Navy junior enlisted Client was accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend. Steph and Abby’s expertise revealed she was the aggressor and Client was defending himself. Steph was praised for conducting “a masterclass in cross-examination” for the cross-examination of the complainant. Client was found NOT GUILTY of all charges.
Navy Officer Client made a minor mistake during a very difficult time in her life. The Navy forced her to show cause for retention through notification procedures. After a hard-fought battle, her career was saved and she was retained.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 was accused of cocaine use after being unknowingly exposed through her civilian boyfriend. The Government was very aggressively trying to end her 19-year career and take away her retirement. After an extremely hard-fought BOI, the members unanimously found NO BASIS. Steph saved the Client’s career!
Client tested positive for amphetamines, which turned out to be Adderall. Steph helped the Client navigate the investigation, DRB, NJP turn down, and Administrative Separation Board process. Steph’s representation at the board was praised by the board members, who unanimously voted NO BASIS in only six minutes of deliberation.
Client tested positive for THC and asserted innocent ingestion. The command wanted to separate with notification procedures, but Abby’s advocacy caused the Admiral to grant her an ADSEP Board. The board quickly found NO BASIS. Without Abby fighting for a board, she likely would have been discharged the year prior rather than being exonerated and continuing her career.
Abby’s Navy Client with 19 years of service was accused of communicating a threat, abusive sexual contact, burglary, and having a civilian conviction for vandalism. Abby developed a solid strategy, admitting a civilian conviction is a basis, but arguing that there was no evidence to support the other allegations. The Board agreed, finding NO BASIS on the major allegations and unanimously recommending retention in spite of the civilian conviction. Client’s retirement saved!
Five people accused our Navy Chief Client of sexual harassment, bullying, and hazing. The Client’s nearly 14-year career was on the line. Steph pointed out all the flaws in the Government’s evidence and the bias in the investigation. Steph gathered numerous witnesses who showed why the allegations were not credible, and why the Client was a strong leader. The board found NO BASIS for violations of OPNAVINST 5354.1H and retained the Client.
Client was found guilty of wrongfully using THC-9 at NJP before contacting Steph for an appeal. Steph put together a compelling appeal. While the NJP was upheld, the appeal was so effective that the command slow-rolled mandatory administrative separation processing to allow the Client to medically retire due to his PTSD.
A Navy Petty Officer Third Class was facing ADSEP for Condition Not Amounting to a Disability (CND). Client had faced significant hurdles, but was improving. The command still sought to discharge him just two months shy of his EAOS with an adverse discharge. Steph’s aggressive and persuasively drafted legal memo resulted in the CO withdrawing the ADSEP and allowing the Client to finish out his enlistment.
Abby represented an Army Specialist accused of insubordinate conduct and assault. Throughout the 15-6 and subsequent NJP, Abby expertly guided and counseled the Client. She did her own investigation, discovered new evidence, and drafted a legal memo that caused the commander to withdraw the NJP, unsubstantiate the investigation, and tell the Client he can’t wait to see what the Client does in the Army going forward.
Steph’s Commanding Officer Client was the subject of multiple EO complaints alleging toxic leadership. After helping the CO navigate the investigation and respond to the allegations, all charges were dropped and Client finished their command tour.
Client was investigated for domestic violence and repeated MPO violations. Steph successfully got him released from pretrial confinement. After additional evidence was revealed, Steph negotiated an extremely favorable case outcome.
Steph helped her Air Force Major Client navigate a command investigation initiated due to complaints from civilian employees. Together, they drafted his responses to the Investigating Officer’s questions and Steph accompanied him to the interview. The commander initiated an LOC, but after reviewing the response with a significant amount of evidence the Investigating Officer had failed to gather, it was withdrawn.
Abby’s Client, an Army Sergeant First Class, tested positive on a urinalysis. Asserting his innocence, he turned down his Article 15. The Army took him to court-martial, where Abby aggressively defended him. The Client was found NOT GUILTY after only a few minutes of deliberation.
Steph’s Navy enlisted Client was charged at a special court-martial. The Government continuously offered deals that were not favorable to the Client. After Steph filed motions, the Government finally offered the deal the Client wanted. The Client happily separated with a general (under honorable conditions) discharge.
Steph represented a Client facing a general court-martial (GCM) for allegations of domestic violence, strangulation, and suffocation. Steph relentlessly defended him through litigation that lasted nearly a year and a half. She pursued every lead, raised every issue, and fought tirelessly on behalf of her Client, which led to all charges being dismissed.
