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    Veteran’s Benefit Attorney Serves as Panelist for Veteran’s Law Symposium

    Veteran’s Benefit Group practice attorney, David E. Boelzner, served as a panelist for the first Veteran’s Law Symposium, “Serving Those Who Serviced,” at the University of Richmond School of Law on November 8, 2013. He will also contribute an article to an issue of the Law School’s Journal of Law and the Public Interest dedicated to veteran’s issues, to be issued in the spring.

    The Symposium, co-sponsored by the Journal and the Veteran’s and Military Law Association of the Law School, began with a keynote address by Virginia’s junior senator, Tim Kaine, who serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees and thus has significant involvement in veteran’s affairs. Senator Kaine spoke on three veteran-related issues that are currently challenging Congress: the VA claims adjudicatory backlog, the problem of sexual assaults in the military and the tendency of presidents to circumvent Congress in carrying out war powers. He also spoke about some legislation he has introduced to address problems of veterans returning to a tough job market.

    The first of two substantive sessions focused on the VA claims system and was moderated by David Boelzner, who began by explaining the claims and appeals processes and describing some of the problems.  American Legion representative Michael Higgins addressed VA’s Fully Developed Claims initiative, noting that it did help speed claims along, essentially because the claimants were doing VA’s work for it.  John Paul Cimino described law school clinical programs and other student activities to assist veterans.

    The second session was moderated by Robert Barrett of the Virginia Bar Association’s Veterans Issues Task Force, with assistance from Heather Hays Lockerman, and focused on various avenues to assist veterans outside the claims system, including specialized courts impaneled to address veteran issues outside the ordinary litigation system and through cooperation among judges and social assistance organizations.

    Goodman Allen & Filetti Attend American Legion Conference in Puerto Rico

    October 25, 2013 — The American Legion’s Department of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands invited attorneys Nancy Foti and Krystle Waldron of Goodman, Allen & Filetti’s Veterans Benefits Practice Group to attend a conference and speak to Post Commanders and Officers about the needs of veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the legal assistance that Goodman, Allen & Filetti can provide in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to.


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    Goodman Allen & Filetti Attorneys Recognized at the Veterans Court Annual Judicial Conference

    The attorneys of Goodman, Allen & Filetti’s Veterans Benefits Practice Group attended the annual judicial conference of the Veterans Court held March 4-5, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The conference draws attorneys from around the country who represent veterans, the VA, and those who work for the court itself, as well as the judges and other court staff, all for the purpose of sharing ideas about how the law is developing and ways to make the court work better. There were over 300 attendees and the keynote address was given by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

    Three of our firm’s attorneys were individually recognized for the worthwhile ideas they submitted for improving the court’s practice: Dan Krasnegor, Sandy Wischow, Nancy Foti.

    In introducing a presentation concerning medical opinions in veterans cases, Judge Davis of the court quoted from a recent article on the subject by GAF’s David Boelzner. You can link to the article through our blog.

    On the final day of the conference, the Secretary for Veterans Affairs, General Eric K. Shinseki, gave an address highlighting the enormity of the work facing the agency and added comments on the progress of several of his new initiatives. Gen. Shinseki candidly acknowledged the many challenges the agency faces and expressed his personal disappointment in the lack of progress made so far in relieving the claim backlog. He explained that this was largely due to having to divert resources to some programs pushed to the forefront by Congress. He pledged to redouble the effort to reduce the claims backlog, declaring his intention to achieve that goal by 2015.


    Two Goodman Allen & Filetti Attorneys set to speak at National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates Fall 2009 conference

    The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) fall conference is scheduled to take place on November 5,6 and 7, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference includes a one day seminar for practitioners who are new to the area of veterans’ law on Thursday, November 5 and a two day general seminar for more advanced practitioners beginning Friday November 6 and continuing through Saturday. The seminar is intended to increase the knowledge and expertise of those who represent veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Goodman Allen & Filetti attorneys, Sandy Wischow and Todd Wesche have been invited to be presenters at the conference. Ms. Wischow will discuss the important issues surrounding legal ethics in veterans law and Mr. Wesche will address military discharge issues including the Physical Evaluation Board and concurrent receipt of retirement and disability pay.

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    Moot Court competition to be held October 14 and 15, 2009, in connection with the Court’s 20th anniversary

    The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association are jointly sponsoring a Moot Court competition to be held October 14 and 15, 2009, in connection with the Court’s 20th anniversary. Fourteen teams from the following universities will participate:

    • Washington College of Law, American University
    • Boston University School of Law
    • Georgetown University Law Center
    • Teh George Washington University Law School
    • Howard University School of Law
    • The John Marshall Law School
    • North Carolina Central University School of Law
    • Stetson University College of Law

    Four Goodman Allen & Filetti attorneys have been invited to participate. Sandy Wishow is scoring briefs and Dan Krasnegor, David Boelzner and Todd Wesche are serving as argument judges for the competition.

    David J. Lowenstein Joins Goodman Allen & Filetti

    We are pleased to announce that David J. Lowenstein has joined the firm’s Veterans Benefit Practice Group as an Associate. Mr. Lowenstein concentrates his practice in Veterans Benefits and brings extensive experience in the VA adjudicative process following eight years as an Appellate Attorney in the Office of the VA General Counsel (serving four of those years as a Senior Appellate Attorney) where he represented the Secretary of Veterans Affairs before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in all aspects of disability entitlement. Mr. Lowenstein received his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and his undergraduate degree from Boston University.

    Veterans Benefits Practice Joins Goodman Allen & Filetti

    Goodman Allen & Filetti, a mid-sized business and litigation regional law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of five experienced attorneys joining as the Veterans Benefits Team.

    Charles M. Allen, managing partner, stated,”We have six retired veterans in our firm. Supporting military veterans is and has been one of our firm’s significant core competencies.” He added,”The experience the Veterans Benefits team brings is an excellent supplement to our existing Military Practice.” Daniel G. Krasnegor, Veteran Benefits team leader commented,”The synergy with our team’s capabilities and the firm’s commitment to veterans allows us to work together in supporting and building upon each others goals.”

    The Goodman Allen & Filetti Veterans Benefits Team, consists of Partners, Daniel G. Krasnegor and David E. Boelzner and Associates, Sandra W. Wishow and Nancy L. Foti all formerly associated with the law firm Wright Robinson Ostheimer and Tatum. Todd M. Wesche also joins as an Associate and was formerly with the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims where he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce E. Kasold.

    Goodman Allen & Filetti, PLLC, a Virginia law firm, offers comprehensive legal services primarily devoted to the needs of Fortune 500 corporations, closely held corporations, veterans and military families, small businesses, health care systems, physicians and other health care providers. The firm has offices in Richmond, Norfolk and Charlottesville and represents insurers, well-known manufacturers, healthcare providers, regional and local businesses of all type, authors, artists and inventors.

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