Security Clearances, Denials, Suspensions And Appeals

Have you had a security clearance denied or suspended by the adjudicative agencies that service the United States Department of Defense? Whether you are active duty, reserve, National Guard or a civilian employee of the Department of Defense, security clearances are increasingly essential in today's military. The Department of Defense is serviced by a myriad of agencies that process, investigate and adjudicate security clearances and disputes that arise from them. Any individual who has been denied a clearance or had one revoked understands the seriousness of these actions and the need for legal guidance.

Based in Honolulu, our firm's managing partner Christopher D. Thomas handles a variety of military-related legal issues. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School, presently ranked as Captain, USAF Reserve JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps, and qualified and certified as a USAF JAG Defense attorney. He has served military service members of the Pacific Air Forces in Hawaii, Guam, Japan and Korea. He is a former felony-level prosecuting attorney for the U.S. Air Force's active-duty JAG Corps. With all of this legal military background, he is highly qualified to assist military and civilian personnel in any type of security clearance adjudicative proceeding.

Re-applications And Appeals

Some of the re-application and appeal processes involve "paperwork" advocacy to the associated agencies. Some agencies allow for actual "live" hearings with an administrative judge. On Oahu, these hearings can be conducted via the military service's video teleconferencing capabilities. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as any indication is given by the Department of Defense that your clearance is in jeopardy.

Do Not Delay Your Appeal

You have the right to an appeal if you receive unfavorable security clearance decision. However, a notice of appeal must be submitted to the appeal board within 15 days of the administrative judge's decision. Failure to do so can result in a loss of appeal, leaving the initial decision to be the final one.

Contact Mr. Thomas To Discuss Your Security Dispute

It is never a good idea to take up a dispute with the government without a lawyer who is knowledgeable in these types of matters. We can provide useful guidance and strategy to overturn the decision only if you contact us. Use the Contact page for this website or call our office in Honolulu at 808-379-3541 to schedule a free initial appointment.