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Department of Defense
Defense Legal Services Agency
Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Victory from Hearing
Ashburn, VA
August 2018

When you have a security clearance, your family is the last thing you will expect to jeopardize that clearance.

This is exactly what happened to our client recently when her relatives from Iraq and Sweden were being used against her in a Guideline B accusation. This claim that she would be targeted for coercion by her sisters and brother, and she would be influenced to go against her country was simply ludicrous.

Thankfully, she came to the Edmunds Law Firm for her security clearance appeal where a team of paralegals worked behind Mr. Edmunds as this country’s leading security clearance attorney. Through her hearing, she was able to fight back and win her security clearance.

With our coast to coast offices and over 40 years of legal experience, find out how we can help you today. Call 1-800-481-2526 to find out more!

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Department of Defense
Defense Legal Services Agency
Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
Victory from Hearing
Nashville, TN
August 2018

We all have in-laws who are a pain, but could they cause you to lose your security clearance?

Guideline B allegations imply that connections or contacts to other countries will cause a loyal government employee to be put in jeopardy of being manipulated or influenced by those contacts. When our client was told his family in Iraq was reason for him to lose his security clearance, he fought back. The family members listed off in his statement of reasons were either dead, in different countries, U.S. citizens, or in-laws that he no longer spoke with. While our client was not born in the U.S., this country is where his loyalties are held, and the idea that those relationships would change this was ridiculous to anyone who met him.

Luckily, the Edmunds Law Firm was there with him from his response through his hearing. With a team of dedicated individuals standing behind him, our client was able to prove his community ties, his family relations, and most importantly win his security clearance.

If you are in a similar situation, consider calling today to find out how we can help at 1-800-481-2526.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Victory from Response to Statement of Reasons
Las Vegas, NV
August 2018

Have you ever felt constant pain? Something like that can be maddening even to the point of trying anything to take the edge off.

A recent client has suffered from horrible migraines since the age of seven, chronic back pain since his 20s, and a late-in-life diagnosis of dyslexia. When our client was served with multiple allegations on statement of reasons, he was at a loss over all the accusations and the threat against hissecurity clearance. Guideline E pertains to any type of personal conduct or behavioral issues and can thus be added on to nearly any other guideline allegations such as Guideline H which is a the misuse or involvement with drugs.

Despite the fact that his marijuana possession charge was expunged from his record, it was still being used against him. Even then, he was open and honest when asked about his prior drug use as he was only trying to help with his chronic pain. Additionally, he was only required to disclose the most recent seven years, so he was not hiding anything from his superiors.

Our client was being punished for being honest even though he had over a decade of work for our government under his belt. The Edmunds Law Firm stepped in to help, and we were able tomitigate all the concerns on behalf of our client.

If your past is being used against you in an attempt to take away your security clearance, call the Edmunds Law Firm to find out how we can help.

Department of Defense
Defense Legal Service Agency
Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
Victory from Hearing
San Diego, CA
August 2018

Could a foreign exchange student, a loan to a friend, and a vacation really ruin your career and cause yoursecurity clearance to be revoked?

A client of ours was recently charged with a Guideline B allegation, claiming that his contact with other foreign persons would cause him to fall in with foreign interest. This accusation was rather weak as the first claim of money sent to a resident of Japan was a loan sent between friends. The client was paid back with interest, so theGuideline F charge regarding his finances was just excessive. The other claim was that a student who stayed with our client while attending school in America would cause some form of Guideline B violation.

Additionally, when our client went on a trip to China, he was hit with a Guideline E allegation on his personal conduct. They claimed that he did not notify his place of work about his trip and that he brought his security ID to China. While the client admitted he was unaware of the policy of his ID at the time, he did in fact alert the proper people of his trip.

A response to the Statement of Reasons from the Edmunds Law Firm is often times enough to argue the case for our clients, however, this particular case was taken to a hearing. It was there that our client was lead to victory with the help of Attorney Ryan Nerney and the team at the Edmunds Law Firm.

If you need help with your security clearance, contact the Edmunds Law Firm, to find out how our forty years of experience can be of service.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Victory from Hearing
Glendale, AZ
August 2018

Have you ever owed money? Most people would answer yes to this question. It is something that nearly every person experiences at some point. Now, has this need to pay someone back caused your nationality to be called into question? It sounds silly, doesn’t it? However, this is exactly what happened with our client who was a dual citizen of Iraq and the US.

Our client came to us with a Statement of Reasons listing out Guideline B, C, and F violations. Guideline B is when the government believes you are subject to foreign influence while Guideline C is showing preference towards a foreign country. Guideline F is in a completely different territory as a financial guideline fearing that our client’s debts may have eventually led her to fall in with espionage because of all her “connections” in Iraq.

She came to the Edmunds Law Firm for help. This case was particularly complicated, so our responsewasn’t enough to convince the government of her side. Our client got her day in court, however, as Attorney Ryan Nerney showed how flawed the allegations were against her, especially regarding her so-called connections (all family and friends who had either moved or were in the process of becoming American citizens themselves). Her financial allegations were also unfounded as the debts were paid off.

We at the Edmunds Law Firm were proud to help this client and any clients who are struggling with their security clearance, no matter how complex the case may be. If this sounds like something we can help with, call 1-800-481-2526 to find out how we can help.

National Security Agency
Favorable Decision via Response to SOR
Odenton, Maryland
July 2018

Can a spiked drink taken in celebration really harm your security clearance status? The answer is yes as a client with the Edmunds Law Firm took a shot from her hairdresser only to find out it was spiked with marijuana. When she attempted to be honest during an interview, she was presented with an SOR.

Cases that address Guideline H relate to drug use and abuse which easily fits with Guideline E, focusing on one’s personal conduct. While our client did, in fact, participate in marijuana use, it was in this isolated, small incident and furthermore out of her control. After this incident, our client ended all relationships with those she knew to use drugs, especially the hairdresser. As a mother and devout church member, the fact that our client’s integrity was being called into question because of this was absurd.

With the help of the Edmunds Law Firm, a response to her SOR was all that was needed to get out of this hairy situation. Our firm has over 40 years of experience with security clearance matters. Find out how we can help you today. Call 1-800-481-2526.

Department of Defense
Defense Legal Services Agency
Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
Favorable Decision via Hearing
Columbia, Maryland
July 2018

Could something as common as internet ads cause your security clearance to be jeopardized? This happened to a recent client of ours who was fired from his position and his security clearance revoked after using a work computer for personal uploading and internet browsing during his downtime.

Guideline M cases pertain to the use of technology containing sensitive information and the rules surrounding that information. Our client acknowledged in his response that he should not have used his work computer to upload photos from his recent wedding or review articles from an online men’s digest and this behavior was not going to be repeated.

These technology allegations were combined with Guideline E allegations which focuses on his personal conduct. Within these claims, our client was accused of lying on his e-QIP because he was unaware that he needed to go into details on the loss of his position. Additionally, he was accused of providing false answers despite his attempts to correct an under-prepared interviewer.

Unfortunately, our client’s initial response was not enough for DOHA to accept, so we pursued with a hearing. Thanks to the team at the Edmunds Law Firm, our client had everything he needed to fight back and show that he wanted nothing more than to serve his country.

Internet ads can pop up on anyone’s computer. Don’t let this be the reason your security clearance is taken away. With more than 40 years of experience in a variety of cases, call the Edmunds Law Firm at 1-800-481-2526 to find out how we can help.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Victory from Response to Request for Information
Havelock, NC
July 2018

Sometimes, in the moment, we don’t make the right decisions. We often learn from these mistakes, like a recent client of ours did, yet the government decided to probe for further information about a DUI on his record.

Dinner often turns to drinks, and most of us don’t plan ahead for that situation. Unfortunately, our client made the decision to try and drive home while intoxicated. He was pulled over and arrested, and the case was ultimately dismissed. This client was open and honest, however, immediately submitting a self-report at his place of employment to his superiors.

Almost a year went by before this information was requested of him, and our client came to the Edmunds Law Firm for help. He desires nothing more than to be a good role model for his son and show his trustworthiness to his country.

With over 40 years of experience, the team at the Edmunds Law Firm was able to step in and help respond to this inquiry before his security clearance was placed in jeopardy. If you think we can help you, call us at 1-800-481-2526.

