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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.

Citizen Soldier Law

Celebrating 10 Years of Advocacy with Over 80 Years of Military Experience

Veterans & Military Lawyers

Veteran or not – You can trust an experienced litigator who is a retired, part-time JAG lawyer with your first call

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 and a former Assistant Prosecutor with hands-on trial experience. 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


  • I found Citizen Soldier Law in an online search, Since my employment law case specifically involved an issue with military discharge, I felt confident...Read more

    — Jeremy T.
  • I have had the privilege of working alongside Mr. Thomas Roughneen as a fellow attorney, and I can confidently attest to his exceptional skill and ded...Read more

    — Vergil D.
  • Citizen Soldier Law won my IDES case and got me medically retired. Firstly, I had called around to a few firms before deciding to work with Mr. Roughn...Read more

    — Monica S.
  • This firm exceeds professionalism, competence, diligence , and much more I am now an honorable discharged soldier after being shot and victim of a cri...Read more

    — V.R.
  • I want to give a big THANK YOU to Citizen Soldier Law for going above and beyond during my fight for my CRSC. At the beginning of my process I felt de...Read more

    — Claudia P.
  • I retained Citizen Soldier Law May of this year. I have never been so grateful for what the team has done for my family and I. The MEB should be place...Read more

    — F.A.
  • I want to give a big THANK YOU to Citizen Soldier Law for going above and beyond during my husband's fight with the MEB. At the beginning of our MEB p...Read more

    — Alyzza A.
  • I want to express my deep gratitude for the invaluable support the team from Citizen Soldier Law provided during a challenging period when our son was...Read more

    — Emily L.
  • I spent 29 years in the NJ Army National Guard. I had deployed to Iraq in 2008 and when I came home started having problems with many day-to-day routi...Read more

    — C.J.
  • I want to express my deep gratitude for the invaluable support the team from Citizen Soldier Law provided during a challenging period when our son was...Read more

    — E.L.
  • I retained Mr. Roughneen's team after 26 months without a LOD from an injury on active duty, 3 congressionals, and an IG investigation that had no re...Read more

    — Robert G.
  • Working with the Citizen Soldier Law team was a great experience. These guys were very professional and knowledgeable throughout my medical review mak...Read more

    — W.C.
  • Mr. Roughneen and team were outstanding. Total knowledge of various aspects involving my case and excellent execution of the timely manor necessary to...Read more

    — E.C.
  • Sir, I am still drying my tears from Dr. Lillards synopsis. I been begging for help for years. Nobody cared, I am forever grateful for the help y'al...Read more

    — Staff Sergeant Fred
  • Thomas and Josh both took care of my unfortunate dilemma in the National Guard. They were extremely helpful and stayed in touch with me throughout the...Read more

    — Eric
  • I tried to handle my case myself and finally chose this firm to represent me because of their knowledge of Military Disability Retirement matters with...Read more

    — W.F.
  • Citizen Soldier Law did a great job for me during my IDES PEB/MEB in persuading the Army the merits of my case and getting me a military retirement ba...Read more

    — J.H.
  • I was facing a serious situation with over this past summer with my last unit with the national guard and I needed help fast..I researched who are the...Read more

    — Joseph B.
  • I was referred to Thomas Roughneen & Associates for assistance in appealing a Line of Duty Determination. I worked closely with Mr. Steve Austin, a r...Read more

    — Anonymous
  • I have greatly appreciated the work of both Steven and Tom while they helped me navigate my case. I immediately felt at ease as they reviewed the matt...Read more

    — R.M. (Army Medical Professional / Dentist)
  • Thanks for everything Laurent. Posted a review and could not say enough good things about your SUPERB organization!!...Read more

    — Ron R.
  • I was falsely accused of weapons charges in New Jersey, while carrying under LEOSA (Extremely anti-gun state). Before speaking with CSL, the city revi...Read more

    — J. J.
  • I was glad to find a fellow veteran, and although he is an Army guy, I overlooked that, as a proud Amphibious Navy Sailor. That means that we land Ma...Read more

    — S. M.
  • I am an attorney and veteran who has worked with Attorney Roughneen, his associates, and his staff on numerous occasions. It is evident to me that he ...Read more

    — Kurt Schmitt
  • Thomas and I worked together to help a client who had gotten into trouble both out West and back East. I can tell you that his devotion to our client,...Read more

    — Steven Shapiro
  • Thank You Citizen Soldier! Tom and his team were always present for our family. Our family was faced with many legal and emotional challenges and Tom ...Read more

    — Chris Norrell
  • Thomas Roughneen and Associates went above and beyond to help me achieve the most desirable outcome I could have hoped for in facing the UCMJ Separati...Read more

    — Christopher Kegley
  • 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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