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Leslie D. Gaines

Phone: (866) 627 - 7764
Fax: (214) 741 - 2337

Attorney Leslie D. Gaines joined Attig | Curran | Steel in June 2022. 

Leslie joins us, bringing over 15 years of experience in public interest law, with a background in representing vulnerable and marginalized populations. Leslie first represented disabled Social Security claimants for many years, and in 2011, she transitioned her practice area to representing disabled veterans and their survivors.

Leslie is a military brat and her calling to help veterans was inspired by her dad’s 20 years of service in the U.S. Army and her mom’s background in the mental health field. Leslie has represented hundreds of veterans at the Regional Office and Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

In her spare time, Leslie enjoys spending time with her family and friends and pursuing all things joyful!



Licensed to practice law in Florida (2005)

Accredited VA attorney (2011)

United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (2011)

Member, National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA)




J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Florida State University College of Law (2005)

B.S., summa cum laude, Business Administration, Florida A&M University (2002)


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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