NVLSP

Executive Team

Staff

Executive Biographies

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Bart Stichman

Executive Director

Barton F. Stichman is Executive Director of NVLSP, which he helped found in 1981. After earning law degrees from New York University School of Law (J.D. 1974) and Georgetown University Law Center (LLM 1975), he has devoted his entire professional legal career to helping veterans and their families get the federal veterans benefits to which they are entitled.

Over the last 42 years, Mr. Stichman has represented veterans and their families before U.S. district courts, U.S. courts of appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Department of Veterans Affairs, military department discharge review boards and boards for correction of military records. His litigation efforts have resulted in payment of more than six billion dollars in disability and healthcare benefits to hundreds of thousands of disabled veterans and their families.

A major part of NVLSP’s mission is to increase the pool of effective advocates available to represent veterans and their family members by training lawyers and non-lawyers and providing educational publications to them in veterans benefits law. Over his career, Mr. Stichman has trained thousands of non-lawyer accredited veterans service officers, lawyers, and law students in this area of law. Mr. Stichman helped organize and currently serves as a trainer for the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, a federally funded organization which has recruited and trained more than 2,000 volunteer attorneys over the last 25 years to represent those who have appealed to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims without a representative.

Mr. Stichman is a co-author of The Veterans Benefits Manual, NVLSP’s 2200-page treatise on veterans benefits law that is published annually by Lexis Law Publishing and has been distributed to thousands of veterans service officers and lawyers. He is also a co-author of The Rights of Military Personnel, and NVLSP’s Military Discharge Upgrade Manual and has written articles on veterans benefits law appearing in the Administrative Law Review, The American University Law Review, The Federal Bar News and Journal, Clearinghouse ReviewStanford Law and Policy Review, and the Legal Times.

Mr. Stichman is a member of the Judicial Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and is a past president of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association.

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Paul Wright

Deputy Executive Director

Mr. Wright is Deputy Executive Director of NVLSP. In this role, he manages all aspects of NVLSP’s operations and establish policies and procedures that promote NVLSP’s culture and mission. Mr. Wright is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A.) and University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.). He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and has served on a number of public and private boards and commissions. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (“CAVC”) and is licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota.

Mr. Wright brings to NVLSP more than 20 years’ experience as in-house legal counsel as well as operational and financial expertise. Most recently, Wright served as general counsel, compliance officer and director of contracts & legal at IMPAQ International. Prior to that, Wright was interim chief executive officer, vice president of operations and chief financial officer at Berkley Policy Associates. During his tenure at both organizations, he propelled major business expansions and annual increases in value.

Mr. Wright began his military career enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He subsequently became a cadet in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and went on to serve as Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army.  He led, trained and managed over 50 attorneys and paralegals. He advised senior military and civilian personnel on a spectrum of issues including tax, criminal, family, immigration, claims, consumer and international law. He served as legal counsel to over 20,000 soldiers and civilian Department of Defense personnel in the Republic of Korea and served as counsel to the commander of US Army South for a range operations in Central and South America. He served with distinction and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for Outstanding Performance as tax center officer in charge and the Army Commendation Medal for outstanding performance as a legal assistance attorney.

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Evelyn Anderson

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Evelyn J. Anderson is the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer for NVLSP.  As CFO, Ms. Anderson is responsible for overseeing the financial and accounting function of NVLSP, works with the Board of Directors’ audit and investment committees, supervises business operations, IT, strategic planning, human resources, etc.  Prior to joining NVLSP in 1998, Ms. Anderson served as the director of finance for the Agent Orange Class Assistance Program, a class action court settlement administered by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  In this capacity, she managed the distribution of the settlement proceeds in the form of grants made to community-based organizations and higher learning institutions nationwide.

Prior to locating to the Washington, D.C. area, Ms. Anderson served as financial manager to various organizations in New York City.  Ms. Anderson is a graduate of Antioch College.

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Rochelle Bobroff

Pro Bono Director

Ms. Rochelle Bobroff is the Director of the Pro Bono Program for NVLSP, supervising the attorneys in NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® program.

