Government Security Clearance

Gard Law Firm is an experienced law helping people who have been denied a security clearance. We successfully litigated a Department of Defense denial of security clearance based on a prior criminal conviction. Using our well-honed trial skills, we overcame the initial denial of security clearance, which allowed our client to obtain clearance and advance his career.
Some Examples of our efforts:

• Successfully overturned a denial for a former United States Army Colonel who was denied based on failed business investments;
• Successfully overturned a denial of an Egyptian born United States Citizen who was falsely accused of improper foreign ties;
• Successfully overturned a denial for a United States Soldier stationed in Afghanistan who was accused of using drugs; and
• Successfully overturned a denial for a defense contractor who unfortunately got a DUI while holding a security clearance.

What our clients say about us:

On several occasions I have availed myself of the services of Gard Law Firm in cases ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary. In one memorable instance, Jeff went out of his way to assist me in a manner that was above and beyond the call of duty. My experiences with his colleagues reveal them to be insightful and efficient; all have been beyond reproach in matters ethical. In short, I owe Jeff an enduring debt of gratitude. It pleases me to recommend him and his colleagues without reservation.

– Read S.



Information regarding security clearances:

The Defense Security Service (DSS) is the provider of personnel and industrial security services, i.e., security clearances for the Department of Defense.

Individuals cannot apply for a personnel security clearance application. The company they work for determine whether an employee will require access to classified information in performance of his job. Once the company makes this determination, the employee may be processed for a security clearance at the company’s request.

The security clearance process examines a substantial period of a person’s life to make a determination whether the person is an acceptable security risk. To achieve security clearance the individual must meet several security guidelines. The evaluation process weighs a number of factors known as the “whole-person concept.” DSS gathers and evaluates all available, reliable information about the person, past and present, favorable and unfavorable, in reaching a security clearance determination. When an individual’s history shows evidence of unreliability or untrustworthiness, a security clearance may be denied.

An individual whose security clearance has been denied or revoked has the opportunity to appeal the decision. The individual may request a hearing before an administrative judge in order to provide additional information and has the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses who testify against granting a security clearance. The administrative judge will render a decision and, if the decision is to deny or revoke the security clearance, the individual can appeal the decision to the Appeal Board. The Appeal Board will review the case file and render a final decision.

For further information contact:

The Department of Defense Security Services Center, 1-888-282-7682, or via the internet at:

Please Note

All of the cases, set forth above are for purposes of example, and are not and should not be construed as a guarantee or predictor of future result.