U.S. Department of Defense
Defense Legal Services Agency
Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
Victory from Hearing
Tampa, FL
July 2018

While it is never assumed the government doesn’t know everything about us already, it is frightening to think that sporadic lapses in judgement over the course of eighteen years can impact our careers. That’s exactly what happened with a recent client of the Edmunds Law Firm when we represented a client who was in jeopardy of losing his security clearance with Guideline G and J violations.

Guideline G focuses on the consumption and sometimes abuse of alcohol and is frequently coupled with Guideline J (criminal conduct) if a DUI in on your record. This was the case with our client who initially tried to respond to his SOR on his own. The initial rejection was based on the claim that the client was trying to “minimize the seriousness” of his 2015 DUI despite the fact that his blood alcohol content was, in fact, low at the time. The information provided in his personal response was also deemed insufficient to mitigate the claims made in his original SOR.

That’s when he sought out help from Attorney Edmunds and his team. Prior to the hearing, we were able to compile everything necessary to prove that our client was not a threat to national security based on his past mistakes. We are pleased that our client was able to walk out of his hearing and continue his career undeterred.

If you are at risk of losing your security clearance, let us help and fight for you. We can be reached at (571) 527-4925.

National Security Agency
Review Panel
Victory from Hearing
Baltimore, MD
July 2018

It’s a common misconception that juvenile behavior in college is off the table when the government considers eligibility for a security clearance. Clients often ask us, “how am I being penalized for behavior when I was a 19-year-old kid?” Although it seems unfair, this is often times grounds for denial or revocation. In this recent victory, The Edmunds Law Firm represented a client in a hearing with the National Security Agency. These hearings are different in that they are conducted in front of a review panel in a slightly less structured manner. Attorney Edmunds has represented many clients in these hearings and knows how tailor his delivery for the best results.

Our client was a young professional that faced allegations pertaining to Guideline G (Alcohol) Guideline I (Psychological) and Guideline E (Personal Conduct). Each of the allegations stemmed from our client’s behavior in college. In an interview, he indicated his drinking habits included “blacking out” which the government deemed inappropriate and grounds for denial of a security clearance request.

Our firm has done National Security Clearance Law for over forty (40) years and has represented clients facing allegations from many different government agencies; including but not limited to DoD, NSA, CIA, FBI, DIA, NGA, NRO, and many others. We enjoy the opportunity to represent government contractors, linguists, and military personnel.

Our client, in this case, had his entire professional career in-front of him. We are pleased that he is able to continue to excel in his career as a result of the favorable decision he recently received. If your clearance is in jeopardy of being revoked or denied, you are entitled to the appeals process specific to the agency you work for. Our firm is familiar with all of these appeals processes and wants to fight for you. We can be reached at (571)527-4925.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision from Hearing
Ohio
July 2018

Debt of any sort can happen to the best of us. It’s easy to miss a payment or fall into times of financial troubles. However, the government can claim that these finances cause your trustworthiness and reliability to be called into question. This is what happened with a recent client of the Edmunds Law Firmwho was going to lose his security clearance due to a Guideline F violation.

Guideline F violations are listed in the DoD Directive as Financial Considerations and can cover a wide variety of monetary issues such as debts, obligations, and general distress. Because of this, your security clearance can be called into question from a fear of your financial problems extending into your ability to work.

Our client initially put forth his own response to his Statement of Reasons, explaining that most of his debt would be cleared away as he was filing for bankruptcy. A majority of his debt was also out of his control as his wife suffered a medical condition preventing her from working full-time.

The Edmunds Law Firm was able to help him present his case in a hearing which led to a victory in his favor. Favorable decisions are frequent when working with the experienced team at the Edmunds Law Firm. With over forty years of knowledge and a dedicated group of people behind him, Attorney Edmunds is a force to be reckoned with.

Let us help you get back your security clearance. Call and find out more at 1-800-481-2526.

Department of Defense
Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
Favorable Decision from Hearing
California
July 2018

Despite a thirty-four year career in the Navy and federal Government dedicated to the defense of this country, a hard-working man’s security clearance was revoked due to some financial issues explained in a Letter of Intent (LOI). He tried to fight back on his own, explaining the errors on previous credit reports as well as his own mistakes with loan payments on his condo. Nonetheless, this decorated veteran had to practically beg for his security clearance, only for it to be denied.

The youngest of five siblings, he followed in the footsteps of one of his brothers to join the Navy, receiving many awards and outstanding evaluations before moving on to a career as a Government contractor. He has three children and five grandchildren from his first marriage and is in a loving relationship currently. During the fight for his security clearance, both of his parents passed away within one month of each other.

After retaining the Edmunds Law Firm, our client was able to have his day in court and fight to gain his security clearance back. Now, as a government contractor, he is able to continue providing for himself and his family.

If this sounds like you, please don’t hesitate to contact the Edmunds Law Firm so we can help. Our team has dealt with these cases for over forty years, and we are ready to fight for you.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision via Cancellation of SOR
New Jersey
June 2018

The art of finances is something that many people struggle to master. Under Guideline F, the government can claim that financial issues such as unsatisfied debts are reason enough to revoke your security clearance.

This happened to a client of ours when she was accused of being in debt for several large sums of money to different agencies. However, multiple credit reports did not reflect the accusations against our client.

Despite preparing for a hearing, our client’s security clearance was reinstated once they realized The Edmunds Law Firm was on her side. The SORwas cancelled along with the hearing when Alan Edmunds and his team stood behind her to fight these claims.

Let us help you in your fight. Call 1-800-481-2526 now.

Department of Defense
Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
Favorable Decision from Hearing
Pennsylvania
June 2018

Despite being an American citizen for decades, it is possible to be accused of a Guideline B violation as a means of taking away your security clearance. Guideline B implies that connections you may have, from finances to family, are a threat to the interests of the United States of America.

This happened with a client who had some financial and family ties to India yet has been a citizen since the mid-1970s. He is married with two children and was a contributing contractor with his own company, but his security clearance was unjustly revoked.

Thankfully, he called The Edmunds Law Firm to help, and after a hearing, his clearance was reinstated. Fight back for your security clearance today. Call and find out at 1-800-481-2526.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision from Response to SOR
California
June 2018

Due to the broadness of Guideline E, it is easy to get pinned with a personal conduct violation resulting in the loss of your security clearance. Unfortunately, this was the case for a client of ours who suffered from several financial difficulties that were not disclosed.

After retaining the Edmunds Law Firm, our client was able to successfully gain his security clearance without having to step foot in the courtroom.

We pointed out that the financial burdens were out of our client’s control at the time,—even forcing him to spend some time in a veteran shelter— and he was in the process of receiving counseling for these issues.

Falling into financial trouble is something that can happen to anybody, and it is often out of our control if that happens. Whether it is student loans or child support, the revoking of your security clearance should not happen to you. Consider the Edmunds Law Firm, led by Attorney Alan Edmunds to help with your case. We can be reached at 1-800-481-2526.

Call today!

IRS
Personnel Security
Victory from Written Response to LOI
Virginia
June 2018

The Edmunds Law Firm recently represented a client recently issued a Letter of Intent from the IRS. Both LOIs and SORs issued by the IRS are formatted differently than other government agencies in that they are more specific and tell a fluid narrative rather than listing allegations. Still, our plan of attack stays the same.

This particular LOI included Personal Conduct allegations (typically referred to as Guideline E under the adjudicating guidelines). Narrative of falsifying time, back and forth between the applicant and her company, and evidence from OPM investigations filled what was a long government-issued document.

Our client was a young woman who faced some difficult times as a single mother after separating from her husband. She returned to school to receive more education and was doing the best she could when her income was put at jeopardy from this letter intending to revoke her clearance.

If you are a government contractor, linguist, military personnel, or an individual that needs any level of security clearance to do your job, call our office to see how we can help. We send attorneys all over the United States every week to represent clients in court and have a highly trained staff in office drafting responses and appeal briefs ready to assist you with your specific needs.

West Coast: 1-800-481-2526

East Coast: 571-527-4925

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision from DOHA Hearing
Virginia
June 2018

In a time where global politics and foreign policy is unpredictable and unsettling, Guideline B and Guideline C (Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference) cases are becoming more common. The majority of the time, these cases are more about family members, spouses, or close friends in another country and are less about the applicant themselves. Still, it’s important to mitigate government concerns.

