Law Offices of David P. Sheldon

Law Offices of David P. Sheldon Military lawyers representing service members in courts-martial, administrative hearings, civil suits and applications, and more.

06/21/2018

Any JAGS considering orders to support the DOJ immigration prosecution of immigrants on the border, be aware of your rights and duty to follow lawful orders and to stand fast if ordered to undertake an unlawful edict.

David P. Sheldon

Congratulations SFC Anthony Flowers and his wife, Kimberly Flowers, on being promoted Friday, District of Columbia Natio...
06/11/2018

Congratulations SFC Anthony Flowers and his wife, Kimberly Flowers, on being promoted Friday, District of Columbia National Guard. Bravo Zulu!

Recommended: No court-martial for 2 Fitzgerald junior officers
06/08/2018
Recommended: No court-martial for 2 Fitzgerald junior officers

Cmdr. Anthony Johnson recommended that both cases go before an administrative separation board, where each sailor will likely face a board of inquiry to determine whether their performance was substandard and whether they should be separated from the Navy.

Her civilian attorney, David Sheldon, has argued that the Fitzgerald wasn’t ready to operate at the time. Radar aboard...
05/17/2018
Navy ‘callous’ in how it describes deadly USS Fitzgerald collision, attorneys allege

Her civilian attorney, David Sheldon, has argued that the Fitzgerald wasn’t ready to operate at the time. Radar aboard the ship was not functioning properly at the time of the collision, according to the Navy’s investigation.

“The Navy knew that, and the responsibility lies not just with the commanding officer and the executive officer, but all the way to the top echelons of the Navy,”

Seventeen sailors were killed in two Navy ship collisions last year.

“The blame here lies not just with the (Commanding Officer) or the (Executive Officer), it lies with the Navy. And the...
05/11/2018
Hearing: Series of errors by junior officers contributed to Fitzgerald collision, deaths

“The blame here lies not just with the (Commanding Officer) or the (Executive Officer), it lies with the Navy. And the Navy is putting its head in the sand and not dealing with a ship that should never have gotten underway. Instead it wants to hold these officers responsible,”

A preliminary hearing for two junior officers at the controls when the USS Fitzgerald and a merchant container ship collided highlighted a series of errors in the busy waters off the coast of Japan.

The spectacular rise and fall of the President’s personal physician, Admiral Ronny Jackson, stands as a testament to w...
04/26/2018
Allegations against Ronny Jackson threaten to derail his military career

The spectacular rise and fall of the President’s personal physician, Admiral Ronny Jackson, stands as a testament to why senior officers and enlisted would be well to have a private attorney to provide legal counsel on a day to day basis. It may seem extravagant since service members have access, all be it limited and often only after charges are brought, to uniformed lawyers. When everything you have worked your entire life for can be lost in a heartbeat—it is best not be “penny wise and pound foolish.”

Some lawmakers are calling for an inspector general investigation into Jackson's actions.

When officers and senior enlisted are advised that they are under investigation by the Inspector General's office, but a...
04/21/2018
Inspector general referred findings on McCabe to U.S. attorney for consideration of criminal charges

When officers and senior enlisted are advised that they are under investigation by the Inspector General's office, but are told the investigation is not criminal in nature, the service members should proceed with all due caution as what is "administrative" can quickly morph into "criminal." This was made patently clear this week when the Department of Justice referred Deputy Attorney General Andrew McCabe for prosecution to the United States Attorney's office for the District of Columbia.

It is possible the FBI’s former No. 2 official could be charged with a federal crime.

"The Navy needed to remove Crawford from his post and place him in “legal hold” until an investigation could be done...
04/11/2018
Mystery meeting in Coronado brings ex-SEAL boss into court-martial probe

"The Navy needed to remove Crawford from his post and place him in “legal hold” until an investigation could be done into his role in all three SEAL cases."

A Navy investigator's talk over coffee with retired Rear Adm. Brian Losey raises questions of "political" involvement in SEAL court-martial case.

Kudos to our attorney, Brooke Mask, and others in our firm for another win on behalf of our client. These are the gifts ...
04/04/2018

Kudos to our attorney, Brooke Mask, and others in our firm for another win on behalf of our client. These are the gifts of appreciation he dropped off earlier this week to the team. His words of appreciation made our day!

