U.S. Army (Major) - Board of Inquiry
I was looking to retain a Defense Attorney for a Military Board of Inquiry (BOI) that was constituted based on an Article 15 and General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR) that had been levied on me and placed in my Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). This was based on statements that were of of inappropriate nature. These types of accusations (whether unfounded or not) can cost you a lot more than just a career, they can cost you your benefits. I have over 15 years Active Duty and have served in the Gulf War, Iraq three times, and Afghanistan.
I found Mr. Gapasin online after speaking to a few others. I found him to be genuine and trustworthy and that he was a person with a willingness to help (not just fees). He immediately requested an extension to my hearing and we began putting our case together. He gathered my facts rather quickly and began composing my witnesses and making his recommendations as to who should be present, be telephonic, and/or provide character statements; to include the reasons why. He made it a point to make a recommendation to strategies, but always asked ME what I thought about the idea. He was definitely "Customer" focused.
The day prior to the hearing Mr. Gapasin arrived and met with me and we finalized our game plan. This guy listens and absorbs like a spung...The next day at the hearing we arrived at the BOI and commenced with opening statements, I was astounded with his delivery. He cross examined all of the prosecution's witness and discredited all of them; as the Board Members (by perception) believed they were fabricating their accounts of the facts.
The end result was ultimately receiving an Involuntary Separation with an Honorable Discharge and without any Personal Misconduct on my behalf. The Separation was truly unavoidable as the Military is cutting down on manpower and I had derogatory information in my OMPF. This case was a WIN.
Being represented with Mr. Gapasin's wit, intuition, and professionalism this all was possible. He is astounding in the courtroom and his characterization of being an astute Defense Attorney is his claim to fame.
Thank you Ernesto, for your candidness, believing in me, and your professionalism!!!