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5.0/5.0

I reached out to John 'Jack' B. Gately during my Medical Board process back in 2012, an extremely low point in my life. Jack listened to all of my issues, concerns and goals for the outcome of the MEB/PEB. ...

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Client 2019/06/06

5.0/5.0

I first contacted John once I was notified by my providers that I was going to be put up for a MEB. I quickly began to research different lawyers with proper experience. Upon doing my search a few things that stood...

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Client 2019/04/25

5.0/5.0

Military Law. I went to the JAG lawyers and rest reassured that my case will win in my favor as a result of all my injuries and also the VA has me at 100% rating. After attending court with the JAG lawyers, I was...

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Client 2019/04/18

5.0/5.0

He is a great lawyer and knows his facts! He was able to get me the rating I deserved and continues to help me now even after 10 years have gone by. He cares about what happens to me and my family and continues to...

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Client 2019/04/16

5.0/5.0

I worked with Mr. Gately on my MEB case he was very knowledgeable in all aspects of my case. I highly recommend him to anyone going through a MEB case.

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Client 2019/04/15

5.0/5.0

I am in the Coast Guard and was having exceptional career and then was faced with an injury and had to go through the Med Board process that was very stressful and was not sure who to contact. Than I talked to...

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Client 2019/04/15

5.0/5.0

Jack, You have been such a phenomenal resource for my wife and I from day one. When I reached out to you, I was in a very low place in my life. Your calm demeanor, expertise, and empathy gave me hope that we could...

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Client 2019/04/15

5.0/5.0

Working with John was the key to my medical board success. We worked together and reached a very favorable outcome for myself. My PEBLO stated he'd never seen a case come back from the board so favorable for the...

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Client 2019/04/11

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately is extremely well versed in Military Disability Law. I unequivocally recommend him for the toughest cases. His professional presence, demeanor, and expertise are unparalleled. I hired Mr. Gately for my...

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Client 2019/04/10

5.0/5.0

Being at the lowest point in my life dealing with a medical injury during my service in the military, I didn't know where to turn. After extensive research, I found Jack. My family and I were so frustrated with...

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Client 2019/04/07

5.0/5.0

I can’t thank Mr. Gately enough! At first I was skeptical about hiring a lawyer to represent me during my Medboard. I now know it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Going through this MED BOARD...

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Client 2019/02/28

5.0/5.0

Hiring Jack allowed me to regain some peace of mind during this stressful process. Jack, listened and was accommodating to my medical conditions by meeting me face to face even on weekends and he carefully...

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Client 2019/02/10

5.0/5.0

I found Jack after an extensive search. He was easily the most knowledgeable and responsive attorney I had spoke with. Jack was there throughout the entire process, knew every move to make, and all the players...

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Client 2019/02/06

5.0/5.0

I was referred to Mr Gately by a fellow servicemember who was being medically retired, so when I was preparing to retire I contacted the counselor. Retirement was delayed a year and Mr Gately waited patiently and,...

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Client 2019/02/04

5.0/5.0

John Gately guided me through a formal military PEB process in December 2018. His expertise in regard to the Navy's rules and regulations and his extensive experience with the people and the process were invaluable...

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Client 2019/01/24

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately is a passionate attorney who will go out of his way to help veterans. He will tell you if you in fact need his assistance or not. My experience with him so far has been perfect. I say this because I...

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Client 2019/01/03

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gatley is an amazing lawyer he looks out for his clients and cares how they are doing during the whole PEB process, he checked in on me just to chat and say hi from time to time because the PEB process can be...

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Client 2019/01/02

5.0/5.0

Steer clear from generalist attorneys and retain a specialist in this area like Mr. Gately. Mr. Gately has represented me for two years during my MEB case, TDRL to PDRL review (moved to PDRL after the first review,...

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Client 2018/10/23

5.0/5.0

Jack is a seasoned practitioner; knowledgeable with MEB procedures. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my case. Jack's attention to detail is second to none. Worth the amount paid for representation. Bravo...

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Client 2018/10/20

5.0/5.0

Mr. John B. Gately is an outstanding and very competent lawyer. I have nothing but praise for his dedication to his clients throughout the military medical board and subsequent VA process. I hired him early on in...

