Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of the September 16, 2013 shootings at the Washington Naval Yard in the District of Columbia. Our law firm is investigating potential wrongful death claims and personal injury claims on behalf of victims of this horrific tragedy.

How was Aaron Alexis able to obtain a Secret Clearance? How was Alexis able to gain access with an AR-15 Gun and other weapons at a secure military base in the Nation’s Capital? According to news reports, Alexis was working for a private subcontractor called “The Experts”; and worked on a Hewlett Packard contract in Japan from September 2012 to January 2013. In July 2013 he somehow got his clearance renewed.


Aaron Alexis apparently had a pattern of misconduct as a Naval Reservist and he also had numerous run-ins with the law. In the hours after the shooting, news reporters were easily able to track down his shady past. How is it, then, that he was given a Secret Clearance by the U.S. Government and/or its Contractors and more disturbingly, it was actually renewed in July?

Although our investigation into these issues is just starting, it seems that any private contractors involved in authorizing Mr. Aaron Alexis’s clearance may be liable based on common law negligence theories of liability.

If you or a loved one was injured at the Washington Navy Yard, call a Silver Spring personal injury lawyer from Goldberg Finnegan at (888) 213-8140 for a free phone consultation.