known as “office hours” in the Marine Corps or “mast” in the Navy and Coast Guard, is a form of military discipline that has been authorized by Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. While receipt of nonjudicial punishment is not a criminal conviction, it can result in a negative mark on a service member’s record. This can have a negative impact on your military career.

At Tully Rinckey PLLC, many of our attorneys are veterans themselves who understand military law intimately and who have represented service members in court martials or trial courts, and have offered advice in nonjudicial punishment proceedings. If you’re facing possible nonjudicial punishment, we provide tenacious representation that protects your rights and that ensures your military career is treated fairly.

When a service member has been charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), he or she is entitled to an Article 32 hearing. The purpose of an Article 32 hearing is to inquire into the matter that resulted in the charges and to determine the form of the charges and how and the case should proceed. While an Article 32 hearing may resemble that of a grand jury proceeding, it actually grants the accused more rights. Differences include the rights to call witnesses, to present evidence, and to cross-examine witnesses called by the prosecution during the investigation.

If you’re facing an Article 32 investigation, do not waive your Article 32 rights. Take steps to retain the service of an experienced attorney. At Tully Rinckey PLLC, several of our military law attorneys are former JAG officers and have years of experience representing service members at court-martial. We’ll make sure that your rights are protected and that you’re treated fairly under the Uniform Code.

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets or military academy cadets may be disenrolled for a variety of reasons, including misconduct, poor academic performance, honor code violations, and medical issues. Whether voluntary or involuntary, the consequences for an disenrollment can take a financial toll as well as preclude a cadet from serving as a commissioned officer later in life.

In all instances of disenrollment, it’s important to have an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney at your side. The attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC are well-versed in ROTC and Academy disenrollment law and have successfully handled disenrollment cases in the past. We protect your rights and fight for an outcome that best benefits your military career and your life as a whole.

If you are a former service member and believe that your military records contain either errors or derogatory information that’s having a negative impact on your life, you may be able to apply to the Board for Corrections of your military branch to have this information corrected or removed. The assistance of an attorney with deep knowledge of military law can be invaluable in doing so.

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Serving your country should not cost you your job. In fact, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) offers service members numerous protections regarding discrimination due to military service, as well as reemployment with civilian employers. Unfortunately, not all employers comply with this law. That’s when an experienced military law attorney can make a real difference in the circumstances of your employment.

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If you’re a service member who has been declared unfit for duty for medical reasons, further consideration is given to whether your medical condition is, or is not, service-connected. The determination process of both fitness for duty and whether the injury or condition is connected to your military service is carried out by the Medical Evaluation Board. Because a Medical Evaluation Board’s findings may significantly affect your military career and your ability to collect disability payments, you can challenge the board’s findings. Enlisting the services of an attorney who intimately knows the medical evaluation process can increase your chances for a satisfactory outcome.

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Mesothelioma has hit many U.S. veterans who were repeatedly exposed to asbestos dust and asbestos-based products during their time in the service. If you have mesothelioma, you might believe that you have no legal recourse because of laws that prohibit you from suing the U.S. government. While this is true, you do have other, very specific legal options.

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Spice is an herbal “designer drug” that can mimic the effect of marijuana. Until recently, it was legal for use by United States service members. However, recent scheduling changes have made the use of this drug a crime. Active duty service members who test positive for the drug face significant penalties. Unfortunately, the tests for this, and other similar drugs, can have unreliable results. In addition, some “designer drugs” may be sold as incense, increasing your risk of unintentional exposure.

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If you are a service member who has been designated absent without leave (AWOL) or a deserter, you need proficient legal advice. It’s probable that a federal warrant for you arrest has been issued by your command, and even a traffic stop can put you in jail until you’re transferred back to the military.

Here at Tully Rinckey PLLC, we have assisted numerous military personnel who were deemed deserters or AWOL and wished to be discharged from the military. We’ve been able to secure an administrative discharge from service, without any criminal conviction or record, for extended periods of desertion, even up to several years. We’ll fight aggressively for your rights, ensuring that you’re treated fairly and with respect.

