Immediately prior to joining CCK, Mr. Hennings served as a Veterans Law Judge at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). This is a position appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, with the approval of the President of the United States. Before his appointment as a Veterans Law Judge, he was an attorney law clerk for the Honorable Alan G. Lance, Sr., at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Mr. Hennings also previously worked as a Counsel in the Office of Quality Review (QR) with the BVA. Prior to his time in QR, he served as an Associate Counsel at the BVA, drafting decisions for Veterans Law Judges.
Mr. Hennings currently serves on the Rules Advisory Committee of the CAVC and is Chair of the Veterans Appeals Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He is also a founding member and current Vice-President of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Historical Society. In addition, he was a 2016 Fellow in the Leadership VA program. He served four years on the CAVC Bar Association Board of Governors, including in the officer positions of Treasurer and President. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Hennings was a member of the Publications Committee and a Co-editor of the CAVC Bar Association’s Veterans Law Journal, in addition to authoring various articles in prior years. He was also member of the problem creation team for the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition, as well as an oral argument judge, from 2010 to 2016.
Moreover, he has served as a speaker or moderator for veterans law presentations sponsored by the CAVC Bar Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, CAVC Judicial Conference, National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, William & Mary Law School, George Washington University Law School, Roger Williams Law School, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, VA Regional Offices and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
Mr. Hennings is a member of the CAVC Bar Association, the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates and the Federal Bar Association’s Veterans and Military Law Section. He is also a current alumni chapter member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International and a member of the Leadership VA Alumni Association.
Mr. Hennings has published law review articles on veterans law topics in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and the Veterans Law Review (VLR). In addition, he served as a managing articles editor on the 4th volume of the VLR (2012) and worked as an editor or reviewer on the first 3 volumes (2009- 2011).
Before working in veterans law, Mr. Hennings was in private legal practice in northern New Jersey and clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Polifroni of the Superior Court of New Jersey, currently Presiding Judge of the Civil Division in Bergen County, New Jersey. Prior to attending law school, he worked in various business management information systems positions for a large educational publisher.
Mr. Hennings received a B.A. in History from George Washington University, an M.S. in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law– Newark.
He enjoys reading, playing multiple instruments, and spending time with his wife and two children.
Areas of Practice
- Veterans Benefits
- Appellate Litigation
- State of Maryland, 2006
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2007
- District of Columbia, 2008
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2010