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Client 2018/10/13

5.0/5.0

Hiring Jack to help me get through the MEB and PEB process was the best decision I could have made. I was immediately impressed with his level of professionalism and service during a difficult med board process. He...

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Client 2018/10/09

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately is a ridiculously competent lawyer that will be there to defend you when curve balls come your way. He will undoubtedly know all your options and who the key players are. I hired him early on in the...

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Client 2018/10/09

5.0/5.0

Hire John early in the process. He was able to help me get my CON-Leave approved and transfer to the WTB within the first month. John then helped me get through the PEB and MEB. I received ratings of 60 percent DOD...

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Client 2018/10/08

5.0/5.0

I give my absolute strongest recommendation to John. The med board process is terrifying, there are just too many steps and too much information to go at it alone. I hired John right before my flight doc initiated...

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Client 2018/09/19

5.0/5.0

Like many people I did not want to go through a PEB/MEB, or be discharged. As a Medical Officer I knew, based on my condition, it was inevitable. The real issue was how to best handle the proceedings. As a PHS...

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Client 2018/08/29

5.0/5.0

Jack is outstanding, knows his stuff, will fight for you and do way more that the status quo!! Would definitely recommend hiring Jack even if you think that you don't need a lawyer. Remember, JAGs work for the...

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Client 2018/08/04

5.0/5.0

John Gately, an attorney highly recommended in the PEB community, was invaluable as a legal consult. Mr. Gately expeditiously reviewed my case (on a federal holiday, no less!), and returned a fair and thorough...

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Client 2018/07/15

5.0/5.0

My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after less than one year of active duty...She was devastated and we were lost in a medical and military quagmire. Retaining Mr. Gately allowed us to focus on our...

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Client 2018/06/29

5.0/5.0

After serving 15+ years in the Coast Guard, and being traumatically injured in the line of duty, Jack has been with our family every step of the way during the MEB process, the VA process, CRSC, TSGLI claim,...

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Client 2018/06/28

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately is truly a life saver when it came time for me to go through the medical board process. I had some serious injuries in the Army, and was not given adequate post operation care to recover properly. The...

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Client 2018/06/09

5.0/5.0

I am an attorney myself but when I was confronting the Navy PEB process, I knew I needed Mr. Gately. His professionalism and vast expertise in the military PEB process was instrumental in securing the best...

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Client 2018/05/24

5.0/5.0

It was Mr. Gately’s nearly 30 years of working within the MEB and PEB process that gave him the experience to build a solid case. The formal board had no defense against their own inaccuracies and failure to...

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Client 2018/05/10

5.0/5.0

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Client 2018/05/01

5.0/5.0

Hiring Jack was one of the best decisions I could have ever made when I found out I was going before a Medical Review Board in the USAF. He is always very attentive, knowledgeable and professional. Without a doubt...

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Client 2018/04/20

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately was very helpful in my case. He reviewed my case quickly and was very honest with me about my findings and gave great advice that it would be at my best interest not to try to appeal it, so he didn’t...

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Client 2018/03/13

5.0/5.0

I hired Jack early in the MEB process and doing this provided me with the guidance and information needed to get the result I wanted. The lawyers provided to us for free only provide guidance when results come...

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Client 2018/02/13

5.0/5.0

Mister Gately greatly changed our lives. His dedication and intelligence provided a strategic win. Without his help my family wouldn't have health insurance or the veterans benefits they deserve. Thank you Jack!!!!

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Client 2018/02/09

5.0/5.0

I wish that I would have found Jack earlier in the MEB process. I would have saved so much frustration and uncertainty by having someone there to advocate on my behalf. Though I found him late in the process,...

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Client 2018/01/24

5.0/5.0

Hiring Jack was like taking out an insurance policy with the smartest PEB attorney in the business. I’ve retained other attorneys in the past and felt like I was bothering them if I called to ask a question. Not...

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Client 2018/01/23

5.0/5.0

Jack is a fantastic lawyer and counselor in every sense of the word. Receiving word that your retirement is about to be cancelled is alarming, but Jack helped put our family at ease as he all but guaranteed a more...

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Client 2018/01/11

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately took my case BEFORE the MEB occurred, which was very beneficial (other military disability attorneys didn't want my case until an MEB was convened). He stayed on my case through the IPEB, TDRL, and...