Divorces is always a difficult matter. When one or both spouses are in the military, the challenges become more complex. If you are a service member, or the spouse of a service member, it’s critical that you retain the services of an attorney who is familiar with military divorce issues.

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In 2011, the United States Military repealed its Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy that prohibited gay men and women from serving openly in the armed forces. This means gay individuals can no longer be separated from the military solely because of their sexual orientation, nor can the military prevent someone from serving or being admitted into the armed forces because of their statements about sexual orientation or lawful homosexual conduct.

Depending on the circumstances of their separations under DADT, some gay former service members may be eligible to recommence their military careers, complete time necessary to qualify for military retirement benefits, upgrade their discharge, change their military records, or become eligible for veteran benefits.

The experienced attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC are ready to provide aggressive representation to service members who wish to assert their rights under the DADT repeal. We’ll fight for you, protecting your privacy and making sure you receive fair treatment under military law.

If you’re a flag or general officer in the United States military, you may eventually be the subject of an Inspector General’s investigation, congressional investigation, or confirmation battle. In such situations, even if you’ve been assigned a judge advocate or someone from the Department of Defense to assist with your case, it’s often wise to retain private legal counsel – an experienced attorney who works solely for you.

The military law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC have significant experience in these matters. Several are former JAG officers who have continued to represent service members in military and civilian courts. We’ll make sure your rights are protected and that you receive fair and respectful treatment under the law.

The military appeals process is the final hope of someone who has been convicted by a court-martial. A military appeal can be a daunting prospect, particularly since a conviction may not only end your military career, but it can have a significant negative impact on many areas of your life, including your prospects for employment, getting an education, and even securing housing.

At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our military law attorneys not only include former JAG officers, but they have recent experience representing service members in military courts. We advise you on your chances of a successful appeal. If you decide to move forward, we fight for you, making sure your rights are protected and that you receive fair treatment under military law.

Tully Rinckey PLLC is a multistate, veteran-founded law firm devoted to defending the rights of service members anywhere around the globe. Our attorneys have a combined 50 years of experience in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, and our founding partner is the only known civilian attorney to currently serve in the Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel.

We can provide legal services for many different military issues, including:

  • AWOL/military deserter
  • Positive urinalysis
  • Court-martial/USMJ representation
  • Article 15/nonjudicial punishment
  • Article 32 proceedings
  • Correction of military records
  • Military-related mesothelioma
  • General officer representation
  • ROTC and military academy enrollment
  • Security clearance representation.

Tully Rinckey has represented service members based at military installations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. We can represent clients via video teleconferencing, when applicable.

Some of the U.S. Military Bases Where We Can Provide Services

Camp Lejeune
Fort Belvoir
Fort Benning
Fort Bragg
Fort Drum
Fort Hood
Naval Station Norfolk
Naval Base San Diego
Eglin Air Force Base
Joint Base Langley-Eustis
Joint Base San Antonio
Hurlburt Field
Joint Base Pendleton
Naval Air Station Fallon
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Marine Corps Base Quantico
Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Travis Air Force Base

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When you choose Tully Rinckey PLLC, you aren’t just assigned an attorney. Your legal matter will be cared for by our entire legal team and support staff. With offices throughout the country, coast to coast, we make sure you receive legal counsel and representation you can trust. A number of the partners in our firm have earned the highest possible ratings for their exceptional legal ability and high ethical standards, including the AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and top ratings from Avvo, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.

Our Experience

Our highly knowledgeable law team comes to the table with attorneys who have 20 to 30 years of experience representing hundreds of clients. With hundreds of years of combined experience in appellate, international and U.S. business and corporate commercial law, litigation, criminal law, immigration, bankruptcy, employment law, estate planning, our team has what it takes to ensure your success.

Our Process

Our client-centered process is all about communication. During consultations, we teach clients about legal challenges they face and explain options available from their current position. Our attorneys explain how we resolve legal issues for the best possible outcome. We define what the expectations are, create manageable deadlines, and discover evidence to support claims.

