Caring. Effective. Efficient.

Chris Attig

Phone: (866) 627-7764

CAVC attorney Chris Attig is one of nation’s leading advocates for veterans.

He is unique in 2 ways.

First, Chris Attig is one of the few attorneys for veterans who actually wore the uniform; he has seen, firsthand, the devastation that the VA’s legal and medical malfeasance can wreak on a veteran’s family.

Mr. Attig served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery, receiving many awards including the parachutist badge. He attended U.S. Army Ranger school, and because of his tenacity, professionalism, and esprit d’corps, was recruited for U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection. Mr. Attig declined the opportunity, ultimately dedicating himself to serve his brother and sister veterans through the law.

Second, rather than spread his firm too thin trying to handle every stage of the VA administrative claims and appeals process, Mr. Attig focuses on applying his skills at appellate advocacy before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and, as of 2017, the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Attig has prepared numerous briefs to appellate courts. He has orally argued cases on behalf of veterans before the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He remains the only law student in his law school’s history to have served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Texas.

Mr. Attig is known for both his meticulous and thorough record review and his dogged pursuit of constitutional due process and equal protection rights for veterans battling the VA.

Veterans Advocacy Outside the Courtroom.

Since 2015, Mr. Attig has served on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Veterans Advocates, a non-profit organization that trains and educates several hundred accredited agents and attorneys. He is a frequent presenter on a variety of legal topics at NOVA’s twice-annual seminars.

He is also a regular contributor on veterans issues to television news, for ABC-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas, ABC-TV in Dallas, Texas and CBS-TV in Dallas, Texas. He frequently speaks to veterans organizations around the country on issues related to reintegration to civilian life after military service.

Mr. Attig wrote and published the popular "VA Sleep Apnea Field Manual" in 2014, teaching veterans and advocates how to prove and (hopefully) win their VA Sleep Apnea claims and appeals.

His Veterans Law Blog® teaches veterans how to take back the power in their own VA claims and appeals.

His VA Form 21 Blog helps those who advocate for veterans stay current on the law and improve their practical advocacy skills.

His spare time is spent with his wife and 3 sons (age 5 to 18), running a variety of races and marathons for certain non-profits, and as an Athlete Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).

Military Service

  • Captain, U.S. Army Field Artillery (1993-2004)
  • Graduate, U.S. Army Airborne School
  • Attended, U.S. Army Ranger School
  • Selected (but did not attend), U.S. Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS)

Admissions & Special Experience

  • Licensed to Practice Law: Texas, Maryland
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (Pending)
  • U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (Inactive)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (September 2007)
  • Accredited VA Attorney (September 2008)
  • Board of Directors, National Organization of Veterans Advocates (2015 - present)
  • Author, Veterans Law Blog® (for pro-se veterans)
  • Author, VA Form 21 Blog (for attorneys, agents and VSOs)
  • Author, "VA Sleep Apnea Field Manual" ©2014

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law (2003)
  • B.A. History, University of Scranton, PA (1993)

Recent Cases

(April 18, 2018) The law firm of Hill and Ponton approached Attig | Steel after the BVA judge denied their veteran a higher 70 percent PTSD rating. They had put a lot of work and energy into helping a veteran, and the BVA decision seemed to gloss ove… Read More
(April 6, 2018) The veteran in this case served in the Navy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, including deployment to Kuwait. Upon his return stateside, after attempts to reintegrate to civilian life, he began to have family and other problems.… Read More
(February 14, 2018) Attorney Chris Attig has been working with this veteran’s survivor for half a decade to get her DIC and survivor’s accrued benefits properly awarded.  The veteran was a 3 decade military veteran, who fought not only i… Read More

See More Appellate Results

VA Form 21 Blog

Nov
15
What is the Deep Issue in the Case? 38 U.S.C. §7107(b) (2012) requires “[t]he Board shall decide any appeal only after affording the appellant an opportunity for a hearing.”  On remand from the Veterans Court, the veteran asked for a new BVA he… Read More
Nov
6
  Coffee w/ Chris: (Monday, November 5, 2018) The Supreme Court takes on Agent Orange. It is not often that the Supreme Court takes up a veterans disability claim. This past Friday, SCOTUS granted cert in a case called Gray v. Wilkie. The qu… Read More

Read the VA Form 21 Blog