In this case, we received a victory following a DOHA hearing for a client living in northern Virginia. The Statement of Reasons outlined Foreign influence allegations related to the applicant’s family. In this case, our client’s mother and grandmother were citizens of Iraq and the government was unsure of his allegiance to the United States.

By taking a holistic approach, our Attorneys and highly trained professional staff were able to mitigate concerns and earn a favorable decision. In a political climate like the one we have presently, there is a lot of verbal negativity being thrown around in the international community. Don’t let a negative sentiment decide your eligibility to hold a security clearance.

We have clients that are told their Foreign Influence/Preference cases are hopeless when, in fact, they have a very real opportunity to win their appeal. Call us for a free quote and hear about more success stories just like this one. (571)-527-4925.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Victory from DOHA Hearing
California
June 2018

In our latest victory, The Edmunds Law Firm was retained to represent an individual at the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) for a hearing. We do DOHA hearings all over the United States on a weekly basis and are known as the most prominent DOHA Attorneys nationally.

In this case, our client faced Guideline G (Alcohol Consumption) allegations revolving around several incidents. He was Active Duty Military and received a reduction in grade under Military policy. Our client was diagnosed as being alcohol dependent and made a couple mistakes during his extensive military career.

Our firm was able to mitigate all government concerns and earn a favorable decision during this essential Appeal to SOR in California. In addition to Active Duty Military, we also represent countless government contractors and linguists. We are well versed in appeals to SORs and LOIs and are equally passionate about all stages of the appeals process.

We’ve practiced this specialized area of law for over forty (40) years and have earned favorable decisions for clients all over the world. If you are in jeopardy of losing your security clearance, don’t fight it alone. Utilize our firm’s prominence and expertise by allowing us to fight for you. We can be reached at 571-527-4925.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudication Facility
Victory from Response to Interrogatories
Virginia
June 2018

In this case, The Edmunds Law Firm was retained to draft a written response to interrogatories. This is essentially the step before being issued a SOR and should not be taken lightly because it’s an opportunity to win the case before being issued a Statement of Reasons or Letter of Intent. This document is a list of questions regarding incidents in an individual’s past. Usually, it is issued because the information the government has is outdated and they want to know the current standing of any past incidents or debts.

Our client’s Interrogatories included financial concerns. It outlined a list of debts and we responded with information relevant to the mitigation of the government’s unspoken concerns. We treat Interrogatories slightly different then other government documents but we are equally effective.

It’s important to understand that there are several stages of security clearance appeals. It is a multifaceted process that should be utilized to the fullest for citizens in jeopardy of losing their access to classified material. We represent linguists, government contractors, and Military Personnel in all appeal cases and have been doing so for over forty (40) years.

If you, or someone you know, is in danger of losing their security clearance, call our firm today. We can be reached at (571)-527-4925.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Personnel Security Division
Victory from Written Response to SOR
Texas
June 2018

In this victory post, we drafted a Response Packet to our client’s Eligibility Letter for a security clearance. He was facing Guideline E and J allegations for Personal and Criminal Conduct. The letter was structured very similar to that of a SOR or LOI. It was extensive and contained arrests for battery, domestic disturbance, traffic citations and much more.

Although Eligibility Letters are not nearly as common as Statement of Reasons or Letters of Intent, they hold the same power to deny or revoke your security clearance and should be taken just a seriously. We use the same formula of attack to mitigate concerns for all three of these letter formats and have done so successfully for over forty (40) years.

Our client had been working for the Federal Government for over sixteen (16) years through TSA and even enrolled in programs during his time to enhance his leadership skill sets. Although he made a few mistakes, we don’t believe that revocation or denial of clearance was permitted.

If you have any questions about allegations the government is using to take away your clearance call us today. We give free quotes for various services and begin on your case the same day we are hired. Attorney Edmunds is considered to be one of the best Security Clearance Attorneys in the nation and we do all levels of Security Clearance Appeals. With offices all over the United States and clients from all over the world, we have experience and passion for this kind of law that we are ready to put to work for you. We can be reached at (760)-634-7630.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision – Response to SOR
Arizona
June 2018

Our client worked for USAF in supply tech for over eleven (11) years and was recently informed that his access to classified information was being taken away. As is the case with the vast majority of our clients, he needed his clearance to perform his job and support his family. In his Government issued Statement of Reasons it was said that he was denied based on Financial Considerations (Guideline F) outline in DoD Directive 5220.6.

Guideline F is one of the most common guidelines we see at The Edmunds Law Firm and this particular case involved a good number of debts, ranging from cell phone bills to bank accounts, in varying amounts. We responded to the SOR and mitigated the government’s concerns by showing that the debts occurred as a result of event(s) beyond the applicant control.

These Financial cases can be relatively straightforward but that’s no excuse to fight them on your own. We have individuals call our office regularly who received unfavorable decisions to their financial case responses and now have to pursue additional means to be granted their clearance. Don’t make that same mistake; instead, call our firm to hear about what we can do for you. (760)-634-7630.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudication Facility
Victory from DOHA Hearing
Tennessee
June 2018

Is a DIY (Do It Yourself) mindset a wise idea when facing the potential revocation of your Security Clearance? A lot of times, doing it yourself can save you money, but when the risk outweighs the reward, a DIY mindset can be extremely damaging.

In this case, our client chose to respond to his own Statement of Reasons with allegations that were relatively straightforward, including Guideline E (Personal Conduct) that outlined two (2) specific instances. Our client explained what happened but both the format and response itself lacked planning and foresight into what was needed to mitigate concerns. As a result, this individual was forced to pursue the second stage of appeal – a DOHA hearing. He retained our firm and we got to work immediately.

Having done DOHA hearing for over 40 years, we at the Edmunds Law Firm understand what is needed to be successful. The Judges and opposing counsel knowAttorney Edmunds and he has the reputation as being the #1 Attorney that operates within this department nationally. In this case, Attorney Edmunds fought for our client and was successful in convincing the Judge that he was deserving of a clearance to continue his livelihood.

We certainly respect the DIY mindset, but in the case of something as vital to your livelihood as your Security Clearance, don’t disadvantage yourself by refusing to consult a professional. We represent Active Duty Military personnel, linguists, government contractors and so many others as they await a decision that will affect their ability to provide for their family or even simply pursue their professional goals. Contact the Edmunds Law Firm and feel comforted by the decades of experience we have to offer.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision from Hearing
June 2018

Attorney Edmunds is known as the “DOHA Lawyer” and this next success story is a perfect example of why. Our client faced Guideline F (Financial) allegations. These allegations included failure to file both Federal Income Taxes and State taxes. The government takes dishonesty associated with taxes very seriously, making this case an uphill battle. This case was given an unfavorable decision following a written response, but the client decided to retain our firm for the second stage of appeal – a DOHA hearing.

Attorney Edmunds went to court and spent the afternoon clashing with the Government Attorney regarding the character of our client. The staff at The Edmunds Law Firm created a trial notebook, including a response to allegations and exhibits. Using this carefully organized resource, Attorney Edmunds was able to convince the Judge that the applicant was a trustworthy individual deserving of a security clearance.

In DOHA cases you need an attorney that is poised, knowledgeable and assertive in order to give you the best chance possible. With over forty (40) years of experience litigating these cases, our firm is perfect for you. We do Security Clearance Appeals that take the form of  Written Responses, Hearings, and appeals following hearing decisions. We consistently work for linguists, government contractors, and active duty military.

If you have any questions, call us for a free consultation. Don’t wait, call today!

East coast: (571)-527-4925

West coast: (760)-634-7630 or 1-(800)-481-4925

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Victory From Response to LOI
Rhode Island
June 2018

Guideline K (Handling Protected Information) cases are becoming increasingly more common as the classification of digital information becomes more and more important. In this case, our firm was retained by an Active Duty Military personnel facing Guideline K allegations. It was said that the applicant had, on several occasions, fallen short of handling classified material in accordance with standards in place.

Our client was a trustworthy individual. He had a few minor incidents in his five (5) year career but was never a real threat to the military or national security. When he was issued his Statement of Reasons the allegations seemed to paint a picture of an applicant that had disdain for the United States.