Multiple people accused Client of drug involvement in exchange for leniency in their own cases. Client was illegally searched by CID and was dragged into a year-long investigation. The Marine Corps brought him to an ADSEP board 7 days before his EAS. Steph brilliantly defended him, showing all the flaws in the Government’s evidence. The board unanimously found NO BASIS and Client was honorably discharged.
Air Force Officer Client was being investigated for sexual harassment. Steph and Abby interviewed witnesses favorable to the Client that SFOI chose not to. After Client was issued a letter of reprimand, Abby put together a response with evidence and arguments that convinced the command to withdraw the LOR.
Navy Senior Chief Client was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow Chief in a special court-martial. Steph’s passionate and aggressive defense prevented Client from being convicted of a life-altering sex offense.
Abby’s Client was an Air Force Senior Master Sergeant who was offered an Article 15 nonjudicial punishment for abusive sexual contact. He turned it down and was taken to a general court-martial. He was fully acquitted of the charges.
Navy Client was accused of multiple sexual offenses and was at a loss at how to handle the actions from NCIS and his command. Steph’s representation and guidance led to all allegations being dropped and the Client separating with an Honorable discharge.
Marine Corps LCpl was investigated for larceny of government property based on ammo and explosives found in a car he had sold prior to deployment. Steph’s guidance throughout the investigation and communication with the CID agent resulted in case being dropped and Client reaching his EAS.
Air Force Staff Sergeant faced multiple specifications of rape at a general court-martial. The Government had DNA evidence, a SANE exam, and surveillance video evidence. None of that could overcome Abby’s relentless case preparation and talent in the courtroom. Her client was fully acquitted of all charges.
LCDR Client accused of sexual offenses retained Steph to represent him. After very strategically navigating the situation, no adverse action was brought against the Client, and he continued his Navy career.
Air Force Client was coerced by AFOSI to say he knew the complaining witness could not consent. Steph’s trial litigation and skills revealed her blatant lies and the lack of real investigating by AFOSI. Client found NOT GUILTY at a general court-martial.
Army officer accused of sexual harassment and fraternization with an enlisted member. After a strong investigation and GOMOR response, the GOMOR was locally filed. Client was promoted and his career continued.
LCDR Client was arrested for a high BAC DUI with a junior Sailor in the vehicle. Steph dug deep into the issues surrounding the Client’s combat-related PTSD and put together an extremely compelling case in mitigation. Steph avoided a Show Cause action for administrative separation and the Client was allowed to separate Honorably.
Warrant Officer Client was the subject of a command investigation for a hostile work environment. Steph represented her at NJP, where Client was found not guilty of all the charges to which she pled not guilty. Steph’s representation avoided an administrative separation show cause action.
Marine Corps Sergeant tested positive for THC after accidentally eating his civilian wife’s legally purchased THC chocolates. Steph represented him at NJP, which was conducted in violation of his rights and resulted in a finding of guilty. Steph’s aggressive appeal caused the Commanding General to overturn the Battalion CO’s findings. Steph attended the second nonjudicial punishment hearing and all charges were dismissed.
Marine Corps former Drill Instructor was accused of hazing and bullying after he returned to the Fleet and held junior Marines to standards. Steph’s case preparation revealed the lies and inconsistencies among the junior Marines. Steph’s aggressive cross-examination of the Commanding Officer revealed toxic leadership and numerous processing flaws in the case. Client was retained in the Marine Corps.
Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Client was accused of multiple acts of sexual assault. Steph worked extensively with the Client to prepare for an interview with NCIS. Steph then went with him to the interview to protect him from NCIS’s tactics. After providing his side of the story and Steph stopping NCIS from twisting his words, the command could see the truth. All allegations were dropped, and Client continued his career.
Client was O-6 accused of a toxic work environment. Steph represented them through the investigation, assisting with a statement, communicating with the General Officer who was the Investigating Officer, gathering evidence, and providing a legal memo. Ultimately, the Client was subject to no adverse action and was granted retirement.
Abby’s Client was a Petty Officer Third Class investigated for dereliction of duty and false official statements, which resulted in DRB/XOI proceedings. Abby’s representation led to the case being dismissed at XOI.
Steph’s Navy Chief Client was accused of using cocaine. He was given a cigarette that was laced with cocaine without his knowledge. His ship’s Commanding Officer extensively violated his rights during his nonjudicial punishment proceedings, which Steph had attended. Steph’s aggressive appeal led to Client’s NJP being overturned and a finding of NOT GUILTY at Commodore’s Mast.
