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.
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. During law school, he interned for now-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Judge Patty Shwartz and Judge Robert P. Contillo of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Prior to attending law school, he worked in various business management information systems positions for a large educational publisher.
Immediately prior to joining CCK, he 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 Vice-Chair of the Veterans Appeals Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. In addition, he was a 2016 Fellow in the Leadership VA program. He served four years on the CAVC Bar Association Board of Governors. On the Board of Governors, he served in the officer positions of Treasurer, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past-President. During his CAVC Bar Association tenure, Mr. Hennings was intimately involved in the programmatic and logistical planning of multiple veterans benefits law programs and conferences. He also represented the CAVC Bar Association as a presenter or exhibitor at multiple events. 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 is a founding member and current Vice-President of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Historical Society. Mr. Hennings has also been a member of the problem creation team for the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition, as well as an oral argument judge, since 2010. Moreover, he has served as a speaker or moderator for presentations sponsored by the CAVC Bar Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, CAVC Judicial Conference, William & Mary Law School, George Washington University Law School, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, VA Regional Offices and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Additionally, Mr. Hennings is a member of the Federal Bar Association’s Veterans and Military Law Section. He is a current alumni chapter member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International and a member of the Leadership VA Alumni Association.
Mr. Hennings was published in Volume 5 of the Veterans Law Review (VLR), co- authoring an article entitled, “A Proposed Approach to the BVA’s Clarified Hearing Duties to Explain and Suggest Pursuant to Bryant v. Shinseki”, 5 Veterans L. Rev. 164 (2013). 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). Professor James D. Ridgway cites an article of his in the recently published legal casebook Veterans Law: Cases and Theory, in which Mr. Hennings also received an acknowledgement. Mr. Hennings also co-authored an article regarding the maturation of the veterans benefits bar and judicial selection of the CAVC, “Now is the Time: Experts vs. the Uninitiated as Future Nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims” 25 FED. CIR. B.J. 371 (2016).
Mr. Hennings 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