We drafted a Written Response to LOI that served as our client’s first stage of appeal to a security clearance denial. Lucky for our client, we received a favorable decision and no further action was needed to protect his clearance. With an increase in Guideline K cases, it’s important that you find someone who knows how to fight these allegations effectively.  The Edmunds Law Firm has proven time and time again that we are willing and able to do just that for our clients.

With offices on both the East and West Coast, we represent clients from all around the United States and the world. We have tried and true methods for responding to each of the Government’s guidelines used to take your clearance away and represent clients during each of the three (3) stages of appeals to these decisions. Attorney Alan Edmunds is one of the most prominent #securityclearanceattorneys in the nation and his staff is excited about the prospect of working for you. We can be reached at 1-800-481-2526.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Victory from Written Appeal to SOR
California
June 2018

Guideline E (Personal Conduct) can take many shapes and forms due to its vague nature. In this particular case, the government listed a few isolated incidents and a mental health concern all grouped under Guideline E. The Statement of Reasons stated that our client received mental health care and there were concerns in addition to an incident involving a citation for mountain biking in a restricted area and an incident where our client spoke strongly to a nurse.

Our client was, and still is, an orthopedic surgeon. He is brilliant and responsible but was in jeopardy of losing his clearance. When he called us he was upset because the thought of being unable to practice medicine the way he had been was becoming a reality. He asked that we respond to his SOR in a written appeal.

Our staff compiled documents and formed a response packet that successfully mitigated government concerns. There was uncertainty spurred from his lack of candor in responding to question on his e-QIP and a plethora of other variables but we are pleased to announce that he is back to work with the clearance he needs to do what he loves.

If you’ve been issued a SOR with Guideline E allegations there are a number of different ways you can respond. The Edmunds Law Firm has been active in #SORappeals and #SORresponses, with great success, for over forty (40) years. Don’t jeopardize your clearance by doing this on your own. Contact Attorney Alan Edmunds and his staff to see what we can do for you. 760-634-7630.

Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Victory from Written Response to SOR
Oklahoma
June 2018

Our firm was recently retained by an individual facing Guideline H (Drug Misuse) allegations from the government. We see more and more drug cases and are well equipped to fight for our clients. In this particular case, our client took Adderall, a prescription medication, without a prescription. The drug showed up on a drug test he was randomly administered at work and his security clearance was immediately suspended.

It’s a common misconception that prescription drugs are legal and therefore cannot cast doubt on your reliability in the eyes of the government. Taking prescription medication without a prescription has caused countless individuals to lose their clearances, regardless of the agency they work for.

Lucky for our client, Attorney Alan Edmunds and his team were able to mitigate the government’s concerns. The case went to trial and the decision came back favorable. We are extremely pleased that one mistake did not have a lasting effect on our client’s ability to pursue his professional goals. We represent Active Duty Military, Government contractors, linguist, and many others in cases like this one daily.

If you’re looking for a #securityclearanceattorney look no further than the Edmunds Law Firm. We specialize in #securityclearanceappeals of all kinds and would love the opportunity to fight for you. We can be reached at 571-527-4925 (East Coast) and 800-481-2526 (West Coast).

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Written Response to SOR
Florida
June 2018

Why are financial considerations sometimes sufficient to deny an applicant’s request for a security clearance? The government posits that substantial debt illustrates an inability to live within one’s means which indicates poor self-control and a lack of judgment. In a recent case, our client had substantial debt and had been sent to collections. In addition to these Guideline F (Financial Considerations) allegations, he also had Guideline E (Personal Conduct) allegations for falsified materials/information on his e-QIP.

Our firm created a lengthy written response packet to these allegations including a response paired with a list of exhibits. By reframing the debts by putting them into context we were able to successfully mitigate all Guideline F concerns and by minimizing the severity of the allegations and offering a much broader view of our client, we were able to mitigate Guideline E concerns.

Our clients are not bad people. We’re all human and are all prone to making mistakes, but that doesn’t mean that the punishment should outweigh the crime. This client worked as an Engineer at an Air Force Base before being mentored by NASA engineers working in support of new hybrid energy sources. He was promoted several times and loves his work. Because of the Edmunds Law Firm, he is able to continue what he does as his means of providing for his wife and two (2) children.

We receive success stories like this on a weekly basis. If you’re in jeopardy of losing your security clearance, don’t fight it alone. Attorney Alan Edmunds and his highly trained staff are professionals and want to help. Give us a call to find out what we can do for you.

San Diego, CA – (760) 634 7630

Arlington, VA – (571) 527 4925

Raleigh, NC – (919) 987 1813

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Victory from Response to SOR
Virginia
June 2018

In this success story, our firm was retained by a man facing Guideline B and Guideline E allegations from the Government in his Statement of Reasons. We were successful in the first stage of appeals which resulted in a speedy and positive outcome for our client.

Guideline B (Foreign Influence) is a category of concern that our firm deals with regularly. We see Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference cases involving linguists, U.S. citizens with family ties in other countries, and Active Duty Military personnel that have been involved with foreign governments, just to name a few. This case also contained Guideline E (Personal Conduct) allegations. This, too, is a common guideline we deal with. A lot of times Guideline E is included because of either false or withheld information from individuals on their SF86 or other government documents.

Our client served for over 20 years in the U.S. Army and we believed he was not a threat to national security. He was, and still is, a highly respected scholar in the are of Chinese history and is an asset to our government. In our written response to SOR, we were able to mitigate all concerns and the case was adjudicated in our client’s favor.

The Edmunds Law Firm has been handling cases like this for over forty (40) years. We cherish the opportunity to represent individuals that are fighting for their livelihood and the ability to provide for their families. With offices all over the United States, we hope that you’ll consider our firm for representation. Give us a call at (760)-634-7630 today!

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision from Response to SOR
Kansas
June 2018

Our latest success story comes from a client facing allegations we don’t see often, but that we are still comfortable defending against. This particular case involved several Guideline K (Handling Protected Information) allegations in a Statement of Reasons.

Our client was Active Duty Military through service in the Navy as a fighter pilot and in the Army as a Ground Force Commander. He was deployed to Afghanistan four (4) times, and dedicate himself to a life of service to the United States.

We fought to prove that he was a trustworthy individual and were successful in earning him the right to his security clearance. Guideline K is very uncommon, but this story speaks to the fact that our firm is willing and able to defend clients facing any allegation from the government regarding their Security Clearance Matter.

The Edmunds Law Firm has been defending Active Duty Military, Linguists and Contractors for over 40 years. If you, or someone you know, needs legal help regarding your security clearance matter please consider our firm of highly trained professionals. Our contact information is listed below for your convenience.

San Diego, CA – (760) 634 7630
Arlington, VA – (571) 527 4925
Raleigh, NC – (919) 987 1813

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Victory from Hearing
Virginia
May 2018

Written responses aren’t the only form of appeal to a Government issued Statement of Reasons. Is this case, our client wrote a response himself and after receiving an unfavorable decision, he decided to retain our firm for a hearing with The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA).

The client was facing allegations under guidelines J (criminal conduct), G (alcohol consumption), and E (personal conduct). The allegations were centered around a DUI and time card fraud. Our client came to us having been told by others that he didn’t have a case. We are always of the mindset that every case can be a winner, and this is proof of that sentiment.

Attorney Alan Edmunds represented him in court, using a trial notebook created and organized by his team of legal professionals, and was able to earn our client the right to his Security Clearance. The basis of democracy is the right to a fair trial, and regardless of what others might say, you always have a chance. In most cases, a clearance is essential for the job our clients occupy. In other words, this is their livelihood. The Edmunds Law Firm has been representing clients throughout all stages of these appeals for over forty (40) years. If you want an expert by your side, look no further than Attorney Edmunds and his firm.

We have offices on both the East and West Coast, full of employees passionate about what we do, that are eager to talk to you. Give us a call for a free quote at 571 527 4925 (East Coast) or 760-634-7630 (West Coast).

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision from Response to SOR
Virginia
May 2018

Sometimes we come across cases that are outside the control of the applicant. In this case, we had a client that was denied her clearance based on Guideline B (Foreign Influence) allegations because her family are residents and citizens of India. The Statement of Reasons listed each member of her family, including in-laws, that were currently residing in India as citizens and used this to justify the denial of her application for a security clearance.

