Robert V. Chisholm

Mr. Chisholm’s primary focus is on representing disabled veterans in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Areas of Practice

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Complex Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation

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Representation of Disabled Veterans

Since 1990, Mr. Chisholm has been representing veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). In that time, he has successfully represented hundreds of veterans in Court and before the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, Mr. Chisholm has represented veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Chisholm has also written numerous briefs as friend of the court in support of other veterans’ cases. In 1999, Mr. Chisholm was elected to serve as the President of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA) . NOVA serves attorneys and non-attorney practitioners admitted to practice before the CAVC. Mr. Chisholm is a frequent featured speaker at national conferences and meetings regarding veterans’ rights. Mr. Chisholm was also elected to serve as the President of the CAVC Bar Association in 2002. Mr. Chisholm has also testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee on legislation affecting veterans.

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1990
  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts

    • J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1988
    • Law Review: Boston University Law Review, Member, 1987 - 1988

  • Boston College

    • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1984


Representative Cases

  • Bernklau v. Principi, 291 F.3d 795 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
  • Smith v. Principi, 16 Vet. App. 201 (2002)
  • Thayer v. Principi, 15 Vet. App. 204 (2001)
  • Burkhardt v. Gober, 232 F.3d 1363 (Fed.Cir. 2000)
  • Donovan v. West, 158 F.3d 1377 (Fed. Cir. 1998)
  • Pierre v. West, 12 Vet. App. 92 (1998)
  • Zajicek v. Principi, 12 Vet. App. 48 (1998)
  • Bernier v. Brown, 7 Vet.App. 434 (1995)
  • Mattias v. Computer Science Corporation, 34 F.Supp.2d 120 (1999)
  • Jaquay v. Principi, 304 F.3d 1276 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
  • Forshey v. Principi, 284 F.3d 1335 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
  • Livesay v. Principi, 15 Vet. App. 165 (2001)
  • Holliday v. Principi, 14 Vet. App. 280 (2001)
  • Ozer v. Principi, 14 Vet. App., 257 (2001)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • NOVA, Past President, 1999 - 2004
  • CAVC Bar Association, Past President, 2002

Languages

  • Spanish