Ronald (Ron) C. Sykstus


Managing Partner

Huntsville & Decatur, Alabama

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Ronald (Ron) C. Sykstus is the managing partner of Bond, Botes, Sykstus, Tanner & Ezzell, P.C. in Huntsville, Alabama and Decatur, Alabama. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Ron enrolled at the University of Arizona in Tucson for his college education. While in college, he attended the U.S. Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia and, following completion, the U.S. Army offered Ron a full academic ROTC scholarship.  Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation, Mr. Sykstus was placed on educational delay by the U.S. Army in order to attend law school at the Northern Illinois University College of Law in Dekalb, Illinois. He graduated in 1987 with his Juris Doctorate degree. Mr. Sykstus then entered active duty as a Captain with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Ron served at Fort Bliss, Texas as the lead prosecutor for the 11th ADA Division and the 3rd Armored Calvary Brigade and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in El Paso, Texas where he prosecuted criminal cases in federal court.   Ron was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for his service at Fort Bliss.

Mr. Sykstus was subsequently stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama as the Senior Defense Counsel with the U.S. Army’s Trial Defense Service. There, he supervised an office of attorneys that handled all of the courts-martial and security clearance defense at both Fort McClellan, Alabama and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He and his office represented soldiers and officers before military administrative boards and courts-martial panels. Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Ron was awarded another Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for his service throughout Alabama.  Ron then joined the Bond and Botes team of lawyers and has been there ever since.


University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ – BA – Double major in Psychology and Political Science, 1984. 

     U.S. Army ROTC Scholarship recipient 

     Sigma Chi Fraternity member

     Order of Omega recipient.

Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) by the U.S. Army upon graduation and placed on educational delay by the U.S. Army to attend law school

Northern Illinois University College of Law, Dekalb, IL – JD, 1987  

     President, Moot Court Competition Board

     Commencement Speaker

Field Artillery Officer and Legal Advisor, F Troop, 106th Armored Cavalry – Illinois National Guard 

Bar Admissions




Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Court: Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama

U.S. District Court: Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court:  Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee 

U.S. Army Court of Military Review

U.S. Court of Military Appeals

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

U.S.11th Circuit Court of Appeals 

Honors & Awards

AV Preeminent Rating – Martindale Hubbell

Avvo 10.0 Rating

Mid-South and Alabama Super Lawyers

Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification

VA Accredited Attorney by the Department of Veterans Affairs

Best Lawyers in America

Memberships & Affiliations

NACBA – National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

NOVA – National Association of Veterans Advocates

NCMS – Society for Industrial Security Professionals – Mid-South Huntsville, AL chapter

NACA – National Association of Consumer Advocates – Alabama state co-chair


“Bankruptcy – We Wrote the Book on It” – author

“Security Clearance Issues, Problems, Denials and Revocations” – author

“Navigating Legal Issues for Military Veterans” – co-author

“Best Practices for Filing Chapter 13” – co-author

Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Strategies” – co-author

Podcast: “Next Lawyer Up” podcast – host

Legal Seminars & Presentations – Speaker


Conference Name Title Date
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Security Clearance Issues for Debtors in Bankruptcy 2019
Huntsville Madison County Bar Association Lunch and Learn – June 2018 Security Clearance REvocations and Denials 2018
36th Annual Bankruptcy Law Update Security Clearance Issues for Debtors in Bankruptcy 2017
People’s Law School Security Clearance Revocations and Denials 2016
Chapter 13 Trustee CLE Seminar Security Clearances and Bankruptcy 2016
24th Annual National Convention – San Francisco, CA Security Clearance Issues for Debtors in Bankruptcy 2016
NCMS – Society of Industrial Security Professionals Defending Against Security Clearance Revocations 2015
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Webinar When Bankruptcy and Security Clearances Collide 2015
Bradford Health Services Defending Against Security Clearance Revocations 2015
University of Alabama School of Law – Tuscaloosa, Alabama The Practice of Consumer Law 2014
Home Ownership and Fair Housing Seminar Credit Report Issues under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) 2013
Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program Consumer Law Symposium Consumer Law – Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act cases 2012
Military Law Symposium – Huntsville-Madison County Bar VA Disability Claims for Veterans 2011
NAACP/Huntsville Home Ownership and Foreclosure Prevention Workshop Bankruptcy Process and Foreclosure Prevention 2010
People’s Law School Defending against Security Clearance Revocations 2009
NAACP/Huntsville Home Ownership and Foreclosure Prevention Workshop Bankruptcy Process and Foreclosure Prevention 2009
People’s Law School Bankruptcy and Consumer Law 2008
NASHRM Security Clearance Experts Symposium What to do when a Security Clearance doesn’t go through or is revoked? 2007
Bankruptcy Law Update: Keeping Your Client Afloat Alabama Landlord/Tenant Act 2007

