Washington, D.C. Attorneys for Foreign Service Officers

Foreign Service Officers Building in DC

HANNON LAW GROUP is one of few law firms that concentrates on representing Foreign Service Officers (FSO). Attorney J. Michael Hannon started representing FSOs and their families over 25 years ago. Since our founding in 2006, we have represented FSOs of all levels in a wide range of cases. From untenured officers to Ambassadors. Some of them unimaginable to the ordinary citizen.

We know that Foreign Service Officers face unique challenges unlike those encountered in domestic service. Our attorneys represent FSOs in agency proceedings, EEO matters, appeals to the Foreign Service Grievance Board, and in federal courts. And we have extensive experience working with the State Department, USAID, Commerce, Agriculture, and other agencies, both in Washington, D.C. and abroad.

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. As a result, 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.

Contact us for more information on our legal services for
Foreign Service Officers

While we are based in Washington, D.C. we represent FSOs worldwide.