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.
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 of appreciation he dropped off earlier this week to the team. His words of appreciation made our day!
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.
'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
U.S. Air Force could face liability in Texas shooting: legal experts

Many people have questioned whether or not a lawsuit could be brought against the United States Air Force due to the negligence surrounding the tragic and devastating events that occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Claims for both personal injury and wrongful death can be brought by those who have been injured or lost a loved one.

While active duty military members are barred from bringing suit in such circumstances, dependents, retirees, and civilians with no association can be brought against the government for negligence. The Law Offices of David P. Sheldon PLLC, a Washington, DC based firm, has represented individuals in suits against the Air Force and has recovered millions of dollars for those injured due to the negligent acts of the Air Force. For more information or any questions contact us 877-314-1665.

The U.S. Air Force's failure to report the criminal record of Devin Kelley, the man who shot dead 26 people and wounded 20 more at a Texas church, could expose the service to liability, legal experts said.


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.
Air Force Error Allowed Texas Gunman to Buy Weapons

On November 6, 2017, the Air Force admitted to making a serious misstep in failing to enter Mr. Devin Kelley’s felony domestic violence convictions into the national criminal records database. Had the Air Force done so, Mr. Kelley would not have been able to purchase any firearms.

The Air Force could be liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars due to wrongful death, bodily injury, and property damage.

The Air Force admitted that it didn’t enter Devin P. Kelley’s domestic violence court-martial into a database that could have prevented him from buying a gun.


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.


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).

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


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 sexually 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.
The strange case of Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin

Documents reveal a much more complicated case than sensational headlines suggested last year ahead of LIn's April arraignment, revealing questions about whether the government can prove that Lin was a spy at a court martial trial scheduled for March.


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


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.


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

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


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.


Let's go Nats!
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