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Client 2018/01/08

5.0/5.0

The Lord sent me a savior, Mr. Gately. From the initial contact Mr. Gately was professional, honest, and provided encouragement at a time where I was the lowest. Exactly what I needed at that time. After...

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Client 2017/11/30

5.0/5.0

Jack was instrumental in me receiving the highest ratings possible despite the numerous administrative and bureaucratic pitfalls in the PEB system. His keen understanding of how to develop a strong disability case...

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Client 2017/11/03

5.0/5.0

Before I hired Jack, I did a lot of research into Navy PEB attorneys across the country due to the nature and complexity of my case. What I found was a lot of attorneys who said they know the process and system but...

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Client 2017/10/31

5.0/5.0

Once received the news that I would be going through the military medical board process, I knew I needed guidance. My father recommended Mr. Gately and I decided to give him a call. It ended up being the best...

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Client 2017/09/25

5.0/5.0

A MUST HAVE ATTORNEY!!!!! Please call Mr. John B Gately!!! He has been my saving grace over this entire process of being medically retired from the Military. He has made this a quick and stress free process. Do...

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Client 2017/09/21

5.0/5.0

Jack spent the time to deliberately decode the MED/PEB, VA process into reasonable segments. With Jack's help, he steered me away from incorrect advice from my PEBLO & DoD doctors. Not only did my final rating turn...

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Client 2017/06/29

5.0/5.0

With Mr. Gatley's expertise and knowledge I received better than anticipated results on my MEP/PEB and VA claims.

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Client 2017/06/29

5.0/5.0

Jack Gately is an exceptional attorney that provided tremendous guidance and support to prepare for the Final Physical Evaluation Board. We met and discussed my case, he asked questions and I provided my election...

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Client 2017/06/19

5.0/5.0

Jack Gately’s expertise and dedication to my case was exceptional. Jack represented me in my USCG FPEB. He diligently worked with me on my case, which made for an excellent outcome. He will make the difference in...

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Client 2017/06/15

5.0/5.0

Altruistic. Dedicated. Brilliant planner. Amazing preparation and improv skills. John 'Jack' Gately, became a mentor to my wife and myself. He stopped at nothing. QUICK STORY: He was severely injured and foregone...

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Client 2017/04/20

5.0/5.0

Jack is a great asset to have on your team. He helped me with my Coast Guard disability claim and won my case. By the ends of my hearing the Coast Guard's representative's closing argument was that they agreed with...

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Client 2016/05/27

5.0/5.0

My initial goal was to be found unfit (PTSD) at the Navy PEB. I was shocked when I found out that I had been found fit. I called Jack and he agreed to work with me. He helped me gather medical and nonmedical...

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Client 2016/04/04

5.0/5.0

WOW! Absolutely wonderful from start to finish. I appointed Jack as my attorney once my IPEB results were in. Pricing is very fair & covers the entire process w/ no hidden fees. Jack took me thru the FPEB process &...

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Client 2016/03/03

5.0/5.0

Jack Gately represented me while I was on active duty for an admin discharge board. He was very savvy and new his stuff. Through his tenatious work, I was able to finish my military career and retire with an...

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Client 2015/10/24

5.0/5.0

John has helped my son and I through the Medical Discharge process with the Coast Guard and I would have to say there is no way we would have made it through with out him. There is no road map and the Coast Guard...

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Client 2015/08/11

5.0/5.0

Mr. Jack Gately is a dedicated professional that worked with me from before inception, even prior to my MEB, through my PEB (effectively obtaining two significant increases to both my DoD and VA ratings), and will...

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Client 2015/03/09

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately was very personable and professional. A joy to be around and be represented by. He was able to take my case and be successful in minimal time.

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Client 2015/01/18

5.0/5.0

The absolute most wonderful attorney possible. He spent so much time on my case, and honestly became one of my great friends. My family loves him as well for taking such good care of us. I would be totally lost...

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Client 2015/01/08

5.0/5.0

Best phone call we ever made! Jack Gately knows more about the MEB process and the VA than anyone else you will ever meet. As a reservist hurt on active duty, I had been in a limbo status/fight with my unit for...