Our client moved to the United States in 2007, became a permanent resident in 2011, and achieved full American citizenship in 2016. Her husband had been working for the United States federal government as a contract employee for over eight (8) years, and together, they were raising a child in the U.S.

It is always worthwhile to fight for your security clearance. Our firm enjoys the opportunity to work tirelessly so that stories like this one become more and more common. Attorney Edmunds and his staff have been serving Active Duty Military by responding to their SORs and Letters of Intent for over forty (40) years. We also assist with Military Upgrades and work with government contractors on a daily basis. Contact us at 571-527-4925 to receive a free quote.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision from Response to SOR
Maryland
May 2018

It is very common that we see applicants with a history of drug use facing allegations from multiple guidelines, as opposed to just Guideline H (Drug Involvement), and this favorable decision is no exception. In a favorable decision to a Written Response to a Statement of Reasons, our firm was able to successfully mitigate the government’s concerns in a Guideline H (Drug Involvement) coupled with Guideline E (Personal Conduct) allegations.

We have adopted a mindset that every case has the potential to be a winner and in cases where more than one Guideline is listed, we choose to attack the arguments separately. In this case, we helped a client that used marijuana recreationally and admitted to seeing prescription Adderall on few occasions to fellow classmates. Our client was a very smart, and well-educated individual that we proved was deserving of a clearance.

Our firm enjoys standing up for people that are assets to the government and our country. We feel that our nation is better-off if our clients are given their clearances so that they can continue to better our world in their perspective industries. If you need representation we hope that you’ll consider The Edmunds Law Firm, led by Attorney Alan Edmunds and assisted by his highly trained staff. You can reach us at 760-634-7630.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Written Response to SOR
California
May 2018

It is a common misconception that finances and financial debt are a personal problem that don’t affect an applicant’s ability to hold a Security Clearance. In our latest success story, The Edmunds Law Firm was retained by an individual facing Guideline F (Financial Consideration) allegations in her government issues Statement of Reasons. Financial debt is a common problem people face and is a case type we are very familiar with.

Our client joined the Navy right out of High School and was deployed to Japan shortly thereafter. After having children, our client and her husband were honorably discharged and faced unemployment. Our client earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees but still was still unable to find work. Our firm was successfully able to mitigate all government concerns related to past debts by showing that our client was both responsible and trustworthy.

We enjoy opportunities to piece together Responses to SOR and Responses to Letters of Intent for all active/past duty military. We also engage in Military Upgrade casework and work with government contractors on their Security Clearance Appeals.
The Edmunds Law Firm has been working on the aforementioned areas of law for over forty (40) years and is known as a leader nationally. Please contact our firm at 760-634-7630 (West Coast) or 571-527-4925 (East Coast).

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Written Response to SOR
Colorado
May 2018

May dual citizenship in Canada and the United States keep you from holding a security clearance? According to the government, it can. In a recent victory, The Edmunds Law Firm was retained for a Response to Statement of Reasons (SOR) involving a man with dual citizenship. He faced allegations pursuant to Guideline C (Foreign Preference) coupled with Guideline H (Drug Misuse) allegations.

Our client was born in the United States to an American mother and a Canadian father. He grew up in the United States, attended school in the United States, and worked for the United States military through service in the Navy. After two years he attained the rank of Corporal and was decorated after a tour in Japan. As he continued his career in service, he was given awards and promoted once more. Still, our client was told that he couldn’t be trusted with a Security Clearance.

Attorney Alan Edmunds and his team of highly trained professionals represent Active Duty Military as well as government contractors regularly. This is one of many success stories our firm is proud to share. With locations all over the United States, we hope that you’ll consider our firm for representation in the future. Attorney Edmunds can be reached at 571-527-4925.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision From Response
Virginia
May 2018

Our client, a man from Virginia, faced Guideline J (Criminal Conduct) allegations issued to him by the government in a Statement of Reasons. As a man who dedicated over twenty-eight (28) years of service to the Navy, he retained our firm to fight for his clearance.

In drafting his response to SOR, we were able to mitigate the government’s concern under Guideline J while showcasing positive aspects of his past, included service recognitions/ accolades, impressive performance reviews, and much more. After reading our response, the government agreed that this man was a trustworthy individual, deserving to hold a security clearance.

The Edmunds Law Firm received favorable decisions on security clearance matters all the time. Attorney Edmunds has over 40 years of experience and his highly trained, professional staff offers great service to our clients around the world. This success story is just one of many active duty military personnel we have represented. If you need representation, please consider our firm. We can be reached at 571-527-4925.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision From Response
Virginia
May 2018

The Edmunds Law Firm recently received notice of a favorable decision regarding a National Security Clearance matter. The victory came from a Written Response to a government issued Statement of Reasons. In the Statement of Reasons, our client faced allegations pursuant through Guideline H (Drug use) and Guideline J (Criminal Conduct).

Having admitted to marijuana, cocaine, and misuse of Adderall, our client was informed that his clearance was being revoked. He is young with a bright future and determined that his clearance was worth fighting for. After retaining our firm, we began drafting a written response to the government’s Statement of Reasons. In the response, we were able to mitigate all government concern which resulted in the reinstatement of our clients’ clearance. As a result, our client is able to return to work and pursue his future.

Our firm, led by Attorney Alan Edmunds, is known nationally for this kind of representation. With offices around the United States and a rich history of representing people from around the globe, we are confident in our ability to fight for you. We have represented Active Duty Military, DoD contractors, and many others for over 40 years. If you, or someone you know, needs representation, we hope you’ll consider our firm.

Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudications Facility
Favorable Decision From Response
California
May 2018

The Edmunds Law Firm received another favorable decision as a result of a response to a Statement of Reasons from the government. In this case, Attorney Edmunds fought for a client facing Guideline E (Personal Conduct), Guideline H (Drug Involvement), and Guideline J (Criminal Conduct) allegations. Despite what appeared to be a stacked deck against our client, our firm earned a favorable decision that resulted in the reinstatement of his security clearance. As a direct result of our hard work and dedication to providing outstanding representation, our client is able to continue his job with a clearance and is excited about his future.

If you, or someone you know, has a Security Clearance Matter we hope that you’ll consider Attorney Edmunds and his staff of trained professionals as an option for representation. Our firm has offices all over the United States and represents clients from around the globe. Give us a call at 571-527-4925 to see how we can help you today!

Department of Defense
Defense Legal Services Agency
Favorable Decision From Response
Virginia
May 2018

Attorney Edmunds received a favorable decision for a client from Iraq facing Guideline B (Foreign Influence) allegations. Attorney Edmunds has enjoyed widespread success throughout his 40-year career as a Security Clearance Attorney in the area of Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference. He welcomes and enjoys the opportunity to represent clients from all around the globe. This particular case featured an individual who worked as a linguist for the U.S. Army at a young age before working as an interpreter in Iraq. As a result of his favorable decision, Attorney Edmunds client is able to return to work as a linguist supporting U.S. troops overseas.

The Edmunds Law Firm is known across the country as a leader in Security Clearance Representation. It is our philosophy that there is an opportunity to receive a favorable decision in every case. The firm has offices across the United States and helps Active Duty Military, DoD employees, and Contractors around the globe. Case reviews appear on nationalsecurityclearances.com and Attorney Edmunds can be reached at 571-527-4925.

U.S. Customs & Boarder Protection
Criminal Conduct & Personal Conduct
Favorable Decision From Written Response
Florida
May 18, 2018

The Edmunds Law Firm received Notice of a favorable adjudication from a Written Response to Eligibility that was issued to our client for domestic violence issues and speeding tickets. His Eligibility for Employment was being denied due to these allegations. Our client is 36 years old and has been a government employee for over 16 years.

He called our office because he had been told by several people that “you don’t stand a chance” of getting his job. The staff at The  Edmunds Law Firm saw things differently. WE created and drafted a long response that mitigated the government concerns and showed the favorable aspects of our client’s prior service and accomplishments.

Attorney Alan Edmunds is known across the country as a “fighter in the courtroom”. He is equally passionate about Response to SOR and Notice of Intent or Notice of Eligibility. We never work from a premise that the case is “bad” or too tough to win.

