Anybody can hang out a shingle and start a small law firm, but the attorneys who will succeed must invariably learn something about the business of law.
There are, in theory, so many resources available that one might think it would be hard…
“I can’t take a day off or a vacation. Someone has to get the work done.”
If you are a lawyer and that is the reason you are not taking a vacation, or at least a day off, then you are bailing water from a sinking ship.
Working to k…
In the past decade or so, Attig | Steel has talked with thousands of veterans seeking help with their VA Claims and Court Appeals.
During that time, we have reviewed all kinds of VA claims, at all stages of appeal, and communicated with Vetera…
Every appeal to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) begins by filing a Notice of Appeal with the CAVC.
Shortly after receiving a Notice of Appeal, the CAVC assigns a docket number. The CAVC Docket Number is the reference number th…
Today’s video starts off with an overview of a recent precedential decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in the case of Moody v. Wilkie, Cause No. 16-1707.
Click here to read the CAVC’s panel decision in&n…
Coffee w/ Chris: (Monday, October 29, 2018)
What Financial Metrics are important to evaluate your law firm’s progress?
If you get behind the wheel of any car, there are certain metrics you will find on the dashboard. Are there similar metric…
What to do when you get back from a Legal Conference?
I just returned home from a multi-day legal conference: this time the Fall Conference for the National Organization for Veterans Advocates (NOVA) in Washington, D.C.
Here’s what I’l…
Taking care of your law firm’s most important asset.
Law is a service business. We help people resolve the disputes which impact their ability to live.
That makes your law firm’s most important asset … you.
How to drive MASSIVE revenue to your Veterans law firm.
I was talking to attorney the other day, and I told her that I believe that drive and focus are the 2 biggest indicators of success for attorneys building a unique brand for their own la…
My hope is that the metaphor of a running shoe changes the way you think about your law firm’s brand.
I’m a runner – I run not just for fun, but also to raise money for my favorite non-profits.
When a runner is ready to…
Sizing up the Competition in Veterans Benefits Law.
A new veterans benefits lawyer told me the other day: “I can’t compete with the big law firms in Veterans benefits law. Those big firms have contracts with VSOs and scoop up all…
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…
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…
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 “…
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,…
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…
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…
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…