Local Charity Participation

NOMA (Not One More Alabama) – Legal Counsel and Volunteer

MCVLP (Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program) – Volunteer

Favorite Local Restaurant

Rosie’s on South Parkway, Huntsville, AL

By the way, from my younger years growing up in Chicago, please take this advice:  If you can find Home Run Inn pizza in the frozen section of your grocery store (Publix, for instance), buy it!  I promise you won’t regret it as this is a top five Chicago pizza!

Favorite Music

Bruce Springsteen.  His music has been the soundtrack to my life.

What I like best about my job

Our work usually has an immediate and long lasting positive impact on our clients and their lives and families.  I love the people that I work with and I also find that I end up often becoming good friends with many of my clients, which is a surprising side benefit of the type of work we do.  

Client Testimonials


Ron Sykstus Restored Order in Our Lives

Posted by Ed and Jan

We had devolved into a desperate financial situation facing adverse legal actions that would permanently and irrevocably ruin the remaining course of our lives. Facing that certainty, we sought counsel from several attorneys. In each case we were clinically and impersonally handed a photocopied workbook [in some cases through a pass-through window] and sent on our way to fill it out. We felt like cattle being prepped for the processing plant. That was the case until, after months of searching, I had the good fortune to hear of Bond, Botes and Sykstus. We called and an appointment was granted not only immediately, but cheerfully. We were courteously guided to Ron’s office and greeted with a vigorous handshake and a warm engaging smile. We were instantly put at ease. Ron listened intently and posed thoughtful relevant questions regarding our situation. After listening he then, both personally and professionally, and with questions focusing the issues, reasoned though potential scenarios, weighing the pros and cons of each for us. I was most surprised how quickly he took ahold of the situation and had intelligent, reasonable solutions to offer. He empathetically assisted us in determining the necessary data collection and input. Our ability to handle the load was quickly determined and we were guided through the process of selecting the most appropriate remedy; and, when chosen, it was initiated immediately. The inevitable multi-year process was a grind, but Ron kept his hand on the helm and maneuvered us through the “storms” along the way, always personally and with a smile and good wish. All culminated in a timely discharge, a full restoration to normalcy and a return for us to the path of life, refreshed and able to resume fully enjoying the wealth of family, the joys of our children and grandchildren as well as the greater purposes that accompany. We were blessed in meeting this man, Ron Sykstus, and are most grateful for his keen intelligence, extraordinary talents and abilities and now; most especially for his continuing friendship. He is a credit to mankind and lends credit and class to the term “Attorney”. Ed and Jan

Successful Security Clearance Client of Ron Sykstus

Posted by Anonymous

I hired Mr. Ron Sykstus to represent me for a hearing to keep my security clearance. Mr. Sykstus was courteous, responsive, thoughtful, and extremely knowledgeable. However, above this, Mr. Sykstus sincerely cared about my hearing and its impact on my career. When he contacted me that my clearance was granted, Mr. Sykstus was genuinely glad that this hearing worked out in my favor. I believe that it is Mr. Sykstus’s sincere commitment to his clients in combination with his professionalism that ensures the best representation one would hope for.

One of the most experienced Attorneys for security clearance cases

Posted by Richard

I had a security clearance case, which was very important for my career and my family, I was fortunate to meet Attorney Ronald Sykstus as he was able to put me on the right path after my first interview with him, he then arranged for my hearing, studied my case very carefully and with confidence and professionalism arranged all the keys for the success of my case, he demonstrated a lot of knowledge, confidence, sincerity and experience during my hearing which turn it into success. 
I was very fortunate he represented me and was able to get my security clearance granted which was very important for my career and family.

Security Clearance Granted!

Posted by Charles

Hiring Ron was the smartest thing my family and I done. He was recommended to me by a local defense attorney, by saying this is the person that can get you through the Department of Defense clearance nightmare. 

At first I questioned the amount of money needed to hire Ron, but after attempting to deal with this on my own, I realized this man has a gift and expertise like no other. He was compassionate to my situation, he listened and was dedicated to see me and my family through this. He knows how to work through the red tape bureaucracy. He made the process easy for me, he was professional and stayed in constant contact with me throughout the entire ordeal. Ron got my family back their livelihood, without him we would have lost everything. 

As defense contractor, having a top secret clearance is required for me to do my job, without it I am no longer unemployable and would have to find another way to provide for my family. 

