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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.

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 also provided legal support to 20,000 soldiers and civilian Department of Defense personnel in the Republic of Korea. 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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Patrick Berkshire

Appellate Attorney

Mr. Patrick A. Berkshire is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and has been an appellate attorney with NVLSP since July 2011. He primarily represents veterans, dependents, and survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, but has also represented individuals before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, Mr. Berkshire mentors volunteer attorneys participating in the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. Prior to joining NVLSP, Mr. Berkshire clerked for Judge Alan G. Lance, Sr. at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Mr. Berkshire is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law (J.D., 2009) and the University of Washington, Seattle (B.A., 2005).

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George Burtsev

Office Assistant

Mr. George Burtsev joined NVLSP as Office Assistant in March 2016, providing wide-ranging administrative support to the organization’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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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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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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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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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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Jenna Goldberg

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Ms. Jenna A. Goldberg is an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation and Hogan Lovells US LLP. Jenna’s project involves creating a nationwide Medical-Legal Partnership to obtain medical/psychological assessments and records reviews to support veterans’ applications before military correction boards and the VA. While in law school, she interned with the Durham Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Veterans Unit and the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, and clerked with the Wake County Family Court. She also participated in the Children’s Law Clinic.

Ms. Goldberg grew up in Jericho, New York. She is a graduate of Tulane University (B.S. Psychology and Sociology, 2011), and Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2016). 

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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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Amie Leonard

Appellate Attorney

Ms. Amie Leonard is an Appellate Attorney with NVLSP. She is admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and is a member of the New York  State Bar. She is a graduate of The University of Scranton (B.S. 2011) and the John Marshall Law School in Chicago (J.D., 2015). While in law school Ms. Leonard served as a volunteer at the John Marshall Law School Veterans Clinic, Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project, Citizen Advocacy Center, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Cook County Elder Justice Center. Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Leonard represented veterans with less than fully honorable discharges before the Department of Veterans Affairs in New York City. She is originally from New Jersey, and is enjoying living in the DC Metro area. 

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Esther Leibfarth

Staff Attorney

Ms. Esther N. Leibfarth is a 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 PhysicalEvaluation 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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Katherine Mann

Development Associate

Ms. Katherine Mann joined NVLSP as the Development Associate in 2018. She provides administrative support for NVLSP’s fundraising initiatives, including appeals, annual fundraising events, grants, and donor stewardship. 

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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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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John Niles

Special Counsel

Mr. John D. Niles is Special Counsel to NVLSP. He represents veterans, their survivors, veterans service organizations, and aligned groups before federal courts across the country, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and Article III district and appellate courts. He devotes much of his time to direct and amicus curiae representations in class actions and other impact litigation.He also trains and supervises NVLSP staff attorneys, mentors and advises pro bono attorneys representing veterans and survivors through NVLSP’s LawyersServing Warriors® program, and trains advocates in veterans law. Mr. Niles has spoken on matters related to veterans disability benefits.

Prior to joining NVLSP, Mr. Niles was an associate in the insurance practice group of a large international law firm. His pro bono work at the firm focused on veterans class actions and other impact litigation.

Mr. Niles is a member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Amicus and Litigation Committee. He is a member of the Georgia and the District of Columbia Bars. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Federal Circuits, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, theU.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He also is accredited to represent claimants before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

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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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Serena Nguyen

Staff Attorney

Ms. Serena Nguyen is a Staff Attorney in NVLSP’s Nehmer Lawsuit Division. As part of this division, Ms. Nguyen works to provide retroactive VA benefits to Vietnam veterans and their surviving family members for disabilities and deaths that are associated with Agent Orange exposure. Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Nguyen worked as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist at the Department of Interior. Ms. Nguyen is a member of the Maryland Bar.

Ms. Nguyen is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park (B.A. in Communications, 2013) and Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., 2016).  While in law school, she served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and was a member of Temple’s Law and Public Policy Scholars, class of 2014. Ms. Nguyen currently resides in Germantown, Maryland. 

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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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Renee Reasoner

Appellate Attorney

Ms. Renee Reasoner is an Appellate Attorney with NVLSP. Her experience as an Army airborne paratrooper and Arabic linguist, including a deployment to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division as a human intelligence collector, has motivated her to serve the veteran community. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and is a member of the Washington State bar.

Prior to joining NVLSP, Ms. Reasoner clerked for the Honorable Margaret Bartley at CAVC. She was also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, teaching first-year legal writing and advocacy courses.

Ms. Reasoner is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago (B.A. History 2002) and the George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2017 with honors). During law school, she was a moot court and alternative dispute resolution board member, an associate staff member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, a one-on-one legal writing tutor, and the “best brief” award winner of the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court. She also interned for Judge Patricia Millett at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and was the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program David Isbell legal intern.

In her free time, Ms. Reasoner rides her motorcycle, enjoys vegan baking, cheers on her Chicago Cubs, and tries to keep up with her miniature schnauzer, Ziggy Stardust.

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Eric Schmitz

Staff Attorney

Eric Schmitz is a Staff Attorney at NVLSP, focusing on ensuring Vietnam Veterans and their surviving family members receive benefits for disabilities and deaths that are associated with Agent Orange exposure as part of both the Nehmer v. US Department of Veterans Affairs class action lawsuit, as well as the Lawyers Serving Warriors program.

Eric Schmitz is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A. 2011) and the University of Miami School of Law (J.D. 2014). During law school, Eric interned for a federal judge and a United States Attorneys Office, both in the Southern District of Florida. Eric is admitted to the New York Bar and is currently earning an LL.M. at George Washington University Law School during the evening.

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Paul Schwen

Staff Attorney

Mr. Paul J. Schwen is a staff attorney with NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® Project.  He mentors and advises volunteer attorneys representing veterans before the Discharge Review Board and the Board for Corrections of Military Records.

Paul served honorably in the military for eight years; first in the United States Marine Corps, then in the Utah National Guard.  He deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq.  Paul is a graduate from the American University Washington College of Law (J.D. 2016) and the University of Utah (B.A., 2006).  Paul is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.  He lives in Huntington Beach, California with his wife, four sons, and miniature schnauzer.

 

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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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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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