Previously, Ms. Bobroff was Director of the Federal Rights Project at the National Senior Citizens Law Center and Director of the Access to Courts Program at the Constitutional Accountability Center. She also worked as the Senior Attorney for Systemic Reform at AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly and as a Senior Attorney at AARP Foundation Litigation. She served as a Commissioner on the D.C.Access to Justice Commission.

Ms. Bobroff has managed systemic reform pro bono projects and litigation regarding Veterans, housing, consumer, public benefits, and long-term care issues. She has written numerous United States Supreme Court and federal Court of Appeals amicus briefs. She also published several law review articles regarding court access for safety net and civil rights statutes. She has led workshops at national training conferences addressing pro bono innovations and court access.

Ms. Bobroff is a graduate of Yale Law School and obtained her undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Chicago.

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Patty Briotta

Director of Communications

Ms. Patty Briotta is Director of Communications for NVLSP. In this role, Ms. Briotta drives the organization’s branding and communications strategy. She works closely with NVLSP’s leadership team on a variety of strategic initiatives to promote the group and its activities including legislative advocacy and NVLSP’s pro bono volunteer lawyer program, Lawyers Serving Warriors®.

Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Briotta ran her own communications and marketing business. Ms. Briotta has held senior communications positions at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Lafarge North America and the National Association of Life Underwriters. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and she completed an executive education program Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Ana Reyes

Director of Development

Ms. Ana Reyes oversees NVLSP’s development and philanthropic programs, helping donors and corporations contribute to NVLSP’s work helping veterans receive the disability benefits they’ve earned and deserve.  Ms. Reyes has more than fifteen years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and management.  She has effectively developed comprehensive fundraising strategies for national, regional and local organizations supporting civil rights; community services programs for those in need; and immigrant and refugee rights. 

Prior to coming to NVLSP, Ms. Reyes held senior development positions at Advancement Project, The Hispanic Committee of Virginia, Norwalk Community Health Center, and other institutions.  Ms. Reyes is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A., Political Science).

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Richard Spataro

Director of Training and Publications

Mr. Richard V. Spataro is the Director of Training and Publications for NVLSP. He is also the Director of Outreach and Education for the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. Mr. Spataro joined NVLSP as a law clerk in 2004 and accepted a position as a staff attorney upon his graduation from law school in 2005. He was promoted to the position of senior staff attorney in 2013. He has represented hundreds of veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and has also represented veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and VA Regional Offices. He trains advocates in veterans law and mentors attorneys who participate in NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors®Program and the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. From November 2010 to August 2015, he was also the managing attorney of NVLSP’s Nehmer Lawsuit Division. During that time, he and his team of attorneys assisted thousands of veterans and their survivors obtain retroactive VA benefits for herbicide-related disabilities under the court orders in the class action Nehmer v. U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. 

Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Spataro served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. He earned his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Duke University. He spent four years on active duty, serving first as the Auxiliaries Officer of the USS Vella Gulf and then as the Navigator of the USS Mount Whitney. 

Mr. Spataro is a member of the Virginia and the District of Columbia Bars. From 2010 to 2013, he served as a Vice Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association. 

Mr. Spataro originally hails from Malone, New York. He is a graduate of Duke University (B.A., History, 1998) and American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2005). He, his wife Jessica, and their two young children live in Springfield, Virginia.

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Stacy Tromble

Director of CAVC Litigation

Ms. Stacy Tromble is the Director of CAVC Litigation at NVLSP.  She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and is licensed to practice in the State of New York, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.  Ms. Tromble is also a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and is admitted to practice in several federal districts.

Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Tromble was a senior associate in the government enforcement group of a large international law firm.  Her pro bono work at the firm focused on veteran and family law matters.

Ms. Tromble earned her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo (J.D., summa cum laude, 2007).  She also holds a Master of Social Work degree with a mental health concentration.

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Staff Biographies

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Ronald Abrams

Special Counsel

Mr. Ronald B. Abrams is Special Counsel to NVLSP, where he served as Joint Executive Director from 2004 to 2017 and Director of Training and Publications from 1989 to 2004. He is a graduate of the Temple University (B.A. 1969), and Temple University School of Law (J.D. 1973).