The Firm has offices across the United States and helps Active Duty Military, DoD employees and Contractors deployed around the globe. Case reviews appear on nationalsecurityclearances.com  and Mr. Edmunds can be reached at 571.527.4925.

Iraq
Clearance Granted Following Hearing
Guideline B : Foreign Influence
Arlington, VA
May 2018

Attorney Alan Edmunds appeared at a contested Hearing involving a security clearance applicant with ties to Iraq. Attorney Edmunds has successfully helped linguists from all parts of the world. He has over 40 years of military law and national security clearance law experience. He is this country leading Security Clearance Lawyer who has offices coast to coast. His attorneys, part of the litigation team at The Edmunds Law Firm,  travel to all states and some foreign countries fighting for their clients in the area of national security clearance matters. He has been referred to as “the tiger in the courtroom “.

In this case Attorney Edmunds represented a 61 year old female linguist who had relatives, property and some former ties to Iraq. Edmunds showed that most of the relatives had moved or lived in the United States. Our client was divorced and the mother of 2 children, one who died at age 20 in Iraq.  Her daughter and grandchildren lived in the United States and were awaiting full citizenship.

The Applicant service to the US. Army was a huge issue in the mitigation of this case. Attorney Edmunds has a formula for these cases and it has been largely successful over the last 10 years. This client was referred to Attorney Edmunds by co-workers in Iraq. She had done her own Response to SOR, and it was not very good or complete.

This case along with many others are reported on the Official Gov’t website at DOHA. Many other lawyers talk about case victories but they can’t be found on the DOHA site. The Edmunds Law Firm also posts case vistories each week for review. The free videos on the site and on YouTube have been well received.

If you need help call Alan Edmunds today 571.527.4925  East Coast or 800.481.2526 West Coast – then let the experts at the Edmunds Law Firm take over your case. Remember, “experience makes the difference.” Whether you are Active Duty Military, DoD Contractor, or Federal Employee – call us and let us do the hard work.

Clearance Granted – Response To SOR
Financial Concerns & Personal Conduct
Ft. Meade, MD
April 2018

One of the best ways to win a security clearance case when the gov’t sends a Notice of revocation is to win by the Written Response to SOR. This saves our clients money and a great deal of stress by avoiding the Formal Security Clearance Appeal. The Edmunds Law Firm wins a lot of cases just from the Written Response to SOR. We do this by filing a legal brief and numerous exhibits that mitigate the govt concerns.

That is what happened in this case. Our client failed to declare and disclose certain delinquent debts tied to a failed business. The business was actually owned by our client’s parents and went thru different types of entities. The company subsequently went thru Bankruptcy and our client believed debts were resolved. Some of the Company debts were in our client’s name with his parents.

The Edmunds Law Firm went to work and filed a very detailed Response to SOR. We argued many factors including our clients service to his country in the military. Attorney Alan Edmunds has over 40 years of security clearance experience and he helps clients around the world. Linguists deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East trust their career’s to Attorney Edmunds when trouble comes knocking. His case victories are officially reported on the govt’ website at DOHA. He is also a former Judge Pro Tem and a subject matter expert on national security clearance matters.

If you have questions or have received a Notice to Revoke your Clearance call Alan Edmunds at 571.527.4925  East Coast or 800.481.2526 West Coast. Nationalsecurityclearances.com is also a great place for info and case reviews.  There is a reason he is often called the DOHA Lawyer, find out why.

Security Clearance Granted
Written Response To SOR
Psychological Conditions
Dept of Defense
Ft. George Meade, MD
March 2018

Attorney Alan Edmunds and his staff at the Edmunds Law Firm received Notice of a favorable adjudication following the submission of a Written Response to SOR. Our client received a SOR raising Psychological Conditions. The concerns revolved around “panic attacks” which were concurring at work.

The individual was on medication and the condition was totally under control. Our client was also totally compliant with treatment and was following all recommendations. There was evidence of a hostile work environment.

The Applicant was from a rural community. He also served in the U.S. Navy. In the Navy, he served as an IT Network Administrator Instructor. His evaluations were good. After 10 years he received an Honorable Discharge.

The Written Response to SOR contained numerous documents. The letters of Applicant’s character proved to be very important. The gov’t agreed that the condition was mitigated and the Clearance granted.  This case like many others handled by Attorney Alan Edmunds shows that a contested Security Clearance Hearing can be avoided in certain cases. Mr. Edmunds helps people around the globe with Security Clearance Appeals. He can be reached at 800 481 2526. Trust your career to the experts at The Edmunds Law Firm.

Victory From Written Response
Dept of Defense
Active Duty Army Officer
Sexual Behavior, Personal Conduct
Ft. Meade, MD
April 2018

We love tough cases”. These are the words of Attorney Alan Edmunds who has one of the busiest national security clearance law firms in the country. In fact, many clients come to our law firm because other law firms don’t want to take their case because they think it is too hard! Our attorneys love the courtroom and love to win tough cases. Our track record is reported on the official DOHA website and speaks for itself.

This case was won and our client’s career saved by submission of a Response to SOR. Read the comment from our client:

  “I WAS GRANTED MY SECURITY CLEARANCE WITHOUT A HEARING BUT BASED SOLELY ON THE LEGAL BRIEF THAT YOU PROVIDED ME!”

He went on to say :

   “MY SECURITY MANAGER WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE LEGAL BRIEF AND TOLD ME I WAS A LITTLE BIT OVERKILL. “I FELT GREAT ABOUT WHAT YOU PUT TOGETHER AND THE RESULTS MATCHED MY FEELINGS.”

Mr. E.E. ( April 10,2018)

If you need help with any phase of the security clearance process from SF 86 to Security Clearance Appeals please call us at 800.481.2526 on the West coast or 571.527.4925 on the East coast.  Your career is important – get the Best Attorney you can – call us.

Security Clearance Hearing Victory
Drug Use & Personal Conduct
Los Angeles, California
Dept of Defense
March 2018

The Edmunds Law Firm received Notice of another favorable decision in a National Security Clearance matter from the DoD. The case was heard in Los Angeles and Attorney Ryan Nerney appeared for the Firm. Ryan Nerney appears across the country as the Sr. Litigation Attorney at  The Edmunds Law Firm. His case victories are reported on the official gov’t website at DOHA. He and Attorney Edmunds win more cases for clients than most attorneys and in fact more than most law firms according to the DOHA site.

In this case, our client was cited for drug use from 2003 to 2010. At times he had a clearance when he used. The gov’t also charged him with poor judgment and personal conduct issues. Attorney Nerney admitted numerous exhibits at the Hearing and took testimony. The client was fully prepared for the Hearing and it showed in his presentation. The Edmunds Law Firm makes sure clients are fully prepared for testimony. In part, this accounts for the numerous favorable decisions the Firm receives from the DoD.

The judge found that our client had rehabilitated himself and that there was strong evidence on the issue of the ‘Whole Person Concept”. The client was found not to be a risk to national security and the Clearance was granted.

Attorney Alan Edmunds has been helping clients around the globe for over 40 years. Active Duty Military, Contractors, and Federal Employees trust their careers and jobs to Alan Edmunds when faced with actions involving Security Clearance Denials or Security Clearance Appeals. His number is 571.527.4925. Case reviews appear each week on Nationalsecurityclearances.com as well as new instructional videos.

Attorney Edmunds is often considered as “The Best Security Clearance Lawyer” in the country by many. He is on national media as a Subject Matter Expert in National Security. He is often called “The DOHA Lawyer.

Lebanon & Saudi Arabia
Foreign Influence
Security Clearance Appeal Victory
Chicago, IL
April 2018

The Edmunds Law Firm received Notice of a favorable decision for our client who had his security clearance revoked pending appeal for Foreign Influence – Guideline B under the DoD Directive.  Attorney Ryan Nerney appeared for the Firm and represented the client at the Formal Security Clearance Appeal.  He introduced 9 exhibits and called the client as a witness.

Our client is a 48-year-old defense contractor who has been employed as a U.S. Linguist since 2006. He has several family members in Lebanon. His mother is 75 years old and he sends her $8000 per year. She is in poor health. He has not been back to Lebanon since 1995. He communicates with his mother every 6 months by phone.  Because of his investments, his net worth in the U.S. is EST AT $710,000.00. One of the strongest character letters came from a Special Agent of the FBI. The judge also acknowledged that the client made important contributions to the U.S. military at great risk.

