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How to Judge a Security Clearance Lawyer’s Experience

When you are faced with the most important decision of your career — your ability to obtain and retain a security clearance — you must ensure that the attorney you retain to represent you has experience practicing in the field.  Many attorneys represent clients in security clearance appeals or in responding to a “Statement of Reasons” (SOR) that, unfortunately, have never actually advised decision makers on reporting derogatory information, nor have they represented the government on these decisions.  This is what separates the National Security Law Firm from everyone else.

Make Sure You Know The Facts!

The likelihood that you will be able to resolve the issues identified in the SOR increases exponentially when you are represented by an experienced attorney in the field. Make sure that you ask your attorney about how they intend to represent you in the security clearance appeal process as well as the logic behind their strategy. If they have an in-depth approach to addressing the concerns raised by the government in the SOR, then you will be able to tell that the attorney is looking out for your best interests.

You should also make sure that the attorney has a plan to call an expert, if necessary, to refute any technical allegations.  While this may cost you more upfront, in terms of the expert fees, it will end up paying for itself when your clearance is reinstated.

The Defense Office of Hearings & Appeals (DOHA) publishes all of the cases they have heard online; however, this can be deceiving because the majority of cases do not actually make it to a hearing. Moreover, it is important to keep in mind that the number of hearings that an attorney has participated in does not necessarily correlate to their ability to zealously advocate your own best interests.

8+ Plus Years of Legal Experience Supporting the Intelligence Community.

Experienced security clearance lawyer Brett O’Brien has served the intelligence community for the past eight years where he participated in the security clearance processes first hand. As part of his government training, he was able to witness how security clearance revocation decisions are made at the various levels.  You should ensure that the attorney that you chose to represent you in the security clearance appeals process has similar experience.

In addition, Brett O’Brien has experiencing representing the Intelligence Agencies, such as the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command, as well as using his Reserve time to work for the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA).  It is this type of experience working for the Government in these cases that differentiates the National Security Law Firm from other attorneys in this field.

At the National Security Law Firm, you have our promise that we will always be honest and transparent in our representation. Your career and your livelihood depend upon it. Where other law firms try to claim that the number of hearings they have participated in somehow equates to experience and quality, we will let our prospective clients know what we think of their case and the best strategies for achieving their goals.

If you are looking for an experienced security clearance denial lawyer call Attorney Brett O’Brien today to request a free initial consultation. We offer weekend appointments for your convenience. Contact us now to begin your case, or visit us at www.nationalsecuritylawfirm.com.

About the Author

Brett O'Brien, Esq.
Brett O'Brien, Esq.
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Brett O’Brien specializes in security clearance appeals. He has dedicated his career to learning the entire security clearance process from start to finish. He started his journey by working for the federal government before entering private practice. Learn more about Brett here.