Security Clearance & Polygraph

Expert Security Clearance Lawyers, Expert Whistleblower Lawyers


For many federal employees and contractors, obtaining a security clearance is a perquisite to obtaining a job, particularly with agencies like CIA, NSA, NRO, and NGA; and the Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, Justice, and Energy. No clearance; no job. Some positions require the additional requirement of “successfully completing a polygraph.” Navigating the clearance process can be daunting and downright frightening. Most of the time, there are no issues. But issues do arise.

Our attorneys provide expert guidance in preparing the SF-85 (public trust clearance) /SF-86 (security clearance) and pre-polygraph counseling. For employees who have had their clearance denied, suspended, or revoked, the firm represents their interests before the appropriate Clearance Adjudication Facilities (CAFs), Offices of Security (OS), review boards, and administrative courts.

Intelligence Community Polygraph

Services include, but are not limited to:

Pre-Investigation Guidance

  • Expert advice in the SF-85 or SF-86 application process.
  • Polygraph counseling.

Intermediary Actions

  • Includes, but is not limited to, correspondence challenging derogatory information contained within JPAS or Scattered Castles.

Formal Response to the Statement of Reasons (SOR)

  • Formal response to the Government’s recommendation to revoke a security clearance, which includes the right to a personal appearance.
  • The formal response includes a detailed and legally sound response based upon the clearance adjudication guidelines and tailored to mitigate the government’s concerns.


  • Formal appeal to a decision to revoke a security clearance.
  • Representation includes the preparation of appellate briefs and appearing before the board at a hearing. This often occurs before the relevant Department or Agency Appeals Boards, such as at the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA).


For employees who believe clearance actions have been taken in retaliation/reprisal because they made a protected disclosure (whistleblowing), please see our page on Whistleblower Representation.

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