Eighty-Two Thousand Dollar Debt Cancelled
WRONGFUL DISCHARGE AND EIGHTY-TWO THOUSAND DOLLAR DEBT CANCELLED — NAVY ENSIGN
When I was discharged from the Navy in late 2012, after an excellent track record as a commissioned officer and a passion for my job in Naval Aviation, I was devastated. Although this was bad enough, over a year later I received a debt notice saying I owed over $80,000 to the government to recoup my college expenses because I had not served enough time as a commissioned officer to justify free tuition.
Although I knew I should not have to pay the money if justice prevailed, I panicked and realized I could not fight this on my own. I started looking at lawyers online and calling them, mostly ones advertising themselves as "military specialists" or "retired JAGs." However, because my case was so specialized – dealing with administrative separation, Medical Boards, Defense Finance and Accounting, and a host of other specialized departments – none of these lawyers really knew what to do with my case. That is, until I stumbled across Bill Meili's website. His website described EXACTLY what I needed, and I could tell he had the experience and track record to help me.
Amazingly, soon afterwards I was recommended to him by a highly respected law firm that was too busy to handle my case. All of these signs led me to believe he was the right man for the job.
After at least an hour (no charge) of discussing my case with Bill, I decided to hire him. Although he is not cheap, he was willing to negotiate to a reasonable price. And let me tell you he is worth every penny and more.
He worked tirelessly on my case for nearly a year, collecting mounds of information, analyzing that information, and fitting it all together. I did not physically see any results until last week – and those results were amazing. He had taken an incredibly complex case and put it into one of the most well-written and refined official documents I've ever seen.
He was also very personable and communicative. He did not just let me sit in the dark wondering how my case was faring – he actively called, texted, and emailed at least once a week to keep me updated and receive input from me. He made a conscious effort to meet in person with me and my family, which provided even more trust and rapport between lawyer/client.
Finally, he has so many of the right connections that he was able to reach the most appropriate person (a JAG working for the top echelon in the Navy) with my case, and explain it to him person to person.
The result of all of these wonderful qualities is that I have transitioned from panic to confidence that my case will be fairly heard, and decided upon.
C. H. — South Texas
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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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