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Haley Smith

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Fax: (214) 741 - 2337

Haley Smith joined Attig | Curran | Steel in September of 2020, where she focuses on appellate advocacy before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claim

Haley’s passion for helping veterans began as an undergraduate at American University. She interned at the Association of the United States Navy, a Veterans Service Organization that advocates for America’s sailors. Haley worked with the Legislative Director in reaching out to Congressional members to gather support for veterans legislation.

Two years after her internship, Haley returned to the Association of the United States Navy as a Legislative Assistant. In that role, she worked closely with the Legislative Director on  the passage of the Forever GI Bill, and statutes to help "Blue Water" Navy veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving on naval vessels with 12 km of the RVN. 

While in law school at the University of South Carolina, where Haley got first-hand experience working with veterans in the school's Veterans Legal Clinic. As a student attorney, she directly represented South Carolina veterans.

Haley is also the founding board member of Sea Service Family Foundation, which is dedicated to helping communities, families, and veterans establish living memorials, statues, and
scholarships in memory of those wars our nation's citizens have so courageously fought.



Licensed to practice law in North Carolina

Admitted to United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (2020)

Accredited VA attorney (application pending)

Board Member, Sea Service Family Foundation



B.A. Political Science, American University (2017)

J.D. University of South Carolina School of Law (2020)

Taking Point! Blog

If you are an agent, VSO, or attorney, you have a tough decision under AMA when the BVA issues a denial of your client’s benefits. On one hand, you can file a supplemental claim. On the other, you can file an appeal to the US Court of Ap… Read More
I really can’t take it anymore. I’m sure many like you feel the same way. Every time another child with a military weapon ambushes a school full of children, I am overwhelmed with emotions that have no outlet. I can’t even process… Read More
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
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

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Recent Cases

This case involves the BVA’s failure to address an argument explicitly raised before it: whether a veteran is entitled to an earlier effective date under 38 C.F.R. 3.156(c) when service  medical records are added to the file after the original… Read More
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

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