Do you really take cases from all over the United States? And how have you built up your network to the level where you can handle this?
I do take cases from all over the country and especially in the last several years when I was working on folks who were getting involuntarily called up to active duty. Some of those people were overseas, so I would occasionally get calls from Afghanistan, around the Middle East. The networking is essentially contacts and relationships, professional relationships within legal community and the Jag military community that I've built up over my career. I don't have to use that network all the time, but it's nice to know that it's in place, and I'll just give you a quick example.
Several months ago I had a particular client who happened to be here in Texas, but the higher headquarters, the ultimate decision maker, we thought was going to be in Salt Lake City, UT.
And I called up a friend who is still in uniform, active uniform, to see if we knew anyone in common in the Jag program in that area. And within 10 minutes or less, I received an email back from my contact with a name, and a phone number, and a little bit of a brief description of how that person might be able to help out. So those are the types of networks and relationships that I have to offer my clients.
I contacted Col. Meili as a fellow practitioner to gain some context and perspective on a pretty complex set of issues. Because I practice in a different field of law, Col. Meili's extensive expertise was invaluable and he was more than generous with his time. A skilled and dedicated professional who cares deeply about obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients, Bill's a leader in this field.
- Steffen Chapin
After an exhaustive search of military attorneys, I came across the name of Bill Meili. From my first email exchange and telephone call, I knew that Bill was the right person to handle my case. I had discussed my unique circumstance with a handful of other attorneys who felt it may be too difficult to achieve the outcome that I was seeking - but Bill was interested in me and my case, and wholeheartedly believed that we had the ball in our court. I could tell that Bill cared about me as a person and soldier, not just viewing me as a paycheck.
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