The Judge found that the foreign Influence concerns were mitigated and the Clearance granted. Call 800 481 2526 if you need help with a security clearance. Visit our websites for case decisions and view the new videos. Attorney Alan Edmunds and Attorney Ryan Nerney are two of the Best Security Clearance Lawyers in the country.  Let us help you!!

Victory Following Hearing
Drug Use and Personal Conduct
Dept of Defense
March 2018

Attorney Alan Edmunds received Notice of a favorable ruling for a client accused of drug use while holding a security clearance and personal conduct – failing to answer his EQIP correctly.

Our client is 35 years old and works as a systems engineer. He used marijuana in high school at the age of 18. He admitted his use. He then went on a vacation with some buddies and rented a condo where one of his friends offered the group a “joint” to smoke. Our client smoked the marijuana “joint” with the others. At the time he had a security clearance.

Attorney Alan Edmunds, this country’s leading attorney in national security clearance matters took the case to a Hearing. At the Hearing, he introduced 13 documents in mitigation and took testimony from 3 witnesses.  He also called his client to testify on “direct examination”. Attorney Edmunds has over 40 years of litigation experience in criminal proceedings, Courts-Martial, and Federal Administrative Law Hearings before most of the DoD Agencies as well as DOE and Dept. of State. His practice spans the globe helping Active Duty Military with security clearance issues. If you would like to speak with Alan Edmunds call 571.527.4925 or visit our websites at nationalsecurityclearances.com   Mr. Edmunds has also posted new videos for your review.

The law firm will do Responses to SOR, Security Clearance Appeals, Security Clearance Denials, and consultations. Your career is important  – remember “experience makes the difference.” All of Attorney Edmunds victories are reported on the official DOHA website.

Afghanistan
Victory From Written Response To SOR
Dept Of Defense
Foreign Influence & Personal Conduct
March 2018

The Edmunds Law Firm received Notice of a favorable adjudication following submission of a written Response to SOR.  The case involved a woman who with her family fled Pakistan, obtained foreign passports for her children from Afghanistan and eventually came to the United States.

Our client sent money to her parents in Afghanistan every two months for their care. On the SF 86 our client did not fully reveal her contacts with family and money sent to them in Afghanistan.

The staff at the Edmunds Law Firm filed a Response to SOR that was over 30 pages with exhibits. The Firm argued mitigation and explained the danger facing our client as she fled across the Middle East.

The government agreed with the Response submitted and found that the concerns were mitigated. Another family saved and another job saved as well. Attorney Alan Edmunds has a staff of professionals that is amazing. WE are dedicated to our clients. Attorney Edmunds has offices coast to coast and helps Active Duty Military, Linguists, DoD Contractors and Federal Employees. He does Security Clearance Hearings and prepares Security Clearance Appeals at all levels with all Federal Agencies. He has appeared on national TV as a subject matter expert in security clearance matters and welcomes your calls. Please reach him at 571 527 4925 or  800 481 2526. Visit our website nationalsecurityclearances.com and review cases and our new videos.

Security Clearance Victory Following Hearing
Foreign Influence, Taiwan
Phoenix, Arizona
April, 2018

The Edmunds Law Firm received Notice of a Favorable Decision from DoD following a Security Clearance Hearing. The case was held in Phoenix Arizona and Attorney Ryan Nerney appeared for the Firm.

The case was a typical Guideline F: Foreign Influence case. Our client had in-laws from Taiwan. His wife was also a citizen of Taiwan. Our client is a U.S. citizen who had earned several college degrees from U.S. universities. He had numerous financial interests in the U. S. showing strong ties to the United States.

Attorney Nerney argued the steady economic growth the United States has with Taiwan. He had done tremendous research into the current relationship between Taiwan and the United States. He also introduced exhibits into evidence. Attorney Nerney also took testimony at the Hearing.

The judge agreed with Mr. Nerney and the Clearance was granted. The Edmunds Law Firm specializes in Foreign Influence cases as well as financial concern cases. Attorney Alan Edmunds represents Linguists around the globe.  Our victories are reported on the official gov’t website at DOHA. Call us at 800 481 2526 for help. Visit nationalsecurityclearances.com  and watch our videos posted on YouTube.

Security Clearance Granted – Written Response
Dept of Defense
Foreign Influence; Personal Conduct; Psychological Conditions
March 2018
Ft. Meade, MD

The Edmunds Law Firm – did it again- saved a client’s job and his career with a written response to SOR. It is a hard thing to do and often not successful. Often a Formal Security Clearance Hearing is needed. This case was done by staff at the Firm – and reviewed and signed off by Attorney Nerney.

The case was complex but made easy by the tremendous effort of our client who took personal steps to mitigate past behavior. He is active duty and continues on in his profession. Attorney Nerney submitted numerous exhibits and a legal brief.

The case was reviewed by the CAF and the recommendation was favorable for our client. Attorney Alan Edmunds started his law firm over 40 yrs ago. Today he and his staff help people around the globe with national security clearance matters. He does Response to SOR, Security Clearance Hearings and Security clearance Consults. Call us at 571 527 4925 for solutions!! Visit nationalsecurityclearances.com and view the security clearance videos.

Security Clearance Victory Following Hearing
Failure to Pay Debts
Dept Of Defense
New York City, NY
March 2018

Attorney Edmunds traveled to New York City to help our client keep his job and his Security Clearance. The case was hard fought. Attorney Edmunds would have it no other way – he loves the courtroom. The case involved our client, age 38, who performed aircraft maintenance and weapons loading. He is married with four children and has had a Clearance for over 17 yrs.

The problems started when his wife lost her job on 3 separate occasions. The bills started mounting and our client had about $38,000 in debt. Attorney Alan Edmunds, this country’s leading attorney for National Security Clearance cases, had both the client and his wife attend credit counseling. The client was told to do several other things which all went to mitigation of the gov’t concerns.  Attorney Edmunds has over 40 years of litigation experience and is known around the world as a caring and passionate attorney. He introduced exhibits A thru BB into evidence.

The judge agreed with Attorney Edmunds who argued the “whole person” concept that the circumstances would unlikely be repeated and that the client was on a budget and doing very well financially. The judge found it was in everyone best interest to grant the Clearance. Another job saved and another American family kept solvent.

Attorney Edmunds, known as ” The DOHA LAWYER”, can help you if your Clearance is at risk. Just call us at 571.527.4925 and speak with Mr. Edmunds. Visit nationalsecurityclearances.com for additional info. Whether Active Duty, Contractor or Federal Employee – The Edmunds Law Firm is here for you.  If you need a consult, Response to SOR, Security Clearance Appeal – please call us.

Favorable Decision Following Trial
Prescription Drug Abuse
Westchester, Ohio
March 2018
Guideline E: Personal Conduct
Guideline H: Drug Involvement
Guideline J: Criminal Conduct

This was a tremendous result for our client and Attorney Ryan Nerney who appeared in Ohio for the Firm. The case involved drug use – specifically using a spouse’s pain medication. Our client used his wife’s pain medication and admitted his use to the gov’t. On his SF 86 he admitted the use but failed to accurately state the extent of his use. He also used recreational drugs on a few occasions.

Attorney Ryan Nerney entered numerous documents into evidence. The mitigation was strong. He also took testimony from the client and witnesses.

The gov’t case centered around Executive Order 12564 which explicitly states that Federal employees are required to refrain from the illegal use of drugs both on or off duty.  Our client had used Vicodin while employed by the Federal Gov’t.

The Edmunds Law Firm helps clients across the United States with all types of Security Clearance matters. Response to SOR, Appeal Hearings and Investigation issues are all common cases for our Firm. Both Attorney Alan Edmunds and Attorney Ryan Nerney have official case postings on the Gov’t site at DOHA. This site reports cases and shows just how many cases an attorney has handled in the last several years before DOHA Judges. People are encouraged to visit our websites for current case reviews and to view our new videos on important Security Clearance Questions. Call 571 527 4925 or 800 481 2526 for guidance and answers to important questions you may have.