If anyone reading this has any question of whether its worth paying the money and hiring Ron, let me assure you, IT’S WORTH EVERY PENNY! RON SAVED ME AND MY FAMILY!

Taking care of business

Posted by anonymous 

I started my va claims on my own with no results,Ron had helped me with my bankruptcy case and I remembered he also handled Va cases.Once Ron started my case I felt at ease,because he told me we’ll handle everything and they did, right now I’m at 100%, you can’t ask for any better help and someone that cares

The best in his field

Posted by Dee 

I needed an attorney recently. Ron answered all of my questions and met with me to decide a course of action. He was personable and very knowledgeable. He successfully settled my case in our favor. I was very pleased with every consultation we had from start to finish. Ron handled every detail with excellence and precision. I couldn’t have managed without him, and I have utilized his expertise on more occasions because of the great experience he provided. He is highly recommended and the only attorney we use.

Ron Comes Through For You

Posted by anonymous 

In applying for a security clearance, a situation from 30 years ago became a potential issue. Ron provided clear, expert guidance when I needed it most. He was available in a very timely way and guided me through what could have been a very stressful time. Ron is five stars all the way. I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney.

Great Lawyer!

Posted by anonymous 

I was so glad I found and hired Ron for my lawyer. I was really quite surprised at the fast helpful and professional service he provided. I have never dealt with anyone that was so quick and responsive to any and all questions. Ron restored my faith in humanity by his caring and honest service that really made a big difference. I will be forever thankful for all that he did to help me.

V.A. help

Posted by Shawn  

After being disabled through the military, I spent YEARS trying to get my disability. After getting multiple denials, I finally had to get a lawyer to help. The V.A. seemed to do everything they could to make things as hard on me as possible, and even took 7 years to even get me a hearing scheduled for my case. Without Mr.Sykstus, I would have given up years ago, but he was ALWAYS there to encourage me, and help me stay strong for my family. Mr.Sykstus was more than just a layer but a friend. Without him, I KNOW I would have never made it through. Thanks to him, I won my case, and can finally provide for my family.


Posted by Deshun 

Ron Sykstus is a professional and caring attorney. My process of appeal took close to three years from start to finish and during the entire time Ron Sykstus was helpful and attentive to my needs. Due to distance, I was unable to visit with Attorney Sykstus in-person so all of our case communication and preparations were conducted either by phone or email. Even though our communication means where limited to email or phone by no means subtracted from his exemplary service. Ron displayed expert knowledge of the security clearance revocation process and presented me with a specific plan of attack he thought would be successful. As I stated before this process took close to three years so I was surprised that he kept in touch with me over the long waiting period. It showed me he truly cared about me and my situation and I was not just another case file. In preparation for my hearing, Ron coordinated with me and my witnesses and prepared them for the final hearing before the Administrative Law Judge. At this time he had a torn rotator cuff but it did not deter him from advocating on my behalf. Ron appeared at my final hearing with his arm in a sling, giving the argument of my life and we WON. He won my case and I am now back to work at full duty capacity. Attorney Ron Sykstus is a great attorney and I would recommend him to anyone with a security clearance issue.

Best Bankruptcy Lawyer in the South!

Posted by John  

He was tactful and helped me through this whole ordeal. If I fell behind on a payment we had the patience to help me on that as well. After talking to other people who have gone through this, I have heard how some lawyers try to take advantage of their clients in these tough times. Ron was nothing but understanding and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a bankruptcy or needing advice on one.

Security Clearance GRANTED

Posted by Tim 

As soon as my wife received her Statement of Reasons explaining that her clearance re-investigation was being denied based on guideline F, I began performing an extensive amount of research on who to hire to represent her. I talked to at least 10 other offices before getting a chance to speak with Ron. I knew immediately that he was who we would be hiring. He is very clear and concise from the beginning but also seemed to be way more knowledgeable and reassuring than any of the others. He performed as he said he would throughout the entire process. He was able to get the hearing canceled and have her clearance granted a week before the hearing was to take place and we couldn’t be any happier.

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People’s Law School – Security Clearance and Consumer Law, Part 2

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Office Locations

Bond, Botes, Sykstus, Tanner & Ezzell, P.C.

605 Bank Street

Decatur, AL 35601

Tel: 256.355.2447

Fax: 256.355.6539

Bond, Botes, Sykstus, Tanner & Ezzell, P.C.

225 Pratt Avenue Northeast

Huntsville, AL 35801

Tel: 256.539.9899

Fax: 256.539.9895

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