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Robert V. Chisholm

Robert is a Founding Partner of CCK. His law practice focuses on representing disabled veterans in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert has been representing disabled veterans since 1990. During his extensive career, Robert has successfully represented veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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    Robert graduated magna cum laude from Boston College in 1984. He was recognized by the Spanish Language department for excellence in Spanish with the Andres Bello award. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1988. At Boston University School of Law, he was a member of the Law Review. After graduating from law school, Mr. Chisholm worked at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York from 1988-1990. In 1990, he returned to Providence, RI to work with his father at Chisholm & Feldman. Since 1996, Mr. Chisholm has been working at his own firm, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick.

    Mr. Chisholm is a founding member of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) Bar Association and served as President of that organization for the year 2002-2003. Mr. Chisholm served as the President of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Chisholm’s work on behalf of NOVA resulted in the amendment to 38 U.S.C. § 5904 which now permits veterans to hire an attorney after the notice of disagreement is filed. He has presented at NOVA conferences, CAVC Bar Association Conferences, as well as the CAVC and Federal Circuit Judicial Conferences. He is the first recipient of NOVA’s most prestigious honor, the Kenneth Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence. Mr. Chisholm was also inducted into the NOVA Hall of Honor in April of 2016 in recognition of a lifetime of dedication, service, and leadership. In 2016, the CAVC awarded Mr. Chisholm the Hart T. Mankin Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his 25 years of outstanding service to the Court. Mr. Chisholm has served as appellant’s lead counsel in over 7,500 cases before the CAVC.

    Areas of Practice

    • Veterans Benefits
    • Complex Litigation
    • Appellate Litigation

    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

    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)
    • Nohr v. McDonald, 27 Vet.App. 124 (2014)
    • Wages v. McDonald, 27 Vet.App. 233 (2015)

    Oral Arguments

      Nohr v. McDonald
      Wages v. McDonald
      Rios v. DVA
      Aponte v. Peake Part 1
      Aponte v. Peake Part 2
      Robinson v. Shinseki Part 1
      Robinson v. Shinseki Part 2

      Professional Associations and Memberships

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


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