Favorable Decision From Written Response
Dept of Defense
March 14, 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Guideline E: Personal Conduct
Guideline M: Use of Information Technology

This is an unusual case because of the nature of the allegations. It is also an example of misuse of terms and words describing how an individual leaves a place of employment. The Edmunds Law Firm, with over 40 yrs of experience in Security Clearance cases before all gov’t agencies, was ready for this one!!

Our client first downloaded a video game to a classified stand-alone computer that was not in use. Our client told his manager about the video game and removed it shortly after installation. He admitted his mistake and acknowledged this was a one-time incident – which in fact was true.

His next mistake involved his description of how he left previous employment.  This situation often arises because often people do not know how the employer enters a description of an employees departure from a job. Our client indicated he left by mutual agreement and the employer indicated it was a termination. Our client had never left employment before this incident and he told investigators there was no intent to mislead.

The staff at the Edmunds Law Firm drafted a Response to SOR that included evidence supporting a “whole person concept”. Other mitigation was also provided. The gov’t accepted our argument on mitigation and the Clearance was reinstated. Another job saved!  Call us at 800.481.2526 on the West coast or 571.527.4925 on the East coast for help. We represent civilian DoD contractors and Active Duty Military deployed around the globe.

Favorable Decision From Written Response
March 15, 2018
Department of Defense
Exeter, Rhode Island
Guideline I: Psychological Conditions

The Edmunds Law Firm received notice of a favorable decision on a Response to SOR for a client who had a  diagnosis of major depression and anxiety disorder.  Our client was in Guam when he experienced a major personal loss. He was placed on a strong medicine that had serious side effects. A new doctor and new medicine turned client health around and he continued to perform very well.

The issue that complicated this case was a diagnosis from a gov’t doctor who had seen our client only one occasion. His report had numerous errors. Attorney Edmunds and his staff used independent medical counsel and strong mitigation to overcome the concerns of the gov’t. The case was indeed reversed and our client received his Clearance.

Attorney Alan Edmunds has offices across the United States. He works with Active Duty Military from every branch of the service as well as Federal Employees and DoD Contractors. He appears at Hearings and does Security Clearance Appeals. His staff is trained in Response to SOR – and they perform very well as they did in this case.

Mr. Edmunds appears in the media as a “Subject Matter Expert” for national security clearance matters. He has been an trial lawyer for over 40 years. Call 800.481.2526 with questions or to schedule an appointment. Known as one of “The Best Security Clearance Lawyers” in the country – Attorney Edmunds skill and experience is available to clients who are facing a loss of job or career.

Favorable Decision Following Hearing
Washington DC
Dept Of Energy
February 27
Guidelines  H: Drug Use & Guideline E: Personal Conduct

The Edmunds Law Firm received a favorable decision from the Dept of Energy following Hearing. The case was presented by Attorney Ryan Nerney for the Firm. Attorney Nerney appears before DOE ( Dept of Energy) on many occasions for our clients. In this case, as in many others, he saved our client job and won this case.

Te gov’t alleged that our client violated the DOE facility drug-free workplace policy. Our client had used marijuana on a few occasions. He had never used on the job. Nor did any of the witnesses testify that they saw him under the influence of any drugs. His work performance was excellent. The judge agreed with Attorney Nerney and the Clearance was granted.

The Firm represents clients before many DoD Agencies including DOE, FBI, CIA, NSA, NGA, NRO, DOHA, and ICE just to name a few. We are experts in this area. Attorney Edmunds is a “subject matter expert” and has been featured in several media interviews for national security clearance matters. He has over 40 years experience.and has appeared on national television. Call our attorneys at 800.481.2526 – West Coast or 571 527 4945 – East Coast for immediate help. You may also watch our video library for free on nationalsecurityclearances.com

Egypt & Iraq
Favorable Decision Following Hearing
Woodland Hills, Calif
February 2018
Guideline B: Foreign Influence
Guideline C: Foreign Preference

The Edmunds Law Firm received a favorable decision following a security clearance hearing held in the Los Angels area of Calif. The case was presented by Attorney Ryan Nerney for the Firm. Mr. Nerney is an attorney who is well known in the Security Clearance field. He travels across the country for his clients and has won many cases.

The client came to the US in 1987 and became a US citizen in 1992. He obtained an Egyptian National Identity Card for the sole purpose of obtaining a copy of his college degrees from Egypt. He testified that he has surrendered the Card to his AFSO and the Card was destroyed.  The applicant also admitted he voted in an Egyptian election one time. Applicant’s wife was born in Iraq and is a US citizen

At the Hearing, Attorney Nerney took testimony and admitted 18 exhibits. He argued mitigation factors and supported his arguments with evidence.

The judge found that “it is consistent with the national interest to grant Applicant national security eligibility,”.  The Clearance was granted, the Applicant continues to work in his profession and his career continues. We are pleased to “save another career” for our clients. But this is something that Attorney Edmunds and Attorney Nerney do on a regular basis for clients around the globe. Both Active Duty and DoD Contractors call the experts at the Edmunds Law Firm for help.  Call us at 800 481 2526 (West coast) or 571 527 4925 (East coast). Remember experience makes the difference. Many lawyers say they do security clearance work but have very few victories to show!!

Favorable Decision Following Hearing
February 2018
Guideline F : Financial Concerns
Woodland Hills, California

The Edmunds Law Firm received another favorable ruling following a contested Hearing on a National Security Clearance matter heard in Woodland Hills, Calif. The case was presented by Attorney Ryan Nerney for the Firm. Mr. Nerney is a well known and respected trial attorney in the area of national security clearance legal circles.  The Edmund Law Firm offers excellent service to clients with Response to SOR, Security Clearance Appeals, Security Clearance Hearings.

In this case, the client had delinquent debts totaling $142,000. The Applicant is 44 years old and held a job as a defense contractor. He has been divorced twice and has 2 children. The root cause of his financial troubles were the 2 divorces. The Applicant has a Ph.D. and is also a Lt. Commander in the Navy Reserves. Attorney Nerney argued the “whole person” concept and of course spoke of the client service to his country.

The Edmunds Law Firm has offices across the US and travels for clients to all States in an effort to save jobs and careers for our clients. We are very successful! This case was officially reported on the DOHA website and on our Firm’s websites for reviews. We know of no other law Firm that does as many cases on a national basis at DOHA as the Edmunds Law Firm. This is important for clients. “Experience makes the difference” in these types of cases. We offer discounts for our men and woman in uniform. Active Duty Welcome!!

If you have questions about your Federal job (MSPB), Security Clearance issues, call us today – West Coast 800.481.2526 or East Coast – 571.527.4925. We are here to serve.

Pakistan
Favorable Decision Security Clearance
Department of Defense
February 2018
Guideline B: Foreign Influence

Attorney Alan Edmunds, this country’s leading Security Clearance Attorney, received another favorable decision from a Hearing for a client with roots to Pakistan. The case was an incredible contest because of the country involved and the number of relatives the client had and contacts with such Arab countries as United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

Attorney Edmunds has over 40 years of security clearance experience and it was needed in this case. He introduced over 30 exhibits and took testimony. The govt had one of its most experienced attorneys in the courtroom.

The client is age 30, married with one child born in the US and works as a defense contractor. The client had not traveled to Pakistan for over 6 years. He cut ties with his relatives and Pakistan to form a new life in the US. He has purchased 2 homes in the US and earns $114 K per year.

The Edmunds Law Firm helps clients around the globe. Mr. Edmunds is a favored attorney for Linguists and computer Science professional from India, Pakistan, and the Middle East. His client base is huge. This case is reported on the official DOHA web site. Mr. Edmunds is one of the most experienced lawyers in the country doing National Security Clearance work. Call him at 800.481.26526 for immediate guidance. He can help with Response to SOR, Security Clearance Appeals, and Security Clearance Hearings across the US. You can also view his videos on keepyoursecurityclearance.com or nationalsecurityclearances.com . His offices are in Washington DC/Arlington VA; North Carolina; Florida and Calif. East coast clients call 571.527.4910 and West coast clients call 800.481.2526.

Known as ” The DOHA LAWYER” – Alan Edmunds helps Active Duty Military, DoD Contractors and Federal Employees with both Security Clearance matters and MSPB cases. In this case, the judge found,” it is clearly consistent with the national interest to grant him eligibility for access to classified information.”