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Client 2015/01/05

5.0/5.0

Can't stress it enough. Get an attorney BEFORE you enter the MEB/PEB process. Mr. Gately provided me the right information on time, so the outcome of my case was what was right for me. Mr. Gately treated me with...

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Client 2014/12/03

5.0/5.0

At a time where assistance was sparse and fear of the unknown abundant, finding Jack provided a beacon of hope. Throughout this entire process of reviewing years of medical files, preparing documentation, and...

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Client 2014/10/24

5.0/5.0

John Gately represented me 2 times for Military Medical Boards. He was very well prepared for both cases. He made what would have been a very difficult case to win with the JAG Lawyer, previously provided to me, a...

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Client 2014/10/19

5.0/5.0

Hiring John Gately was the best decision I ever made in my military career. John Gately displayed superior knowledge with the U.S. Coast Guard Physical Evaluations Board especially with Reserve members. Mr. Gately...

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Client 2014/09/26

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately is a very knowledgeable and personable attorney. He did very diligent and thorough technical research into my case to support the VA and DOD ratings I deserved for my medical conditions. You won't find...

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Client 2014/07/01

5.0/5.0

If you are in the military or a Veteran, then you know how to follow instructions. If you need help getting the benefits you deserve, then Mr. Gately is the attorney for you. If you can follow simple instructions...

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Client 2014/05/31

5.0/5.0

During the medical evaluation board process it was extremely stressful, from medical issues to complicated regulations I didn't understand, and it seemed as though I was alone. John Gately was a prayer answered...

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Client 2014/03/19

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately's level of professionalism, responsiveness, and quality of service is unequaled. I always advise people who are faced with a challenging Military Medical Evaluation Board to hire Mr. Gately without...

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Client 2014/02/09

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately's responsiveness, level of professionalism, and results are unequaled. I strongly advise people who are faced with a Military Medical Board to hire Mr. Gately. Mr. Gately has won every part of my medical...

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Client 2014/02/09

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately is a AWESOME lawyer. He fought my fight even after everything was said and done with the military. He went out of his way to file my VA application as well. Even assisted me with filing with social...

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Client 2014/01/29

5.0/5.0

John is a true professional. He is attentive, caring, and involved. Having him represent my husband has made all the difference.

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Client 2014/01/29

5.0/5.0

Jack is a not only a great lawyer but also a great person. He is honest and cares more for his clients than he does about anything else. He is straight forward and you know what he thinks and where he stands....

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Client 2014/01/28

5.0/5.0

I have retained Mr Gately for several of my business ventures. He is extremely resourceful and most definitely does not give up no matter how difficult the job looks. He has an uncanny ability to come up with...

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Client 2014/01/28

5.0/5.0

John was very responsive. He expedited the matter for which he was hired as he understood our dire circumstances. Time was of the essence. His ability to quickly navigate the labyrinth of Military Disability Law...

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Client 2014/01/27

5.0/5.0

I cannot speak highly enough of Mr. Gately! I sent him a very difficult case to begin with and he won it on appeal after fighting with the military for 5 years. He was paid an agreed lump sum upfront and never came...

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Client 2014/01/27

5.0/5.0

Retaining Mr. Gately (Jack) was the single wisest decision I made during my military medical retirement proceeding. He represented my case in an articulate, astute and highly professional manner. He thoroughly...

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Client 2014/01/27

5.0/5.0

Mr. Gately is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate. He goes out of his way to help, and is always accessible to thoroughly answer any questions. His attention to detail and persistence are...

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Client 2014/01/27

5.0/5.0

My wife had to go through a medical board. We found Mr. Gately relatively late in the process, but he provided amazing support and insight throughout the informal and formal boards. In the end, he exceeded our...

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Client 2014/01/27

5.0/5.0

Friendly and personable

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Client 2014/01/27

5.0/5.0

John Gately was a prodigious and paramount asset when dealing with the VA and Navy upon my medical retirement. He helped navigate me through the appeals processes and with the medical retirement process when the...

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Client 2014/01/26

5.0/5.0

Worth his weight in gold. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to have been represented by Mr. Gately. {newline}Thank you so much for everything.