Mr. Abrams began his career in 1975 in the Philadelphia regional office of the Veterans Administration, serving first as an adjudicator and then as a member of the rating board. Mr. Abrams transferred to the VA’s Central Office in 1977 as legal consultant to the Compensation and Pension Service (C&P), where he was recognized as an expert in due process.

As legal consultant to C&P, Mr. Abrams helped to draft the VA Adjudication Procedures Manual M21-1. He wrote and interpreted regulations and directives to be followed by VA staff and others, and both drafted and commented on legislation on the VA’s behalf. As part of his work, Mr. Abrams was in charge of the C&P quality review section.  While at VA Central Office, Mr. Abrams conducted national training sessions in adjudication and due process for VA staff.

Mr. Abrams has appeared on national television and testified on many occasions before the U.S. Congress on behalf of the nation’s veterans. Mr. Abrams experience working for VA gave him great insight into the VA system.  He decided to employ this knowledge as an advocate with NVLSP.  Since joining NVLSP, he has conducted hundreds of training sessions for such organizations as the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, The American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, AMVETS, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and many state and county departments of veterans affairs. He has also conducted training sessions for many state bar associations, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

He is the former editor of The Veterans Advocate, a quarterly publication on veterans’ law and advocacy, editor of the Basic Training Course in Veterans Benefits and is a co-author and editor of The Veterans Benefits Manual.




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Adrian Arias

Accountant

Mr. Adrian Arias has more than five years of accounting and research experience working with non-profit organizations and commercial entities in the Washington, DC area. 

Mr. Arias earned his AA in Business Administration from Prince George’s Community College and a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland. 

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Amy Borgersen

Appellate Attorney

Ms. Amy Borgersen is an Appellate Attorney with NVLSP. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar. Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Borgersen worked as an Associate Attorney at a private firm in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where she handled a significant docket of appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

Ms. Borgersen is a graduate of Western Michigan University Law School (J.D., cum laude 2013) and Florida Atlantic University (B.S., 2003). During law school, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Journal of Practical and Clinical Law and interned for the Honorable Rosemary Aquilina of the Ingham County Circuit Court. She also worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section and Vietnam Veterans of America.

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George Burtsev

Assistant Office Manager

Mr. George Burtsev is Assistant Office Manager for NVLSP adopting successively more responsibilities since he joined the organization as Office Assistant in March 2016. He provides wide-ranging administrative support to NVLSP’s Office Manager and administrative assistance to NVLSP staff attorneys. Earlier in his career, George worked as a department manager at Nordstrom Company in Annapolis, Maryland.

George received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2010 and a Master of Business Administration in 2011 from Strayer University.

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Helen Chong

Training Associate

Ms. Helen Chong is the Training Associate for NVLSP. As a former magistrate and trial attorney, she uses her past experience in conducting judicial hearings and legal advocacy to help NVLSP provide the best training programs for attorneys and veteran service officers. 

Ms. Chong is the recipient of several national and state honors, which includes being chosen from a pool of 10,000 attorneys and honored as the Young Lawyer of the Year at the Virginia State Bar Annual Conference in 2015.  She has been featured in various media outlets, including Virginia Living Magazine’s “Beyond the Letter of the Law” in August 2017. The American Bar Association has recognized Ms. Chong for developing successful legal and community initiatives with the Children and the Law Commission and Domestic Violence Safety Program. Ms. Chong is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A.) and The George Mason University School of Law (J.D.). She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

During her free time, she enjoys practicing judo, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and yoga.  

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Nathan Cohen

Development Associate

Mr. Nathan Cohen joined NVLSP as Development Associate in 2020. He provides administrative support for NVLSP’s fundraising initiatives, including appeals, annual fundraising events, grants, and donor stewardship.  

Mr. Cohen is a veteran of the United States Navy (2007 to 2012) where he worked as a Corpsman (medic) and a graduate of The George Washington University (B.A., International Development and Economics, 2020). He also has experience working in political campaigns as a field organizer and event planning.