Navy Client shared a vape with a stranger the weekend before checking into his command. Steph’s persuasive presentation of the response to the ADSEP Notification resulted in Client continuing his Navy career.
Navy Client innocently ingested THC at a graduation party with civilians who brought cannabis-laced foods. Steph’s compelling case resulted in a finding of NO BASIS even though Client couldn’t identify exactly how he ingested the THC.
Navy Client was going to be separated for simply seeking mental health treatment. The ship wasn’t giving him the treatment he deserved, so he went off-ship for treatment. The ship retaliated and began processing him for a mental health discharge. Steph pulled out all the stops with the response, and the CO withdrew the ADSEP and returned the Sailor to the ship.
Navy Client was the victim of severe Military Sexual Trauma, and several commands subsequently mistreated her. She was in the process of being medically retired for MST-related PTSD and used cannabis to alleviate her suicidal intentions. Her command attempted to override the medical board and separate her with a general discharge characterization. One day after Steph’s legally sound, aggressive response to the ADSEP notification, the command withdrew the notification and allowed her to retire.
Client was a Navy Petty Officer First Class who was given cannabis by his personal trainer without his knowledge, resulting in a positive urinalysis. Steph represented him at the ADSEP Board and put on such a compelling case that the members returned a finding of NO BASIS in 10 minutes.
Client was a Navy Petty Officer First Class whose ex-girlfriend accused him of stalking and domestic violence. Steph’s independent investigation resulted in over 400 pages of texts, emails, and phone calls revealing Client was the real stalking victim and the ex-girlfriend had fabricated allegations to ruin his career. Client’s command cleared him of the allegations and allowed him to commission.
Client was accused at a general court-martial of a range of sex offenses that could have resulted in life in prison, including forcible rape. Steph and Abby defended him over the course of 2 years, never backing down from the many obstacles they faced. He was fully acquitted of all charges: NOT GUILTY. Steph and Abby were honored to attend his Air Force retirement ceremony.
Steph’s skill in developing cross-examination and collaborating with experts, including forensic psychologists, in alcohol-facilitated sexual assault cases proved essential in defending an Air Force Client against a “drunk sex” allegation in a general court-martial. Client was fully acquitted of all charges: NOT GUILTY.
Steph represented Client through a CMEO investigation for solicitation of sex from a civilian employee and showing her a video of himself engaging in sexual intercourse. Client turned down nonjudicial punishment and was taken to an ADSEP Board. Steph’s extensive case in mitigation resulted in a general discharge, and the Client was thrilled with the result.
Client was taken to nonjudicial punishment for cheating on the E-7 exam. She would have turned down the NJP if she could have because she was not guilty, but she was attached to a ship and had no choice. Her CO ignored her statement and evidence and found her guilty, then sent her to an ADSEP Board for an OTH. Steph put together such a compelling case, the board members found NO BASIS and exonerated her in only 7 minutes.
Client was a Petty Officer Second Class who was taken to an ADSEP Board for an allegation of sexual assault. Steph cross-examined the complainant so convincingly that the ADSEP Board quickly returned with a finding of NO BASIS.
Navy Petty Officer First Class Client was an introvert who made a rare choice to go out with his friends to a crowded bar. He left his drink unattended while he went to the bathroom. When he tested positive for cocaine, he was shocked, confused, and scared. Steph’s compassion, guidance, and unrelenting advocacy resulted in a unanimous finding of NO BASIS.
Steph represented a USMC Gunnery Sergeant who received NJP for leaving the scene of an accident and lying about his location. Steph presented an extraordinarily compelling case for him to receive a 6105 instead of an NJP. The CO agreed and dismissed the nonjudicial punishment action.
Navy Petty Officer First Class was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. Steph’s case preparation, skillful cross-examination of the women, and persuasive closing argument resulted in a finding of NO BASIS.
Client was a LT who received multiple negative comments through a DEOC Survey. Steph’s representation helped the Client reveal that she was also subjected to a hostile working environment. The result was simply a record of counseling instead of any adverse action.
Steph represented a Petty Officer Third Class at his ADSEP Board for an allegation of sexual assault. Steph’s presentation of witnesses, analysis of the evidence, and compelling closing argument resulted in a finding of NO BASIS.
Abby’s Client was a Staff Sergeant charged in a general court-martial with child sexual abuse of his teenage stepdaughter and possession of child pornography. Abby’s litigation skills resulted in her Client being fully acquitted of all charges.
