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Nicholas L. Phinney

Nicholas’ civil litigation focuses on appeals and arguments before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He also has experience handling workers compensation, unemployment, landlord-tenant and general litigation matters. He is a member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) and the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims Bar Association.

​Nicholas joined the firm as an associate attorney in October 2009. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2003 and his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2007. In law school, Nicholas served on the Moot Court Board, served as a student-attorney in the University Criminal Defense Clinic and worked as a research assistant for former Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Robert Flanders.

In his spare time. Nicholas enjoys outdoors activities such as camping, playing basketball and going to the beach.

Areas of Practice

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Complex Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 2007
  • Massachusetts, 2007
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2013


  • “What is the Scope of the CAVC’s Equitable Powers”, Veterans Law Journal, Spring 2015
  • How Much Deference is to be Afforded VA in its Interpretation of the Law”, Veterans Law Journal, 2014
  • “Ruling promises to help military sexual trauma survivors”, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, Spring 2014
  • “Equitable Tolling of Filing Deadlines in Veterans Benefits Cases”, Veterans Law Journal, Spring 2014
  • Oral Arguments

      Garsow v. McDonald