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What do Your Law Firm Brand and this Shoe have in Common?

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… Read More
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Monday Morning Coffee with Chris: Sizing up the Competition in Veterans Benefits law.

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… Read More
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Monday Morning Coffee with Chris: 3 Top Revenue Generating Activities for accredited VA attorneys.

When you are a solo or small law firm representing disabled Veterans, you do a lot to keep your law firm running. 3 revenue generating activities, however, are the key to building a viable and sustainable VA Benefits law practice. Read More
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The law firm vision: picking a single golden apple from the orchard.

There are estimated to be over 21 million veterans. Of those, around 4.5 million are considered disabled – they have a medical condition or disability which resulted from their time in service. That is the market of people who may seek o… Read More
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The Business of Law

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… Read More
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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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