Company History

Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC

Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC, was founded by trial lawyers Timothy J. Bilecki and Emmanuel “Noel” Tipon, on the simple philosophy of providing hands-on and aggressive representation to military service members facing court martial charges and adverse administrative actions globally. The firm was founded in 2010 though the merger of The Bilecki Law Group, LLLC and The Tipon Law Firm, LLLC.

Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC was created in order to deliver the absolute best legal representation to service members facing court martial charges and adverse administrative actions around the world. Our offices are is located in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii but we represent service members who are not only stationed in the state of Hawaii, but globally, with an emphasis on cases in the Pacific Rim (Hawaii, California, Korea, Okinawa, Mainland Japan and Guam).

There is an extraordinary need for service members to have access to experienced civilian defense counsel. Bilecki & Tipon currently has requests for representation from over 75 service members a month, stationed globally. In order to provide exceptional representation to these service members, we have recruited the top trial and appellate lawyers out of the JAG Corps who are dedicated to using their skills to change service members lives. We are not a “referral-mill” law firm where we send potential clients to outside attorneys that are listed as “of counsel,” collect a referral fee, and then let them hang out to dry. Fundamentally, we are the complete opposite. We have built a team of attorneys and support staff, each with a unique specialty, in order to best represent the unique needs of each client. We detail a legal team to each case in order to ensure that the client receives the highest level of legal representation. Never farming out cases via referral networks.

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In order to physically support the firm’s growth and in order to provide exceptional representation, Bilecki & Tipon has relocated our office to a new high-rise space. We now occupy a quarter of the 25th floor in Pauahi Tower, in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii with gorgeous ocean and mountain views. This new space includes two partner offices, three associate offices, a law library, media room, conference room (the “war room”), and work areas for support staff. This provides our team the opportunity to work together as a team, to integrate clients into the process and to collaborate with consultants, experts and visiting attorneys. It is a world away from practicing law in a spare room in a personal residence – which many civilian court martial lawyers do.

Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC is led by its managing partner, Timothy Bilecki and the senior partner, Noel Tipon. We currently have two associate attorneys. Associate attorney Dave Hendrickson is former Army JAG and trial lawyer focused solely on court martial defense. In particular, defending service members against sexual assault, fraud, drug offenses and violent crime allegations. Associate attorney Jeff Liebenguth is a retired Marine Judge Advocate who focuses on adverse administrative action rebuttals, appellate defense and drafting motions and legal briefs. William Oettinger is a retired Marine (reserve) CID agent and retired detective with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He serves as the firm’s operations manager as well as our investigator and certified digital forensic expert. He has over 25 years of law enforcement experience. Shirley Mendoza is the firm’s office manager and senior paralegal. She has over 20 years’ experience and is responsible for the day to day financial and managerial operations of the firm. Bilecki & Tipon also employs full time legal assistants to its attorneys and participates in the University of Hawaii law school clerkship program. Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC is also proud to be a Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Business. The firm also utilizes an advisory board with executive level expertise in banking, finance, operations and strategy. We are currently implementing a strategic growth plan in order to further build the practice to provide service members access experienced defense counsel and to ensure that Bilecki & Tipon continues as a long term, profitable and sustainable business. Finally, we are a proud veteran owned business.
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