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Christine Cote Hill

Special Counsel

Ms. Christine Cote Hill is Special Counsel to NVLSP. She represents veterans and survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and other federal courts and trains and supervises NVLSP staff attorneys. She devotes much of her time to mentoring and advising pro bono attorneys representing veterans and survivors through NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® program, as well as pro bono attorneys representing appellants through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.  She also trains advocates in veterans law.

Ms. Cote Hill has also spoken on matters related to veterans disability benefits, including as moderator/panelist of the session, Navigating the National Personnel Records Center/Joint Services RecordsResearch Center: Requesting and Searching Official Records, during the Eleventh Judicial Conference of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  She also served on the planning committee of the Twelfth Judicial Conference of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Ms. Cote Hill joined NVLSP in July 2005. Prior to that, she worked as an appellate litigator with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the General Counsel, Appellate Litigation Staff. During her tenure, she worked in the United States Senate for two years as a VA Congressional Liaison, and was selected for the agency’s Regulations Re-Write Task Force. She also served as associate counsel at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

Before moving to the Washington, D.C. area, Ms. Cote Hill was an associate at a firm in Albany, New York, specializing in criminal defense and matrimonial law. She is a graduate of the Union College (B.A., cum laude, 1994) and Albany Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1996) Honors Law and Public Policy Program, and completed the Georgetown University Legislative Studies Program.

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Emily Woodward Deutsch

Appellate Attorney

Ms. Deutsch is an Appellate Attorney at NVLSP. She spent eight years at the Board of Veterans Appeals as an Attorney-Advisor.  During that time, Ms. Deutsch prepared more than 1,100 Board decisions, signed more than 45 decisions as an acting Veterans Law Judge, and served in the Board’s Office of Quality Review.  She also served as Executive Editor, Managing Editor, and Associate Editor of the Veterans Law Review over a six-year period. More recently, she served as Assistant General Counsel at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.  Ms. Deutsch is a graduate of the College of William and Mary (B.A., summa cum laude) and the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) where she received numerous writing awards.  She is admitted to practice in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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Monica Draper

Staff Accountant/Network Support

Ms. Monica Draper joined NVLSP in January 2006 as Staff Accountant. In that capacity, she assists the organization’s Chief Financial Officer with all accounting activities.

Taking on the additional role of Network Support in 2010, Monica also maintains local area network (LAN) system support and provides oversight of the organization’s computer systems.  

Prior to joining NVLSP, Monica worked as an accountant and billing specialist with Interior Architects, Inc. in Washington. Before moving to the United States, she worked with the US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia as an IT specialist managing day-to-day operations of the embassy’s unclassified computer system.

Monica holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Liberia and a Master of Science in Accounting from Strayer University.

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Katherine Ebbesson

Appellate Attorney

Ms.Katherine Ebbesson is an Appellate Attorney with NVLSP. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar. Prior to working for NVLSP, Ms. Ebbesson worked as an attorney for Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). While at VVA, she represented numerous Veterans before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. During law school, Ms. Ebbesson was involved in public interest work in numerous areas including immigration, criminal, family, and civil commitment law.

Ms. Ebbesson is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2014) and Lewis & Clark College (B.A., 2002).

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Mary Edokpayi

Staff Attorney

Ms. Mary Edokayi is a staff attorney with NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® Project. She mentors and advises volunteer attorneys representing service members seeking compensation related to Military Sexual Trauma-based claims. Her work also includes participating in trainings presented by NVLSP. Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Edokpayi represented clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran’s claims after serving six years as a Colorado Deputy Public Defender representing indigent clients. 

Ms. Edokpayi is a Navy Veteran (1998-2001). She is a graduate from the University of Wyoming (B.A. in Criminal Justice and Philosophy, cum laude 2008) and the University of Wyoming College of Law (J.D. 2011). Ms. Edokpayi is admitted to practice law in Colorado and in the District of Columbia. Ms. Edokayi and her husband, Idaho (an Army veteran), live in Herndon, VA with their two young children and geriatric Dalmatian-mix rescue dog.

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Solveig Frasch

Staff Attorney

Ms. Solveig Frasch is the staff attorney representing Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) clients at the Board of Veterans’Appeals.  Ms. Frasch writes briefs and conducts hearings for MOPH-represented veterans.

