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Merit Systems Protection Board Lawyers

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is an administrative board that hears appeals of decisions made by the federal agencies where federal employees are, or were, employed. The MSPB’s jurisdiction of appeals includes acts of discipline, removals, lengthy suspensions, performance matters, whistleblower retaliation, denials by OPM of disability retirement, other retirement claims, spousal support and issues. Some of the most common MSPB claims include removals from federal service, suspensions of over 14 days in length, whistleblower retaliation cases and mixed cases (EEO claims).

Our federal employee attorneys have successfully litigated hundreds of cases before the Merit System Protection Board and have wide experience in all MSPB areas. If you anticipate needing to file an MSPB claim, or have a pending MSPB claim, call us to learn how we can assist you in achieving your desired results. You can also fill out our contact us form to have our Client Intake Manager contact you to schedule your consultation with our Senior Partner.
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If you're a federal employee and feel you've been the victim of unlawful discrimination involving MSPB claims or EEO claims, our experienced federal employment attorneys stand ready to fight on your behalf. Give us a call today at (404) 724-0000 or fill out the form below and we'll be sure to follow up in a timely manner.
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Most federal employees have the unique ability to appeal their employment law matters to the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB). When dealing with a case for the MSPB, it is essential that you have experienced MSPB attorneys providing advice and counsel to navigate the often-confusing process. Our committed MSBP attorneys can help federal employees understand their rights and options when it comes to appealing an employment issue.


Working with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) can be a difficult and stonewalling process. Our OPM attorneys work with OPM to protect our clients’ retirement and spousal support rights and appeal decisions of the OPM or the underlying Agency when mistakes are made. Using their experience with OPM, our attorneys help federal employees fight for their earned retirements and adjust their spousal support payments.


We have a long-standing history of success in assisting federal employees in dealings with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) including initiating a claim, working with the OSC in investigation and prosecution, or transitioning to an MSPB appeals claim in cases where the OSC declines to pursue the claim. We can help you pursue an OSC claim for protection or reimbursement for lost wages due to inappropriate retribution. Cases that come before the OSC include whistleblower cases, USSERA and Prohibited Personnel Practices cases, among others.


Increasingly, security clearances are a prerequisite for positions in the federal sector and are invaluable for employees or potential employees of federal intelligence, defense and law enforcement agencies. If you are a federal employee and you believe your security clearance is at risk, you are likely aware that the loss of your security clearance may result in the loss of employment. Our security clearance attorneys help employees protect these assets. We also represent employees seeking to obtain a security clearance for the first time, or those employees pursuing the reinstatement of a clearance. If a security clearance is necessary to your future employment, the best time to protect your livelihood is prior to the initiation of any review action by an agency.


Applying for disability benefits can be overwhelming. The paperwork is endless and, sometimes, your disability benefit claim may be denied because of a technicality. Meanwhile, your medical condition may only be getting worse. Do not let the disability system discourage you. We have experienced retirement disability lawyers who can help guide you through the process. Whether you suffer from a work-related injury, a debilitating illness or other long-term health problems, you deserve help. When we take a case, we offer effective legal counsel and the determination to pursue every possible avenue until your disability benefits claim is resolved—whether at OPM or the MSPB.

what our clients are saying
“I really appreciate how much Melville Johnson cared about my case. From the very beginning of the process, their federal employee attorneys were friendly and very informative. We won the case, and they were even helpful afterwards, answering any questions or concerns. Thank you Melville Johnson, and I will definitely pass your good work along to others in need.”
- Jim R.
“Despite the complexity of my situation, Melville Johnson took on my claim and immediately put me at ease with a clear demonstration of their expertise with EEO law. From the very start, the firm’s team members have been amazing to work with—hardworking, honest and extremely trustworthy. I would recommend them to anyone who needed this type of legal assistance!”
- Bridget B.
“As a person with a disability working for the federal government, I knew I needed to get the right legal professional assistance for my case. And while the process could have been tedious and overwhelming for a layperson without much legal knowledge, Melville Johnson alleviated all the potential stress involved by taking the guesswork out of my hands. With their help, I received disability approval in record time! I want to thank you for the superior work your firm performed. From my very first contact, your Client Intake Manager took the time to answer all of my initial questions and provide detailed information at every turn. And your attorneys showed nothing but professionalism and kindness throughout the process.”
- Sandra B.
“The consummate professionals at Melville Johnson work closely with you to ensure your rights are being protected. As a current federal employee, I found myself in a situation where the job I was asked to do didn’t match the position description for which I was hired nor the compensation I deserved. With the firm’s help, I was able to obtain back pay and transfer into a position that matched the job I was performing."
- L.M.