Foreign Service

Foreign Service

Washington, D.C. Attorneys for Foreign Service Officers

HANNON LAW GROUP is one of few law firms that concentrates on representing Foreign Service Officers. Attorney J. Michael Hannon started representing FSOs and their families over 25 years ago. Since our founding in 2006, we have continued to represent FSOs of all levels—from untenured officers to Ambassadors—in a wide range of cases, some of them unimaginable to the ordinary citizen. We know that FSOs face unique challenges unlike those encountered in domestic service, and we have experience working with the State Department, USAID, Commerce, Agriculture, and other agencies, both in Washington, D.C. and abroad.

The attorneys at HANNON LAW GROUP have represented FSOs in agency proceedings, EEO matters, appeals to the Foreign Service Grievance Board, and in federal courts. Some examples of the issues our cases have involved include:

  • Discipline
  • Separation
  • Whistleblowing
  • Discrimination
  • EEO
  • OIG investigations
  • OCR investigations
  • Security clearances
  • Tenure violations
  • Pattern of Assignment violations
  • Bid procedures
  • Curtailments
  • Performance evaluations
  • Low-ranking
  • Financial matters
  • Agency debt collections
  • Criminal investigations
  • Voucher fraud
  • Gifts from foreign dignitaries
  • Employee benefits

Our attorneys are members of the American Foreign Service Association’s panel of counsel. HANNON LAW GROUP also serves as panel counsel with Admiral Insurance Company, representing FSOs through Admiral’s professional liability coverage at no cost to the employee. In addition, potential clients should be aware that the Foreign Service Act has a fee-shifting provision that in some cases can result in the agency paying the employee’s legal fees. Be sure to ask our attorneys if either of these considerations apply to your case.

More Information on Our Legal Services for Foreign Service Officers

Please contact HANNON LAW GROUP for more information on our legal services for Foreign Service Officers. Based in Washington, D.C. we represent FSOs worldwide.