Abby’s Client, a Petty Officer First Class, innocently ingested THC at a friend’s house. Client had been held at a schoolhouse for over 9 months pending the resolution of his ADSEP Board. Abby’s outstanding case preparation and ability to think on the fly resulted in a unanimous finding of NO BASIS.
Navy Chief Client accused of innocently ingesting a drug was found not guilty at NJP but was brought to an ADSEP board regardless, due to a change to the OPNAVINST. He was still facing an OTH and the loss of his 16-year career. Steph put on such a compelling case, the ADSEP Board found NO BASIS in only 10 minutes.
Navy LT with 22 years of service pled guilty at NJP to violating COVID protocols and fraternization, among other offenses. Steph worked tirelessly to present a strong case at the Board of Inquiry because PERS was seeking an OTH with the loss of retirement. Not only was Client retained, but the BOI found NO BASIS for a charge he had pled guilty to at NJP.
Steph developed a remarkable rapport with an alleged sexual assault victim through respect and relating to her as a woman. During her testimony, she felt comfortable enough to tell Steph something she had never told the prosecutor before, which essentially amounted an admission that she consented to the alleged sexual acts. Client was found NOT GUILTY at a general court-martial.
Personal Relationship With An Enlisted Subordinate
GOMOR Filed Locally
Client was an Army Lieutenant who had engaged in a personal relationship with an enlisted subordinate. Steph’s representation through the investigation revealed a litany of mitigating circumstances. The subsequent response to the GOMOR led the General to decide to file it locally.
Navy flyer retained Steph to represent him when he tested positive for cocaine with no apparent source of exposure. Steph refused to back down in the face of an unreasonable command. The ADSEP Board members were absolutely shocked to learn of the possible sources of innocent exposure. Members found NO BASIS and Client continued his Navy career.
Steph’s Client, a Navy Petty Officer First Class, tested positive for multiple controlled substances. After being convicted at a special court-martial, Steph crafted a compelling sentencing case. The judge sentenced him to no punishment.
Marine Corps Client was accused of fraternization, larceny, and destruction of property. Steph aggressively represented her at the Article 32 hearing, resulting in all general court-martial charges being dismissed and her career continuing.
Client tested positive for THC. Abby’s thorough investigation, solid criticism of the command investigation failures, and compelling legal presentation resulted in the Client being found to have committed no misconduct. Client stayed in the Navy.
Steph’s Army Client spent over two and a half years falsely accused of alcohol-facilitated sexual assault in a general court-martial. He was held over 18 months past his ETS. Steph was extraordinarily aggressive in every aspect of the trial, leading to loss after loss for the prosecution until the government finally dismissed all charges.
Army CPT Client’s ex-fiancée was using the Army’s SHARP reporting systems to get revenge on him after their breakup. She made accusations of sexual harassment. Steph gathered extensive evidence and witness statements that corroborated the Client’s side of the story and revealed her lies and manipulation. The Client was issued a GOMOR, but Steph’s lengthy and aggressive response caused the General to withdraw the GOMOR entirely. The Client’s career was saved.
Client was a Marine Corps drill instructor accused of sexually assaulting a fellow DI. Steph expertly defended Client in a general court-martial where he was found NOT GUILTY of all charges. The senior officer of the panel told Steph, “If I didn’t know better, I would have thought you were a prior service Marine.”
Client was an Army deserter who fled because he was being bullied and hazed by his immediate chain of command. It led him to be suicidal and go AWOL instead of the worst-case scenario. Steph interviewed witnesses and directly engaged with his Battalion Commander to explain the situation and facilitate face-to-face interactions that led to him being moved from his company, mentored by SNCOs who cared, and continuing his career in the Army.
Navy LT with over 20 years of service was prescribed a medication his provider failed to properly put in his dental record. Even after showing the prescription, his command continued to persecute him. Client was a war hero for his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, but the command was relentless. However, Steph was relentless too. After a finding of NO BASIS at his first BOI, PERS took him to another one based on the same evidence 2 years later. Steph once again presented an unquestionably powerful case, and he was exonerated again. Steph is particularly proud that this hero retired with his full military honors intact.
Chief Petty Officer was accused of domestic violence, delaying his appointment to Chief Warrant Officer. Steph fought for nearly a year to prove he did not do what he was accused of. After only 6 minutes of deliberation, he was fully exonerated by the ADSEP Board. Steph attended his promotion to CWO a few weeks later.
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