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.

09/13/2018

A PRB recommendation to disenroll a NROTC midshipman who had been found to have s*xually assaulted another midshipman was reversed and a new PRB was initiated. A new PRB was held on September 12, 2018 at Villanova University, and, after Mr. Sheldon presented the case, the the Midshipman was recommended for probation and will be commissioned.

Unsung Heroes: U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps: dedicated public servants may face the prospects of mass t...
09/12/2018
White House wants to cut this public health service corps by nearly 40 percent

Unsung Heroes: U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps: dedicated public servants may face the prospects of mass terminations. Our office represents many PHS officers facing various administrative actions. If you are one of these, do not wait to contact us before you make any elections regarding your rights. The firm stands ready to assist you in preserving your livelihood and your career.

The administration wants to cut the size of the U.S. Public Health Service from 6,500 officers to "no more than 4,000."

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

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.

Save Our Heroes’ Project Files State Bar Complaint and Notifies Senate Armed Services Committee re Unlawful Command In...
05/02/2018
Save Our Heroes’ Project Files State Bar Complaint and Notifies Senate Armed Services Committee re Unlawful Command Influence of Navy Judge Advocate General, Admiral James Crawford - Save Our Heroes

Save Our Heroes’ Project Files State Bar Complaint and Notifies Senate Armed Services Committee re Unlawful Command Influence of Navy Judge Advocate General, Admiral James Crawford - Save Our Heroes

Save Our Heroes’ Project Files State Bar Complaint and Notifies Senate Armed Services Committee re Unlawful Command Influence of Navy Judge Advocate General, Admiral James Crawford In October of 2017, Save Our Heroes Project...

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

Many people have questioned whether or not a lawsuit could be brought against the United States Air Force due to the neg...
11/14/2017
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.

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.

On November 6, 2017, the Air Force admitted to making a serious misstep in failing to enter Mr. Devin Kelley’s felony ...
11/07/2017
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 fi****ms.

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.

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).

West Point Superintendent responds: We’re investigating Spenser Rapone and we will address former professor’s open l...
10/13/2017
West Point Superintendent responds: We’re investigating Spenser Rapone and we will address former professor’s open letter | American Military News

West Point Superintendent responds: We’re investigating Spenser Rapone and we will address former professor’s open letter | American Military News

The Superintendent of West Point Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., released a letter on Wednesday. The letter begins to address many concerns about what has taken place at West Point in light of revelations about 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, who is an apparent socialist and communist spre...

08/29/2017
DoD Clarifies Liberal Consideration for Veterans

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

Keith Barry’s s*x assault case puts 2 Navy admirals under investigation
06/20/2017
Keith Barry’s s*x assault case puts 2 Navy admirals under investigation

Keith Barry’s s*x assault case puts 2 Navy admirals under investigation

The nation’s highest military court on Monday sided with a decorated Navy SEAL and ordered an investigation into whether top Navy admiral lawyers at the Pentagon illegally interfered in his case to ensure a conviction on a s*xual assault charge.

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.

The strange case of Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin
01/24/2017
The strange case of Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin

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.

New push to help veterans have discharges, military records reviewed
12/30/2016
New push to help veterans have discharges, military records reviewed

New push to help veterans have discharges, military records reviewed

For veterans who believe they have experienced an error or injustice regarding their discharge and military record, the Department of Defense announced Friday renewed commitment to have them reviewed.

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