Prior to joining NVLSP, Solveig was an attorney at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, where she wrote decisions for review by a Veterans Law Judge. Solveig is a graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (JD,2018) and Messiah College (BA in Politics & French, 2013). During law school, she was involved with the Phoenix Veterans Court, Harvard Journal for Law and Public Policy, and National NALSA Moot Court. She also worked for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Office of the General Counsel,Arizona Center for Disability Law, and U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review.

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Karen Galla

Special Counsel

Karen Galla is Special Counsel to NVLSP. She represents veterans and their survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and other federal courts. She devotes much of her time to mentoring and advising pro bono attorneys representing veterans and survivors.

Ms. Galla has more than three decades of experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  She served with the VA Office of General Counsel since 1992, and served as attorney at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals before that.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has been admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims since 1992, and is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.  She resides with her husband and son in Clifton, Virginia.

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Rosalee Hoffman

Appellate Attorney

Ms. Rosalee Hoffman is an Appellate Attorney with NVLSP. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and is a member of the New York State Bar. She is a graduate of The University of Iowa (B.A., 2009) and American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 2013). While in law school, Ms. Hoffman was a student attorney at the Women in the Law Clinic and a staff member of the Administrative Law Review.

Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Hoffman represented veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran’s claims at a firm specializing in veterans law.

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Alexis Ivory

Staff Attorney

Ms. Alexis Marie Ivory is a staff attorney with NVLSP.  She splits her time between developing training programs and conducting training sessions for veterans service officers and representing veterans and their survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  She is admitted to practice before the U.S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and is a member of the Maryland State bar. 

Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Ivory was counsel at The Board of Veterans’ Appeals, Department of Veterans Affairs.  During her tenure, Ms. Ivory was the VA representative at military bases in Japan and taught the VA portion of the Transition Assistance Program.

Ms. Ivory is from New York and is a graduate of The Catholic University of America (B.S. 2002), and The Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (J.D. 2005). 

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Ann Kenna

Staff Attorney

Ms. Ann Kenna is a Staff Attorney in NVLSP’s Nehmer Lawsuit Division.  She is a member of the New York State Bar.  Ms. Kenna focuses her time on ensuring Vietnam Veterans and their surviving family members receive benefits for disabilities and deaths that are associated with Agent Orange exposure as a part of the class action lawsuit: Nehmer v. U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ms. Kenna is a graduate of St. John Fisher College (Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, summa cum laude) and Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2016).  While in law school, she worked in the Syracuse University College of Law Veterans Legal Clinic and was an editorial member of the Syracuse Law Review.  Ms. Kenna is a member of the Justinian Honor Society. 

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Esther Leibfarth

Senior Staff Attorney

Ms. Esther N. Leibfarth is a Senior Staff Attorney at NVLSP assisting active duty service members and veterans in obtaining medical military retirements through NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors program. She serves as a mentor to volunteer attorneys representing service members in the military’s Disability Evaluation System and before the Board for Corrections of Military Records. 

Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Leibfarth worked as a civilian Judge Advocate General with the Army’s Office of Soldiers’ Counsel,where she represented Army service members before the Medical and Physica lEvaluation Boards. Ms. Leibfarth is a graduate of Emory University School of Law (JD, 2010) and holds a Masters of Laws in international business and economics from Georgetown Law Center (LLM, 2011). Ms. Leibfarth is admitted to practice in New York. 

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Sara Mabe

Intake Specialist

Sara Mabe is the intake specialist for NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® program. Ms. Mabe screens, initiates, and assembles benefits cases for veterans eligible for Combat Related Special Compensation, discharge upgrades, appeals of improper personality disorder and adjustment disorder characterizations, appeals of denied VA disability compensation claims before the Board of Veterans Appeals, and those who should have their separations upgraded to retirements. She also provides referrals for veterans seeking assistance for other types of claims.