"With Belgian officials telling Becker’s defense team that he likely would not receive a trial until 2020, his attorne...
01/15/2018
American sailor freed from Belgian custody as Pentagon takes over homicide probe

"With Belgian officials telling Becker’s defense team that he likely would not receive a trial until 2020, his attorneys argued that the lieutenant deserved to be tried by an American military court-martial, where he could get a speedy hearing before a jury of his peers."

Belgian investigators accused Navy Lt. Craig R. Becker of killing his wife in 2015 and he was on house arrest pending a criminal trial slated for 2020.

It’s never too late to correct an injustice. #BCMR
12/14/2017
'In the Interest of Justice'

It’s never too late to correct an injustice. #BCMR

Decades after leaving the jungle, Eric Hollenbeck is awarded three Bronze Stars

11/08/2017

In 2016 and 2017, Mr. Sheldon represented an Air Force doctor in two courts-martial, an appeal, and a hearing regarding the revocation of his hospital privileges. In every instance, through Mr. Sheldon's counsel, the officer was exonerated.

10/27/2017

In September and October, 2017, the firm represented a former Air Force cadet in an action by the United States to collect monies owed for his Air Force Academy debt. The client was disenrolled in 1998. The United States obtained a judgment for about $125,000. The client discharged this debt in bankruptcy in 2008, but the United States continued collection attempts. Over time, the debt grew to $183,000. After the United States renewed its efforts to garnish the client's wages, on behalf of the firm, Attorney Tami Mitchell advocated for the client that the debt was discharged in bankruptcy. The United States agreed, moved to dismiss the garnishment, discharged the judgment, and will refund all money erroneously collected. We are happy this matter is finally settled and the client can move on with his life free from a $183,000 debt.

10/19/2017

In July 2017, Attorney Brooke Mask represented a former sailor before the Naval Discharge Review Board in an appeal of the sailor's "Under Other Than Honorable Conditions" characterization of service. The sailor had been administratively separated following two non-judicial punishment proceedings for more than six counts of misconduct for violation of the UCMJ. On August 31, 2017, the Naval Discharge Review Board upgraded the former sailor's character of service to General (Under Honorable Conditions).

08/29/2017
DoD Clarifies Liberal Consideration for Veterans

The Defense Department released guidance to clarify the liberal consideration given to veterans who request upgrades of their discharge saying they had mental health conditions or were victims of

06/14/2017

On a vote of 3-0 at an Officer Field Board of Inquiry held at Fort McNair, Washington, DC on 13 June, 2017, the members did not substantiate that the government had proved that the accused, a Chief Warrant Officer who had served for over 18 years, had s*xually or physically assaulted his estranged wife over the course of a 7 year period.

And while the Board did find that the Chief Warrant Officer had violated a Military Protective Order, had committed a DUI, and had driven on a suspended license, the members voted unanimously to retain the soldier. Mr. Sheldon now will seek to remove a GOMOR for the Warrant on the basis of the findings of the board to ensure he is rightfully promoted.

12/13/2016
www.npr.org

Special Review and Assessment of Soliders with Mental Health Conditions Seperated from Active Duty for Misconduct. Findings from the Secretary of the Army.

11/15/2016

In November 2016, Mr Sheldon concluded an agreement with a federal agency on behalf of a PHS officer. After filing an EEO complaint and pursuant to the agreement, two reprimands would be removed from the officer's official record, the officer was placed and transferred to a new job in a different agency, and the officer received a satisfactory COER.

11/10/2016

On November 10, 2016 onboard Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, Mr. Sheldon represented a Navy Petty Officer accused of wrongfully using co***ne. A panel found by a vote of 3-0 that there was no basis to find misconduct because the Sailor had unknowingly ingested co***ne into his system. The Petty Officer will resume his duties immediately.

On behalf of the firm, we wish you a Happy Veterans Day!

10/18/2016

Great start to our week! Today, at a contested hearing in Washington, DC, we represented a soldier who had previously only been rated for asthma by the Physical Evaluation Board. After evidence was presented and the Board deliberated, the soldier was rated at 70% with a combat designation for mental health conditions (PTSD) and placed on the Permanent Disability Retired List.

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