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Citizen Soldier Law Trust a Veteran
  • Veteran Owned and Operated Law Firm
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Citizen Soldier Law

We Are

National Guard Veterans

Honoring the heritage and sacrifice of our nation’s citizen Soldiers through the centuries.

Veterans & Military Lawyers

Serving The Legal Needs Of Veterans And Their Families Nationwide

Those with legal needs from across the country can call on Citizen Soldier Law for advice, assistance, or a referral for a lawyer they can trust. Our attorneys and staff are experienced veterans with over one hundred years of combined military service, including veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom. You’ll also have the benefit of experienced and retired JAG lawyers, a retired Army National Guard human resources NCO, a board-certified physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, a former Assistant Prosecutor with hands-on trial experience, and a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney recognized as an experienced criminal trial lawyer who can pay other lawyers a referral fee to represent you in your case. With Citizen Soldier Law, you’ve found the right resource to help you with your legal needs, contact our experienced veteran & military lawyers today.

IDES/MEB/PEBs (Active Duty and Reserve Component – all branches) – Supplying legal advice to those who are injured, and still serving in our military, was the catalyst for founding this law firm in 2013.   We have been active duty and reserve JAG attorneys.  As such, we are competent to represent Active Duty and Reserve Component IDES for all branches, active and reserve and national guard.  Besides, all IDES decisions are processed in Title 10, active duty settings for both Medical Evaluation Boards and Physical Evaluation Informal and Formal Boards.

Do not hire a lawyer simply because you know them. Hire a Veteran who is trustworthy and competent to assist you as it relates to your military service and your current legal matter.

Veterans Serving Veterans In Military Legal Matters

Citizen Soldier Law is veteran owned and operated. We’ve been deployed, and we have personally gone through many of the issues you are now facing. That’s why we focus our practice on Servicemembers, veterans and Reserve Component brethren to strive to help them across the spectrum of their legal needs. Our lawyers stand ready to advise and represent you before across the range of court and administrative proceedings, disability proceedings, courts-martial and administrative separation boards. We provide practical advice and effective assistance with the correction of military records, discharge upgrades and corrections, disability compensation increases, and more. Contact our office for help with:

  • National Guard and Reserve Enlisted Administrative Actions
  • National Guard and Reserve Officer Administrative Actions
  • Medical Evaluation Boards (MEB), Physical Evaluation Boards (PEB), and Veterans Administration Appeals
  • MEB, PEB & IDES Law
  • Criminal Defense & DWI Charges
  • Personal Injury
  • Law Enforcement & Fire Personnel
  • Medical Licensing
  • Weapons Possession Advocacy

Helping Veterans And Others With All Their Legal Needs

Beyond military law, we’re here for veterans and others presented with legal challenges in many other aspects of life. Military or civilian, we can help you in a number of areas. We help people hurt in a car accident or slip and fall recover compensation for their personal injury caused by a negligent party. With experience as a prosecutor, in civil court proceedings and as a defense lawyer in military and civilian settings, we provide a strong and effective trial-experienced team throughout New Jersey and can find the right lawyer for you across the country. This includes getting help and avoiding incarceration throughout the country and in the New Jersey Veterans Criminal Diversion program. We are also there for you in other practice areas such as employment discrimination, workmen’s compensation, real estate transactions, estate planning, bankruptcy and foreclosure, paying special attention to the unique challenges and opportunities veterans face in these vital areas of the law.

Our experience advocating before administrative boards and agencies translates to other areas as well. We lend our expertise to helping law enforcement officers and fire firefighters with personnel administrative actions and medical disability appeals. Additionally, we represent doctors and other health professionals in licensing, privilege and disciplinary matters. And through our weapons possession advocacy practice, we support and defend the rights of law enforcement officers to carry weapons off-duty to the fullest extent of the law and constitution.

Our Military Lawyers Are Here For You When You Need Us

We know your legal needs don’t follow the calendar, and neither do we. Call anytime, and we’ll make ourselves available to you. We handle criminal defense cases throughout New Jersey, and other aspects of our practice are national in scope, including all military and disability matters. Whether you are currently serving in the military, formerly served or never served, Citizen Soldier Law is a law firm you can count on and trust to meet your legal needs with honesty, integrity, ability and skill. Call our office at 973-937-6010. Our veteran & military lawyers can provide the helpful guidance that you need.

The use within this website of any reference to military assignments, rank, positions, titles, organization names, or any other military-related reference, does not imply an endorsement, or imply that DoD or any of its components endorse, sanction, or treat this LLC, or any of its members, in a preferential manner. Moreover, any views expressed on this website are those of Thomas Roughneen & Associates, Counsellors at Law, LLC, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the New Jersey Army National Guard, the Physical Disability Agency, the Physical Evaluation Board, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

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Client Testimonials


  • Although SSG Horin credits me, the entire NJ Army National Guard JAG TDS team deserves great credit for this really special and blessed outcome. They...Read more

    — Nicholas Horin, Staff Sergeant (Retired) US Army
  • The “Deborah Nixon Special Needs Trust Inclusion Act,” introduced by U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill, D-NJ-11, on 19 March 2021, would not enti...Read more

    — CAPT Deborah B. Nixon, USPHS, Retired
    (Former Nurse Category Officer)
  • Thomas Roughneen and Associates are top notch! I came to Thomas facing a really tough battle with my third DWI charge. I was distraught but it was c...Read more

    — J.A.
  • Thomas Roughneen and Associates is one of the most capable and professional groups I have ever had the privilege of working with! I called the firm in...Read more

    — S.N.
  • The legal team I hired understood how I now deserved a better yearly evaluation. Thank goodness I also had a legitimate medical condition, which he co...Read more

    — AC
  • I reached out to Thomas Roughneen & Associates for help after making a mistake that could have effected me for life. Everyone was extremely helpful in...Read more

    — Respectfully,
  • I reached out to Thomas Roughneen & Associates for help after making a mistake that could have affected me for life. Everyone was extremely helpful in...Read more

    — LK
  • I came to Thomas Roughneen and associates after I received some pitfalls concerning my Medical Evaluation Board/Disability Evaluation System case with...Read more

    — RR, Technical Sergeant (Retired)
  • I’d like to express my deeply felt gratitude and respect for Thomas Roughneen and Associates LLC. From the very first time I met Thomas, I felt a gr...Read more

    — S.M.
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