Caring. Effective. Efficient.

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.

Mr. Attig focuses on applying his skills at appellate advocacy before the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Board of Veterans Appeals, every VA Regional Office in the country 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, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 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 "Taking Point!" 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 8 to 21), 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, Taking Point (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 BVA judge’s inadequate reasoning of a denial of a veteran’s claim for an increased rating for PTSD.   The appeal was resolved through a joint motion to remand. ISSUE ON APPEAL TO THE CAVC (BVA overlooked evidence… Read More
This case involves the BVA judge’s inadequate reasoning of his denial of a veteran’s past-due benefits in a claim for an increased rating due to an increase in the severity of the veteran’s PTSD. The appeal was resolved through a jo… Read More
This case involves the BVA’s failure to comply with a Veterans Court Order in a January 2020 Memorandum Decision. The appeal was resolved through a joint motion to remand. ISSUE ON APPEAL TO THE CAVC (BVA fails to comply with Veterans Court Ord… Read More

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Taking Point! Blog

May
23
After years of exploring different fields, I’ve found purpose-driven work here, at Attig | Curran | Steel.   There are a lot of variables in the experience of “happy.” It is difficult to keep it continuous.  Do I feel happy when my kids… Read More
May
18
When appellate courts review the decisions of lower courts – or in administrative law where a Court like the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) reviews the decisions of the BVA, an administrative tribunal – they use “… Read More
May
16
Let me tell you the story of two veterans. The first veteran – we’ll call him Jim – claimed he was exposed to herbicides – Agent Orange – outside of the Republic of Vietnam. After the VA spent decades denying his claim,… Read More
Mar
2
In January 2021, the loss of use of a reproductive organ for SMC purposes was the focus of a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals Veterans Claims issued a precedential opinion in Bria v. Wilkie.   The panel consisted of Judge Mere… Read More

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