Prior to joining  NVLSP, Ms. Mabe interned  as a Military Social Work Researcher, conducting research, data analysis and interviews regarding readiness indicators and decreasing readiness detractors

through reducing alcohol use risk. She also interned as a Compeer Coordinator for a mental health association’s peer support program, matching volunteers with adults receiving mental health services. She served in the Army for 7 years. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ms. Mabe has a Master of Social Work degree with a Military Social Work Specialty from the University of Louisville

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Katherine Mann

Development Manager

Ms. Katherine Mann is the Development Manager at NVLSP. She provides support for NVLSP’s fundraising activities, including, donor stewardship, grants, and marketing materials for Development. She first joined NVLSP as the Development Associate in 2018.

Ms. Mann is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University (B.A., International Studies and Spanish, 2012) and Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service (M.A. Latin American Studies, 2015).

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Michael Marquet

Case Management Attorney

L. Michael Marquet is the case management attorney with NVLSP. While in law school, he volunteered with the Income Tax Association, assisting Alachua County Residents file their federal income tax returns. He is a graduate of the University Of Florida Levin College Of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2017) and the College of the Holy Cross (B.A.,History and Spanish, 2009).

Mr. Marquet is a member of the Florida Bar.

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Kenneth Meador

Appellate Attorney

Kenneth Meador is an appellate attorney at NVLSP. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.   

After September 11, 2001, Kenneth joined the United States Army as a combat medic and deployed to Iraq three times. While serving in the Army, Kenneth saw and experienced the sacrifices that veterans make firsthand. When he left the Army in 2009, he knew that he wanted to continue to serve those who served. He used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to attend the University of Oklahoma where he was selected to become a Harry S. Truman Scholar in 2013 and graduated summa cum laude in 2014. He then attended Boston University School of Law as a public interest scholar and was selected to become a Rappaport Fellow in 2016. He graduated in 2018 and became a law clerk for the Honorable William S. Greenberg at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

Kenneth lives in Maryland with his wife Anita, their sons Brayden and Boston, and their dog Fenway. In his spare time Kenneth volunteers with Service 2 Schools, a non-profit organization that helps veterans transition from military service to academia.

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Erin M. Mee

Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney

Ms. Erin M. Mee is the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney for NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® project. She is a member of the Virginia Bar. While in law school, Ms. Mee served on the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, the Legislation & Policy Brief, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society’s negotiation team. She also worked as a legal intern for the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Senator Harry Reid, and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ms. Mee is a graduate of the College of William & Mary (B.A., Government and Sociology, 2011) and American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 2015). 

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Caitlin M. Milo

Appellate Attorney

Ms. Caitlin M. Milo is an Appellate Attorney with NVLSP.  She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and is a member of the Maryland Bar.  While in law school, Ms. Milo served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Coastal Law Review and was awarded the Scribes Legal Writing Award and Honorable Mention in the 2012 International Association of Defense Counsel’s Legal Writing Contest. Ms. Milo also interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and clerked for Justice R. Fred Lewis at the Supreme Court of Florida and Judge Timothy Corrigan at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Milo completed an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Fellowship with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, where she represented veterans seeking VA benefits and facing homelessness.  Ms. Milo was also an associate attorney at Mattar Veterans Advocates, a Buffalo, New York firm that assists veterans nationwide with their appeals for benefits. 

Ms. Milo is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates, Amicus and Litigation Committee and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association.

Ms.Milo is a graduate of James Madison University (B.A., summa cum laude with distinction, History, 2009) and Florida Coastal School of Law (summa cum laude, 2013).  She is an active member of the Junior League of Wilmington, an organization that supports local, low-income women and children.  She and her husband, a Navy veteran, live in New Jersey.

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Byron Moore

Appellate Attorney

Mr. Moore is an Appellate attorney with NVLSP. Prior to joining NVLSP, he served as an associate counsel with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.  Mr. Moore is a graduate of Colorado State University (B.A., 2008) and the American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 2013). He is admitted to practice in New York.

