This section provides summaries of each case in which public discipline or a private admonishment was administered recently by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court), as well as cases in which an attorney was reinstated after suspension. In the case of a disbarment, the disciplinary order will be posted for one year after the date of the disbarment. In the case of a suspension, the disciplinary order will be posted for the period of suspension plus one year. In the case of other public discipline such as reprimands, etc., the disciplinary order will be posted for a period of one year from the date of the order. In the case of an admonishment, the disciplinary order will be posted for a period of one year from the date of the admonishment. Private admonishments will appear in redacted form. In the case of reinstatement with a probationary period, the reinstatement order will be posted for the duration of the probationary period or for one year, whichever is longer. In the case of reinstatement in full, the reinstatement order will be posted for one year from the date of the order.
The full Court order is available by clicking on the Court case number provided in the below summary. Because Bar members may share the same or similar names, individuals using these summaries must ensure that they have correctly identified the lawyer they are researching. Questions should be directed to the Executive Assistant to the Clerk of the Court at 202-501-5980.
- None currently.
- None currently.
- The Court privately admonished a member of the Court's bar in a January 2021 order, concluding that the practitioner failed to exercise reasonable diligence by repeatedly failing to comply with Court orders and to comply with Court Rules.
The Court also required the bar member to complete at least 12 hours of continuing legal education focused on professional responsibility. It was further ordered that the attorney shall be on probation for 2 years, during which the Court will closely monitor the attorney's compliance with the Court's Rules.
Reinstated to Practice
- Michael A. Steinberg, 20-8002A
Committee on Admission and Practice
The Chief Judge, with the concurrence of the Court, appoints members of the Court's bar to serve on the Committee on Admission and Practice under A&P Rule 2(a). Each member serves for three years, with the opportunity to be appointed for a consecutive term and additional non-consecutive terms thereafter.
- Stephen E. Castlen (Chair)
Christine Khalili-Borna Clemens
Nicholas R. Esterman
Sarah W. Fusina
Meghan K. Gentile
Courtney L. Smith