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Chris Attig

Phone: (866) 627-7764

CAVC attorney Chris Attig is one of our nation’s leading advocates for veterans.

He is unique in 2 ways.

First, Chris Attig is one of the few attorneys for veterans who actually wore the uniform; he has seen, firsthand, the devastation that the VA’s legal and medical malfeasance can wreak on a veteran’s family.

Mr. Attig served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery, receiving many awards including the parachutist badge. He attended U.S. Army Ranger school, and because of his tenacity, professionalism, and esprit d’corps, was recruited for U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection. Mr. Attig declined the opportunity, ultimately dedicating himself to serve his brother and sister veterans through the law.

Second, rather than spread his firm too thin trying to handle every stage of the VA administrative claims and appeals process, Mr. Attig focuses on applying his skills at appellate advocacy before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and, as of 2017, the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Attig has prepared numerous briefs to appellate courts. He has orally argued cases on behalf of veterans before the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He remains the only law student in his law school’s history to have served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Texas - while still in law school.

Mr. Attig is known for both his meticulous and thorough record review and his dogged pursuit of constitutional due process and equal protection rights for veterans battling the VA.

Veterans Advocacy Outside the Courtroom.

Since 2015, Mr. Attig has served on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Veterans Advocates, a non-profit organization that trains and educates several hundred accredited agents and attorneys. He is a frequent presenter on a variety of legal topics at NOVA’s twice-annual seminars.

He is also a regular contributor on veterans issues to television news, for ABC-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas, ABC-TV in Dallas, Texas and CBS-TV in Dallas, Texas. He frequently speaks to veterans organizations around the country on issues related to reintegration to civilian life after military service.

Mr. Attig wrote and published the popular "VA Sleep Apnea Field Manual" in 2014, teaching veterans and advocates how to prove and (hopefully) win their VA Sleep Apnea claims and appeals.

His Veterans Law Blog® teaches veterans how to take back the power in their own VA claims and appeals.

His VA Form 21 Blog helps those who advocate for veterans stay current on the law and improve their practical advocacy skills.

His spare time is spent with his wife and 3 sons (age 5 to 18), running a variety of races and marathons for certain non-profits, and as an Athlete Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).

Military Service

  • Captain, U.S. Army Field Artillery (1993-2004)
  • Graduate, U.S. Army Airborne School
  • Attended, U.S. Army Ranger School
  • Selected (but did not attend), U.S. Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS)

Admissions & Special Experience

  • Licensed to Practice Law: Texas, Maryland
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (Inactive)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (September 2007)
  • Accredited VA Attorney (September 2008)
  • Board of Directors, National Organization of Veterans Advocates (2015 - present)
  • Author, Veterans Law Blog® (for pro-se veterans)
  • Author, VA Form 21 Blog (for attorneys, agents and VSOs)
  • Author, "VA Sleep Apnea Field Manual" ©2014

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law (2003)
  • B.A. History, University of Scranton, PA (1993)

Recent Cases

This case involves the application of a duplicitous legal standard by the BVA to a veteran’s TDIU appeal, in what is called a “reasons and bases” error by the Board of Veterans Appeals. While it favored a VA C&P medical opinion… Read More
This case involves several issues but centered around two: the veteran’s entitlement to increased TBI (Traumatic-Brain-Injury) and migraine ratings.  ISSUE ON APPEAL TO THE CAVC (TBI & Migraine Ratings). The veteran in this case was in a c… Read More
ISSUE ON APPEAL TO THE CAVC: PTSD rating higher than 50-percent. The veteran appealed to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) seeking a PTSD rating higher than 50-percent. The VA had performed a VA C&P examination and opinion in January 2019. Rely… Read More

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Taking Point! Blog

Oct
20
Racist Ideas, Attitudes, and Behavior On March 1, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it proposed disciplinary action against three Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) attorneys and two judges who had repeatedly sent racist… Read More
Sep
1
By: Yalitza Ledgister, writing for “The Bridge” One day my son came home from school and, pointing to his brown arms, asked, “Mom, why can’t I have white skin?”  After the initial shock and parent-fail slap wore off, I… Read More
Jul
24
Even as protestors march across bridges across the nation, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Golden Gate, history teaches us that America is resistant to acknowledging the persistent racism that plagues this country and even worse, resistant to do… Read More
Jun
26
“I am a Black man who jogs” was written by Augustus Turner, Mr. Turner retains all copyright to the image and content; it is republished here with his permission. Augustus Turner is a husband, a father, a soldier, and an attorney.… Read More

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