Proud Veterans

Tully Rinckey PLLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned law firm founded by military veterans Mathew B. Tully and Greg T. Rinckey, and now employs attorneys who are veterans of the Armed Forces. The military ranks and roles of our attorneys range from a Brigadier General, former Judge Advocates of all Officer ranks, and attorneys who have served as enlisted and Non-Commissioned Officers. The principles of the U.S. military carry over into how we operate our firm. These include leadership, character, technical and tactical proficiency, strong communication skills, seeking and taking responsibility, understanding assignments, choosing the right people for the job, and teamwork.


“I spent well over a year trying to get help with my Butterbaugh case. Everywhere I turned I found no help, especially from our own government. Then I found out about Tully Rinckey and David Fallon. Once everything was done to get me into your system and David received my file, things started to happen. David was “spot-on” in everything he did and said. David was a life saver when it came to this matter. Without David, I would not have received one red cent of my money from the government. I have since sent David a couple of people for his help. I am certain he will help them, as much as he did me. He is a true asset to your firm.”

J.P. on Associate David Fallon, ESQ.

“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 Assault because putting lotion on someone’s face is considered an assault as it is an unwanted touch.” They all wanted me to work on a plea deal with the government that ended with my son being discharged, spending time in the brig and having a federal conviction for the rest of his life. Knowing that this just didn’t warrant a federal conviction, bad conduct discharge and time in the brig, I was on a search to find an attorney who would look at this case for what it was: a couple of 19-21 year-old immature young men horse playing. I was looking for someone who would say something different; someone who would be able to look at the case from more than one view. When I spoke to Mr. Rinckey, I thought I was going to get the same ole speech, but to my surprise, I IMMEDIATELY felt at ease and I knew right then that he was going to be my attorney (not sure if he knew it at this time). He took on this case with vigor and ZERO FEAR of the government! He wanted them to know that this was NOT going to go away with any plea deal! And he went to work! Then, LITERALLY 2 DAYS BEFORE trail the government added an additional charge, which was Article 134, Unlawful Entry. Mr. Rinckey stayed focused, developed a plan, and off to trail we went. He was so prepared, calm and at ease. I remember him saying to me, “I am ready to try this case.” And yesterday – 14 APR 2016 – my son was found NOT GUILTY on ALL CHARGES AND SPECIFICATIONS!!! Yesss!!! You know, it’s always hard to find money for an attorney, but I learned one thing with this case. Although I thought we couldn’t afford an attorney, the truth of the matter was that we couldn’t afford NOT TO HAVE an attorney. I only wish I had found Mr. Rinckey sooner, but that’s okay. I have found my ATTORNEY for life,”

Y.W. on Founding Partner on Greg Rinckey, Esq.

“Due to the outstanding counsel and representation from the attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC, I successfully settled my Butterbaugh claim against my agency. The resolution of my military claim would not have been possible without their persistence and unwavering support for my rights and service to my country. Thank you!”

A.M. on Associate David Fallon, Esq. and the Military Law Team

“Mr. Macomber was very knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. He fully understood the process required for me to win my case against the Army ROTC program. All the paper work and correspondences were done in the most professional manner. I would definitely recommend this firm.”

A.M. on Senior Associate Michael Macomber, Esq.

“Our experience with your law firm was wonderful. It was a leap of faith to call your office from California knowing nothing about your firm, but we didn’t know what else to do. We just knew we had to help our son. Mr. Rinckey, the initial phone consultation with you was informative and helped us make a decision to hire your law firm. Mr. Youngner, our son enjoyed working with you even though the situation was so stressful. You made a tough situation easier for him. We appreciated your phone calls to keep us posted on what was going on . Thank God the situation was resolved and our son is still on track to do great things. We also had a great experience with your client relations department and paralegals. Thank you again for your help.”

M.V. on Managing Partner Greg Rinckey, Esq. and Partner Larry Youngner, Esq.

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