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Client 2014/01/26

5.0/5.0

Jack is an incredible attorney who is always thinking ahead and able to predict PEB/VA/SS reactions and moves to nullify them ahead of time.He is respected by the board members and is the best of the best. He is...

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Client 2014/01/26

5.0/5.0

John Gately is professional and persuasive. He will give you an honest consultation with goals that you can expect. He fights for your rights as a disabled veteran or service member and gets the finding he...

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Client 2014/01/26

5.0/5.0

John Gately is the real deal. My husband was put up for a medical board to be discharged from the military. We found Mr. Gately. He spoke with us at length about my husband’s case and took the case right away....

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Client 2013/02/08

4.8/5.0

I would like to take a moment to thank Jack Gately for all of his hard work, and brag on him for a minute. Eight months ago I found out I was to go through USAR MEB board for injuries that occurred in 2010, and...

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Client 2018/09/04

4.8/5.0

He provided sound expert advice on my DES/PEB/TDRL case over the past 4 years via limited phone comms even though I didn't hire him.He answered the tough '5% questions' that allowed me to make correct, critical...

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Client 2018/06/17

4.8/5.0

Friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and experienced in the extreme, John Gately is the expert you want on your side. You won't find a better attorney when it comes to military disability law. If you're currently...

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Client 2018/05/09

4.8/5.0

If you are going through a PEB or MEB, you will want Jack as your representation. Jack helped guide me through exactly whhich types of documentation I needed from my employer, physicians and family members. His...

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Client 2017/09/25

4.8/5.0

Jack helped me immensely during my medical Performance Evaluation Board (PEB) for the Marines. I knew something was wrong when the Marine Corps, after two major spinal surgeries, provided me with almost no medical...

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Client 2016/02/08

4.8/5.0

Why chance it when you can gain a huge advantage with John B. Gately? Mr. Gately is a professional and really knows his stuff dealing with Medical Boards and the VA claims process. Using his services, I went from...

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Client 2014/10/30

4.8/5.0

I chose Mr. Gately's services because his prior experience in US Coast Guard gave him an unique advantage over other military lawyer's in handling my case. His wealth of knowledge about medical conditions and...

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Client 2014/03/10

4.8/5.0

I have found Mr. John Brendan Gately to be honest, right to the point, and consistently giving me realistic outcomes throughout the entire 2 years of my Marine Corps disability case. He's definitely no nonsense,...

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Client 2014/02/13

4.8/5.0

Jack was great! When my husband was sent to a medical board, we realized we needed help late in the process. My husband had been downplaying his health problems to try to stay in which hurt his initial rating. ...

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Client 2014/02/10

4.8/5.0

I can't imagine going through the medical retirement process without Jack. He took care of us from beginning to end; without him we would have been deprived of a lifetime of necessary medical benefits. My...

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Client 2014/02/05

4.8/5.0

Without John (Jack) I would have never recieved any retierment benefits after I was injured on active duty. Jack doesn't just win your case he also follows up to make sure the VA is also rating you as you should be.

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Client 2014/01/27

4.8/5.0

Highly experienced and skilled in his practice specialties, Mr. John Gately was an excellent attorney and one with whom I thoroughly enjoyed working. I was continually impressed not just with his commitment to my...

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Client 2014/01/26

4.5/5.0

John knows the pipeline for the Navy retirement and disability process in Virginia and was able to guide me carefully through it. His advice was priceless in allowing me to wade through the process and avoid...

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Client 2019/06/08

4.5/5.0

As an USAF health care provider going through the IDES process, I knew how complex the system is and that i would need solid professional guidance to obtain a good result, Jack very patiently walked me through the...

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Client 2018/07/28

4.5/5.0

Extremely knowledgable about military medical review board process.

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Client 2014/01/27

4.5/5.0

John is an effective attorney. He worked hard and took my case seriously.

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Client 2014/01/27

4.3/5.0

At a time where assistance was sparse and fear of the unknown abundant, finding Jack provided a beacon of hope. Throughout the entire process of reviewing years of medical files, preparing documentation, and...

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Client 2014/10/22

1.0/5.0

Lawyer will not pick up phone or respond to emails, phone calls, voice mails or fax, or even pick up client mail on a timely manner. Quality of product is low and done last minute if you're lucky to get any...

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Client 2013/11/24

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