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McAdoo Gordon & Associates, P.C.

1140 19th Street, N.W.

Suite 602

Washington, DC  20036

 

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Books for Sale

     Leslie's new book:

The Top 25 "Quick Questions" About Security Clearance ANSWERED!,

is now for sale on Amazon.

     Learn the answers to the questions most frequently asked about the clearance process.

Consultations

     Sometimes you don't have a case against you yet, but you know you have an issue, or you wonder if an issue will turn into a problem, or if it will keep you from getting cleared, or you want to game out a strategy to address a problem proactively.

     In those situations, you need solid legal advice. McAdoo Gordon & Associates, P.C. offers a legal consultation service to help you plan and strategize your situation.  Call or email to get an appointment to begin addressing your issue.

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Our Practice Areas

Criminal Defense, Expungements, & Investigations

We handle all kinds of criminal cases in DC, Maryland & Virginia, in the state & federal courts.  We often handle gun charges, false statements, & expungement.

We also represent clients in all forms of investigations - OIGs, Congressional, & all federal law enforcement (FBI, DS, DEA, etc.)

Security Clearances

We handle security clearance cases and appeals before all federal agencies - DOHA, NSA, CIA, DIA, State, FBI, White House, NRO, Energy, and many others. 

 

We also give advice about filling out the background investigation forms (SF85, 85P and 86) and navigating the investigation process.

Federal Employee Discipline & Removal

We handle employee discipline cases at all federal agencies - proposals to remove, suspend, demote or otherwise punish.

We also appeal cases to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) or pursue agency grievances, depending upon what right of review the law authorizes in your case.

Suspension & Debarment

We handle debarment cases before all federal agencies, including the Air Force, DLA, Army, Commerce, HUD, & HHS.

We also litigate cases under the Administrative Procedures Act  to challenge agency decisions, regulations, & adjudications, & we defend companies sued for misappropriation of trade secrets & under the False Claims Act.

Attorney Discipline

We handle attorney discipline cases for lawyers being investigated or proposed for punishment under the Rules of Professional Conduct in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

We also provide advice and guidance to attorneys with issues concerning the ethics rules.

Security Clearance Resources

Adjudication Guidelines

     The Adjudicative Guidelines for security clearances are publicly available. 

You can find them here:  Guidelines

DOHA decisions

     The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals publishes its decisions. 

 

You can find them here:  Decisions.

Contractors Seeking Facility Security Clearance

     The Defense Security Service has a handbook to help contractors understand the FCL process. 

 

You can find the link to the handbook here:  Handbook

Requesting Your OPM Background Investigation

     OPM runs the National Background Investigations Bureau where you can request your prior OPM investigations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

 

The page to start your request is here:  Request

     You can find additional information about security clearances on our blog and on our Resources page.

Attorney Leslie McAdoo Gordon

Biography

           Leslie McAdoo Gordon is a 1996 cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. 

           She is admitted to practice law in:

  • Maryland, the District of Columbia, & Virginia,

  • the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,

  • the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland,

  • the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia,

  • the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia,

  • the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and

  • the United States Supreme Court.

   

       Ms. McAdoo Gordon practices before all the federal agencies in security clearance, debarment, & employee discipline cases.

          Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. McAdoo Gordon was a Special Agent at the Department of Defense, conducting background investigations for security clearance.

            Ms. McAdoo Gordon has taught numerous courses about security clearances and expungment law to various bar associations & groups and has testified as a expert in security clearances.

            Ms. McAdoo Gordon was recognized as a Top Lawyer in National Security Law by Washingtonian magazine, December 2015 Edition.

New Book: The Top 25 "Quick Questions" About Security Clearances ANSWERED!

     This new book answers the 25 most asked questions that Leslie gets about the security clearance process.  It includes topics such as:

     * Whether the investigator will interview your ex-wife or husband.

     * Whether members of the LGBTQ community can be cleared.

     * Whether a bad credit score will keep you from getting cleared.

     * Whether going to AA is a problem when applying for clearance.

     * Whether the investigator will look at your social media.

    And 20 more!  Plus a bonus chapter.

Coming Soon . . .

A second book is in the works about whether you can get cleared if you have certain issues in your background investigation, such as . . .

     bankruptcy    foreclosure

               

                 unpaid taxes

     not registering for

     Selective Service

                  being fired from a job

a less than Honorable discharge

     and more.

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