The Mayer Law Blog

Shopping for a Military Lawyer? Part 2: Discharge Upgrade Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2014

In one of the more obscure areas of military law, we have those who handle discharge upgrades. Few lawyers want to take these cases because they are largely technical, rather boring, and not as sexy and flashy as a court-martial. For some reason, and I don’t know why, I’ve come to enjoy helping with discharge… Read More

Shopping for a Military Lawyer? Part 1: Courts-Martial

Posted November 10th, 2014

Judging from a cursory Google search, looking for a military lawyer can be an ominous task. Yet, you’re probably searching for a lawyer who will represent you at a time when you are the most vulnerable, desperate, and in need of someone competent to stand by your side. Here are a few things to help… Read More

What would a Military Lawyer tell you?

Posted October 9th, 2014

As I see more and more cases from all branches of the military, I start to see several trends. Rather than belabor the problems, I’ll focus on solutions. Here are a few nuggets of general advice that most military attorneys would give you for the most basic military law problems. 1. Stop talking! When talking… Read More

A Few Gentle Reminders About Discharge Upgrades

Posted September 11th, 2014

Recently, I watched a youtube video by two civilian military law practitioners. The video appears high in a Google search for Discharge Upgrade Lawyers. They were attempting to explain some of the important factors about discharge upgrade cases. Unfortunately, much of what they said was wrong. I will not call them out for this, as… Read More

Office Update

Posted April 14th, 2014

It is always a privilege to represent service members and veterans. It is particularly invigorating when I have the opportunity to visit them at their duty station for a hearing or board. Here are a couple of notes from my recent travels across the midwest. 1. The Army Trial Defense Service does a fantastic job…. Read More

Social Media: A Cautionary Tale

Posted February 28th, 2014

Just a reminder to everyone out there: be careful on social media. It can cause irreparable damage to your career, your case, your potential for obtaining a discharge upgrade, your future relationships, and a whole lot more. Most military lawyers will tell you the same thing. Be careful out there. Once you post something, it… Read More

Bad Idea Files: Video Evidence

Posted January 14th, 2014

Here is a cautionary tale that most military attorneys would say stands for several basic principles. First, don’t make statements to others about your wrongdoing. Second, don’t make up a lie about your wrongdoing. Third, you especially should not lie about your military service–especially claiming combat service that you do not have. Fourth, you should… Read More

Navy FOIA Program

Posted January 8th, 2014

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a tool used by military lawyers frequently on behalf of their clients. During appeals, where discovery requests are limited or not allowed, it can be an invaluable tool when assisting with administrative actions, discharge upgrades, or other non-court-martial actions. Yet, even those requests can be imprecise and subject… Read More

The Fight Is Far From Over

Posted January 7th, 2014

If you thought the senate would give the latest round of changes to the UCMJ some time to take hold, you thought wrong. Over the next couple of months, a battle will be waged between those who support the changes proposed by Senator Claire McCaskill (former prosecutor and District Attorney) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (champion… Read More

Reserves as a Safety Net?

Posted January 6th, 2014

Staying on active duty is tougher now that it ever has been. With drawdowns in every branch, many who were once competitive for promotion and advancement are rethinking their career prospects. Luckily for many, Reserve and National Guard options expand whenever the active components contract. If you are facing release from active duty, be sure… Read More