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Heyl Royster has a proud tradition of supporting our nation's military. Our lawyers and staff have served in every branch of the U.S. military, including the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. Our lawyers have served as judge advocates (JAG lawyers), supply officers, intelligence officers, artillerymen, mechanics, submariners, Audie Murphy Club NCOs, and in reconnaissance and combat infantry. Our attorneys have been honor graduates at basic military training and technical school, as well as military authors, speakers and volunteers.

The chair of our Military Law Practice is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command & Staff College, and Air War College with an Excellence distinction. He has been involved for many years with the Veterans Legal Clinics at the John Marshall University in Chicago and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He is the author or co-author of several books and articles, including for example the Legal Guide for Military Families (ABA/Random House 2013); Servicemember and Veterans Rights (Matthew Bender 2011); Military Service and the Law (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2009); and Finding Your Way Around the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (Illinois Bar Journal 2007). He has been competitively selected multiple times as an Illinois "Leading Lawyer" in military law.

Another of our practice group members is the author of a number of books addressing military topics, such as (1) U.S. Cold War Aircraft Carriers: Forrestal, Kitty Hawk and Enterprise; (2) The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet & EA-18G Growler: A Developmental and Operational History; S-3 Viking in Action; US Navy F-4 Phantomk II MiG Killers Parts 1 and 2; Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carriers; (3) Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar: First Grumman Cat of the Jet Age; Boeing F/A-18 Hornet – Warbird Tech Vol. 31; and McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk.

Heyl Royster offers a broad range of defense, litigation, and administrative services to current and former military personnel, including:

  • Courts-Martial defense – General, Special, Summary
  • Application to and Hearings before the Board of Corrections of Military Records
  • Discharge Characterization Upgrade
  • Nonjudicial Punishment under UCMJ Article 15
  • Inspector General Investigation
  • Command Directed Investigation
  • Fraud, Waste and Abuse Allegations
  • Board of Inquiry
  • Discharge Board
  • Flying Evaluation Board
  • Accident Investigation Board
  • Safety Investigation Board
  • Medical Decredentialing Board
  • Medical Evaluation Board
  • Physical Evaluation Board
  • Officer Grade Determinations
  • Demotions
  • Letters of Admonishment, Reprimand and Counseling
  • Article 138 Complaints
  • Congressional Inquiries
  • Officer and Enlisted Promotion Propriety Action (Redlining)
  • Denial of Reenlistment
  • Unlawful Command Influence
  • Unfavorable Information Files and Control Rosters
  • Uniform Code of Military Justice Actions
  • Department of Defense Policy and Instructions
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA)
  • Debarment
  • Pretrial Confinement and Restraint
  • Pretrial Agreements and Immunity
  • Reserve and Guard Affairs
  • Federal Magistrate's Court
  • Free Speech, Religious Rights and Political Activities
  • Joint Ethics Regulation
  • Lautenberg Amendment
  • Line of Duty Determination
  • Urinalysis
  • Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) and Rules of Engagement
  • Conscientious Objection
  • Health Professions Scholarship Program
  • Recoupment
  • Civil Service Disciplinary and Employment Actions


  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, John Marshall Law School (2014) - View Here