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Christopher G. Murray

Senior Appellate Attorney

Mr. Christopher Murray is a Senior Appellate Attorney with NVLSP, where he represents veterans and survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and trains veterans service officers and other advocates in veterans law.  Prior to joining NVLSP’s litigation group, Mr. Murray served as Counsel at the Board of Veterans Appeals for over twelve years. During that time, he prepared more than 2,200 decisions, signed more than 200 decisions as an Acting Veterans Law Judge, and played an active role in the Board’s training program.  Mr. Murray was recognized by the Board as a subject-matter expert on a number of complex topics, including Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services,Gulf War and Undiagnosed Illnesses, and Reductions and Restorations.  He also served as Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor of the Veterans Law  Review.

Mr. Murray is a graduate of The College of William & Mary (B.B.A., 2002) and the George Mason School of Law (J.D., 2006).  He is admitted to practice before the CAVC and licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

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Angela Nedd

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angela Nedd joined NVLSP in 2016 to provide administrative support to the organization’s Co-Executive Directors, as well as paralegal support to the litigators who represent veterans before the U.S. Court of Veterans Claims.  Ms. Nedd recently earned a B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from a local university.  As a student, Ms. Nedd completed an externship at the PTSD Unit of a VA Hospital, where she observed group therapy sessions of combat veterans.  The veterans described not only their experiences with PTSD, but the difficulties they encountered obtaining benefits from the VA; this experience solidified her desire to serve the women and men who have served our country.  In previous positions, Ms. Nedd has worked on website design and architecture, on substance abuse issues, in advocacy, in student leadership, and in facilities management. 

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Nnamdi Okoli

Staff Attorney

Mr. Nnamdi Okoli is a Staff Attorney in NVLSP’s Nehmer Lawsuit Division. Mr. Okoli focuses his time on ensuring Vietnam Veterans and their surviving family members receive benefits for disabilities and deaths that are associated with Agent Orange exposure as a part of the class action lawsuit: Nehmer v. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Prior to joining NVLSP, Mr. Okoli has worked in ensuring access to justice and improving the rule of law in international projects. Mr. Okoli is a graduate of Austin College (B.A., 2011) and of The George Washington University School of Law (J.D., 2016). Mr. Okoli is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.

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Kimberly R. Parke

Senior Appellate Attorney

Kimberly R. Parke is a Senior Appellate Attorney with NVLSP and represents veterans and their family members before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. She also mentors and advises pro bono attorneys representing veterans and survivors through NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® program She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. She is an active member of the Virginia State Bar and District of Columbia Bar. 

Prior to joining NVLSP, she served as a counsel at the Board of Veterans Appeals for five years. She was an associate at Dickstein Shapiro LLP practicing patent litigation. She began her career as a clerk at the United States International Trade Commission. She was a 2014 SuperLawyers DC Rising Star. She received two American Bar Association Awards for Outstanding Leadership Contribution. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary (B.A. 2002) and Baylor Law School (J.D. 2005).

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Kelly A. Parker

Staff Attorney

Ms. Kelly A. Parker is Staff Attorney and works on NVLSP’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals Remand Project.  In this role, Ms. Parker screens cases returning from the Court for participation in the program and mentors our law firm partners in writing a brief to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

Prior to joining NVLSP,  Ms. Parker worked at the University of Georgia School of Law Veterans Law Clinic where she served  as a Staff Attorney. Before that, Ms. Parker worked as a Staff Attorney & Post-Graduate Clinical Law Fellow for WVU College of Law Veterans Advocacy Clinic. 

Parker earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Marshall University and her Juris Doctor from West Virginia University.

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Dorrie Popovski

Paralegal

Dorrie Popovski is the paralegal for NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® program.

Ms. Popovski directs and manages the LSW intake process from initial inquiry through placement/rejection. She conducts the preliminary screening of submitted applications, and requests VA and military records. She also screens discharge upgrade cases, makes recommendations for placement/rejection, writes up rejections and writes screening memos for placements. Ms. Popovski is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

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Leigha Puckett

Office Assistant

Leigha Puckett is the Office Assistant for NVLSP.  She helps our Office Manager with a number of administrative tasks for staff and clients and assists the management team with a number of special projects from Human Resources to IT support.  

Leigha is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Criminology.  She is currently working on her Master’s Degree at George Washington University. Leigha has a number of professional presentations and a publication in criminal psychology to her credit.  

