Security Clearance Lawyer


Many government and private employers require that their employees hold and keep a secret or top-secret security clearance issued by the federal government for their jobs. Of course, all military service members are also required to hold and retain, at a minimum, a secret security clearance and, oftentimes, a top-secret security clearance.  There are areas of the country, notably Washington, D.C., Chicago, California and Huntsville, Alabama, where the lack of a security clearance can pose a real and substantial hardship on someone trying to get a good paying job. This is especially the case where approximately 65% of all the work done in many of these locations requires access to classified material through either a public trust, secret, top-secret, or nuclear security clearance. As a former U.S. Army active-duty and reserve Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer, I have successfully handled security clearance cases for several years, covering all areas of concern to the government to include financial considerations, drug involvement, alcohol consumption, personal conduct, criminal conduct, sexual behavior, foreign influence, foreign preference, misuse of information technology and security violations.  A link to my biography is here. 

I work with my security clearance clients through the initial stages of the process with a client interview and discussion, evaluation, responses to problematic and concerning SF 86 questions, answers to interrogatories, a formal reply and response to a Department of Hearings Office of Appeals (DOHA) Statement of Reasons and intent to revoke a clearance and all administrative hearings before administrative law judges.  My goal with all of my security clearance clients is to put their clearance issues to rest at the lowest possible level.  I am keenly aware of the importance of a security clearance for both a military career and government and civilian contractor employment in order to allow people to do work that they are proud of, while maintaining good paying jobs that allows them to adequately and comfortably take care of their families.  I get to know my clients well over time on a personal level and each of my clients has immediate access to me at all times through email and my personal cell phone number.  The situation where a clearance and/or job is being revoked and lost is very stressful and the waiting time and worry can take a very real toll on people and their families.  You can read former client reviews by a number of satisfied security clearance clients that I have helped in the past.

National Security Clearance Help

As an attorney licensed to practice law in Alabama, Illinois, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and a number of federal courts to include the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, I represent security clearance clients throughout the entire United States and the world.  I can help anyone who has any type of security clearance issue, concern, or potential denial and revocation regardless of where you live or work. 

If you would like to contact me to discuss your situation, please feel free to email me by clicking here.

You can also call me at any of my office locations:

Huntsville, Alabama: (256) 713-0221

Chicago, Illinois: (312) 796-0163

Nashville, Tennessee: (615) 590-3478

Washington, D.C.  (202) 851-2919        

If you have received a Statement of Reasons (SOR) to revoke or deny your security clearance from your Facility Security Officer (FSO), please feel free to contact me anytime (day, night or weekends) to discuss.   Likewise, if you need to answer your SF 86 and have concerns about some of the questions and your proposed answers, please contact me immediately as well. If you have any worries or concerns or if your clearance looks like it will be denied or revoked, I find it to be most helpful if I am involved in the security clearance process as early as possible. Time is usually of the essence with security clearance issues and I can be available immediately to help you.   

All of my prospective clients who do a paid consultation with me will receive a free e-copy of my book, Security Clearance Issues, Problems, Denials and Revocations.  This book is also available for purchase at Amazon.


As a veteran who was awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, I know what it means to serve and what it means to have and to keep a security clearance and how important it is to a person’s work and livelihood.  You will have my solemn and sincere promise that I will treat your security clearance situation as if I was helping a member of my own family. Please feel free to review some of my most viewed blog posts that focus on security clearance issues below.  Thank you and I look forward to helping you. Ron Sykstus

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