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Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) Attorneys

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  • Former Assistant District Counsel for the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Represented the Government In Cases Before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
  • Past President, Federal Bar Association
  • MSPB Administrative Judge, Atlanta Regional Office, 1991-2012
  • Past President, Merit Systems Protection Board Professional Association
  • 32 Years of Government Experience

If you are a Federal Employee who has been wrongfully terminated, suspended, demoted, harassed or treated unfairly, you've come to the right place. With over sixty years of combined experience litigating cases before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the MSPB attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC are well-versed in Federal Employment Law and can provide the rigorous representation you'll need in court.

The firm's MSPB practice is headed by attorneys Joyce Kitchens and Stuart Miller.Attorney Stuart Miller served as an Administrative Judge with the Merit Systems Protection Board, Atlanta Regional Office, for 21 years (1991-2012), and also served as Past President of the Merit Systems Protection Board Professional Association. Attorney Joyce Kitchens represented the Department of Veterans Affairs in hundreds of MSPB Appeals cases before beginning private practice representing Federal Employees.

Needless to say, attorneys Kitchens and Stuart are familiar with Federal Employment and MSPB Law inside and out. Whether you are looking for assistance with a Federal Discipline case, Federal Removal or Suspension, a Reduction In Force or MSPB appeal, we can help!

Being wrongfully disciplined or terminated from a federal employment position can no doubt mark a time of tension and strain in your life, and having a skilled lawyer by your side that is familiar with the MSPB process will be essential. If you are dealing with a Federal Employment Law issue, we encourage you to fill out the form to your right or call our firm today for a free case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Types of MSPB Cases We Handle

The MSPB Attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC offer caring, sensitive, professional legal representation and have over 60 years of combined experience prosecuting cases in front of Administrative Judges and filing Petitions for Review to the Board. Below is a brief summary of the types of cases we handle:

Federal DisciplineFederal Discipline: As a government employee, you may be subject to federal disciplinary action if there are allegations of misconduct or lack of performance against you. The disciplinary process will begin with a federal investigation, and then continue with proceedings in federal court. When the court issues a decision, you may have the right as a federal employee to appeal the decision and disciplinary action in MSPB (Merit Systems Protection Board) court.

At Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC, our federal discipline lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience with the MSPB and can support you throughout the process.

Federal Reduction in ForceFederal Reduction in Force: A Federal Reduction In Force, referred to as an RIF, is defined as the complete elimination of a position or multiple positions at a federal agency. This can result from a lack of work, or from an agency's inability to pay employees in a specific position or who perform a certain task. A federal agency can also use Reduction In Force procedures when an employee is forced to downsize due to reorganization, transfer of function, or shortage of funds. At Kitchens New Cleghorn LLC, our attorneys are highly skilled in evaluating the evidence in an RIF case and determining how to defend you in front of an Administrative Judge.

Federal RemovalFederal Removal: A decision to remove an employee from a position at a government agency is a serious matter, but it is important to note that the decision is not necessarily final or irreversible. There are numerous rules and regulations regarding federal removal which must be adhered to, depending on the federal agency and the employee's position. We represent employees in all 50 states and government agencies, and are glad to offer free legal consultations to government employees dealing with removal from their position.

Federal SuspensionFederal Suspension: Federal suspension is a severe federal disciplinary action. By law, a government agency must follow strict regulatory procedures prior to a suspension, such as giving an employee written notice of 30 days before any action is imposed. A failure to adhere to these rules could result in the suspension being overturned by the MSPB court. If you are dealing with a federal suspension, our attorneys can help.

MSPB AppealsMSPB Appeals: All federal employees have the right to appeal a decision to terminate their employment, and there are many grounds for which a federal employee may wish to file an MSPB appeal. This could be due to a Federal Reduction In Force (RIF),federal discipline, removal, suspension, discrimination, or a number of other reasons. At Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC, our attorneys assist clients with their Merit Systems Protection Board appeals from beginning to end.

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Ms. Kitchens represented me in a dispute with the Federal Government and I won my case. After working for a major federal agency for over 25 years, I was a top-level manager faced with a threatening employment dispute. I exhausted all administrative remedies trying to assert my position. When I decided to take legal action, I was prepared to wait for years for a just resolution. This did not happen. Ms. Kitchens moved swiftly with personal involvement and intense interest. She had immediate success. Top executives were scheduled for sworn depositions and things started to happen.....click Here To Read More!

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The matter went to court and it was a pleasure to watch Jeff Cleghorn, a Kitchens, New & Cleghorn, LLC partner, absolutely demolish the opposing counsel. Every argument they brought up by citing irrelevant cases he countered by citing the correct precedent cases and even provided copies of the cases for the judge and the opposing council.

Reviewed on Apr 26
Rating: 5
By: Federal Employee