Prior to joining NVLSP, she worked as a Research Assistant for both Pathways to Resilient Youth Development Lab and for Suicide and Depression Research Lab. 

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Kristin Smith

Staff Attorney

Kristin Smith is a staff attorney with NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® Project. She mentors and advises volunteer attorneys representing veterans before the Discharge Review Boards and the Board for Correction for Military Records. Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Smith was a staff attorney with the Maryland Courts Self-Help Center, providing brief legal advice to self-represented litigants on civil cases in Maryland state courts.

Originally from North Carolina, Ms. Smith is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.A. 2014, J.D. 2017). While in law school, she was a student attorney for two semesters at the Veterans Legal Clinic, working on discharge upgrades. She was also a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow and Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Member with Legal Aid of North Carolina. Ms. Smith is admitted to practice in Maryland.

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David Sonenshine

Senior Staff Attorney

Mr. David M. Sonenshine is a senior staff attorney with NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® Project. He mentors and advises volunteer attorneys representing service members in the military’s Disability Evaluation System and before the Board for Corrections of Military Records. Mr. Sonenshine’s practice also involves representing veterans and survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Prior to joining NVLSP, Mr. Sonenshine served three years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. As a judge advocate, he served as a military prosecutor and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Sonenshine is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.A., with Honors, 1999) and the University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2004). Mr. Sonenshine is admitted to practice in South Carolina and the District of Columbia. Mr. Sonenshine and his wife Joanne live in Arlington, Virginia with their two children.

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Awa Sowe

Staff Attorney

Awa Sowe is a staff attorney with NVLSP’s Nehmer Lawsuit Division. Prior to joining NVLSP, she served as a fellow with the National Association for Law Placement.

Ms. Sowe is a graduate of Elon University (B.A, 2015) and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (J.D.,2018). While in law school she worked on a variety of projects enhancing access to justice locally and abroad, graduating with a Certificate in International Legal Studies. She also interned at the Louisiana Civil Justice Center and Legal Aid of North Carolina. Ms. Sowe is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

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Carlie Steiner

Appellate Attorney

Ms. Carlie Steiner is an Appellate Attorney with NVLSP. She is a member of the Colorado Bar. Ms. Steiner is graduate of Colorado College (B.A., cum laude, 2009) and American University Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2015). While in law school, Ms. Steiner was a Public Interest Public Service Scholar, a Senior Research Associate with the Public International Law & Policy Group, and a Senior Articles Editor on the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.

Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Steiner worked as a National Appellate Attorney at Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) where she represented clients before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Before working with VVA, Ms. Steiner clerked for the Honorable Shirley M. Watts of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. 

 

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Christopher M. Toms

Appellate Attorney

Mr. Christopher M. Toms is an Appellate Attorney with NVLSP.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (“CAVC”) and is licensed to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Prior to joining NVLSP, Mr. Toms represented veterans at the CAVC as an appellate attorney with a private firm specializing in veterans law.  Mr. Toms earned his law degree from Western State College of Law (J.D., 2015).

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Alie Venuti

Staff Attorney

Ms.  Alessandra (“Alie”) Venuti is the Program Manager of NVLSP’s Nehmer Lawsuit Division.  Ms. Venuti focuses her time on ensuring Vietnam Veterans and their surviving family members receive benefits for disabilities and deaths that are associated with Agent Orange exposure as a part of the class action lawsuit: Nehmer v. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Ms. Venuti is a graduate of LaSalle University (B.A., 2010) and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School (J.D., 2013). During law school she worked as a law clerk at NVLSP.  Ms. Venuti is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and she is a volunteer attorney for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.

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Tekey Wallace

Staff Attorney

Tekey Wallace is a Staff Attorney with NVLSP’s Nehmer Lawsuit Division. Prior to joining NVLSP she served as an intern for the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Pittsylvania County. While in law school she was the recipient of several writing and moot court awards, which included being named the 2016 Virginia Law Foundation Public Service Grant. 

Ms. Wallace is a graduate of Hampton University (B.A.) and Liberty University School of Law (J.D.) She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the proud spouse of an active duty service member.

 

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