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Christopher Nuneviller is a highly respected and recognized attorney dedicated to zealously protecting the interests of his clients, from mom-and-pop shops who want create, build, and expand their businesses; to serving and protecting the interests of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen; to advocating for and developing advantageous changes to public policy that will benefit your organization before the Federal government or Congress. Mr. Nuneviller’s practice is both broad and diverse due to experience earned from his service in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army, but more so advising C-Suite executives of Fortune 1000 companies, advising Senate-confirmed political appointees; serving on the personal staffs of the Secretary of the Defense and the Secretary of the Army; and finally, as the Chief Operating and Administrative Officer of an independent federal agency.
Mr. Nuneviller received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and his law degree from the Widener University School of Law concentrating his studies on Corporate Finance. He began his legal career by simultaneously joining the U.S. Army Reserves as a judge advocate, and joining a publicly-traded insurance company as the Associate Corporate Counsel where, among other things, he recovered money from the persons responsible for his insured client’s damages. In 2000, Mr. Nuneviller joined an investment manager as its General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Compliance Officer supervising the attorneys, administrators, auditors, and compliance staff that supported 50-plus partnerships investing more than $300 million in domestic and off-shore venture capital, derivatives, tax-optimized and equities trading strategies. In these capacities, Mr. Nuneviller gained significant experience providing business, tax, and legal advice to companies in which the firm considered investing. Two of those companies went public in 2005.
In his capacity as a U.S. Army Reserve judge advocate, then-Captain Nuneviller defended more than 100 reserve soldiers facing non-judicial administrative punishment, adverse evaluation reports, and administrative investigations. Notably, Captain Nuneviller represented a general officer implicated in the Abu Ghraib detainee torture scandal which resulted in 11 administrative investigations against the officer. Each of the more than 30 allegations in the 11 investigations were all later found to be unsubstantiated.
In 2005, Captain Nuneviller mobilized to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command to serve as the Deputy Command Judge Advocate (deputy general counsel), and as the attorney for the Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center, ensuring among other things that the last wishes of the more than 3,500 Soldiers killed-in-action from 2006 to 2008 were honored. He was also legal advisor to the Commander in his capacity as the final approval authority for all senior non-commissioned officer Chapter 32 requests, and commissioned officer requests to resign or retire in lieu of administrative separations. Captain Nuneviller also served as the sole legal advisor to the then-Office of Special Review Boards responsible for deciding Conscientious Objector requests, and all requests for corrections to or removals of evaluation reports and memorandums of reprimand from official military personnel files. He also served as legal advisor and a command representative for the collective bargaining agreement between the command and American Federation of Government Employees Local 2302.
Captain Nuneviller’s performance at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command was noted by the General Counsel of the Department of the Army who mobilized him to the General Counsel’s personal staff in the Pentagon. During his tenure with the General Counsel from 2008 to 2012, Captain Nuneviller’s portfolio included, among other things, managing and conducting high-profile administrative investigations including both WikiLeaks and the Fort Hood shootings; providing oversight of Army litigation including the Army’s responses to allegations of pervasive sexual assaults in the military; providing legal oversight of the Army Criminal Investigative Command, the Army’s programs for continuing and advanced education, the Military Academy and ROTC scholarship programs, and the creation and management of the DoD and VA Integrated Disability Evaluation System. Finally, Captain Nuneviller provided legal oversight of the 13 review panels of the Army Review Boards Agency, including the Board for the Correction of Military Records, Discharge Review Board, Grade Determination Review Board and the Suitability Evaluation Board.
Drawing upon his experience in the private sector, Captain Nuneviller was twice detailed to the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense to lead initiatives that directly impacted both international and domestic national security and economic policy of the United States. First, Captain Nuneviller lead a 75-member team identifying, categorizing and detailing thousands military criminal investigations into alleged and actual abuse of detainees by U.S. Service members in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2008. His team’s review ultimately resulted in legislation being passed to withhold thousands of multimedia images under the Freedom of Information Act.
Secondly, now-Major Nuneviller led a team of 35 subject matter experts in the review of the 53 organizations that comprise the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Combatant Commands. His team’s review resulted in the realignment of more than $33 billion over five years to allow Secretary Gates to shift those funds to directly support the training, equipment and care for Service members in combat. He was later detailed to the Army Contracting Command to support federal contracting matters, including the pre-solicitation, bid process, administration, and termination of procurement contracts, as well as coordinating with Department of Justice attorneys in the defense of contract protests.
During his 13 years of combined military and naval service, Mr. Nuneviller was awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (twice), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (twice), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, as well as numerous other service medals, awards, qualification and identification badges.
Upon his departure from the Army, Mr. Nuneviller was selected by the White House to establish and serve as the Chief of Staff, and Chief Administrative and Chief Operating Officer to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. An independent federal agency, the Commission’s mandate was to review and make recommendations for the modernization of the Uniformed Services’ compensation systems. In January 2015, the Commission made 15 recommendations to the President and Congress to reform military retirements, the health care of Service members, their families, retirees and veterans, and to a number of quality of life programs. In a first step towards adopting the Commission’s recommendations, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, signed by the President on November 25, 2015, included reforms to the military retirement system to allow for a hybrid 401(k)-like retirement system permitting Service members the ability to leave military service in as early as 6 years with a retirement plan.
As an attorney with a breadth and depth of experience across the disciplines that matter to clients: understanding the nuances of protecting their rights and expanding their businesses, Mr. Nuneviller is the right attorney to help you meet your goal. Additionally, for those in the military, as a recognized and lauded expert in military personnel law, there are no other attorneys who can boast the range of experience at the highest echelons of the Department of Defense with which Mr. Nuneviller can draw upon to zealously protect your military career.
With offices in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, and experience handling run-of-the-mill debt collections, to the most serious criminal matters, to taking your business to the next level, to preserving your military career, to providing counsel on and managing above-the-fold and high profile issues that impact that national and international stage, Mr. Nuneviller, Mr. Crisp and the attorneys of Crisp & Associates know what it means to selflessly serve others. We are ready to stand by your side with powerful representation before any tribunal, at the negotiating table, in the board room, and if necessary, in front of the media … anywhere in the world.
Mr. Nuneviller is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pursuant to District of Columbia Court of Appeals Rule 49, Mr. Nuneviller is NOT admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. His DC practice is limited to providing legal services in the District of Columbia solely before a special court, department, or agency of the United States, and to the United States Congress.
- Of Counsel, Crisp and Associates Military Law, 2016 to the Present
- Adjunct Professor of Management, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, 2011 to the Present
- Chief of Staff, Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, 2013 to 2015
- Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the Army, 2008 to 2012
- Deputy Command Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, 2005 to 2008
- General Counsel, Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer, Gamma Capital, 2000 to 2005
- Associate Corporate Counsel, Walshire Assurance, 1996 to 2000
MILITARY DECORATIONS AND PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS
- 2015 Commissioner’s Medal (Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission)
- Legion of Merit
- Meritorious Service Medal (twice)
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Army Commendation Medal (twice)
- Joint Service Achievement Medal
- Navy Achievement Medal