What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?
I like helping people through the bureaucratic maze. I've been a, I've been a guy both in uniform and as a civilian that's gone up against the government and large bureaucratic organizations, both in and outside the military. And there's nothing inherently wrong with those organizations. In fact, as I said, at the start of the interview, I have a great respect for the military.
But often, that can be a daunting task for an individual who has to work through the system. And so, probably if I were to answer one thing more than anything else, I enjoy linking up with people, finding out what it is that's really going on in their life, and really troubling them, and what their problem is. And then taking that to the big bureaucracy and working through it, working with it, and ultimately having that decision maker somewhere along the way say, we're going to give your client what your client is asking for.
It's extremely hard to do that under the best of circumstances by yourself, and I truly enjoy working that for 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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